oh and theres a semi active dancehall thread here which might be useful as well btw:
Last edited by droid; 19-01-2011 at 01:43 PM.
Dug out that Shabba LP and gave it another listen. Here's a couple of tunes that kind of illustrate what Im talking about. The first is Specialist, the second is steely & Cleevie I think:
Its a real shame these never came out on 7, brilliant production and fantastic lyrics and style. One of the LPs that got me into dancehall incidentally.
Last edited by droid; 19-01-2011 at 01:18 PM.
To add to that: from the era I know best (2003-2006), check Ce'cile and Tanya Stephens' dancehall stuff for dancehall that's definitely not misogynist. Would second Vybz Kartel because I think he's simply the best, but his lyrical content may not appeal.
Originally Posted by unknown soulja
All the blogariddims are big - the one done by Wayne out of Wayne and Wax is a personal favourite.
As to the homophobia, there must've been some very interesting stuff written about it. From an extremely broad, possibly crass perspective, the combination of (a) an extremely strong church antithetical to homosexuality, and (b) a situation of widespread poverty which frequently means people choose social groups to use as scapegoats/outlets fro frustrations in the absence of being able to tangibly blame the wider economic machinations that cause poverty, seem to be the beginnings of an explanation.
Last edited by baboon2004; 19-01-2011 at 01:50 PM.
cheers for the knowledge Droid, I had a feeling you might know. I'd never heard of Clifton Dillon before so I found your posts very interesting. Will check out those other links you posted too.
When I listened to that 5-F man tune for the first time, I'd had a smoke and it just seemed to jump out as something quite special and odd. Futuristic even.
edit: not even gonna attempt to describe why I like it. I suppose like a lot of dancehall stuff, it shouldn't work but it just does.
Last edited by Benny B; 19-01-2011 at 07:45 PM.
damn, that one is fire. thanks for uploading & posting!
Originally Posted by droid
Need to keep an eye out for that album as it seems.
for anyone interested, heres the shabba/specialist tune just discussed. http://www.mediafire.com/?68a9ko7rob7t8vb
Love how shabba shouts 'You flippin' fool!' at the start. Also like how the snares and weird sped up laughter sounds swirl about in the stereo field. Then you get these mad little off-key steel pan bits and heavy metal power chords that don't seem to have anything to do with each other. Somehow it works though.
Yeah, it's really special. When the drums come in, it all starts to hang together brilliantly. Any other dancehall riddims composed from seemingly really disparate elements?
Thought this was as good a place as any to drop in this little list of mine - got any suggestions for it?
dont listen to everyone telling you to listen to heatwave. theres nothing wrong with them but there are 10000000000 other djs that do upfront dancehall better on other stations and in other clubs that cater primarily to a reggae audience.
unless youre name is rodigan why be a white dancehall dj? theres no point to your life. youre not needed.
What is a good place to stay updated on Dancehall? I need to know when things like this are happening.
can't answer your question but i do really like that demarco tune! for what it's worth i picked it up on juno dl shortly after it came out, stuff does turn up there.
heres a little YT splurge...
Stamma kid from UK, loving the riddim
busy riding the afrobeats!!
best thing i heard from ninja since he came out of jail i think
some new vybz (saying new, dont believe any of the stuff getting released is from behind bars, hes got a huge unreleased back catalogue, but yea its fun)
& would love to hear this in the dance, huge tune