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

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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

World of Reggae Music Collection: Boss Deejays

BOSS DEEJAYS

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses in on the boss deejays. This list is heavily laden with the top ranking deejays U Roy, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, and I Roy. In this edition U-Roy “The Originator” especially shines. Also the unique stylings of Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Ranking Joe, and Trinity appear alongside the famous female deejay Sister Nancy. And make sure to check out the deejay Early B and his amazing story songs “History Of Jamaica” and “Bible Story.” The boss deejays are the fathers and mothers of rap music. They were the first to take instrumental versions and dubs, and toast over the top of them. Thus these toasters are not only important to the foundations of reggae music, but also to the roots of rap and hip-hop music. Plus if you listen closely there is a message. There are many life lessons that can be learned from these Boss Deejays. Yes in fact these toasters make good teachers. So Remember when you ride like lightning, you crash like thunder. And if you can’t be good then you must be careful.

U-RoyTom Drunk

Big Youth Screaming Target

Sister NancyBam Bam

TrinityThree Piece Suit

ScottyDraw Your Brakes

Big Youth – Cool Breeze

General Echo – This Is A Lover’s Corner

U-Roy – Rule of The Nation

Josey Wales – Ready Fi Josey

Winston Scotland – My Little Filly

Yellowman – Mr. Chin

I-Roy – Welding

Dr. AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In Town

Dennis Alcapone – Shades Of Hudson

Lee “Sratch” Perry – Bathroom Skank

Toyan – Spar With Me

U-Roy – Wake The Town

Early B – History of Jamaica

Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed

Welton Irie – Hotter Reggae Music

Nicodemus – Bone Connection

Josey Wales – Let Go Me Hand

Clint Eastwood – What A Hard Man Fe Dead

Billy Boyo – Scandal

Peter Metro – Front Line Get Raid

Trinity – Psalms

I-Roy – Maggie Breast

Dennis Alcapone – It Must Come

U-Roy – Your Ace From Outer Space

Lone Ranger – Natty Dread on the Go

Winston Williams – DJ’s Choice

Early B – Bible Story

Nitty Gritty – Hog In A Minty

Big Youth – S.90 Skank

Dennis Alcapone – Pop A Version

Yellowman – Mad Over Me

Peter Tosh & U-Roy – Rightful Ruler

Clint Eastwood – Shine Eye Gal

King Stitt & Andy Capp – Herbsman Shuffle

DillingerFlat Foot Hustling

I-Roy African Herbsman

Dave Barker Lock Jaw

U-Roy & John Holt – Tide Is High

Dennis Alcapone – King of the Track

Big Youth – Natty Dread She Want

Scotty – Unbelievable Sound

Dennis Alcapone & Lee “Sratch” Perry – Back Biter

U-Roy – Gorgon Wise

I-Roy – Queen of the Minstrel (Version)

Ranking Ann – Black Rock Posse

Big Youth – Solomon A Gunday

Josey Wales – Nah Lef You

Tiger – When

Cutty Ranks – What Can You Do

Dave Barker – Hot Sauce AKA the Agro Man is Back

U-Roy & Delroy Wilson – You Keep on Running

I-Roy – New York City

Dennis Alcapone – Ba-Ba-Ri-Ba Skank

Big Youth – Tipper Tone Rock

Ranking Joe & CultureBaldhead Bridge

Winston Williams – Sweet Like Candy

U-Roy – Dynamic Fashion Way

Big Youth – Waterhouse Rock

I-Roy – African Roots

Dr. Alimantado – Gimme Mi Gun

Dennis Alcapone – DJs Chocie

U-Roy – Ain’t The Loving You

Scotty – Children Children

Josey Wales – Throw Me Corn

Lee “Scratch” Perry – French Connection

U-Roy – Treasure Isle Skank

Dennis Alcapone & Hopeton Lewis – Judgement Day

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – Togetherness

U-Roy – Version Galore

U-Roy & Love Trio in DubVersion Galore

Big Youth – Foreman Vs. Frazier

Ninjaman & Tinga Stewart Cover Me

U-BrownBlack Princess

Ranking Dread Marijuana In My Soul

Josey Wales – Undercover Lover

Big Youth – The Killer

U-Roy – Big Boy and Teacher

Nitty Gritty – Drape Her Up

Dillinger – Tickle Me

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub Lovers Rock

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – Lovers Rock (Dreadbeat Knockout)

Ranking Trevor & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Caveman Skank

