Angel Gabriel wrote:
2) Who are some of the more important roots, reality, sufferer's singers and groups over the last 10 years?
Seeing you quoting mainly singers in the list of artists you like and no deejays at all, I pressume singers is what you're looking for. Of the last 10 years, and certainly last 5 years or so, the number one roots, reality, sufferer's singer is:
Other singers that might be worth it to check out for you: Bushman, Richie Spice, Morgan Heritage, Warrior King, Admiral Tibett, Cocoa Tea, Jah Cure, Yami Bolo etc etc
As for deejays, that would make a too long list and you really have to know what to get from 'm. Some favourites deejays of recent years of mine are Turbulence, Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B, Junior Kelly, Jah Mason, Buju Banton and the woman Tanya Stephens.
There's many of great music released in the 90's and 2000's so far, but also plenty of crap. The thing is to find the beauties (of which there are quite a lot) between the nonsense. Good luck.
Here's three albums you might wanna check out to get an idea:
Sizzla - Da Real Thing (or Black Woman & Child, doesn't really matter)
Luciano - Where There Is Life
Warrior King - Virtuous Woman
As for the trading thing, it usually just happens in my experience. Either I got something you want or the other way around and a trade is arranged. If that happens a few times, you get some 'trading-partners' you trade with on a regular basis and with others it's just a one-time thing to help eachother out with what one wants.
Anyway, welcome to the B&F-gang!