Top Ranking Albums of December 2011

1. The Uprising Roots BandSkyfiya [TRU Music 2011]

2. Lisa HanniganPassenger [ATO Records 2011]

3. CommonThe Dreamer, The Believer [Think Common 2011]

4. Various ArtistsHeart and Soul Riddim [Notice Productions 2011]

5. Florence + the MachineCeremonials [Universal Records 2011]

6. The Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Magic of Youth [Big Rig Records 2011]

7. Major LazerOriginal Don [Downtown Records 2011]

8. Raging FyahJudgement Day [Raging Fyah 2011]

9. BeirutThe Rip Tide [Pompeii Records 2011]

10. Various Artists – Dancehall Reggae Playlist Vol. 2 [Tad’s Records 2011]

11. CultsCults [Columbia 2011]

12. Ry CooderPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down [Nonesuch 2011]

13. Sierra HullDaybreak [Rounder Records 2011]

14. Various ArtistsSolid Gold, Vol. 1 [Don Corleon Records 2011]

15. Various ArtistsBomboflow Riddim [Upsetta Records 2011]

16. Ital NoizEveryday Jungle [Universal Egg 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of December 2011

Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Graham Wilkinson – Focus

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju BantonJah Army

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round

Emmylou Harris – My Name Is Emmett Till

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyWanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Bright EyesOne For You, One For Me

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

GyptianDuggu Duggu

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Feel So Good

Richie SpiceMy Life

Paul Simon Getting Ready For Christmas

Alborosie & Junior ReidRespect

Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

Third World, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley96 Degrees 

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, and Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica

The Uprising Roots Band – Steamers

Mac MillerParty On Fifth Ave

Richie Spice – Soothing Sound 

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo-Yo MaAttaboy

Sanchez – El Paso

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

Courtney John – Everyday

The Beastie Boys & Santigold – Don’t Play No Games

Cham – Stronger

Bright Eyes – Firewall

I-Wayne – Pure As the Nile

The Decemberists – June Hymn

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Protoje – Take Control

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

Lil Wayne, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes – Outro

Chino – Driving Me Insane

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear

Laza – One By One

Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Waves on the Ocean

Alborosie – La Revolucion

Brian Wilson – Listen To Me

Assassin – How Mi Feel

James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Shaggy  & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Lyle Lovett – Well…Alright

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Wilco – I Might

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Smith Westerns – Weekend

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Das Racist – Booty in the Air

DeMarco – Love My Life

Tune-Yards – You Yes You

Richie Spice – Legal

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

Easy Star All Stars – Paid My Dues

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

Wiz Khalifa & Too Short – On My Level

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Collie Buddz – Playback

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Gyptian – My Number One

The Decemberists – All Arise!

L.U.S.T. – Flowers on the Wall

Lil Wayne – How To Love

Romain Virgo – The System

Alexi Murdoch – Crinan Wood

Easy Star All Stars, Daddy Lion Chandell, & Junior Jazz – One Likkle Draw

Bright Eyes – A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)

Richie Spice – Father

YACHT – Dystopia

Alborosie & Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama

Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

The Decemberists – January Hymn

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Keep Your Hands of My Gal

Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal Sacred Light

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Coldplay – Paradise

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Gillian Welch – Six White Horses

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Robbie Robertson & Robert Randolph – How To Become Clairvoyant

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

Jeff Lynne – Words of Love

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Adele – Someone Like You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Lil Wayne – President Carter

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

Alexander – In the Twilight

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Ziggy Marley & Heavy D – It

Paul Simon – Rewrite

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

Alexander – Truth

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain – Boom

Easy Star All Stars – Reggae Pension

Alexander – Awake My Body

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Black Baldy Stallion

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Wilco – Dawned On Me

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Ringo Starr – Think It Over

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, & Steve Winwood – Fear of Falling

The Beastie Boys & Nas – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)

Easy Star All Stars – Don’t Stop the Music

Smith Westerns – Only One

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

Alborosie – One Draw

Paul Simon – Love and Blessings

Stephen Marley – Break Us Apart

Das Racist – Relax

Richie Spice – Got To Make It

Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Mavado – Peppa

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Tune-Yards – Bizness

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson – Superman

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Weedwacker Rag

Shaggy & Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) – Feeling Alive

Alexander – Let’s Win

Alborosie – Camilla

Bright Eyes – Haile Selassie

Richie Spice – Serious Woman

Robert Earl Keen – Top Down

Stephen Marley – The Chapel

Alborosei & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Gillian Welch – The Way The Whole Thing Ends

Shaggy & Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

Alexander – Let’s Make To Not Make A Deal

The Decemberists – Rise To Me

Etana – People Talk

Smith Westerns – Still New

Richie Spice – Confirmation

The Decemberists – Rox in the Box

Dr. Dre – Kush

Richie Spice – Mother of Creation

The Beastie Boys – Funky Donkey

Tune-Yards – Killa

Hayes Carll – Another Like You

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Who Do Man

Hayes Carll – Hard Out Here

Richie Spice – Jah Never Let Us Down

Paul Simon – Questions For the Angels

Stephen Marley – She Knows Now

The Decemberists – Dear Avery

Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow

Jamelody – This Time

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo Yo Ma – Less Is Moi

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Wanda Jackson – Thunder On The Mountain

