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Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo via UpNorthTrips—
Words by Jesse Serwer
Bounty Killer is dancehall’s king of beef. It’s fitting that the man who calls himself the Warlord (and who has recently revived his longstanding and somewhat career-defining feud with Beenie Man) would find synergy with Mobb Deep, a group whose career has been similarly colored by static with other artists. The brand-new tune “Dead Man’s Shoes,” featured here last week, isn’t the first time these generals have joined forces on a war chant: Bounty first linked with Prodigy and Havoc 13 years ago, on “Dead Zone” from his Next Millenium album. In fact, Bounty has collaborated with and featured on songs by more rappers than almost any other major dancehall artist. (How ahead of the game has Bounty been with this hip-hop stuff? He had DJ Khaled do the intro to one of his albums way back in 2002—did you know who Khaled was back then?) And for the most part, these connections have been rock solid. Seeing how Bounty has turned up in almost every one of my Heds and Dreds columns, from those on Smif N Wessun to our latest with Special Ed, it seemed only right to turn the tables and spotlight him this time.
Words by Martei Korley
Hearing Omar sing over the staccato yet laid-back bass lines of ‘There’s Nothing Like This” for the first time circa 1990, “This cat’s got style” was the only thing that came to mind. He weaved an aural tapestry with the ease of a Ronald Isley, but with a very modern feel. Omar Lye-Fook rose to become a star of the UK soul scene with this song, continuing a family tradition. His Jamaican father was a bandleader and founded the imprint Kongo Records, on which “There’s Nothing Like It” was first released. Bringing things back full circle, the song’s riddim was subsequently used by none other than Junior Reid. The “One Blood” singer re-recorded The Mighty Diamonds performing “I Need A Roof” over the track on a remix for his J.R. Productions label, creating what was perhaps the first neo-soul mash-up to emerge from Jamaica. As was appropriate for such a wistful song, the sepia-toned video taps into the carefree feel of a childhood summer.
Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford
Reggaeitus–it’s contagious! In the last decade there has been a growing pattern of songs that included (or attempted to include) elements of reggae. A slice of reggae pie with your bubblegum, if you will. There have been horrible tracks that blended about as well as you would expect the flavors of rumcake and bubblegum to compliment each other. But still–we’ve been blessed with some cool tunes as well.