Impressions: Chronixx, Junior Reid + Rice and Peas at Central Park SummerStage


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Sherwin Dyer

chronixx-light-summerstage

Chronixx continued his best week ever on Saturday with a performance at Central Park SummerStage that won’t soon be forgotten, cementing his status as reggae’s big new attraction. Mick Jagger (yes, the Mick Jagger) was among those in attendance, watching Chronixx’s set from the side of the stage and personally congratulating the young singer on a…

View On WordPress

Mixtape Mondays: Fiyah Bigs x Beres Hammond, The Heatwave, Violator Sound

Mixtape Mondays: Fiyah Bigs x Beres Hammond, The Heatwave, Violator Sound

Words by Deejay Theory

MM 33

Still vibing off the electric performance by Chronixx and Jr. Reid on Saturday at SummerStage in Central Park (look out for the full recap soon) and now it’s right back to business as usual at Mixtape Mondays. Stacks of new and classic roots and dancehall on deck this week, catch a download below

Fiyah Bigs, Reggae Inna Pocket: We’re always down for a little Monday…

View On WordPress

Weekend Pass: Tobago

Words by Tishanna Williams

Pigeon-Point-Tobago-2

It’s Great Fete Weekendon the island of Tobago. This summer party fest sees droves flocking to Trinidad’s sister isle for a weekend of sea, rum and fete and, with acts like Spice, Future, Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer and major soca artists like Olatunji set to appear, this year will be no different. Tobago has a reputation across the Caribbean as the weekend party…

View On WordPress

AUDIO: Jah Vinci x Junior Reid, “Penitentiary”

More than a half-decade after he came to the reggae world’s attention as a member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire/Gaza crew, …

AUDIO: Jah Vinci x Junior Reid, “Penitentiary”

More than a half-decade after he came to the reggae world’s attention as a member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire/Gaza crew, …

Toppa Top 10: Ten Soca Songs That Crossed Over

Words by Jesse Serwer—

kevin-lyttle-turn-me-on

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…

View On WordPress

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—

chronixx-tonight-show-jimmy-fallon

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,…

View On WordPress

Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Words by Zebi Williams

zebi-williams-raggamuffin-camp

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.…

View On WordPress

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

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

Words by Saxon Baird
IBA-MAHR.jpg

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…

View On WordPress

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

Words by Jesse Serwer

DELLY-RANX-SWEET-REGGAE

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…

View On WordPress

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

Words by LargeUp Crew—

martei-korley-kingston-konfidential

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…

View On WordPress

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

Words by Deejay Theory

MM 34

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…

View On WordPress

Fashion Fridays: Popcaan’s Guide to Style

Fashion Fridays: Popcaan’s Guide to Style


Words by Popcaan. Photos by El Puru.

Popcaan-Guide-to-Style-01

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…

View On WordPress

AUDIO: Masicka x Shanique Marie x Addis Pablo - Lighters

AUDIO: Masicka x Shanique Marie x Addis Pablo – Lighters

Words by Deejay Theory —

EQUIKNOXX Masicka Addis Pablo Shanique Marie - Lighter

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…

View On WordPress

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

kevin-lyttle-turn-me-on-single-cover

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…

View On WordPress

Toppa Top 10: Junior Reid’s Best Cameos


Words by Jesse Serwer—

alicia-keys-junior-reid

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.…

View On WordPress

Caribbean music, arts, and culture.

twitter.com/largeupdotcom

view archive