Etana – Crazy

The Beastie Boys – Here’s A Little Something For You

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Dr. Dre – I Need A Doctor

Alexander – A Million Years

Easy Star All Stars, Lady Ann, Tony Tuff, and the Meditations – Easy Now Star

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Alexander – Bad Bad Love

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

Harvey and Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

Robbie Robertson – Tango for Django

The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All

Mavado – Final Destination

Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – River Rock Bottom

Thievery Corporation – Overstand

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot

I-Octane – Nuh Ramp Wid We


Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

The Spiritual Accessories EP
  1. Graham Wilkinson The Spiritual Accessories EP [Little Windmill Records 2011]
  2. Trombone ShortyFor True [Verve Forecast 2011]
  3. Various ArtistsO Brother, Where Art Thou? [Lost Highway 2011]
  4. SuperHeavySuper Heavy [Universal 2011]
  5. Preservation Jazz Hall Band and the Del McCoury Band –  American Legacies [McCoury Music 2011]
  6. Various Artists – Our Favorite Beres Hammond Songs [VP Records 2011]
  7. The Secret Sisters –  The Secret Sisters [Universal Records 2010]
  8. Bunny LeeDub Will Change Your Mind [King Spinna Records 2011]
  9. Aloe Blacc – Good Things [Stones Throw Records 2010]
  10. Various ArtistsListen To Me: Buddy Holly [Verve Forecast 2011]
  11. Augustus PabloThis Is Augustus Pablo [VP Records 2011]
  12. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2011 [VP Records 2011]
  13. WilcoThe Whole Love [dBPM Records 2011]
  14. James Blake and Bon IverFall Creek Boys Choir [Universal Records 2011]
  15. Tom WaitsBad As Me [Anti/Epitaph 2011]
  16. Olivia Tremor ControlThe Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [Cloud Recordings 2011]
  17. Theophilus LondonTimez Are Weird These Days [Warner Brothers 2011]
  18. St. Vincent Strange Mercy [4AD 2011]
  19. George StraitHere For A Good Time [MCA Nashville 2011]
  20. Zee AviGhostbird [Brushfire Records 2011]
  21. Clap Your Hands and Say YeahHysterical [CYHSY 2011]
  22. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter – Marble Son [Station Grey Records 2011]
  23. Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus – Barlande [InFine 2011]
  24. Lisa Hannigan – Passenger [ATO Records 2011]
  25. Lenny KravitzBlack And White America [Atlantic Records 2011]
American Legacies
The Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3
Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

The Best Albums of September 2010

Antifogmatic (Deluxe)
  1. The Punch BrothersAntifogmatic [Nonesuch 2010]
  2. Spragga BenzShotta Culture [Boom Tunes 2010]
  3. Gappy RanksPut The Stereo On [Greensleeves 2010]
  4. Ana Tijou1977 [Nacional Records 2010]
  5. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Acoustic Sessions [2010]
  6. DubmatixSystem Shakedown [Renegade Media 2010]
  7. Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno Dog With A Rope [Tru Thoughts 2010]
  8. Taj Weekes & AdowaA Waterlogged Soul Kitchen [Jatta Records 2010]
  9. Robert PlantBand of Joy [New Rounder 2010]
  10. Lil Jon & The East Side BoyzCrunk Rock [Universal 2010]
  11. Mavis Staples (and Jeff Tweedy) You Are Not Alone [Anti/Epitaph 2010]
  12. Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues [Bloodshot Records 2010]
  13. Richie StephensReggae Revolution [Pot of Gold/VP Records 2010]
  14. Paul WallHeart Of A Champion [Swishahouse 2010]
  15. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lannegan Come Undone [Vanguard 2010]
  16. Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersMojo [Reprise 2010]
  17. Sarah BlaskoAs Day Follows Night [Universal 2010]
  18. Various ArtistsDear New Orleans [ATC Benefits 2010]
  19. Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man [Shangri-La Roots 2010]
  20. Lady Saw My Way [Toasting Music 2010]
  21. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah DogsGod Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise [RCA Records 2010]
  22. Max StallingHome to You [Blind Nello Records 2010]
  23. Ryan Bingham Junky Star [Lost Highway Records 2010]
  24. Grupo FantasmaEl Existential [Nat Geo Music 2010]
  25. James Levy Verses [Township Records 2010]
  26. Danny Malone Verses [Township Records 2010]
  27. AtmosphereTo All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP’s [Rhymesayers 2010]
  28. Hope SandovalThrough The Devil Softly [Netwerk Records 2009]
  29. Bostich & FussibleBulevar 2000 [Nacional Records 2010]
  30. Sahara SmithMyth Of The Heart [Playing in Traffic Records 2010]
  31. Tom Schraeder Once Lace, Now Cotton[Township Records 2010]
  32. Ben Sollee & Daniel MartinDear Companion [Sub Pop Records 2010]
  33. The TrishasThey Call Us The Trishas [Fatty Four Records 2010]
  34. JamesThe Morning After The Night Before [Island/Def Jam 2010]
  35. Green River Ordinance The Morning Passengers EP – Acoustic Sessions [For Mona 2010]
  36. The GreenhornesGun For You [Greenhornes 2010]
  37. RobynBody Talk Pt. 2 [Interscope Records 2010]
  38. Jon Langford & Skull OrchardOld Devils [Bloodshot Records 2010]
  39. T-Model FordPee Wee Get My Gun [Fat Possum Records 2010]
  40. RuskoHold On [Mad Decent Records 2010]
  41. Street Sweeper Social Club – The Ghetto Blaster EP [Street Sweeper Social Club 2010]
  42. Natty King Trodding [Tad’s 2010]
  43. Black Milk Album Of The Year [Fat Beats Records 2010]
  44. Chezidek Herbalist [Tad’s 2010]

