Reggae and hip-hop have always had a symbiotic and close relationship. From the early days of Jamaican deejaying to today’s contemporary hip-hop scene.
DJ Kool Herc, one of the founding fathers of the hip-hop movement, was a Jamaican immigrant and wanted to have a sound system in the Bronx in the early 70’s. He built his own and brought a whole new culture to the world by doing so. The rest is as you say history.
My new mix is called One Drop Hip-Hop. As the name indicates the tunes brought together are reggae with a hip-hop vibe. The bass is loud and riddims are extraordinary pulsating.
There are many relicks here. For instance the Jah Children riddim and Billie Jean riddim. The former is a brilliant and very clever version on the None A Jah Jah Children riddim by Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus. The latter is a brand new version of the Billie Jean/Chim Cherry riddim, originally produced by Lee Perry, and made famous by American singjay Shinehead in the 80’s.
Other highlights includes the anthemic Rock the Spot from Ward 21 and the brutal Liberation Time by Capleton and rapper Noreaga. Be sure to take cover when this one blasts through your speakers. Noreaga’s fury delivery makes Capleton’s singjaying sound surprisingly serene.
As usual – One Drop Hip-Hop is a continuous mix with no full tracks and some added sound effects. If you like what you hear, please support the artists and labels and purchase the tunes. Most of them are easily available as mp3 or vinyl or CD.
Download by clicking the link (right click, save as). You can also listen and download on Soundcloud. Enjoy!
Artist – song title (label – riddim)
1. Pressure – Ina Dancehall (Irie Ites – Strange Things)
2. Sena – Strange Days (Irie Ites – Strange Things)
3. Alborosie & Kymani Marley – Streets (Shengen)
4. Junior Kelly – Lots of Herb (Nowtime Sound – Jah Children)
5. Chezidek – Herbsman Rise Again (Nowtime Sound – Jah Children)
6. Moese Angel – Jah Jah Mission
7. Sizzla – Police Oppression (Irie Ites – Billie Jean)
8. Spectacular – Born in the Ghetto (Irie Ites – Billie Jean)
9. Ward 21 – Rock the Spot (Richvibes )
10. Sena – Work It (Ghetto Scorp – Eyes On My Purpose)
11. Lutan Fyah – Cut It (Ghetto Scorp – Eyes On My Purpose)
12. Nas & Damian Marley – Friends
13. Lutan Fyah & Spectacular – Kill Dem Sound (Irie Ites – Stop That Train)
14. Mr Benn & Blak Twang & Blackout JA – Long Time (Square One)
15. Mr Benn – Long Time Instrumental (Square One)
16. Capleton & Noreaga – Liberation Time (Kingstone – Cognition)