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Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby jimmyroots » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:09 pm

Can anyone recommend and Heavy ragga / dancehall tunes with a conscious, positive message and no slackness? Bless
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby Mick Sleeper » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:13 am

I'm certainly not a dancehall afficionado, but a few tunes come to mind (mostly older):

Corrupt - Bounty Killer
Too Much F***ery A Gwan - Goofy
Hopeton Lindo & Lady Saw - Mr. Politician
Mama Said - Galaxy P

BMC should be able to list a bunch... 8)
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby lankou » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:55 am

phewww, there are so many!
A good many with deeper lyrics than many a roots tune, really!
Bounty Killer: Poor People Governor, Fed Up, Book Book Book...
Anthony B: heaps!
Just check the usual suspect (labels) like Star Trail, Xterminator, in sum, all the labels who are now more reputed for their dancehall-roots tunes and you will find many first-class dancehall tunes. For a long time, there was no clear cut barrier between people who did roots or dancehall, and it was so much better, indeed!
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby dan i dubdub » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:14 am

I think a lot depends on what era you are interested in - new or recent tunes? or from the time when ragga roots was de ting back in the mid 90s?
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby Living Bate » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:35 pm

lankou wrote:Book Book Book...



hell of a tune....

love that riddim...
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby Living Bate » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:31 pm

Spragga Benz – Every Breath
Rayvon – No Guns No Murder
Papa San – Memories
Capleton – Wings Of The Morning
Beenie Man – Blessed Be Thy Name
Sizzla – Explain To Almighty
Jah Cure & Alborise – Life
Chuck Fender – Gash Dem
Richie Spice – Gideon Boots
I Wayne – Living In Love
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby dan i dubdub » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:43 pm

Living Bate wrote:Capleton – Wings Of The Morning


Always loved the dub version to this one (African Star label). Not too fussed about Capleton's vocal, but B side an old fave of mine.

Lots of Penthouse cuts of MPLA from the 90s that I liked:

Envy - Lt Stitchie
Good People - Tony Rebel
Once Bitten - Terry Ganzie
A So - Tony Rebel & Buju Banton
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby lankou » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:25 pm

It seems that Jimmy wanted some hardcore riddims, not recuts of earlier reggae riddims in a dancehall roots vibe.
Just some examples of hardcore dancehall vibes with a cultural / conscious message recorded in the 90's:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYN_uSRTejM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdAxv1sboqs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezwt3EBu3n0
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby Living Bate » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:27 pm

lankou that first link is pitched up to the point it borders on chipmunk.......its horrible...
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby lankou » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:56 am

I have nothing to do with the people who uploaded them, never pitching my records myself. I will agree that they are slightly speeded up.
That sounds more like the normal speed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc24rCB2GB8
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby johnnyB » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:46 pm

Good thread.I'm a Big fan of conscious tunes in a bashment style.Jr Gong has done several songs in this vein like The Mission with his bro Stephen.The recent Kymani "War" for Don Corleon is a good example too.Bounty's done a few like "Sufferer" on the Diwali riddim.Buju rode quite a few dancehall riddims delivering cultural lyrics like "Me & Unoo" & "Rasta Revolution".Then the great Cham's "Ghetto Story" or Chronixx's "Odd Ras" etc...
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby johnnyB » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:51 pm

Forgot bad bwoy Kartel's "Emergency" on Siren riddim...biiiiig chune!
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby mark b » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:17 pm

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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby Living Bate » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:07 am

mark b wrote:Kartels Thank You Jah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrZ-QhEh8OY


it surprises me to say that's actually not a bad tune...

not an artist I normally give the time of day...
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Re: Conscious Ragga / Dancehall

Postby mark b » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:50 pm

Living Bate wrote:
mark b wrote:Kartels Thank You Jah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrZ-QhEh8OY


it surprises me to say that's actually not a bad tune...

not an artist I normally give the time of day...


Kartels done some great tunes in amongst the many hundreds he's cut.

Not really ragga but for me the best exterminater in years
Anthony Mills-Voodoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hea74IO96Uo
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