Put The Stereo On

System Shakedown

Dog With A Rope

Harlem River Blues [Explicit]

You Are Not Alone

Dear New Orleans [Explicit]

Junky Star

El Existential

Verses

Verses

Once Lace, Now Cotton

Pee Wee Get My Gun [Explicit]

The Best Albums of September 2010

The Best of Albums of August 2010

Lazers Never Die [Explicit]

The Best of August 2010

  1. Busy SignalD.O.B. [VP Records 2010]
  2. John Prine In Person & On Stage [Oh Boy 2010]
  3. Pokey LaFarge and the South City ThreeRiverboat Soul [Free Dirt Records 2010]
  4. Major LazerLazers Never Die [Explicit] [Mad Decent 2010]
  5. Gappy Ranks Put The Stereo On [Greensleeves 2010]
  6. The Black Crowes Croweology [Silver Arrow 2010]
  7. Dennis Brown Reggae Sensation! [Delta 2010]
  8. Asleep at the Wheel & Leon Rausch It’s A Good Day [Bismeaux Records 2010]
  9. Die Antwoord5 – EP [Explicit] [Cherrytree/Interscope 2010]
  10. Lee “Scratch” Perry Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark [Trojan 2010]
  11. Peter Case Wig! [Yep Roc 2010]
  12. April Smith & The Great Picture Show Songs For A Sinking Ship [Little Roscoe 2010]
  13. Los Lobos Tin Can Trust [Shout! Factory 2010]
  14. Inna De Yard All Stars Live in France [Makasound 2010]
  15. Various Artists Stand & Give Praise: Roots Reggae [Trojan 2010]
  16. The Sadies Darker Circles [Yep Roc 2010]
  17. Gov’t Mule By a Thread [Evil Teen 2010]
  18. Red Horse Red Horse [Red House 2010]
  19. Midnite Momentum [Fifth Son Records 2010]
  20. Various Artists – Neccesary Mayhem Presents Sess Retro & Electro Agony Riddim [Necessary Mayhem 2010]
  21. Pinteop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Joined at the Hip [Telarc Records 2010]
  22. Dangermuffin Moonscapes [Dangermuffin 2010]
  23. John Hartford Stringband Memories of John [Red Clay 2010]
  24. Jackie Greene Till the Light Comes [429 Records 2010]
  25. John Mellencamp No Better Than This [Rounder 2010]
  26. Irie Maffia What’s My Name?! [Shiftin Gears 2010]
  27. Various Artists Melody Life: Trojan Sisters [Trojan 2010]
  28. Sting Symphonicities [Deutsche Grammaphon 2010]
  29. Cornadoor Without Restrictions [SoundQuake 2010]
  30. Tim O’Brien – Chicken and Egg [Howdy Sky 2010]
  31. Markscheider Kunst Utopia [Eastblok 2010]
  32. Wavves King of the Beach [Fat Possum Records 2010]
  33. Maikal X Genesis [Rock N’ Vibes 2010]
  34. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today [4AD 2010]
  35. Turbulence The Journey [Sajay Production 2010]

D.O.B.

Riverboat Soul

Croweology

Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark

The Best of Albums of August 2010

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Dancehall Reggae: Ragga

Ragga music is the roughest and rawest form of dancehall reggae. Thus this edition of The World of Reggae Music Collection explores the harder edges of dancehall music scene. Late night soundsystems in Jamaica pump Ragga music with bass thumping and wild lyrical flourishes on the hottest new riddim. The popular singjays and rhymesayers MavadoBusy Signal, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Spragga Benz, and “The Energy God” AKA Elephant Man electrify the modern dancehall music movement. This selection includes the superstars Bounty Killer and Sizzla; staples of the ragga scene Assassin and Kid Kurupt; and some hilarious tracks by Dr. Evil AKA Mr. Evil.

Busy Signal Tic Toc

Bounty Killer – Corrupt

Vybz Kartel – Life Sweet

Black Ryno – Real Stingers

Assassin – How Mi Feel

Mavado – In Di Car Back

Konshens – Sum’n Deh

Beenie ManMy Dickie

Busy Signal Born & Grow

Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel Why You Doing It

Wayne Marshall & Vybz KartelWhy You Doing It (Part 2)

Elephant ManNuh Linga

Predator – Nah No Head

T.O.K. – Gimme Little (If You Want Me)

Chi Ching & Mavado – Settle Down, Part 2

Alkaline – Gyal Bruk Out

Bounty Killer Sadda Dem

Vybz Kartel Pussy Jaw

Taz & Chico Erica (Smirnoff)

Alozade Whine Ufi Whine

Sizzla – Pretty Girls

Busy Signal – Hey Girl

Spragga Benz – We Nuh Like

Vybz Kartel – Dumpa Truck

Assassin – Dem Nuh Want No Gal

CapletonTek Weh U A-K

Mr. Lexx – Tek Di Nite

Buju Banton – Perfect Lady

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Busy Signal – Wine Pon Di Edge

