Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Albums

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Words by Jesse Serwer, Sherman Escoffery and Edwin STATS Houghton—

Dancehall has always been, and always will be, a singles genre. Over the last two decades, only a handful of dancehall artists have opted to transcend the usual hits-and-filler format, and create proper albums in the rock-and-roll sense of the word. Originally released last year in digital-only format, Vybz Kartel’s Kingston Story was one such release: across 14 tracks made entirely with American producer Dre Skull, the Werl’ Boss crafted a hypnotic, cohesive LP worthy of being heard from front to back, over and over. While the album didn’t make the splash commercially one might have expected, it’s getting a second chance in the form of a Deluxe Edition re-issue out on U.S. label Vice Records this week. With that in mind, here’s nine more dancehall albums from the last 20 years/post-digital era that we still play all the way through.

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6 Responses

  1. Jesse Serwer

    Jr Gong’s albums have a little of everything—dancehall, one-drop reggae, hip-hop. That’s why we love him, but that’s also why none of his LPs are on this list. For this list, we focused on cohesive albums that are dancehall records, first and foremost.


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