Today is #InternationalReggaeDay! WOY WOY WOY!
I do this for Brooklyn, and all my West Indian folks, and reggae lovers worldwide. This is not to be a list of obscure dancehall tracks to fully proclaim my West Indian-ness, but a list of dancehall jams that I have loved for about the past twenty years. Get into the list. Bust ah whine. Sing at the top of your lungs. Do the butterfly. And continue the vibes for the rest of the day. 🙂
1. Patra feat. Yo Yo – “Romantic Call” (1993)
Box braids and sex appeal run dis ting!
2. Super Cat – “Ghetto Red Hot” (1992)
The level of swag in his stiff little dance. Priceless.
3. Little Vicious – “Freaks” (1994)
Looking back at this song and video, the content was incredibly inappropriate for a boy his age to sing, but it sure did get the party started!
4. Mad Cobra – “Flex” (1992)
I don’t need to explain this one. Self explanatory. Go slow whine in a corner.
5. Shabba Ranks feat. Maxi Priest – “House Call” (Your Body Can’t Lie to Me) (1991)
Do the Bogle and Pepper Seed simultaneously, while taking short slow whine breaks. Appropriate.
6. Mad Lion – “Take It Easy” (1994)
So I know this is really a Hip Hop song with a dancehall singer, but it went hard. Lion’s voice was massive!
7. Beenie Man – “Who Am I” (1997)
What a huge tune! Game changer.
8. Buju Banton feat. Wayne Wonder – “Bonafide Love” (1993)
FAVORITE! I wish there was a music video for this. The liquid gold that is Wayne Wonder’s singing voice paired with Buju’s rough tone is perfect. I stop everything when this plays. EVERYTHING. And sing at the top of my lungs. Because I mean it.