Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2012

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9. Tommy Lee, “Psycho”
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There’s little middle ground when it comes to Tommy Lee Sparta, and his big breakout single, “Psycho.” You’re either fully on board with the gothic dancehall program, or loathe to even speak its name. But what can’t be argued is that Lee and “Psycho” were game-changers. Other dancehall acts have employed dark imagery before but none have made it such a focal point as Lee did on “Psycho” and follow-up efforts like “Uncle Demon.” Throw in one of 2012’s most memorable—and explicit—videos, and you had the unlikeliest of soundtracks for what was otherwise Jamaica’s sunniest, most positive summer in years.

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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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    […] 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.&#8… […]

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