Masicka – Tick A Little

Macka Diamond & Mad Cobra – Washing Money Machine

Mr. Evil & Sean Paul – Back It Up

Vybz Kartel – Money Fi Spend

Beenie Man – Gimme Gimme

Dr. Evil – No STD

Spragga Benz & Wayne Wonder – Dedicated

Beenie Man – Gimmie Likkle

Demarco – Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten

Predator – Mad

Vybz Kartel – Up to the Sky

Kid Kurupt – Sake A Dat Girl

Busy Signal – Money Tree

Merital Family – Gun Dung

Popcaan – Different

Vybz Kartel – Making A Baby

Beenie Man – Chakka Dance

Sanjay – Drop Dat

Leftside – Booty Clap

Aidonia – Flying Dagger AKA 100 Stab

Kid Kurupt – Title

Assassin – Girls Gone Wild

Vybz Kartel – Rise Di K

Mad Cobra – Press Trigger

Bragga Dat – Dagga Dat

Mavado – Nuh Beach Wid Cream

Elephant Man – Sweep

Vybz Kartel – Real Friend

T.O.K. – Hard and Dun

Gappy Ranks – Gunfight

RDX – Bend Over

Ding Dong – Man A Gallis

Admiral Bailey & Beenie Man – Della Move (Remix)

Ward 21 & Major Lazer – Mashup The Dance

Mad Cobra – Wet Dream

Beenie Man & Fambo – I’m Drinking Rum and Red Bull

Gappy Ranks – Look How Long

NEED

Mr. VegasGuinness & Weed

SizzlaShake Up Yuh Na Na

Ricky T – Wheel & Come Again

Collie Buddz Rise It

Spragga Benz Much Love [Explicit]

MavadoSqueeze Breast

Vybz Kartel – Fatter Den A Pound

Beenie Man – Step Up Inna Life

Elephant ManGully Creppa

Voicemail – Dance

AssasinGully Sit’n

Vybz Kartel Play Ting

Mr. EvilLiar

AssassinDon’t Mek Me Hold You

Tony Matterhorn Dutty Wine

Vybz KartelTrailer Load Of Money

BugleWhat We Gonna Do

Assassin – Same Thing

Vybz Kartel You A My Baby

Dr. Evil More Punanny

Vybz KartelBicycle

Sweetie Irie – Gyal Slayer

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Dancehall Reggae: Ragga

World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School

In this edition of The World of Reggae Music Collection the selector dives into the deep catalog of  Dancehall Reggae. This first exploration of the dancehall pulls from the Old School Dancehall tunes from the late 1970s through the 1990s. The kings of the dancehall make the list here, including Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Tenor Saw, Yellowman, and Super Cat. Unique voices, fat riddims, and heavy bass lines make for great dancehall reggae music.

From the creative stylings of Junior ReidTiger and Cutty Ranks to the rough-shod rhyming of Bounty Killer, Capleton, and Buju Banton to the smooth silky voices of Beres Hammond, Sanchez, and Frankie Paul, dancehall music filled the air in Jamaica where its was played over thundering soundsystems with speakers stacked mountain high. This collection of old school dancehall songs includes favorites from Half Pint, Johnny Ousborne, Eek-A-Mouse, Ninjaman, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, as well as the deeper cuts from classic dancehall artists like Early B, Anthony Red Rose, Brigadier Jerry and Super Beagle.

The selector has also made lists of dancehall reggae music, including Classic Dancehall Tracks, New School Danechall Selections, and ruff riding Ragga singles. Please comment on the selections.

Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping

Mallory Williams – She Boom

Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm

Nitty Grity – False Alarm

Super Beagle – Dust A Sound Boy

Cutty Ranks – A Who Seh Ne Dun (Wake De Man)

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote

King Kong – Trouble Again

Tiger – You Dead Now

Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt

Major Worries – Sweet Little Rosie

Johnny Ousborne – Ice Cream Love

Super Cat – Boops

Eek A Mouse – Wa-Do-Dem

Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly

Barrington Levy Shine Eye Gal

Home T, Shabba Ranks, & Cocoa Tea Pirates’ Anthem

PinchersBandelero

Anthony Red Rose – Bangarang

Glamour Murphy – What the Woman Want

Michael Prophet Gunman

Cocoa Tea & Buju Banton – Too Young

Flourgon & NinjamanZig It Up

Dawn Penn & Bounty KillerNo No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore)

Shabba Ranks Love Punnany Bad

Triston Palmer Entertainment

DirtsmanImpeccable

Bounty KillerDead This Time

Cutty RanksStopper

General Levy Heat

Anthony Red Rose Under Me Fat Thing

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Frankie PaulLittle Walter

Barrington LevyMurderer

SupercatDon Dada

YellowmanZungguzungguguzungguzeng

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Tease Me

DegreeBoom Boom

Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas, & Toyan Gunshot

Cocoa Tea – Death In The Stadium

Admiral BaileyPunnany

Wayne WonderSpare Me

Frankie PaulI Know the Score

TigerNo Wanga Gut

Buju Banton – Buju Movin’

Cocoa Tea Good Life

Beres HammondFocussing Time

Chaka Demus – Young Gal Business

Admiral Bailey – Big Belly Man

Charlie ChaplainMiami Vice

Pato Banton Don’t Sniff Coke

NinjamanTest The Highpower

Anthony Red Rose – Tempo

SanchezBrown Eye Girl

Chaka Demus & PliersBam Bam

Smiley CultureCockney Translation

Captain Barkey & Angel Doolas2 By 4

CapletonCan’t Sleep Ah Night

Johnny Ousborne Reasons

Papa San & Lady GLegal Rights

Bounty KillerFitness

Tenor Saw – I Got To Be There (Roll Call)

