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Red Wine Rebelution by Funk Ferret

The Informer smashed on some some red, red wine.

I’m a sucker for anything J5, so when I heard they were mashed in Funk Ferret’s mix of UB40’s “Red Red Wine” & Snow’s “Informer”, I had to see how well J5’s rhymes would do over this reggae beat.

Funk Ferret describes “Red Wine Rebelution” as a dancefloor filler with a heavy breakbeat and a powerful bassline – couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m not a huge fan of mashups with anything over three or so artists, but Funk Ferret seamlessly layers them all together, giving off a cohesive vibe rather than a jumbled, overly sampled mashup – which I find a lot.

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Reggae Wayne vs. Electro Weezy

Stunnin' with The Wailers, Pretty Lights & Phoenix

After putting two Busta Rhymes “Dangerous” remixes against each other, I knew I had enough remixes stockpiled to do another. I’ve never been a Lil’ Wayne fan, but mash him up with some of the best and ya can’t hate on something so gooood.

It may’ve taken Bob Marley & Pretty Lights to get me listening to him, but damn does Weezy flow well to these. I’m not gonna say which I like better, yet, but both bring out a different side to him – one for smokin’, one for ragin’ – well, I guess both are good for either, but you know what I mean. If you want me to tell ya my favorite of the two, post in the comments below and I may just do that.

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Mos Dub by Max Tannone

A union with one of Brooklyn’s finest and the sounds of Jamaica.

Remember Jaydiohead It was that awesome mash-up album of Jay-Z and Radiohead that dropped in December of ‘08 and introduced the world to producer Max Tannone. He’s back, this time with an album called Mos Dub, which mashes my personal favorite Mos Def with roots reggae.

Each of the 10 tracks expertly lays a Mos Def vocal track over a reggae instrumental, usually weaving in some chorus vocals from the reggae song as well. The Mos Def tracks are well chosen from throughout his career, and Tannone has dug up 10 absolutely gorgeous reggae tunes. Each song is perfectly paired and mixed, far past the point of the novelty mash-up and well into the territory of true art and incredibly enjoyable music. The excellent production creates a showcase for the fact that Mos Def’s deep, smooth voice works beautifully with the vibes of […]

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Dubber Side of the Moon (Preview)

by Easy Star All-Stars - releases October 26

Dub Side of the Moon is a reggae tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Since it’s release in early 2003, the album has gotten marketable success and the group’s been touring in support of it since. They also went on to cover other famous albums by Radiohead and The Beatles, but none grew to the success of Dub Side.

Recently, the group enlisted some of the best dubstep DJ’s to remix Dub Side of the Moon to an even dubbier() dub (dubstep), rightfully titled Dubber Side of the Moon.

I’ve listened to a couple tracks so far and it seems like it’s another unique take off Pink Floyd’s original. I’ve only gotten to check out three songs and, although not all topped their predecessors, there’s one that may have pulled it off. […]

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Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story

The heart-wrenching tale of a legendary reggae superstar.

Bob Marley on Ethiopian Flag

It was interesting to hear Bob Marley sit down and talk for once. Before this documentary I had only seen him in videos from his concerts, which he barely spoke what he didn’t sing. Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story does a good job at presenting him as a struggling man trying to overcome the oppression of his people. The film takes you through the political turmoils throughout his life and the battles he waged through words. His story reminds me of Ghandi’s, both struggling for individual freedom in one form or another.

I chose No Woman No Cry because of the memories I’ve shared with it. Bob Marley and the Wailers have contributed many songs that seem to have popped up in some point in my life, as I’m sure some have for yours.

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Us and Them by Easy Star All-Stars

"And after all, were only ordinary men."

Banner of Easy Star All-Stars

I’ve been a long time fan of Pink Floyd, or I should say my father has, so naturally they grew on me. About three or four years ago I found out that some reggae band had done a cover of Dark Side of the Moon, so I had to check it out. I was a little skeptical of a cover to one of the greatest albums of all time (as one should be), but after hearing the first track, I knew I would be listening to it for a long time. Easy Star All-Stars have undoubtedly pulled off one of the best cover ever recorded. I may not be the biggest fan of reggae (haven’t delved too far into it, yet), but this album blows me away every time I listen to it.

I decided to feature “Us and Them”, because it’s my favorite song on both albums. It’s a touching and relaxing trip that relies more on its meaning than a tripped out tune. Give it a listen and tell me how well you think they covered it. I’ll also include the original for y’all to do a comparison, if you feel so inclined to do so. Definitely check out their cover of “Money”, it’s another one they pulled off superbly.

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