Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Riddims of 2014

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December 22, 2014

8. Greatest Creation

Greatest Creation from Shane Brown’s JukeBoxx Productions lives up to it’s title as one of 2014’s top riddims. After growing up on 90’s dancehall, I can’t help but gravitate toward tunes that bridge the gap from old school to new school and this riddim blends the two seamlessly. With a cast of legendary artists and new-generation superstars running it down over classic drums and modern synths, Greatest Creation manages to create a nostalgic Golden Age feel without sounding dated. This is evident in Konshens’ rendition of “Don Dada” (re-styled as “Don Daddy”), as he pays homage to Super Cat‘s classic, adopting the original Don Dada’s delivery, but in a new-school style.

Another stand out tune is “Big Time Greatest” by Shabba Ranks, as he proves his timeless artistry over a riddim that sounds like it was created just for him. Assassin, Lady Saw andย Tarrus Riley also come with nuff vibes over this feelgood riddim, and all in all the content is upbeat and positive on every track. โ€“ Iron Lyon