Toppa Top 10: Sly + Robbie’s Most Deadly Riddims

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October 27, 2015

10. Carbine (Black Uhuru, 1981)

“Carbine” is one of those deadly tracks from Black Uhuru’s Red album. It’s a tough call because you also have “Sistren” where Robbie almost pulls the strings from his bass; “Journey,” with its wicked Groucho dub; “Utterance,” “Rockstone”… there isn’t an easy riddim in that set. But “Carbine” was so brutal and so relevant for the time, as Uhuru had moved from Jamaica to NYC to escape escalating tensions at home.