Toppa Top ’15: The Best Caribbean Mixtapes of 2015

December 21, 2015

DJ Gravy & Corey Chase, Double Barrel Mixtape


Reggae and rap are two sides of the same coin, and the history of hip-hop is deep with sounds borrowed from Jamaica. This is something weโ€™ve consistently highlighted here on LargeUp, notably in this classic feature exploring the phenomenon of reggae samples in rap tracks. DJ Gravy and Corey Chaseโ€˜sย Double Barrel mixtape broughtย this connection to the fore this year, blending classic hip-hop tracks with classic reggae songs sampled on those very same tracks.

Named for the 1971 single by Dave and Ansell Collins that was the first reggae song to top the UK chartsโ€” and later sampled by Special Ed for his 1988 classic โ€œIโ€™m the Magnificentโ€โ€” Double Barrel featured hip-hop staples from Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West,Mos Def and Talib Kweli, BDP, Ghostface, and the Diplomats, expertly blended with classic reggae artists like Super Cat, Max Romeo, John Holt, Super Beagle, Sanchez and Toots and the Maytals.

With original artwork from Spliffington and endorsements from sampled artistsย King Yellowman, Sister Nancy, Beres Hammond and Junior Reid, as well as legendary Jamaican reggae selector Rory StoneLove, Rashad Smith and Collie Buddz,

Run tune and download below, orย download aย tracked version here.