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    Music — Reggae

    Fight to the finish

    Fight to the finish

    Lee "Scratch" Perry—musical righteousness, no wrinkle at all!
     

    Lee “Scratch” Perry is a genius. The legendary mind behind a boundless catalogue of incredible records released throughout reggae’s history, Scratch needs really no introduction once you’ve heard a record like Superape. His dub experiments from the 1970s sound like music from an era we still are far from reaching. Thing is, a guy that can make music simultaneously sound like it’s coming from underwater and outer space at the same time is probably a little odd. 

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    Herbman Hustling

    Herbman Hustling

    In the flow with dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott
     

    Roots & culture reggae artists, by default, have one of the strongest “political” campaigns of musically advocating legalization of the weed. With the accuracy and frequency of a rub a dub missile, the genre has repeatedly produced a highly potent strain of talented musicians, singers and songwriters gifted with the ability to mobilize the masses locally and internationally to join in the march against the oppression of ganga. Operation Free de Herb has been led by many reggae front men. Lincoln “Sugar” Minott is one of the genres long-standing generals.

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    Heir to the throne

    Heir to the throne

    15th anniversary of Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock
     
    Damian Marley’s touchstone Welcome to Jamrock was released in 2005 to high praise. It established Jr. Gong as the true heir to the Marley throne and a reggae powerhouse in his own right. The Grammy-winning album shines with a steamy summertime vibe, perfect for your dog days playlist. Heads interviewed Marley shortly after the album dropped to get his understanding of reggae culture, Rastafari and the other side of Jamaica.

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    The Aggrolites

    The Aggrolites

    Dirty reggae originators
     
    The Aggrolites call it dirty reggae but their rootsy sound, driven by striding bass lines, groovy keyboards and soulful vocals over a spectrum of island backbeats, owes just as much to ska and rocksteady. Here’s a history lesson in the evolution of Jamaican music and the mark The Aggrolites are making on it.

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