Toppa Top ’14: The Most Essential Dancehall Singles of 2014

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December 23, 2014


Busy Signalโ€””Professionally”/”Well Prepared”

We couldn’t do a rundown of dancehall in 2014 without acknowledging one of its greatest lyrical stylists. Ever the experimental opportunist, Busy Signal’s most notable recent tracks saw him co-opt a pair of international rhythmsโ€”P Square’s Afrobeats hit “Personally” and Lorde’s “Royals”โ€”turning them into dancehall, on “Professionally” and the late ’13 release, “Well Prepared,” respectively.

KONSHENS -“Sumn Deh”

Courtesy of RVSSIANโ€™s Head Concussion Records, โ€œSumn Dehโ€ was another gem for the producer this year. It wouldnโ€™t be what it is though without Konshens offering up some super fun, X-rated lyrics to the riddim. A perfect response to critics who think slackness in dancehall is tired, โ€œSumn Dehโ€ might make your mother blush but is bound to induce some serious whining in the dancehall.

Gage – “Throat”

The latest post-Kartel darkhorse in the vein of Tommy Lee and Alkaline, Gage isn’t for everyone. Lyrically, his blow-job anthem “Throat” is a bit toughย to swallow (ahem) but his delivery on the minimal, bass-and-tom-tom riddim known as Street Mongrel is nothing if not effective.

Demarco -Good Book

Demarco dropped the toughest song on one of the year’s hardest riddims.