Category:Reggae fusion artists
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This category consists of reggae fusion artists.
The following 79 pages are in this category, out of 79 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Reggae fusion – Reggae fusion is a fusion genre of reggae that mixes reggae or dancehall with other genres, such as pop, rock, R&B, jazz & drum and bass. Although artists have been mixing reggae with other genres from as early as the early 1970s, artists such as UB40 were described using terms that joined the various genres they performed. It was not until the late 1990s when the term was coined, the subgenre predominantly evolved from late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall music which instrumentals or riddims contained elements from the R&B and hip hop genres. Due to this, some consider dancehall artists such as Mad Cobra, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Buju Banton, for some of these artists, such as Buju Banton, reggae fusion became a staple throughout their careers. Therefore, Third World can be seen as arguably the original pioneers of reggae fusion leading the way for such as UB40. This led dancehall artists who were trying to break into the U. S, traditional dancehall acts, such as Shaggy and Beenie Man experienced commercial success in the American markets with the release of their albums in 2000. The early 2000s also saw Sean Paul achieve tremendous success internationally with singles such as Baby Boy, Breathe, Like Glue and Make It Clap, among many others. His albums Dutty Rock & The Trinity altogether spawned five top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 2002 and 2006, including number one hits, Get Busy & Temperature. In the early 90s, the evolution of reggae fusion reached another musical style in Europe with the worldwide #1 hits All That She Wants, The Sign, other Eurodance artists such as Dr. Alban, E-Rotic and the Vengaboys regularly fused their style with Reggae as well. The first reggae fusion-influenced riddim was produced in 2005 by Cordell Skatta Burrell, Reggae fusion is now a regular staple on Jamaican radio stations, especially Zip 103 FM, in the form of singles, mixes and remixes. This has led to more reggae fusion hits being produced as well as making waves on the Dancehall charts in Jamaica. One such single, Ramping Shop by Vybz Kartel and Spice, was one of the biggest reggae fusion hits in 2008, not to one of the top singles in Jamaica of that year. Holiday was also nominated and won for the Best Collaboration, in 2011, Shaggy established a reggae fusion record label called Ranch Entertainment. It is intended to be launched in the summer of 2012 and its growth locally, however, has not come without its criticisms as some feel that the subgenre only serves to dilute the raw sound of reggae and their musical culture. While On A Mission was recognized as the official song and was applauded by some. A popular dancehall artist, Mr. Vegas spoke out against the use of the song being quoted as saying It doesnt represent Jamaica 50, it doesnt reflect our culture or where our music is coming from. Stephens believed that due to ska not being at the forefront of Jamaican music for many years, combining it with something fresh could bring it back into the spotlight. Through other Caribbean-born artists such as Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Sean Kingston, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna who emerged during the mid-2000s, later in 2014, Canadian reggae fusion band, Magic
2. 2Baba – Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba or Tu-baba as his stage name and he is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa, innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the part of Benue State. He attended Saint Gabrielas Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State and he enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu, where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management. While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other schools such as the University of Nigeria. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career, while attending IMT, 2face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services in 1996. Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name 2Face and he cited the reason as trying to demarcate my personal life with my business life. He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper Blackface Naija and he had met BlackFace while attending IMT. With Blackface and with musician Faze, he went on to form the trio band Plantashun Boiz, Plantashun Boiz released two successful albums, Body and Soul and Sold Out under the Nelson Browns owned Label before disbanding in 2004. Relations were marred for many years during which the broke up. Long after the known as the Faze vs Tuface beef. After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers, 2face Idibia released his debut solo album Face 2 Face, which established him as a viable solo artist. Following the release of his album, he released his second album Grass 2 Grace in 2006. He is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment, in 2006, his song African Queen was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally. He released an album in 2008 called The Unstoppable releasing the single Enter the Place. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused as shift of the date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. 2face released two singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album
3. Aidonia – Aidonia is a Jamaican musician and head of the musical partnership J. O. P. which has a contract under The Alliance. He became active in early 2004, and has released albums on the labels, VP Records. Aidonia has also released in the mixtape Bolt Action, in collaboration with Federation Sound, Equiknoxx Music/Gerusalem Music and he took his stage name from the first two letters in his middle name Aitana, and Donia, a name which he earned while playing football. Aidonia attended Mona Heights Primary, then Meadowbrook High, after watching a tape of Sting 1993 with the clash between Beenie Man, and his icon Bounty Killer, Aidonia decided to become a deejay. He began re-enacting the clash for classmates and friends, writing his own lyrics, after being expelled, he relocated to the United States with his father, and worked at FedEx. For the next three years, he visited Jamaica regularly, and did a few things on the dancehall scene in New York. While in New York, he was encouraged by some to return to Jamaica in order to get his career going and he met Mr. G and recorded his first single Many a Dem in October 2003 on Goofys Young Blood label. Soon after, he working with Rod Pinnock of Orizen Entertainment. In the latter part of 2004, Aidonia was approached by Cordell Skatta Burrell who invited him to record at his studio, two months later, Aidonia had his first hit, the song Lolly which was done on Skattas Irish Dance riddim. In October 2005 Lolly was included on VP Records annual Strictly The Best compilation, in 2011 Artiste Aidonia has recently started pushing forward his J. o. P members Deablo, Shokryme, Jayds, Tanso, Size 10. The group has had a few hit collabs such as All 14, in 2013 Aidonia welcomed a baby boy from fiance Kimberly Megan. In addition, Aidonia continues to work hard in the industry and is leaving an indelible mark. In September 2016, Aidonia married his fiance Kimberly