Tristan Palmer – Shank I Sheck

Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica, Jamaica

Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland – Action

Red DragonHol’ A Fresh

Anthony Red Rose & Bounty Killer Intimate Woman

Super Cat – Nuff Man A Dead

Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly

Bounty KillerLook

Barrington LevyBlack Roses

Sizzla – Got To Survive

Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side

Papa SanHippitti Hippitti Hop

Gregory IsaacsSoon Forward

Bounty Killer War

Michael Palmer I’m Still Dancing

Eek-A-Mouse – Peenie Walli

Tenor Saw – No Work on Sunday

Lieutenant Stitchie – Hello Carol

Admiral Bailey – Horse Tonic

Shabba Ranks – Trailer Load A Girls

Anthony B – Fire Come Now

Capleton – Alms House

Echo Minott – Lazy Body

Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Holding On

Ninja Man & Bounty Killer – Bwoy Nuh Run

Tenor Saw – Fever

Admiral Bailey – No Way No Better Than Yard

Eek-A-Mouse – Operation Eradication

Carlton Livingston & Shabba Ranks – Don’t Follow Rumors

Bounty Killer – Ask Fi War

Cocoa Tea – She Loves Me Now

Lukie D & Shabba Ranks – Talk Talk (Remix)

Cocoa Tea – Love Me

Shabba Ranks – Ting-A-Ling

Tenor Saw – Shirley Jones

Tenor Saw – Shirley Dub

Eek-A-Mouse – Assassinator

Shabba Ranks – Well Done

Shinehead – The Real Rock

Cocoa Tea, Home T, & Shabba Ranks – Who She Love

NEED

Johnny Osbourne – Gangster Sound

Triston Palmer – Roaming Girl

Michael Palmer – Gunshot A Burst

Bobby Melody – Ram the Session

Reggie Stepper – Cu- Oonuh

Frankie Paul – Call the Brigade

Cornell Campbell – Mash You Down

King Kong – Dem Nah Do Nuttun

Lt. Stitchie – Wear Your Size

Pinchers – Lorna

Half Pint – Brother Love

Home T, Cocoa T, & Cutty Ranks – Another One For The Road

Ranking Joe – River Jordan

Terror Fabulous & Maxi Priest – Drop It

Wayne Wade – Poor And Humble

Brigadier Jerry – Lyrics Of Mine

Buju Banton – Love Black Woman

Charlie Chaplain – Nah Go Married

Frankie Paul – Nothing No Deh

Junior Reid – Boom-Shack-A-Lack

Mikey General – As A Man Thinketh

Nardo Ranks – Burrups

Ninjaman – Murder Dem

Shinehead – Jamaican In New York

Tippa Irie – Hello Darling

Tony Rebel – Money Tree

Junior Tucker – One of the Poorest People

Reggie Stepper – Under Mi Sin Ting

Yellowman – Bam Bam

Pinchers – Agony

Cutty Ranks – Chop Chop

Super Cat – Trash And Ready

Johnny Osbourne – Mission

Early B – Deaf Ears

Mikey General – In A Dis Ya Gideon

Barrington Levy – Strange

Shabba Ranks – Respect

Early B – Imitator

Tiger – Boombastic

World of Reggae Music Collection: Dancehall Reggae–The Old School

The World of Reggae Music–Dancehall Reggae: The New School

On this edition of the World Reggae Music Collection the dancehall is explored. This volume follows the New School Dancehall Reggae artists. The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man and the controversial Buju Banton make the New School, but it is the young talented new singjays that lead on this compilation of killer singles. The heavy hitting Busy Signal, Mavado, and Bugle alongside the popular Sean Paul, Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, and Collie Buddz provide original lyrics and styles over blazing riddims.

Dancehall Reggae: The New School

Chuckle Berry – Good Life

Beenie Man & Lil Kim – Fresh From Yard

Gyptian – Duggu Duggu

Busy Signal Jail

Vybz Kartel – Like A Movie

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju Banton – Jah Army

Heavy D – Long Distance Girlfriend

Sean Paul Watch Them Roll

Shaggy, Rik Rok, & Tony GoldBonafide Girl

Jah Mason & Nico D – Ruff Times

Gyptian – Hold You

Lady Saw  – Me Hold You (Raw)

Protoje – Take Control

MungaBad From Mi Born

Laden – Time To Shine

Collie Buddz – Let Me Know

MavadoTop Shotta Nah Miss

Mr. Vegas Barrington Levy – Mus Come A Road

Elephant Man Bring It

Bugle – What Have I Done To You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Sean Paul & Konshens – Want Dem All

Whippa Demus & Tarrus Riley – Special Occasion

Beenie Man & Ms. ThingDude

Tanya Stephens – Can’t Breathe

Elan & Cutty Ranks – You Don’t Come Around

I-Wayne – Can’t Satisfy Her

Chino – Never Change (From Mawning)

Queen Ifrica – Welcome to Montego Bay

Collie Buddz – Movin’ On

Bounty Killer & Wayne Marshall – Smoke Clears

Gyptian – Nah Let Go

Popcaan – Everything Nice

Busy Signal, Anthony Red Rose, & Joe Lickshot – 119

Protoje – Kingston Be Wise

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, Treach of Naughty By Nature, & Bunny Wailer – Educated Fools

