Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Garnet Silk Tunes

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10. “Kingly Character”

One of Silk’s signature tunes this 45, with its affirmation of Christ, in his kingly character embodied Garnett’s role as one of a small movement of conscious Rasta artists calling themselves the Christian Souljahs. Including deejay Tony Rebel as well as poet Yasus Afari, the Christian Souljahs took a stand against both the rising slackness of dancehall and the bible-burning of some radical Rasta leaders. It makes a fitting swan song for Garnett, given that his whole contribution to reggae could be summed up as embracing the urgency of Rasta-inflected roots and the best of tough dancehall production–and then taking them to church.