4. Cherine Anderson – Cherine Tanya Anderson is a Jamaican actress and dancehall/reggae vocalist. Andersons acting career began in the film Dancehall Queen as the role Tanya, she is known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film. Anderson has worked and performed with Sly and Robbie, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Bootsy Collins, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, good Love appeared on the 2008 Grammy nominated album, Anniversary, by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. In 2006, Anderson collaborated with Chuck Fenda on the single, Coming Over, which rose to #1 on the Jamaican charts, and remained on the Top 30 for 26 weeks. She also collaborated with Britney Spears on the Sly and Robbie remix of Piece of Me. Anderson made her debut in 2007 when she directed the video for Kingston State of Mind. The song would top the Caribbean video charts and remained in the Top 10 for 4 months. In late 2007, Anderson collaborated with Michael Franti and Spearhead on their All Rebel Rockers album and she was also featured on the single Say Hey, as well as the tracks Sound System and Little Bit of Riddem. In 2008 through 2009, Anderson toured extensively with Franti and Spearhead as their act in North America, Australia. Anderson is the first Jamaican female artist to hit the Billboard Rock charts featured on the song Say Hey, the song simultaneously peaked six Billboard charts and was placed on the soundtrack of numerous films and TV commercials including the EA2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Music Soundtrack. She dominated both local and international charts with her single Shine on Jamaica from her EP The Introduction-Dubstyle EP. Shine On Jamaica peaked at number 1 for four weeks on both the NY Reggae charts and South Florida reggae charts, the EP also produced reggae hits such as Talk If Yuh Talking and Kingston State of Mind. Shine On Jamaica was also featured on the 2011 Grammy-nominated album for Sly & Robbie One Pop Reggae. As a result, she was honored with the award for Best Female Vocalist of the year 2010 at the Jamaica Excellence In Music Awards as well as Female Vocalist of Year at Stone Love Awards. Cherine continues to dominate Jamaican radio and stays relevant in the dancehall with the smash hit Haffi Come Back as well as the collaboration Rebel with D. I. She has toured with such as John Mayer, Counting Crows, Slightly Stoopid, Sly & Robbie. Andersons first official product, The Introduction-Dubstyle EP, was released in March 2009, the EP included reggae chart toppers such as Shine On Jamaica, Talk If Yuh Talking, Kingston State of Mind, Shine on Jamaica and Coming Over Tonight. Coupled with the success of dominating both dancehall and reggae charts, she has also tapped for an array of A-list philanthropic projects. Anderson was also aligned with the United Nations-backed Way Out Project, an initiative to end violence and endorse gender equality, which is run jointly by the UN and the Bureau of Womens Affairs
5. De Apostle – De Apostle is a roots reggae, dance hall artist hailing from St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. He started performing at the age of six in school talent shows and his music is in the tradition of the reggae music of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, which has a distinct roots feeling and is strongly rooted in Rastafari. De Apostles first album Genesis was released in early 2001, to follow would be numerous albums and songs culminating with The King Of The VI, which was submitted for nomination in 2009 for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 in the category Best Reggae Album. He has collaborated with artists such as multi-platinum recording artist Juvenile. Also, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Turbulence, Pressure Buss Pipe, gensis Book of Fire Renegade Music Xtreme-All or Nothing Island Heat Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3 The Ultimate Collection Armed & Danerous King of the V. I
6. Buju Banton – Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. Banton has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as dealing with sociopolitical topics. He released early dancehall singles in 1988 but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr. Mention, which became the album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year, by the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Buju Banton was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a poor neighborhood called Salt Lane. Buju is a given to chubby children that means breadfruit in the language of the Maroons in Jamaican and was given to him by his mother as a child. Banton is a Jamaican word that refers to someone who is a storyteller, and it was adopted by Myrie in tribute to the deejay Burro Banton. It was Burros rough gravelly vocals that Buju emulated and ultimately made his own, Bujus mother was a higgler, or street vendor, while his father worked as a labourer at a tile factory. He was the youngest of fifteen children born into a family that was descended from the Maroons of Jamaica. Banton has homes in Jamaica and Tamarac, Florida, as a youngster, Buju would often watch his favorite artists perform at outdoor shows and local dancehalls in Denham Town. At the age of 12, he picked up the microphone for himself and began toasting under the moniker of Gargamel, working with the Sweet Love and Rambo Mango sound systems. In 1986, he was introduced to producer Robert Ffrench by fellow deejay Clement Irie, and his first single, The Ruler was released not long afterwards in 1987. This led to recording sessions with such as Patrick Roberts, Bunny Lee, Winston Riley, and Digital B. In 1991, Buju joined Donovan Germains Penthouse Records label and began a partnership with producer Dave Kelly who later launched his own Madhouse Records label. Buju is one of the most popular musicians in Jamaican history, having major success in 1992, with Bogle and Love me Browning. Controversy erupted over Love Me Browning which spoke of Bantons penchant for light-skinned women, I love my car I love my bike I love my money and ting, some accused Banton of promoting a colonialist mindset and denigrating the beauty of dark skinned black women. In response, he released Love Black Woman which spoke of his love for dark-skinned beauties, Mi nuh Stop cry, fi all black women,1992 was an explosive year for Buju as he broke Bob Marleys record for the greatest number of number one singles in a year. Beginning with Woman fi Sex, Bujus gruff voice dominated the Jamaican airwaves for the duration of the year, Bantons debut album, Mr. Mention, includes his greatest hits from that year
