Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehallโ€™s Greatest Lady Deejays

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May 23, 2014

9. Shelly Thunder

Shelly Thunder is probably most known for her massive โ€˜80s dancehall hit โ€œKuffโ€ that lyrically struck back at the male-dominated dancehall scene, encouraging women to smack a man who steps out of line. Born in Jamaica, Thunder spent her formative years in Brooklyn, cutting her teeth as a deejay on the boroughโ€™s burgeoning sound system scene. She recorded her first hit “Shock Mi a Shock” over the Sleng Teng riddim with producer and fellow Jamaican expat Whitfield Henry for his NYC-based Witty label. She would score other hits with Henry including the seminal โ€œKuffโ€ before signing to Chris Blackwellโ€™s Island Records where she dropped the successful crossover dancehall LP Fresh Out the Pack. Since then, Thunder has changed up her vibe but remains active musically as a gospel reggae singer and minister. โ€”Saxon Baird