Apr 18, 2014
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Posts tagged: Yellowman

Duppies and Vampires: A Haunted Reggae Top 10 For Halloween


Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer—

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Toppa Top 10: Raggamuffin Gangster Rap


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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LargeUp Recommends: Alpha Boys School Radio

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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The Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica is one of the most significant places in Jamaican music. The four original members of the Skatalites—Tommy McCook, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond—got their start in the Alpha Boys band; other notable Alpha alumni include drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Jamaican jazz great Cedric IM Brooks, dancehall pioneer Yellowman and the great singer Leroy Smart. It’s been called “the cradle” of both ska and reggae music.

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Toppa Top 10: Kanye West’s Most Jamaican Moments


Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden and Jesse Serwer—

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Mixtape Mondays: Douster’s “Inna Douster Style N Fashion” (LargeUp Premiere)

Words by Deejay Theory —

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It’s good to see French tropical/bass/club music maestro Douster moving fully in the dancehall arena with his newest project—a wicked, four- track EP featuring the fresh voices of JA talents Keida, Cee Gee, Kantana and Kari Jess (not to mention some cool, Limonious-inspired artwork). Our friends at Mixpak passed thru this week to drop off this full-length DJ mix from Douster as a teaser for the release. The mix is stacked with favorites from the early days of dancehall to today, from Gregory Isaacs and Yellowman to Busy Signal and Tifa (and some French ragga, too), so we had to do the premiere for you right here on Mixtape Mondays just to fully hype up the ting.

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Fashion Fridays: Alpha Boys School, the Birthplace of Ska, Gets Its Own T-Shirts

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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The Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of ska music. The four original members of the Skatalites—Tommy McCook, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond—got their start in the Alpha Boys band, as did other figures in the music’s development, including Rico Rodriguez. Other notable alumni who have passed through Alpha’s doors include Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Yellowman and Leroy Smart. Today, the school, run by Sister Susan Frazer, continues to be an oasis for troubled boys in Jamaica, and an incubator for musicians. Its famed music program was even featured in a key scene in the recent Snoop Lion documentary Reincarnated.

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