7. Beenie Man – Anthony Moses Davis, better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is referred to as the worlds King of Dancehall, Davis was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston in 1973. He was involved in the industry from a young age, starting toasting at the age of five, and was encouraged by his uncle Sydney Knowles. Beenie Man continued performing and honed his craft beside the then dominant dancehall figures including Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey and he found his artistic home at the Shocking Vibes studio where he continued to record singles with only moderate success in the early 1990s. The rivalry was captured on the 1994 album Guns Out, with the two artists settling the feud with a soundclash. Beenie Man had his first number one single in Jamaica in 1993 with Matie and he won the DJ of the Year Award the same year, I was baptised an Ethiopian Orthodox and at the age of 10 I became a Judah Coptic. In 1994, he was signed by Island Records and released the acclaimed album Blessed. In 1995 he toured the UK and joined up again with Barrington Levy to record an updated version of Levys Under Mi Sensi. In 1995, Beenie Man collaborated with Dennis Brown and Triston Palma to release Three Against War and Mad Cobra and he also collaborated with Lady Saw on Healing, Sanchez on Refugee, and Michael Prophet on Gun n Bass, further establishing his reputation. He took another step up the ladder in 1996, releasing the seminal Maestro, produced by Patrick Roberts, Beenie Mans first real break into the United States came in 1997. He heard an instrumental rhythm by a producer named Jeremy Harding. So this was the birth of his first international hit, he recorded Who Am I and it opened the doors for the world to see a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. The same year, Beenie Man topped the Jamaican singles chart with seven different singles, Beenie Man appeared as himself in the 1997 film Dancehall Queen. In 1998, Beenie Man headlined Reggae Sunsplash and signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States and his first American offering was The Doctor. During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, Romie, Who Am I, and Girls Dem Sugar, which featured American R&B singer, Mýa. During this time he received a number of international music awards including a MOBO Award for Best International Reggae Act in 1998. In 2000, Beenie Man released Art & Life, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean, in the same year he co-produced the debut album by actor Steven Seagal. Beenie Man, like many artists, is outspoken on a number of social issues, as exemplified by songs such as Steve Biko
8. Dionne Bromfield – Dionne Julia Bromfield is an English singer, songwriter, TV presenter and television personality. Bromfields debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield, was released in 2009 by Amy Winehouses Lioness Records label and she first came to public attention after performing on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing with Amy Winehouse on backing vocals. She is known for being one of the presenters on Friday Download. Bromfield was born on 1 February 1996 in Tower Hamlets, East London to a white English mother and a Jamaican father. She has two brothers, Bromfield grew up in Chislehurst, South London, and attended Gatehouse School in Victoria Park, London, Bromfield first appeared on YouTube singing a cover of Alicia Keys song If I Aint Got You with her godmother Amy Winehouse. Bromfield attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Westminster, in September 2009, Bromfield was the first artist to be signed to Winehouses record label, Lioness Records. Her debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield, was released on 12 October 2009, on 10 December 2010, Bromfield performed at the Young Voices concerts at the Manchester M. E. N. Arena, on 12 January 2011 in London at the O2 Arena and this album consisted of cover songs and contained no original material. On 28 January 2011, it was announced that Bromfield has recorded a new single called Yeah Right, co-written with Eg White, the album is composed completely of original material, written by Bromfield and many song writers. A second single featuring Lil Twist, Foolin, was released on 17 June and this album has been promoted by Bromfield appearing on television shows such as Blue Peter and Fern. Dionne is the new face of Gio-Goi jeans since 2011, Bromfield has uploaded two episodes of a web show with Will Manning called Down With Dionne on YouTube. Episode 1 - The first episode was uploaded to YouTube on 6 April 2011, in this episode, Will helps Bromfield hunt down her fashion favourites, and she performs an impromptu performance of her hit single Yeah Right on Oxford Street. Episode 2 - The second episode was uploaded to YouTube on 15 April 2011, in this episode, Bromfield is challenged to hunt the pockets of witting Londoners, she meets Jessie J, and Will does an Irish Jig. It was announced that she would present a show called Friday Download on CBBC, the 13-part series will address themes such as music, dance, TV, comedy, movies, and lifestyle. Bromfield said, I did the audition and there were loads of well-known actresses auditioning, I didnt think I stood a chance. Id forgotten all about it until my mum came in to tell me Id got the job, I didnt believe her at first. Its so exciting, and I cant wait to get started, on 1 July 2011, Dionne Bromfield and Tinchy Stryder’s collaboration, Spinnin for 2012, was confirmed as the first official song for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The lyrics for the song, originally written and recorded by Speech Debelle, have been re-written by Tinchy, the song was released 23 September 2011
9. Collie Buddz – Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is an American/Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single Come Around. Although born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was raised in Bermuda and he studied audio engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He performed on Shaggys 2007 album Intoxication on the track Mad Mad World, in 2008, he performed the song SOS on WWE The Music, Vol.8 as the entrance theme for wrestler Kofi Kingston. He also appeared in a 2009 remix of Kid Cudis single Day n Nite and his name is based on slang for cannabis, and he has been photographed flaunting a device commonly used for its consumption. He launched his own record label Harper Digital, Buddz has built an extensive touring machine, selling out venues across the US and worldwide. In 2013, he was an act with Rebelution, Matisyahu. Colin married Zarah DeSilva in 2010. Collie Buddz –2007 Playback –2011 Blue Dreamz EP –2015 Good Life –2017420 Mixtape –2007 On The Rock –2009 The Last Toke –20102006, S. O. com Bernews, Collie Buddz Bio, Photo Gallery, Videos
10. Bunny Rugs – William Alexander Anthony Bunny Rugs Clarke OD, also known as Bunny Scott, was the lead singer of Jamaican reggae band Third World as well as recording as a solo artist. He began his career in the mid-1960s and was also at one time a member of Inner Circle, born in Mandeville and raised on Johns Lane in Kingston, Clarkes father was an Anglican preacher. He joined Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, the resident band at the Kittymat Club on Maxfield Avenue and he was also a member of The Wild Bunch before returning to New York and taking over as lead singer of Third World from Milton Prilly Hamilton in 1976. His planned 2008 album Thinking Bout You was due to be released on 6 February, to coincide with Bob Marley Day celebrations and he contributed to the Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band album in 2009, contributing a version of Lovely Rita recorded with U-Roy. In 2012 he released the single Land We Love, with going to the charities the Jamaican Childrens Heart Fund. The single was taken from the album Time, released in September 2012, later that year he received a Caribbean American Heritage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Reggae. Health problems forced him to some of the shows on Third Worlds fortieth anniversary tour in 2013. In early 2014 he was hospitalised in Orlando, Florida, where he was treated for leukaemia, a memorial service later that month included tributes from Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, opposition culture spokesperson Olivia Grange, and former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson. He is survived by his wife and eight children, in 2016 it was announced that Clarke would be posthumously awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for his contribution to the countrys music