Rankin’ SkrooRun Come

Chuck Fenda – Gash Dem

YTMillion StylezMr. WilliamzBlack JA, & Iver – Champion Sound

Assassin – Hand Inna Di Air

Elephant Man – Dance and Sweep

Sean Paul – So Fine

Noiseshaper – The Signal

ChezidekCall Pon Dem

Beres Hammond – Give It All You Got

Queen Ifrica – Below The Waist (Put on Yuh Thong)

Skarra Mucci & Delroy Wilson – Movie Star

Collie Buddz – No Time

T.O.K., Ms. Thing, & Major Lazer – Bruk Out

Barrington Levy & Slightly Stoopid – See It No Other Way

Alborosie – Sound Killa

Sean Paul & Iggy Azaela – Wickedest Style

Heavy D & Barrington Levy – Love Me Like This

Agent Sasco – She’s Gone

Gyptian – Tease Me (Haffi Easy)

Busy Signal – People So Evil

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Wanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Tanya Stephens – Unapologetic

Gentleman & Red Rose – Tempolution

Jahdan Blakkamore & Major Lazer – Cash Flow

Collie Buddz & Major Lazer – Good Enuff

Tarrus Riley & Konshens – To The Limit Remix

Mr. Vegas Tek Weh Yuh Self

JavaughnRich Quick

Kymani MarleyThe March

Lone Ranger, Brisa Roche, Bost & BimJamaican Boy

Cham & Michael Rose – Stronger

I-Wayne – Leave If You Want To Leave

Demarco – Fallen Soldier

Kim Davis & SizzlaHush

Busy Signal Cool Baby

Collie BuddzMamacita

ShaggyMore Woman

Gentleman & Sugar Minott – Good Old Days

Seeed – Dancehall Caballeros

Sean PaulPick It Up & Drop It

Tanya StephensIt’s A Pity

Natural Black Far From Reality

Munga – Take My Place

Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, & Gaza Slim – Clarks

Wayne Marhsall, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Aidonia, & Vybz Kartel – Go Hard

Demarco – She Can’t Wait

Agent Sasco – Island Lover

Bounty Killer – Roots, Reality And Culture

Wayne Wonder & Trina – For My Love

Beenie Man – Blackboard

Chino & Denyque – Driving Me Insane 

Burro Banton – Bad Like Mi

Collie Buddz – Playback

AkonMama Africa

Serani – She Loves Me

Voicemail & Ding DongWacky Dip

DemarcoSort Dem Out

SizzlaSpring Break

BugleJourneys

Busy Signal – These Are The Days

Vybz Kartel & Major Lazer – Pon Di Floor

Beenie ManWine Gal

Collie Buddz – Gimmie Love

JamelodyPressure

Anthony B – Tease Her

Serani & BugleDoh

Collie Buddz – Come Down

T-Pain, Kardinal Offishall, & ChamShottas

KonshensWinner

Gentleman – Runaway

MavadoOvercome

ShaggyBody A Shake

Melanie “Syren” HallSomebody Come Get Me

SeraniPlaying Games

Bolistik, Lutan Fyah, Junior Reid, Rankin Scroo, & Ras Attitude – One Big Family

Bugle & Tarrus Riley Nothing Change

DeMarco – Love My Life

Everton Blender & Tony Rebel – Kanta Combination

Richie Spice Brown Skin

Laden – Money Over War

Mavado – On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)

Sean Paul Press It Up

Busy Signal – Unknown Number

Tarrus Riley & KonshensGood Girl Gone Bad

SizzlaGood Ways

Mavado & BugleSet Me Free

Collie Buddz – Eyez

Michael Rose – Short Temper

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Elephant Man & Bounty Killer – How We Do It

Junior Reid & Alborosie – Respect

Heavy D & Sizzla – Private Dancer

Collie Buddz – Phonecall

Tanya Stephens – Pon De Corner

Buju Banton – Don’t Follow

WASP – Unfair Officer

Shaggy, Sizzla, & Collie Buddz – Mad Mad World

Mavado & Nicky Minaj – Give It All To Me

Busy Signal – Fire Ball

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Set Up Shop

Snoop Lion & Mavado – Lighters Up

Wayne Marshall & Mavado – My Heart (Remix)

Sean Paul – Concrete

T.O.K. – Girlz, Girlz

Seeed – Ding

Mavado – Peppa

Snoop Lion & Mr. Vegas – Fruit Juice

Burro Banton – Inna Mi League

Collie Buddz – Nice Up Yourself

Bushman & Skarra Mucci – Pretty Looks

Sizzla – Rise To The Occasion

Busy Signal & Chris Martin – Lock Di Endz

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

YTMr. WilliamsBlackout JaMichie One – Bills

Sean Paul – Turn Me On

Richie Spice – Galang Yah Gal

Chino – Protected

Romain Virgo – What This Pon Me

I-Octane – Think A Little Time

Collie Buddz – My Everything

Apache Indian & Desmond Dekker – The Israelites

Jah Cure Junior Reid – Hot Long Time

DeMarco – Good Book

Lutan Fyah – Over Come Dem

YT – Real Music

Sean Paul – Tallest

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

MavadoSo Special

Anthony B – Just Can’t Live That Way

Wayne Marshall – Swaggin WTF!! (Too Bad For You)

