Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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9. Yellowman, “Over Me” (1981)

It is commonly said that “only the strong survive,” and even in a land that was now becoming known just as much for its politics, poverty, and pestilence, as it was for parties, patties, and “positive vibes,” the most unassuming of characters can step out of the crowd and make something happen, as if by magic. One such character was Winston “Yellowman” Foster, a young albino orphan, who stepped out on the scene in the 1980s and became not only the world’s first international deejay, but perhaps the most loved and respected toaster currently active.

Yellowman is the first Jamaican artist to amass a record thirteen albums released in one year, a lot of talent for someone who was otherwise considered an outcast because of his rare skin condition. That alone was a testament that proved above all that the demand was for Yellowman. He was also the first deejay to be signed to a major international corporate label (CBS Records), the first deejay to make a prominent appearance with a major hip-hop act (RUN-DMC) and is still the most talked-about Jamaican deejay in America to this day.

Yellow Man is best known for his distinctive voice, his braggadocious swagger and his love for the ladies.

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