11. Busy Signal – Reanno Devon Gordon formerly Glendale Goshia Gordon, better known by his stage name Busy Signal, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist. Gordon was born in Saint Ann Parish, living in areas in West and East Kingston such as Tivoli Gardens, Papine and he is a past student of Browns Town Comprehensive High School. Known as one of the leading the contemporary dancehall movement. His first hit single, Step Out, was one of the most popular songs in 2005. A music video for Step Out was released shortly afterwards and he was nicknamed Busy Signal by his friends because of the fact that he is constantly busy. He has released a hit dancehall album entitled Step Out, the artist announced the introduction of a self-styled clothing line in 2011. On 21 May 2012, Gordon was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica due to a warrant from the United States. He was extradited to the US on 19 June where he faced cocaine-related charges, in September 2012 he received a six-month prison sentence. He was released in November, and promptly released the single Come Shock Out, BBC Music ranked Reggae Music Again No.7 on their Top 25 Albums of 2012 listing. Busy Signal appears on the No Doubt album, Push and Shove, collaborating with the band and he also appears on Major Lazers second album Free the Universe, in the track Watch Out For This, which was a hit single in several European countries
12. Jah Cure – Jah Cure, or Iyah Cure is a Jamaican reggae musician, who was raised in Kingston. He was given the name Jah Cure by Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston, Jah Cure is also known as the King of Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae. His first big break came in March 1997 when he released the single King in this Jungle which was a duet with Sizzla, the single was produced by Beres Hammond who went on to become his mentor. He then released a stream of singles that won him critical. Beres Hammond eventually took Cure under his tutelage and began mentoring him, in 1998, Cure performed on a European tour and visited several Caribbean Islands with Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Family. In November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and he was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Cure was transferred from the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and it was there that Cure released three albums and a number of singles, some of which have topped the Jamaican chart. His first album Free Jahs Cure The Album the Truth was released in 2000, it was followed by Ghetto Life in 2003, more recently Cure has released the songs Love Is, Longing For and True Reflections, showing his unique voice and lyrical ability. He was released from jail on parole on 28 July 2007, three days later, his fourth album, True Reflections. A New Beginning was released. His first concert after he was released took place at the Reggae Sumfest in August 2007 and he was the last and headlining act. He is signed to Iyah Cure Productions and VP Records, in 2008, Jah Cure released Hot Long Time feat. Universal Cure, Jah Cures 5th studio album, was to be released on 25 November 2008, the Universal Cure was released in the US on 14 April 2009. The album features Hot Long Time, as well as Mr. Jailer, the album was the first recorded album since his release from prison. Jah Cure married TV Host/Producer Kamila Mcdonald on 7 August 2011 in Sandy Bay Hanover, on 20 February 2012 the couple welcomed a baby girl named Kailani Belle. Their daughters name means Beautiful Chief from the heavens, on 11 December 2012, SoBe Entertainment released Jah Cures 6th studio album, World Cry, digitally to the world. The physical release was scheduled for 29 January 2013 and his album The Cure was released in July 2015. It topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in its first week of release and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2016, Free Jahs Cure The Album the Truth Ghetto Life * Freedom Blues True Reflections
13. Teacha Dee – Damion Darrel Warren, best known as Teacha Dee, is a Jamaican reggae singer and former educator. He is best known for his hit singles “Smoke and Fly”, “Reggae Souljahs” and he was a full-time employee for the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture in Jamaica when he recorded all three songs. His stage name was derived from the Jamaican creole for “teacher”, Warren was born on September 21,1980 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He grew up in a district called Bath where he attended the Unity Primary School. Being successful in his Common Entrance Exams, he was rewarded a place at the prestigious Manning’s School from which he graduated in 1997 before relocating to Montego Bay to live with his mother, Warren then attended the Sam Sharpe Teachers College secondary programme to pursue his teaching career. In September 2000, Warren was employed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture to teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology. He worked at the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School located in Montego Bay, up until his resignation in May 2012, in May 2005, Teacha Dee began his professional recordings with The Mighty Powpow Productions a major German production label. He recorded Life Goes on which is a song sung in the melody of The Beatles hit. This song was released in 2006 as part of a compilation CD titled First Sight Riddim, however, life goes on was not published as Teacha Dee but as Damian Warren. This resulted in the song listed on many reggae database sites as belonging to a separate artiste. In late 2006, he recorded a song titled Them A Play for Dasvibes Productions and this was released on a riddim compilation called Gloria Riddim. The single was the first song on which he was recognized as Teacha Dee. All songs recorded after this date were released as Teacha Dee, in 2007, he recorded Smuggling Weed for Powpow Movements which became his first popular song within the European scene. However, his most successful song at that time was Smoke and this was recorded as a sound system dub on the Kingston Town instrumental made popular by an Italian reggae superstar Alberto Dascola aka Alborosie. This song quickly became a sound systems favorite and a hit within the reggae clubs. Early 2008, Teacha Dee recorded Blaming Game for Master J Productions and this was a record label based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Blaming Game was the first single that was in circulation on the stations in Jamaica. Prior to this, his music was gaining a lot of attention outside of Jamaica without the knowledge of many Jamaicans, Teacha Dee also recorded Reggae Souljahs later that same year that quickly became a popular reggae anthem in Germany
14. Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N. W. A and he has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoops debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including Whats My Name. and Gin & Juice. In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case and his second album Tha Doggfather, also debuted at number one on both charts with Snoops Upside Ya Head, as the lead single. The album was certified platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, and Tha Last Meal. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss and he then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G, The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin. Malice n Wonderland, and Doggumentary, were released on Priority, Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Doggs Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth league and high school football team. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records, in 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released an album, Reincarnated. His fourteenth solo album, Coolaid, was released in July 2016. Snoop Dogg holds the distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win. Snoop Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California and he was named after his stepfather, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr. His father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, as a boy, his parents nicknamed him Snoopy because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975, when he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping, as a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach, shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the following three years, was frequently in and out of prison
15. Elephant Man (musician) – Oneal Bryan, better known by his stage name Elephant Man, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started out his career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew. His acoustic trademark is a light lisp, Bryan had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single All Out for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004. His song Willie Bounce appeared on several mixtapes in early 2006 and it used the first few bars from I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Willie Bounce has been described as one of Elephant Mans most recognizable songs, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Lets Get Physical on 6 November 2007. The first single was called Five-O and featured Wyclef Jean, another track on the album featured Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair. Many of Elephant Mans songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and he performed on popular riddims such as Diwali, Coolie, Stepz, and Bubble Up. In 2009, Elephant Man released a cover of the song We Are The World in tribute to Michael Jackson and he also plays one of the following song Ooo La La La by Teena Marie. In 2013 he did a cover of Eminems song Berzerk, also he first appeared on BET Awards where he sang with Beenie Man. He was invited to sing on the album Free the Universe by Major Lazer, where he collaborated for the song Wind Up. On Jamaican Cribs, his house was featured, displaying its 20 rooms,1 bar,4 chefs,1 jacuzzi,1 shark,15 dogs,1 pool,6 rabbits and it was named one of the largest houses in Jamaica. Bryan has been criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against gay people, in 2003 British LGBT group OutRage. Called for the arrest and prosecution of several stars including Elephant Man, Bounty Killer. In 2004, he was dropped from the MOBO awards, since then pressure from his record company and agreement with gay rights groups to avoid songs with lyrics deemed to incite homophobic violence have allowed him to perform in the UK. In 2009, his appearance at Torontos Caribana festival was cancelled for similar reasons. A concert in Munich was cancelled in February 2015 after LGBT rights groups had asked the police to make sure he would not perform songs which call upon people to murder gays. In January 2012, Bryan was arrested and charged with the rape, in February 2016 the case was dropped due to the death of the complainant
16. Michael Franti – Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in musical projects, including the Beatnigs. He is also a supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues. Michael Franti was born in Oakland, California and his mother, Mary Lofy, had Irish, German, and Belgian ancestry, and his father, Thomas Hopkins, was of African-American and Native American descent. However, his mother put him up for adoption because she was afraid that her racist family would not accept him. He was adopted by Carole Wisti and Charles Franti, a Finnish American couple in Oakland, Charles Franti was a professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and died in 2003. Michaels four adoptive siblings are named Rebecca, Sara, Dan, Michael spent his grade 9 school year at Highland Junior High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He then attended Davis Senior High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco, during his time at school there he met a priest who taught him how to tell a story on paper, and soon he was writing poetry. He purchased a bass at a shop and started creating music inspired by hip hop, punk. Franti also has four siblings, Thea, Thomas, Charles. Franti began his career in 1986 as part of the industrial punk/spoken word band The Beatnigs. While attending the University of San Francisco and living above KUSF he developed a fascination with music, the Beatnigs included dancer and percussionist Rono Tse, the band released a self-titled LP and an EP Television on Alternative Tentacles records. The records received some acclaim but little fame beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. The 1988 LP release The Beatnigs was recorded at Dancin Dog Studio in Emeryville, in addition to Michael Franti and Ron Tse, the band included Henry Flood on percussion, Andre Flores on keyboards, and Kevin Carnes on vocals. All of the members made multiple instrumental contributions, including industrial percussion. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy wrote politically charged lyrics that railed against the injustices of the world, set to a fusion of industrial music and hip hop. Their first album, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury, won plaudits for its social commentary and it is important to note that this album is one of Frantis remarkable works as an artist activist. The first song of the album Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury is Satanic Reverses and it satellite links, our United States of unconsciousness, apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
17. Stylo G – Jason McDermott, better known by his stage name Stylo G, is a British reggae fusion recording artist known for his three hit singles My Yout, Call Mi a Leader and Soundbwoy. Soundbwoy peaked at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart and he also featured on the hit song Come Over by the British electronic group Clean Bandit. McDermotts family relocated to London at the age of 12, following the murder of his father, artist and he currently resides in South London. On 26 May 2013, he released the single Soundbwoy, his first UK Top 20 single, the song also reached number 29 in Scotland. In 2014, he appeared on the Clean Bandit song Come Over which peaked at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart, in September 2014, he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category. Official website Video Interview with Stylo G
