Posts Tagged ‘Dancehall’
The first ever Ragga Hip Hop fusion did almost not take place. Asher D just has returned from Jamaica to the UK and wanted to record a Dancehall influenced tune with another MC. But the guy backed out at the last minute and instead the Producer brought in Daddy Freddy as a last minute replacement. Daddy Freddy gained a lot of hits and fame in the 80s Jamaican Dancehall scene, toured the USA and went at the end of the decade to the UK.
“Ragamuffin Hip-Hop” is a sort of coincidence and created 1988 a new style of music that was a fusion of Jamaican ragga and hip-hop. The title track was sampled uncountable times and raised the scale of UK Hip Hop and showed off Jamaica’s Ragga scene to the masses. A rough record with strong beats that keep flowing and lyrics that keep going, which are still able to capture you and still deserve attention.
Never stop delivering that impressive Dancehall material. Don’t stop, do it.
Eh, still awake? Here´s more music that screams to be heard through a brutally loud sound system, yeah! Kevin Martin a.k.a. The Bug (and part of EAR, Techno Animal, Ice, among other projects) has a grimier view on dancehall sounds, offers filthy bass lines, hard-edged beats, ruff-in-the-jungle ragga and a killer selection of MCs spitting over this boiling shit. It starts with with ragamuffin hip-hop pioneer Daddy Freddy and continues with Toastie Tailor (do you know his work with New Flash?). Rootsman and He-Man are other highlights, but no fillers here. Some sweet vocal inspiration comes in the shape of Paul St. Hilaire, the artist formerly known as Tikiman. Longtime visitors of urbanology may remember his fantastic performances on the Stereotype record. The up tempo highlights that don´t let you time to breath are “Politicians & Paedophiles” and “Run the Place Red”, of course with the ill Daddy Freddy. “Fuck Y-Self” with Wayne Lonesome is a brutal smasher breaking your neck and you will scream for more after this.
Excellent soundbwoy killas!