Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Albums

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August 15, 2012

ย 7. Buju Banton, Voice of Jamaica (1993)


This was the first glimpse into Buju Bantonโ€™s evolution from a braggadocious, self-centered teenage dancehall star into an international artist. As Buju held firm to his dancehall roots with songs like โ€œNo Respectโ€ and โ€œVigilante,โ€ he also displayed his emerging social consciousness with songs like โ€œWillieโ€ and โ€œTribal Warโ€; then showed his versatility, on his combination with Busta Rhymes on โ€œWicked Act.โ€ Buju also recorded some serious Lovers Rock combinations with Wayne Wonder and Beres Hammond and what we now realize was a soliloquy, โ€œHim Tek Off.โ€ By the time his dancehall peers caught up to him as a deejay, he had already graduated to being a reggae artist with his next album, Til Shiloh.