Toppa Top 10: Raggamuffin Gangster Rap

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Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Back when Shabba and Super Cat were killing the game in the early ’90s, the influence of dancehall could be felt throughout hip-hop. While East Coast rappers with Caribbean backgrounds like KRS-One and Heavy D collaborated with dancehall’s heavyweights themselves, artists from the West Coast—where the connections to Jamaica were less apparent—had to get a little more creative. Hence, the faux raggamuffin deejay styles on records by NWA, DJ Quik and other gangster rap acts of the day.

Recently, Schoolboy Q of Kendrick Lamar’s TDE crew—the current vanguard of L.A. rap— dropped a new track called “Banger” that got us thinking about this era all over again. Although, Q’s not exactly making gangster rap, he’s an heir to his city’s traditions, and “Banger”—with its faux deejaying (“Biddy-bye-bye”!) over a vintage reggae sample—definitely sounds like a tribute to those NWA joints from back in the day. So much so it got us thinking about some of our favorite raggamuffin tunes from the gangster rap era. Read our pics for the Top 10 here.

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47 Responses

  1. Yomo and Maulkie

    Admiral Dancehall is not DOC. DOC lost his voice in 1990, Admiral Dancehall appeared in songs well after that. I read years ago that he had passed, RIP Admiral Dancehall…

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    • Jesse Serwer

      It’s possible there were several “Admiral D”s. Admiral D only appears on tracks in which The D.O.C. has writing or production credit… The guy doing the voice on Efil4zaggin was definitely The D.O.C.

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  2. Mexi

    Don Jagwarr actually had a solo album produced by Cube that featured Cube, 2 Pac and Don Gotti. All Ragga-Gangster Rap. More legit and more deserving of a slot in that Top 10 than some of the artists up there.

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  3. Dady Crucial Mat

    In the intro of “Let Me Ride” on patois talking Lady Levi!

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  4. Dady Crucial Mat

    Yeah, really troughout “Efil4zaggin” different ragga-moments. But Admiral D-it’s not the D.O.C, because D.O.C. lost his voice in 89′, when “Always into somethin” and “Dayz of wayback” was recorded in 91′. On many sites can meet information what D.O.C. it’s Admiral D because on Wikipedia has a note what D.O.C. credited as Admiral D. In “Interlude” voice belong to Kokane. In early 90-s Kokane use ragga-elements in his flow what very good see in his debut album “Addictive hip-hop muzik” under name Who Am I and song “Dope sound boy”-best proof of that. So, Admiral D it’s not D.O.C., Kokane or somebody else, he participated in songs of few rappers in 90’s and have his own under name Admiral Dirtbag in 2005. And i don’t think what Admiral had passed way because i have information about him. Anyway, long time i try find this guy and will keep trying!

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  5. Niel B.

    Cool idea for a list but come on… No KRS-One? BDP? “9mm Go Bang”? Hello? KRS practically invented this style.

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