Heds & Dreds: LargeUp's History Of Jamaican Women Talking Smack On Rap Records
LargeUp drops a brief anthology chronicling the history of Jamaican women dropping patois on rap records - a trend reportedly begun by Dr. Dre with the intro to "Let Me Ride" and continued in earnest by Biggie, Pusha T and other MCs fascinated by the bad gyal inflections of Yardie culture. Whether the interest is initially sparked by a rapper's birthright or abiding curiosity, the fact remains that the unmistakable flavor a Jamaican accent lends to trash talk allows it to remain a hip-hop staple in high demand. The trend makes sense when you consider the origins of hip-hop culture, which can be traced back to the Caribbean nation via DJ Kool Herc and other hip-hop pioneers with familial roots and sometimes birthplaces on the island and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Aside from that, it sounds pretty badass - a trait only amplified more recently by the female MCs. Miss Kitty and Eve recently teamed up for the single "E.V.E", which combines hip-hop with dubstep. Eve also spent time recording in Jamaica with Lady Saw for her forthcoming release. Check the "E.V.E." video below to get a taste of Miss Kitty's bad gyal verses. Scroll down to head over to LargeUp and get the full skinny on Heds & Dreds.