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02.17.14 Bucky Turco

Reggae legend Wayne Smith died on Monday at the age of 48. The Jamaica Observer confirmed that the singer passed away shortly after checking into Kingston Public Hospital for stomach pains, but the cause of death is still undetermined. Smith will always be most remembered as one of the original architects of the Sleng Teng […]

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01.22.14 Andy Cush & Aymann Ismail

Sometime recently, Toronto Mayor and admitted crack smoker Rob Ford was videotaped ranting — probably drunkenly — in a terrible Canadian imitation of a Jamaican patois (it wasn’t his first awkward interaction with Caribbean culture). For the love of dancehall, and partially inspired by the mayor’s crack remix, we mashed up the speech with Major […]

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10.29.13 Andy Cush

“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. This week we hooked up with Mad Professor, a dub producer who has been actively making music since the early 1980s. Along the way, he’s teamed up with fellow reggae luminaries like Lee […]

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10.22.13 Bucky Turco

Although longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charlie Hynes lost the Democratic primary after more than two decades in office, he’s not ready to give up the position just yet and has decided to run on the Republican ticket. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but his campaign just broke out the big guns: a dancehall […]

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07.11.13 Andy Cush

As the art world goes crazy and the rap world goes “meh” for Magna Carta Holy Grail, here’s a very special Jay-Z edition of Sample Wars. “Crown,” one of that album’s standouts, was produced by a 16-year-old girl named Wondagurl, and used a sample from Sizzla’s 2006 dancehall classic “Solid as a Rock” –also reworked for 50 […]

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06.12.13 Bucky Turco & Aymann Ismail

There’s a big sound coming out of South East London and it’s called Unit 137. In their own words, Unit 1-3-7 is a “a collective of DJs, producers, vocalists, engineers and instrumentalists drawn together by a shared passion of conscious, forward thinking bass music,” consisting of Hylu, Jago, Zico, D-Tek, Galak Spiritual, Nãnci Correia, Papa […]

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05.16.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week’s Sample Wars pits two generations of NYC-bred rappers against each other: Jay-Z and Azealia Banks. Jay’s “Lucifer,” produced by Kanye West, heavily samples Max Romeo’s roots reggae […]

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01.18.13 Aymann Ismail

Over the past few years, LP sales have continued to make a huge comeback to the delight of audiophiles the world over, but there’s at least one genre of music where vinyl records never stopped getting pressed: Dancehall. Vinyl still plays a crucial role in the dissemination of Jamaica’s leading cultural export and in New […]

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07.26.12 Bucky Turco

In honor of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting a reggae film series. Cult classics such as Rockers and The Harder They Come will be shown. The showcase will run from August 2nd to 6th and tickets can be purchased here. […]

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03.09.11 Bucky Turco

Dancehall moves at a rapid pace, churning out new riddims and unique dance styles to go with them faster than any other musical genre, so it’s not often that any one dance craze becomes relevant again… except for Bruk Up! It’s making a comeback. […]

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