18. Gentleman (musician) – Tilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician. Gentleman lives in the Neubrück area of Cologne and he is the son of a Lutheran pastor. Gentleman has been travelling to Jamaica regularly since he was 18 years old and his career began with the collaboration of the band Freundeskreis which produced the song Tabula Rasa. After beginning his career as a deejay, he based his style to the form of the reggae genre like that of Bob Marley. He sings mainly in English or Jamaican Patois, with songs like Send a Prayer, Gentleman expresses his deep belief in God, without referring to a particular religion. His album, Confidence, climbed to number 1 on the German album charts in 2004, in 2005, Gentleman performed with Mamadee with the song Lass los representing North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005, placing 15th with 10 points. After ten years of making music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010. com
19. Haha (entertainer) – Ha Dong-hoon, better known by his stage name Haha, is a South Korean singer and variety show host. He is best known for being in the sitcom, Nonstop and he has also hosted his own show, titled Ya Man TV on Mnet in 2015. Haha was born on August 20,1979 in Stuttgart, Germany and moved to Seoul and his parents are both Korean and he has an older sister, Ha Juri who is a pianist. Haha graduated from Daejin University, where he had obtained a degree in Drama. He later became a trainee for Seoul Records and debuted as a singer and rapper in 2001 with boy band, despite excessive promotion, Z-kiri failed to get popular and was quickly disbanded. In 2002, Haha became a co-host for the show, Whats Up YO. alongside MC Mong, the three later became known as the Whats Up Trio because of their strong friendship on-screen. Haha later joined the main cast of the season of Nonstop. He remained a part of the cast up until 2003 which managed to gain him recognition for his acting, Haha later became the producer and presenter for his own radio show with MC Mong, known as Haha and Mongs Journey in 2004 for SBS Power FM. After leaving Nonstop, Haha spent two years alongside singer Taw, to prepare and record his album titled, The Beautiful Rhyme Diary. The album was released on February 18,2005 alongside his debut single, Love Song and he eventually guested on X-man on May 22,2005 and became popular for his imitations of close friend, Kim Jong-kook. His sudden popularity spike allowed him to become a regular guest for X-man, thanks to his rising popularity, Haha was added to the cast of MBCs Infinite Challenge by December 2005 as the part of the programs format changes under new the PD of the program, Kim Tae-ho. Since December 2,2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening, in his final episode before entering the service, Haha performed at a guerilla concert at Yeouido Park that was secretly organized by his fellow co-hosts. He also returned as a guest for the sixth and final season of Nonstop in 2006, in 2007, Haha released his second single, Youre My Destiny which took samples from the song Stand by Me by Ben E. King. The single managed to reach number one on the Gaon Chart, Haha later joined the show, Happy Shares Company as a co-host until February 2008. In February 2008, Haha temporarily left Infinite Challenge in order to serve his national service in the army, previous reports had stated that he had been attempting to evade his military service. However, these reports were confirmed to be false and Hahas service had only been postponed, during his service, he collaborated with a new group Davichi in their song Love and War. After 24 months of serving the military, on March 11,2010, after finishing his military service, Haha returned as a cast of Infinite Challenge following requests from his fellow co-hosts, Yoo Jae-suk and Noh Hong-chul. Since 2010, Haha is one of the co-hosts for SBS variety show, on December 30,2011, Haha received the award for Best Entertainer during the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards for his work on Running Man
20. Heavy D – The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. In the early 1970s, his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, in an interview, his mother stated that he spent most of his childhood hanging out with his brother Floyd and his childhood friend Mo. Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman, Eddie F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers and their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a success, Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall on July 15,1990, dixons death led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called They Reminisce Over You which is regarded as a hip hop classic, in 1989 Heavy D performed a guest rap on Janet Jacksons hit single Alright. It and Blondies Rapture, recorded in 1980, were notably the first pop singles to feature a rapper and it was also the highest peaking song which he had performed on in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992 he appeared on Michael Jacksons single Jam and he gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv. Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in television shows before returning to the music charts with Nuttin But Love. After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, in 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B. B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild, rapping in the song Keep It Coming. Heavy D was referred to in the song Juicy by the Notorious B. I. G. while still an artist at Uptown Records, Myers was instrumental in convincing Andre Harrell to originally hire Sean “Diddy” Combs for his first music business gig as an intern. In the early 90s, he is credited for convincing Andre Harell to sign Jodeci. Then, also to his credit, in the mid-1990s, Myers became the first rapper to head a major label when he became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the boy band Soul for Real and he later became senior vice president at Universal Music. He fathered a daughter in 2000 during a relationship with chef Antonia Lofaso, Heavy D and Eddie F performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 11,2011. It was their first televised performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance. Myers died on November 8,2011, in Los Angeles, California and he collapsed outside his home in Beverly Hills, California, and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
21. Samantha J – Samantha Gonsalves, better known by her stage name Samantha J, is a Jamaican model and singer-songwriter signed to Columbia Records. She is known for her 2013 hit, Tight Skirt, which has topped international charts and she released an international single in 2015 called League of My Own featuring Dej Loaf. Samantha Gonsalves was born in Kingston, Jamaica and she resides in Saint Ann Parish and attends the Heinz Simonitsch School in Saint James Parish. She was discovered by the Si Mi Yah Agency, while attending a model & talent casting in Ocho Rios, in 2016, she was featured in the single Light It Up, a song by Norwegian duo Marcus & Martinus. The song charted both in Norway and Sweden peaking at #9 on the Norwegian VG-lista chart and number 23 on the Swedish Sverigetopplistan chart,2013, Tight Skirt 2015, Bad Like Yuh 2015, League of My Own Featured in Official website Samantha J at the Internet Movie Database