Toyan – Solomon Never Wise

Josey Wales – Kingston Hot

Dennis Alcapone – Teach the Children

Barrington Levy & Trinity – Give Thanks and Praise

Dillinger – Cocaine in my Brain

Big Youth – Facts of Life

U-Roy – Way Down South

I-Roy – Funky Punk Rock

Toyan – Stylee

Cocoa Tea – Diet Rock 

Peter Tosh & Winston Scotland – Skanky Dog

Bunny Lie Lie & Lee Van Cleef – Mr. Dynamite

U-Brown & Dub Syndicate – Lion King

Dave Barker – Funky Funky Reggae

U-Roy – Rock With I

Josey Wales – Music Diseases

Big Youth – Be Careful

Trinity – Peace Conference in Western Kingston

Dennis Brown & U-Roy – Money in my Pocket

I-Roy – Crisis Time

Toyan – Love & Devotion

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – Jah Rasta

U-Roy & Horace Andy – Money Money

Trinity – Kendall Crash

Josey Wales – Look Work

U-Roy – Every Knee Shall Bow

Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Ride On/Wild Goose Chase

I- Roy – Musical Injection

Dillinger – Roots Natty Congo

U-Roy – Cool Down Your Temper

Marcia Aitken & Trinity – I’m Still in Love With You/Three Piece Suit

Triston Palmer, Jah Thomas, & Toyan – Entertainment

Michael Palmer & Jim Brown – Ghetto Dance

U-Roy – I Shall Not Be Moved

Little John & Toyan – Jah Guide I

Sammy Dread & Tappa Zukie – Dreadlocks Girl

Big Joe – Natty on Vacation

U-Roy – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Clint Eastwood – Caroline

U-Roy – Higher on the Mountain

Jah Stitch – Cool Down Youthmn

U-Roy – Natty Rebel (Joe Strummer Intro)

Capleton – A So We Stay

U-Roy – King Tubby’s Skank

Poison Chang – Dance and Wine

U-Roy – Flashing My Whip

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Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy – Mr. Brown’s Coffin

Shorty the President – Mash Up the Resident

Prince Jazzbo – Lorna Banana

U-Brown & Culture – Innocent Blood/Rock It Up

Winston Scotland – Butter Cup

Sound Dimension – Psychadelic Rock (Rockfort Rock)

U-Roy – No. 1 in the World

U-Roy – Dreamland

U-Roy – Creation Rebel

U-Roy – Catty

I-Roy & Culture – Natty Dread Taking Over

I-Roy & Culture – I’m Not Ashamed

I-Roy – War and Friction

I-Roy – Hospitality Trolley

I-Roy – Loving Pauper

I-Roy & Johnny Clarke – Satta

I-Roy – Blackman Time

Dillinger – John Devour

Dillinger – Plantation Heights

Dillinger – Eastman Skank

Dillinger – Middle East Rock

Dillinger – C.B. 200

Big Youth – Three Blind Mice

Big Youth – All Nations Bow

Big Youth – Knotty No Jester

Big Youth, Conrad Crystal, & Suga Roy – Early This Morning

Dennis Alcapone – Run Run

Dennis Alcapone – Usain Bolt of Lightning

Sammy Dread – M16

Sammy Dread – Roadblock

Lone Ranger – M16

Lone Ranger – Love Bump

Lone Ranger – The Answer

Cutty Ranks – Experience

Trinity – Uptown Girl

Trinity – Jamaican Dollar

Trinity – Jesus Dread

Trinity – Freedom Style

Ruddy Thomas & Trinity – Loving Pauper/Judgement Time

Early B – Tour the World

Josey Wales – Man Shortage

Clint Eastwood & Culture – Send Some Rain

Clint Eastwood – Jump and Pawn

Dennis Brown & Prince Far I – Money in My Pocket/Cool Runnings

Prince Far I – Cream of the Crop

Prince Far I – Weatherman Tam

Prince Far I – Heavy Manners

Prince Far I & Culture – Burning All Illusion/The Same Knife

Lee Van Cliff – Bam Salute

Culture & Bo Jangles –Jah Love / Selassie I Cup

Bo Jangles & Culture – Two Sevens Clash / Prophecy Reveal

Nicodemus & Culture – Disco Train

Prince Jazzbo – Mr. Harry Skank

Nicodemus – The Best

Sir Lord Comic – Doctor Feelgood

Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – French Connection

Kojak – Nice Up Jamaica

The Mighty Diamonds & Ranking Joe – Just Like A River

Errol Holt – Girl From Manchester

George Nooks & Welton Irie – Riding For A Fall/Gi Me One Fi Yuh Girlfriend

Jah Lloyd – Leggo

Prince Huntley – Granny Hey

Jah Bengie – I Am A Ethiopian

Jah Walton – Stay A Yard and Praise God

Count Machukie – Pepper Pot

Charlie Chaplin – Gilbert Disaster Over

Gregory Isaacs & U-Brown – Border / featuring D. J. U-Brown

Big Joe – In The Ghetto – Original

Jah Stitch – The Killer – Original

Jah Thomas – Style & Fashion

Yellowman – Walking Jewelry Store

Ranking Dread – Jean Green

Tapper Zukie – Man ah Warrior

Jah Woosh – Riding Melody

Ranking Dread – Love A Dub

Peter King – Me Neat Me Sweet

Sister Nancy & Degree – Only Woman DJ

Jacob Miller & Trinity – I’m Just a Dread/One Shut

Charlie Ace & Dirty Harry – Country Boy

Count Machuki Warfare

U-Brown & Dub Syndicate – Lion King

General Echo – Track Shoes

Buro Banton – Stumbling Block

Jah Stitch – Natty Dread Thing

Ranking Joe – Warrior Style

Toyan – DJ Crowd

Junior Murvin, Welton Irie, & Prince Mohammed – Cool Out Son/Nice Up the Party

Scorpion – What A Drought

Brigadier Jerry – Fred Locks A Dreadlocks

Ray I – Winey Tiney

Charlie Chaplin – DJ A Dance

Ranking Trevor – Love Is Not A Gamble

World of Reggae Music Collection: Boss Deejays