Toppa Top 10: Ten Soca Songs That Crossed Over

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Soca has only palanced its way into the mainstream on a handful of occasions since it first developed in Trinidad some 40 years ago. In light of Bunji Garlin’s recent success bringing unadulterated Carnival music to the fore with “Differentology”—as well as the 10th anniversary of Kevin Lyttle’s ascension into the upper echelons of the pop chartswith “Turn Me On”—here’s a…

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Dread and Television: Watch Chronixx Perform “Here Comes Trouble” on The Tonight Show

Dread and Television: Watch Chronixx Perform “Here Comes Trouble” on The Tonight Show

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Jimmy Fallon was truly, genuinely excited to have Chronixx as his guest on last night’s Tonight Show. So much so that he was talking about it days earlier, singing “Here Comes Trouble” on last Thursday’s show, asking Roots keyboardist and yardie James Poyser if he was up on the singer (C’mon James!)

Jimmy caught wind of Chronixx’s music on a recent trip to Jamaica and,…

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Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Words by Zebi Williams

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LargeUp is greatly inspired by the work Zebi Williams has done as the head of the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp. Launched eight years ago when she was just 19, the volunteer-run camp has become an exemplar for youth development, promoting arts and entrepreneurship within a small, coffee-farming community in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, and inspiring similar programs elsewhere.…

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AUDIO: Stream Iba MaHr’s “Glory to the King”

AUDIO: Stream Iba MaHr’s “Glory to the King”

Words by Saxon Baird
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Still riding the wave of success from his excellent single “Diamond Sox”, Iba MaHr is back with another roots-heavy summer scorcher sure to find forwards at a bashment near you.

Recently premiered on David Rodigan’s BBC program, “Glory to the King” lays a bass-heavy, mid-tempo groove under Iba MaHr’s passionate and energetic praises to the most high. Produced by Jah Yzer out…

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LargeUp Audio: Stream Delly Ranx’s “Sweet Reggae” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Delly Ranx has been a major factor in dancehall music for years. Though he may be best known for his production work, which includes the groundbreaking Redbull & Guinness riddim (the basis for tracks such as Mavado’s “Weh Dem Ah Do”) with Stephen McGregor, he’s been a consistent factor as a deejay for years. Sweet Reggaeis Delly’s fifth album and, while much of the LP…

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream Martei Korley’s “Kingston Konfidential” EP

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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If you’ve followed reggae music for the last 15 years, you’ve seen the work of Martei Korley. As a photographer, he has snapped cover images for albums by Beres Hammond, Busy Signal and I-Wayne, to name a few, as well as countless editorial features for magazines including As LargeUp’s co-founder, creative director and chief photographer, he’s also responsible for the look…

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Mixtape Mondays: Federation Sound, Ackeejuice Rockers x Top DJ, DJ Trends

Words by Deejay Theory

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The summer flow continues at Mixtape Mondays with heavy new tapes from the merciless to the mellow. Raw dancehall and heavy bass meet breezy remixes from NYC to Italy to the beach and back again. Run chune below.

Federation Sound, Gwaan Bad: Easy Federation, maybe you should calm down on the mixtape killing for just a second the people need to catch up. In between the…

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Fashion Fridays: Popcaan’s Guide to Style

Fashion Fridays: Popcaan’s Guide to Style


Words by Popcaan. Photos by El Puru.

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Popcaan is a trendsetter in more than just music. At present, he’s easily dancehall’s most influential fashion plate. What Poppy wears today, di youth dem ah follow tomorrow. So when we decided to launch our new “Guide to Style” feature, we knew we had to call our good friend Poppy to start things off Tr888. As Poppy tells us, “The best really and truly…

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AUDIO: Masicka x Shanique Marie x Addis Pablo - Lighters

AUDIO: Masicka x Shanique Marie x Addis Pablo – Lighters

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Let’s see some lighter for the vibey new tune from the always-delivering Equiknoxx Music camp featuring the voice of Masicka and frequent colloborator Shanique Marie plus the talented bredrin Addis Pablo. Backed by a subtly sweet and moody dancehall riddim Masicka comes with conscious heat right out the gate, with Shanique gracing the hook and Addis flexing the signature…

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Throwback Thursdays: Kevin Lyttle on “Turn Me On”

Throwback Thursdays: Kevin Lyttle on “Turn Me On”


Words by Kevin Lyttle, as told to Jesse Serwer

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It’s hard to believe but this month marks 10 years since Kevin Lyttle’s “Turn Me On” entered the Top 10 on the Billbord singles charts, culminating its rise from local carnival hit in St. Vincent to ubiquitous international smash. But its history goes back far earlier.

Even considering the slow pace with which it usually takes for Caribbean songs…

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Toppa Top 10: Junior Reid’s Best Cameos


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Tu-tu tweng! Junior Reid is reggae’s king of collaboration. From the start of his career, “JR” has always been a team player, forming the vocal group Voice of Progress after early work as a youth on Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International label, and later stepping in as the lead vocalist for Black Uhurufollowing the departure of Mykal Rose from that group in the mid ‘80s.…

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A$AP Soca: A$AP Ferg Links Bunji Garlin For “Truck On D Road”

A$AP Soca: A$AP Ferg Links Bunji Garlin For “Truck On D Road”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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It looks like Labor Day Weekend in NYC might just have its anthem for this year in place (and perhaps Caribana and Notting Hill, too).

Dipping into Bunji Garlin’s catalog for a second time, Harlem-rapper-of-Trini-extraction A$AP Ferg has breathed sudden new life into the Viking of Soca’s Trinidad Carnival anthem “Truck On D Road.” While Ferg’s “Petit Valley”used the riddim…

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Breaking News: Chronixx To Appear on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Jamaica’s newest music hero Chronixx is having another big year, and Tuesday July 22 he’ll add another notch to his red, gold and green belt when he makes his U.S. television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The “Here Comes Trouble” singer will be the first reggae artist to appear on The Tonight Showsince Fallon (and the Roots) took over the late-night…

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Royally Speaking: Jesse Royal meets Major Lazer

Royally Speaking: Jesse Royal meets Major Lazer

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Coming in extra hot to supplement today’s Mixtape Mondays comes the big combination from LargeUp extended family Jesse Royal and Mr. Walshy Fire. We’ve been steadily seeing Jesse rise as our Top Artist to Watch in 2014, and around this time last year went in for an in-depth interview to give people and idea of what’s to come from the singer.

Now we have the sick…

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VIDEO: Chronixx Delivers A Message For His NYC Fans

VIDEO: Chronixx Delivers A Special Message For His NYC Fans

Words by LargeUp Crew

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LargeUp has teamed with OkayplayerFederation Sound and Rice & Peas to bring Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption, along with Junior Reid, to Central Park Summerstagein NYC on July 26th. The show, which is absolutely free, takes place from 3-7 at Rumsey Playfieled near 72nd Street and 5th Ave, and celebrates the 15th anniversary of both Okayplayer and Federation. We don’t…

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