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Black Wadada aka Invasion Riddim

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Posted by 5 Star General on October 29, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Dub,From the Crates,Roots & Culture

Mos Dub

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Mos Dub is a remix project by Max Tannone that features the lyrics from Mos Def and the music of classic dub and reggae tunes! Download the entire album free at www.mosdub.com. Max Tannone also produced Jaydiohead, the mashup of Jay Z and Radiohead and Doublecheck Your Head where he remixes Beastie Boys over their own beats.

  • Johnny Too Beef (“Beef” – Mos Def [Mos Definite] x “Johnny Too Bad” – The Slickers [“The Harder They Come” soundtrack])
  • History Town (“History” – Mos Def feat. Talb Kweli [The Ecstatic] x “007 (Shanty Town)” – Desmond Dekker & The Aces [“The Harder They Come” soundtrack])
  • Ms. Vampire Booty (“Ms. Fat Booty” – Mos Def [Black On Both Sides] x “The Mummy Shroud” – Scientist [Rids The World of Vampire Curse])
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Posted by 5 Star General on April 12, 2010 under Dub,Hip Hop Dancehall

Guiding Star Riddim

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

Wicked In Bed Riddim / Wicked Inna Bed Riddim

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Produced by Bobby Digital, 1989. Don’t miss the dub version on the rhythm LP titled “Digital Mix.”

Posted by 5 Star General on March 19, 2010 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Dub

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

Drum Song Riddim

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This riddim gets credited to Jackie Mittoo from sessions recorded in 1967. With more than ninety recordings over four decades the classic bassline of the Drum Song riddim has transformed from instrumental reggae, to foundation dubs to roots and culture, to dancehall hits like Dirtsman’s “Hot This Year,” produced by Philip Smart. The riddim can even be heard in some more traditional soul and jazz recordings as well as in hip hop tracks like Brand Nubian’s “Black Star Line.”

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Posted by 5 Star General on November 27, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dancehall Reggae,Dub,Roots & Culture

Beat Down Babylon Riddim

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Lee Perry 1972-76

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Fresh from the vaults, this classic riddim was produced by the legendary Lee Scratch Perry. More than 30 years later, Scratch is still in the studio, this time working on a new album with the Congos. Check this video of Lee Perry in the studio with The Congos, recorded Oct. 2009.

Posted by 5 Star General on November 21, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dub,Roots & Culture

Dub Echoes

Videograma – 2007

Directed by Bruno Natal, “Dub Echoes” is a documentary that traces the origins of Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today. Filmed and produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston, London, NY, Washington, LA, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Brazil. The documentary features interviews with King Jammy, Sly & Robbie, Lee Perry, Mad Professor, and many more. Available on Amazon.com

Posted by 5 Star General on under Dub,Movies/DVDs,Roots & Culture

Java Riddim

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Augustus Pablo popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument used primarily to teach children music in the Jamaican public schools) in reggae music. He joined Now Generation (Mikey Chung’s band) and played the keyboard with them while his friend, Clive Chin, began his own career as a record producer. Pablo and Chin recorded “Java” (1972), the instrumental was a massive hit, and launched Pablo’s solo career. He recorded with Chin and various others, including Leonard Chin, his uncle, and Lee Perry. He scored another smash hit with “My Desire” (John Holt). In the later 1970s, Pablo produced a steady stream of hits, including the hit “Black Star Liner” (Fred Locks). He also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals, Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart, Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Williams,Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LP’s including King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) and Hugh Mundell’s classic Africa Must be Free by 1983. Augustus Pablo died as a result of a collapsed lung on 18 May 1999. In the summer of 2008, The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story (box set) was released which includes 4 discs, biography booklet, and dvd – video footage.

Posted by 5 Star General on November 13, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dub,Roots & Culture
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