Laza – One By One

Lutan Fyah – Come Over

Jah Cure – Respect

Rock City – All I Want

Vybz Kartel – Better Can Wuk (Stuck)

Delly Ranx, Taranchyla, & Froggy Madd Squad – Wifey Anthem/Video Light Meledy

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Bramma – Bad

Tarrus Riley – Dem A Watch (Wanna See Us Break Up)

Mavado – Final Destination

Everton Blender & Beenie Man – Slackness

Marcia Griffiths – A Beer and A Girl

Gentleman & Christopher Martin – To The Top

M.I.A., Busy Signal, & Major Lazer – Sound Of Siren

Shaggy & Agent Sasco – Feeling Alive

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

T.O.K. – Couple Up

Popcaan – Ravin

Mr. Vegas – Good Life

Jah Vinci Watch Your Friends

Sean Paul – Got 2 Love U

Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Suga Roy, & Conrad Crystal – She Call Mi Phone

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Dem Neva Mek It

MavadoMocking Bird

Alborosie – Bad Mind

Prodigal SonHead Cyaan Hot So

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Sean Paul – Caught

Da Professor – Summer Nice

Richie Spice – My Love

MavadoHope And Pray

Mr. Vegas – Gallis

Cutty Ranks – Blood Stain

Jimmy Riley – Contradictions

Lutan Fyah & Adeena Myrie – If That Girl

Bounty Killer – Mr. Pol-lu-tition

Charly Blacks – Bubble Again (That Mi Seh)

Jah Vinci – Gawn Home

Michael Rose – Dance Wicked

Mavado – Nine Life

Romain Virgo – Can’t You See

Busy Signal – How you Bad So

I-Octane – Nah Ramp Wid Me

Khago – Nah Sell Out

Beenie Man – I’m OK

Shaggy & Alaine – For Your Eyez Only

Seeed – Schwinger

Tony Matterhorn – Dancehall Duppy

Mavado – Don’t Worry

Harvey & Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

I-Octane – My Life

Bugle – Tell Me

Michael Rose – Never Give It Up

Konshens – Crossfire

NEED

Perfect – Corner Store

Mr. Vegas, Rayvon, Channel Live, U-Roy – Wear You to the Ball

Ms. Dynamite – Fall In Love Again

Mr. Vegas – Sassa Step

Mavado – House Cleaning

Bramma – Deh Body Dem

Demarco – Tru Friend

Beenie Man & Camar – Jamaican Party

Sean Paul – All Night Long

The World of Reggae Music–Dancehall Reggae: The New School

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

World of Reggae Music: Roots and Culture

Rastaman

Red, gold, and green flags emblazoned with the Lion of Judah fly above swirling clouds of ganja smoke while pulsing bass and driving reggae riddims flow through sound systems stacked ten-feet high. This edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection is entitled Roots and Culture. This first volume of Roots and Culture features the Rastaman. The Rastaman is an integral part of Caribbean culture and the reggae movement.

Rita Marleyintroduced Robert Nesta Marley to the foundations of the Rastafarian religion or “way of life.” She had seen the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I on his visit to Jamaica and had been struck by the spirit on seeing what she believed to be an incarnation of God, Jah Rastafari. Bob Marley and The Wailers later became a great messenger of the “king’s music.”

Bob Marley and The Wailers, the I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths), Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailerall professed to the wisdom of Jah in their music. Not only did Marley and the Wailer family play roots and culture reggae, but so did the great rastaman icons Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Jacob Miller. The Rastafarian-inspired bands The Abyssinians, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Gladiators, The Melodians, The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Culture,Wailing Souls, Third World, Israel Vibration, The Itals, and The Heptones rocked reggae for crowds of thousands of listeners and fired the souls and imaginations of millions of fans.

Not only the great reggae bands played tribute to the roots and culture of the rastaman, but so did the finest singjays from Dillinger, Barrington Levy, Ranking JoeSizzla, and Luciano to Buju Banton, Half Pint, Capleton, Anthony B, and Konshens. From the young to the old, from Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Morgan Heritage, Alborosie, and Bushman to the old-school reggae originals of Jimmy RileyHorace Andy, Johnny Clarke, and Cornell Campbell, Rastafarian culture and reggae still captures the pulse of an Island people.

The AbyssiniansSatta Massagana

Capleton – Raggy Road

Bob Marley & the WailersRastaman Chant

Sly & Robbie – Rastaman Chant

Stephen Marley & Ziggy Marley – The Chapel

Black Uhuru & the Revolutionaries Dread In The Mountain

AswadCandles

The Melodians Rivers Of Babylon

Linval Thompson & U-Roy – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks & Joyful Locks

Steel PulseNot King James Version

Josey Wales – Bobo Dread

VC – By His Deeds

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Live Up!