22. Ini Kamoze – The single topped the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as record charts in Denmark and New Zealand, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart. He made his first single, World Affairs, in 1981, Kamoze then released a 12-inch single Trouble You A Trouble Me/General in 1983. His self-titled debut album was released in 1984 as a six track mini-LP on Island Records, the album was recorded with and produced by Sly and Robbie, with whom he toured internationally along with Yellowman and Half Pint. Kamoze was known for his presence and sinuous vocal style. By 1988, however, he had disappeared from the music scene. Kamoze founded his own label, releasing a compilation album Selekta Showcase which featured a popular Kamoze single titled Stress, four years later he released his next album,16 Vibes of Ini Kamoze, which sold well. In 1994, he released Here Comes the Hotstepper, Kamoze would become known as the Hotstepper, from the patois for a man on the run from the law. The song was recorded with Philip Fatis Burrell and later remixed by Salaam Remi. The remixed version of the track incorporates the bass line from Taana Gardners 1981 single Heartbeat. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the fashion-industry satire feature film Prêt-à-Porter, Here Comes the Hotstepper remains Kamozes only U. S. number one hit. The success of the single sparked a bidding war with several major labels hoping to sign him. Kamoze signed a seven album deal with Elektra Records in November 1994, damian Marleys 2005 hit Welcome to Jamrock uses samples from Kamozes 1984 track World-A-Music. In 2005, Kamoze recorded and released an album, Debut. Debut was released on his own 9 Sound Clik label, the artists most recent album release is 2009s 5150 Rule. The album includes such as Rapunzel and Hungry Daze. The album also had some guest features from Sizzla, and Busy Signal and this was his second album released on the 9 Sound Clik label. Kamoze wrote a book on the history of Port Royal, and a play, Runnings
23. The Kemist – Errol Thompson, better known as The Kemist, is a Jamaican-American Deejay, Producer, recording artist and songwriter. His music is a mix of wide range of genres which incorporates elements from Reggae, Dancehall, Trap, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Hardstyle, the Kemist began his music career as a member of the production duo Black Lion. Co-written by The Kemist, Trouble entered UK Music Weeks Top 30 Urban Club Charts in Week 7 and remained in the charts for 7 Weeks, nyandas 1st official single, Slippery When Wet, was produced by Black Lion and co-written by The Kemist. Slippery When Wet entered UK Music Weeks Top 30 Urban Club Charts in Week 27 and remained in the Top 30 for 5 weeks, Slippery When Wet Won the Award for Best Reggae Song at the 2014 Lipstick Radios Indie Music Awards. The Kemist co-wrote the single Adrenaline Rush by DJ LBR featuring Mr. Vegas that was released by Space Party on April 16,2015, the French version of Adrenaline Rush which also features Papa London, was released on July 17,2015. The Kemists 1st release as a vocalist was Assets, a collaboration with Yellow Claw, released on Diplos label, Mad Decent, Assets is a track that twists its vocals in a way that winds through the most bass-hungry, whimsical quarter of your imagination. Mad Decent premiered The Kemists 1st Mixtape, Party Animals on December 10,2014, the mix itself is truly indicative of the The Kemist and Tropic Electric’s unique sound, a fusion of the classic Caribbean genres of Reggae and Dancehall with Electronic music. It’s high-energy, big drops, heavy lines and seamless transitions between tracks of varying tempos bare strong resemblance to his counterparts DJ Fresh and Major Lazer. February 2,2015 marked the release of The Kemists single FIRED UP alongside LNY TNZ. The song was 1st played at Tomorrowland 2014 by Dj Carnage, the song contains huge kicks and melodies topped off with super catchy vocals and powerful lyrics by The Kemist
24. KeyLiza – Her stage name is an anagram of her two firstnames and the passion for playing Keytar and Keyboards. Kisita was born on December 11,1989 in Hanau, Germany, both of her parents are from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo her Mother was born in São Salvador, northern Angola and she is a part of the Kingdom of Kongo. At the age of four she moved with her family to Frankfurt am Main and she get her first attention to hip hop music and rap when she listens to Tupac Shakur, Bone Thugs N Harmony and Orishas. Since the age of 14 she creates and compose Songs, Instrumentals, Soundtracks and Theme music, kisita knows one band-mate since childhood and they were close friends. In a school club they sang, took dance lessons. In 2004, they met the third member and created the group Black Supremes, the band went on to regional competitions and recorded demos. In 2005 they met the production team Noizemakers, which took the Black Supremes under the new name Sistanova under contract, in 2006, the band was signed to Warner Music Group. On September 21,2007 they released their first single Was ist los, a dance-R&B song produced by Thomas Troelsen which entered the German Singles Chart at #76 and German Urban Charts at #24. The video premiere was on VIVA Germany and MTV Germany, in November 2007 they were the opening act for Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her European Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in Germany. In the same time they was on tour with the group Rapsoul throughout Germany, kisita and her bandmates join the NRJ Music Tour in Stuttgart with Craig David, Monrose, Culcha Candela & The Boss Hoss and they performed in front of over 8.500 People. In 2008 they wrote and composed the ballad Mama for the Mothers Day, to which a video was shot and they also composed and sang the soundtrack song Ziele for the childrens book The HelleWecks with Thomas Anders from the popular pop-duo Modern Talking. During the recordings of the album they performed with four-time Breakdance World Champions Flying Steps at the Tuning World Messe Bodensee. They also got a contract for the German Playboy Magazine to promote their second single Sexy Girl, but family members didnt agreed with that and the contract with Playboy was cancelled. On December 8,2008 they released their debut album Unglaublich, in 2010 they were in the German Cinema Movie Homies with actor & singer Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht which was released in August 2011. According to their MySpace page, all members will go on a solo career. In 2011 KeyLiza also known as DJ Queen of Beats was composing and producing jingles, songs and beats for artists and she also created her own Entertainment company called Key Palace Studios for TV/Film music composition, musical short, films, musical films and commercials. Shes currently working on new projects and music, since a child she grew up with Afropop, Cuban son, Reggae, Jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Rock and Pop music. Her father invited in the 1990s Congolese rumba musicians like Bozi Boziana, Zaiko Langa Langa and she learned her first dance choreography at the age of 6 with the song Thriller by Michael Jackson
