Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2012

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Honorebel Mention. Busy Signal, “Kingston Town,” “Come Shock Out” and “Artiste”
Busy Signal Top 10 Best Dancehall SinglesThe embattled Busy Signal’s biggest contribution to music this year was Reggae Music Again, a full-throttle venture into roots reggae and organic sounds that the skillful deejay released just prior to his arrest and extradition to the US last year. The album also included some dancehall vibes on “Kingston Town,” which sounded like vintage dancehall as envisioned by hip-hop beat legend J Dilla. Busy spent most of the year in a US prison but ever since getting his freedom back last month, he’s been releasing shellings, most notably the vintage dancehall style of “Come Shock Out” and the critical commentary of “Artiste.”
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    […] This year, however, the past was closer to the present. The 2010 images of Jamaica presented in Vanity Fair‘s November 2012 issue as present day reportage are easy to point to as misrepresentative of what’s actually going on right now in Kingston, but they also represent a time, but a couple short years ago, when dancehall seemed just a little more vibrant. There are still enough dances to keep Mutabaruka as annoyed in 2013 as he was in 2008, but the scene seems to have popped down a little. Heck, LargeUp even stated that 2012 was a year “where some might say soca surpassed dancehall as the Caribbean’s most vital music genre.” […]

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