Burning Spear – Old Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – Farther East of Jack

Chronixx – Capture Land

Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah

Peter ToshIgziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Callin’

Barrington LevyA Yah We Deh

Bunny Wailer, Toot & the MaytalsTake A Trip

The Heptones Cool Rasta

Luciano – It’s Me Again Jah

The ShadowsBrother Noah

Buju Banton – Untold Stories

Gregory IsaacsThief a Man

Jacob MillerTenement Yard

Israel Vibration Jericho

Busy Signal – Nah Follow Dem

Morgan HeritageDown By The River

Bob Marley & the Wailers Positive Vibration

The Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof

Ini Kamoze – I Want Ital

Delroy Wilson – Rascal Man

Tony Rebel – Jah Is By My Side

Kiddus I – Graduation In Zion

Sizzla – Rastaman Chant

Third World – Cool Meditation

Jah Cure – Trod in the Valley

Dennis Brown – To the Foundation

Luciano & Sizzla – Jah Blessing

Fred Locks – Black Star Liner

Willie Williams – Armagideon Time

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live

Sly & Robbie – Jah Live

Raging Fyah – Jah Glory

The Abyssinians – Declaration Of Rights

Buju Banton – Give I Strength

Steel Pulse – Babylon Makes The Rules

Chronixx – Rastaman Wheel Out

Burning Spear – Red, Gold & Green

Burning Spear – Workshop

Alborosie – I Rusalem

The Wailing Souls – Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall

Black Uhuru – Whole World Is Africa

Alton Ellis – Back To Africa

Gentleman – Jah Jah Never Fail

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide and Protect Me

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide Dub

Alborosie – Rastafari Anthem

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread

Irie Love – Put Jah First

Garnett Silk – Kingly Character

Horace Andy – Psalm 68

Horace Andy – Dub 68

Half Pint – Bless Us

Buju Banton – ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest

Johnny Clarke – Satta Massagana

I-Roy – Satta

Cocoa Tea – Heathen

Anthony B & Horace Andy – Enter The Kingdom of Zion

J.O.E. – Rasta Chant

The Abyssinians – Y Mas Gan

Alborosie – Dung A Babylon

Toyan – Dread in a Babylon

Damian Marley & Nas – Africa Must Wake Up

Sugar Minott – Black Roots

Burning Spear – Lion

Third World – Dreamland

Tarrus Riley – Love Created I

Johnny Clarke – Be Holy My Brothers And Sisters

Israel Vibration – We a De Rasta

Burning Spear – Jah No Dead

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion

Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise

Black-Am-I – Samson Strength

Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie

Mad Cobra – Salassi I Rule

The Mighty Diamonds – Africa

Busy Signal – Jah Love

Ranking Joe & Michael Rose – Poor Man Struggle

Alborosie – Humbleness

Steel Pulse – Biko’s Kindred Lament

The Gladiators – Roots Natty

Sizzla – Black Woman & Child

Busy Signal – Run Whey

Gentleman – Strange Things

Raging Fyah – Music Isn’t Biased

Alborosie – Still Blazing

Yabby You – Conquering Lion

Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari

The Itals – Roll River Jordan

Johnny Clarke – Enter Into His Gates

Third World – Satta Massagana

Raging Fyah – Behold

Israel Vibration – Sodom and Gomarrah

Cornell Campbell – Lion of Judah

Freddie McGregor – Be Alright

Anthony B – Give Praises

Cocoa Tea – Holy Mount Zion

Bunny Wailer – Rastaman

The Mighty Diamonds – jah Will Work It Out

Johnny Clarke – False Rasta

Alborosie – Grow Your Dreads

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Alton Ellis – True Born African

Black Uhuru – Leaving to Zion

Culture – Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion

Aswad – Back To Africa

The Mighty Diamonds – Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks

Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus – Rise Jah Jah Children (The Lion Sleeps)

The Wailing SoulsJah Give Us Life

Winston Francis Going to Zion

Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon

Alborosie – Call Up Jah

Morgan Heritage – Hail Up the Lion

Michael Prophet – Jah Love

NEED

Capleton & Luciano – Hail King Selassie

SizzlaReally And Truly

Patrick Andy – Living in Mount Zion

Wayne Wade – Poor and Humble

Ras Bug – Fisherman

I-Roy – Rootsman

Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp

Willie Francis – Let’s Go To Zion

Earth & Stone – False Ruler

BushmanKing Selassie I

Determinejah a mi sponsor

LucianoJah Is My Navigator

Horace Andy – Children of Israel

Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Jordan River

Sugar Minott – Rome

Devon Irons – When Jah Comes

Max Romeo – Babylon’s Burning

Luciano – Jah Live

Morgan Heritage – Set Yourself Free

Bushman – What’s the Matter With the World

Beres Hammond & Flourgon – I Love Jah

Garnett Silk – Mama Africa

Culture – Humble African

Anthony Cruz & Marlene Johnson – Africa

Tarrus Riley – Marcus Teaching

Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen

Black Uhuru – Going To Zion

Hell & Fire – Show Us The Way

Little Roy – Bongo Nyah

Junior Byles – King Of Babylon

Konshens – Rasta Imposter

Luciano & Candy Man – Dem No Know Jah

Max Roemo, Conrad Crystal, & Suga Roy – Chant Rasta

Peter Tosh – Mama Africa

Alborosie – I Am

Frankie Paul – Red, Gold, and Green

Cornell Campbell – I Heart Is Clean/Zinc Fence

Dillinger – Gate Number

Pancho Alphonso & the Revolutionaries – Never Give Up In Babylon

Burning Spear – Jah Is Real

Jimmy Riley – Tell The Youths The Truth

Dolphin Morris & Prince Far I – Su Su Pan Rasta / Heavy Manners

Gregory Isaacs – Babylon Too Rough

Culture – Jah Rastafari 

The Wailing Souls – They Don’t Know Jah

Jacob Miller – I’m A Rastaman

Conrad Crystal, Suga Roy, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem

Jah Is My Navigator

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009