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

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December 23, 2014

12. Assassin “Sekkle and Cease”


2014 saw a wave of throwback dancehall very much led by Jah Snowconeโ€™s Nuh Fraid riddim. Finding new life this year after originally appearing as โ€œDuppy Nuh Frighten Vampireโ€ from Spragga Benzโ€™s Shotta Culture LP (in 2010), the riddim was voiced by Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Mr. Vegas and a slew of other deejay heavyweights this year. But its Assassin’s take that might be the best. Recalling the rough-and-ready days of late โ€˜80s/early ’90s dancehall, Assassin unleashes aย lyrical fury over the minimal, Sleng Teng-inspired riddim. In his signature guttural flow, Sasco details proper badman attire (โ€œClarks boot and white teesโ€) and even gives a shoutout to NYC (โ€œBushwick to Bronx, mi cyaa left out Queensโ€)โ€”but no hook, though. It’s pure, old-school dancehall at its finest, where all that really mattered was showing your skills on the mic and racking up forwards. For the full effect, checkย the video, which offers up 90’s bashment vibes withย Assassin adorned in a Shabba-like uniform of gold rings, oversized glasses and mesh marinas. โ€”Saxon Baird