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Solomon Riddim

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This riddim goes all the way back to 1968, Jackie Mittoo & Soul Vendors recording with C S Dodd on the Supreme label. In addition to producing over 1000 releases on the Studio One label, Dodd also released tracks on many other labels including Supreme, Coxsone, Money Disc, Downbeat, and Bongo Man to name a few. Check this link for a listing of over 100 reggae releases on the Solomon Riddim

Posted by 5 Star General on February 10, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Roots & Culture

No Vacancy Riddim

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The original tune on this riddim was Jumping Master recorded by Mikey Dread alongside the Roots Radics band. Jumping Master inspired the 1981 hit No Vacancy by Sugar Minott. Another classic tune on the riddim is Michigan & Smiley’s Afrikan Must Be Free which comes from their essential LP Step By Step . Twenty years after the original release, Sugar Minott lit up the 2001 relick with No Vacancy, Part 2.

Posted by 5 Star General on February 8, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Dub,Roots & Culture

Joker Smoker Riddim

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Real ganja anthem! Produced by the legendary Jah Thomas in the early years of his long career.

Posted by 5 Star General on February 4, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Roots & Culture

Firehouse Rock Riddim

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Produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, 1981.

Posted by 5 Star General on January 31, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Roots & Culture

He Prayed Riddim

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Posted by 5 Star General on January 16, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Roots & Culture

Father Jungle Rock Riddim / No Warrior Riddim

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Posted by 5 Star General on January 12, 2010 under Classic Reggae,From the Crates,Roots & Culture

Boops Riddim

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Almost two decades before Super Cat’s “Boops” made the riddim a hit, Leonard Dillion first produced the song for the Ethiopians in 1967.

Posted by 5 Star General on January 10, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Roots & Culture

Hardtimes Riddim

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Legendary Jamaican engineer Errol Thompson, died in 2004, shortly after completing the Hardtimes Riddim. This made the Hardtimes one of his final works which he happened to record with Stephen Gibson, son of the legendary Joe Gibbs. Hard Times goes to show that it’s not all about the relicks, and that “classic” roots riddims are still being born in the new millenium.

  • Hardtimes – Riddim Driven 2005
  • Living In Love – I Wayne
  • Lonely Girl – Bascom X
  • That Ghetto Girl – Richie Spice
  • Mari-wanna – Anthony Cruz
  • Jah Is Worthy – Chuck Fender
  • That Day Will Come – Capleton
  • Silver And Gold – Luciano
  • Troubled Heart – George Nooks
  • (more…)

Posted by 5 Star General on December 20, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Roots & Culture

World a Music Riddim / World Jam Riddim / Rastar Riddim

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Ini Kamoze’s famous line “Out in the streets they call it murder!” has been in every soundmans crates or sampler since Sly and Robbie first released the tune in 1983. Damian Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock” was a major hit and brought the riddim back to life in 2004 and was followed by some quality spinoff riddims, World Jam Riddim (2005) and Rastar Riddim (2006).

Posted by 5 Star General on December 17, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Roots & Culture

Shoulder Move Riddim

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These brand new (Dec 2009) Buju Banton pre-releases came out the same day Buju was arrested in Miami and charged with federal conspiracy charges in relation to the purchase of an alleged 5k of cocaine (see official affidavit). Through his lawyer, Buju “vigorously denies” the charges that he tried to buy a large amount of cocaine from an undercover officer. Hopefully the title of his new release “Hard TImes” is not a sign of things to come for this reggae legend. This 2009 relick of the Jah Thomas’ Shoulder Move riddim from the early 1980s was produced by Stephen ‘Lenky’ Marsde.

Posted by 5 Star General on December 15, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Roots & Culture
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