TOPPA TOP 10: THE BEST REGGAE SINGLES OF 2017*

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3. Samory-I, “Rasta Nuh Gangsta”

“Rasta Nuh Gangsta” is the standout track on Samory-I’s debut album Black Gold, a collaboration with selector/producer Rory Stone Love. Samory tells a story of being misunderstood, profiled and harassed by the police due to his appearance and Rastafarian beliefs. “I’m here to set Jah people free, peace and love is my philosophy,” Samory declares in protest to the song’s figurative officer figure. Samory-I’s emotion filled vocals and Rory’s production combine to form a sound that recalls vintage roots reggae, but does not sound dated or out of place today. — Gibbo

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