9. “Can’t Stop A Man” (1995)
Remaining relevant in the fast-paced reggae/dancehall market is almost impossible, even for artists who enjoy great fame abroad. For instance, Cecile is huge in Europe but doesn’t enjoy the same fame at home in Jamaica. Recently we heard Gyptian attest to the same thing at a show in Kingston. Yet Beres Hammond is something of a teflon Don. He quite simply remains Jamaica’s favorite living singer. Raw soul and grit has always worked in Jamaica but when matched with uncanny phrasing, smooth arguments and the ability to make a classic riddim sound like it was actually produced for you, the result is something like this.