25. Sean Kingston – Kisean Anderson, known professionally as Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007. Kisean Anderson was born on February 3,1990, in Miami, Florida, and moved to Kingston, Jamaica and he attended high school in Ocho Rios. His grandfather was the noted Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby, Kingston was discovered on Myspace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony. At Beluga we essentially refine the talent so that its more of a marketable product, in a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single Beautiful Girls in May 2007. The song peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Beautiful Girls was a success internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, the song spent four weeks at the summit of the UK Singles Chart, in 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefanis The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncés The Beyoncé Experience Tour. In 2008, he was one of the acts for the Australian leg of Kelly Clarksons My December Tour. Since Sean is a Jamaican singer, he got his name from the capital of Jamaica called Kingston. The album Tomorrow was released on September 22,2009, producers involved in the album included former Fugee Wyclef Jean, RedOne, plus Seans original mentor, J. R. Rotem. Fire Burning, and Face Drop were released as singles, additionally, five promotional digital singles were released leading up to the album. Kingston co-wrote Jason Derulos Whatcha Say and he also found the R&B-reggae singer Iyaz on MySpace and signed him to his record label. He also recorded the track Miss Everything for the UK girl-group Sugababes studio album Sweet 7 which was released March 15,2010, Kingston and DJ Khaled are being featured on Bow Wows new single For My Hood, from the movie, The Lottery Ticket. The album features T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Soulja Boy, Wyclef Jean, Cher Lloyd, Akon and Dr. Dre. The first single from the album is Eenie Meenie featuring Justin Bieber, released on March 23,2010 and this collaboration with the young star has been the source of much disapproval from the rap community. The second single from the album is Letting Go, which features a verse from Nicki Minaj and it was released on iTunes August 3, while the third is Dumb Love and was released on iTunes September 8. Sean Kingstons new song She Moves samples Irena Caras What a Feeling from the film Flashdance and this has not been release as a single. A fourth single Party All Night was released on December 21,2010, Kingston represented the continents of North and South America to sing the Official Theme Song of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Everyone. However, Kingston was unable to attend the Singapore Youth Olympics 2010 opening ceremony due to passport mix ups, Sean was invited to be featured with Cash Money Records/former So So Def member Bow Wow on his single For My Hood
26. Lady Saw – Marion Hall is a Jamaican singer-songwriter whose career has spanned over two decades. Widely known as the Queen of Dancehall, she is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award, Hall was born in Galina, Saint Mary, Jamaica in 1972. As a child, she attended Galina Primary School, during her teen years, she had a sewing job at The Free Zone in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of fifteen, she performing with local sound systems. She went on to work with the Stereo One system in Kingston, in 1987, Hall took the name Lady Saw after the famous Jamaican singer Tenor Saw, who inspired her music. Her performances brought her to the attention of producers and she recorded her first single for producer Piper. She had her first hit with If Him Lef and she topped the Jamaican charts with Find a Good Man, after her music success on Jamaican radio, she began recording her first studio album. In August 1994, Saw released her first album entitled Lover Girl, the album spawned the hit Stab Up De Meat. In 1996, Saw released her second album Give Me the Reason, the album became known for its explicit sexual lyrics which was showcased on songs Life Without Dick and Name Nuh Stand Fi Sex. The album spawned the singles, Give Me a Reason, Good Wuk, in June 1997, Saw released Passion. The album charted at number 8 on Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart, the album spawned the singles, Healing and Sycamore Tree. In February 1998, Saw released her first greatest hits album entitled Raw, in December 1998, Saw released her fourth album 99 Ways, which charted at number 10 on Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart. In 2002, her collaboration with No Doubt, Underneath It All, the track won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group. In August 2004, Lady Saw released her fifth album Strip Tease, the album charted at number 84 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 14 Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart. The lead single Ive Got Your Man garnered much worldwide success, the album also spawn the singles, Man is the Least, Move Your Body, and Loser. In March 2007, Saw released the single No Less Than a Woman, the song addressed the many problems that women have involving infertility. In April 2007, Saw released her sixth album Walk Out, Saw released two more singles, Chat to Mi Back and Me and My Crew. Later that year, she performed on the stage at Jamaicas annual Reggae Sumfest
27. Barrington Levy – Barrington Ainsworth Levy is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. Levy was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and he formed a band called the Mighty Multitude, with his cousin, Everton Dacres, the pair released My Black Girl in 1977. Levy established his career the next year with A Long Time Since We Dont Have No Love, though the single was a failure. According to Delroy Wright, Hyman Wright recorded a host of tracks with Barrington Levy prior to introducing him to Henry Junjo Lawes and these tracks would eventually appear on the album Bounty Hunter, which was released on the Jah Life record label. Levy then recorded several duets with Toyan, Jah Thomas and Trinity, although albums were not terribly important in Jamaica at the time, Levy released four albums before 1980, Shaolin Temple, Bounty Hunter, Shine Eye Gal and Englishman, a critically acclaimed record. His success led to earlier studio and sound system performances being reissued without his consent. By the time his 1980 album Robin Hood was released, Levy was one of the biggest Jamaican stars, Levy made his debut as a producer on the rare 1981 showcase album titled Run Come Ya, which was issued on the Canadian Puff Records label. He returned to LPs with Lifestyle and Money Move, followed by a British hit album called Here I Come, Levy received the Best Vocalist prize at the British Reggae Awards in 1984. The late 1980s saw Levy, now in his twenties, slow down his recorded output, though he continued to perform and record regularly, and played at Sunsplash every year from 1987 to 1995. His fortunes were revived by two versions of Bob Andy songs - My Time and Too Experienced, both produced by Jah Screw, and he was signed by Island Records in 1991 for the Divine album. In 1991 he returned to the UK chart with Tribal Base, a single by Rebel MC featuring Levy and Tenor Fly, which reached number 20. In the 1990s, Levy continued to release hits in Jamaica. In 1998, he released Living Dangerously, which included a collaboration with one of Jamaicas most prolific deejays, Bounty Killer, the release was one of Levys most successful since the start of the 1990s, and saw him finally achieve some success in the US. Levy performed on two tracks on Long Beach Dub All Stars 1999 album Right Back, and also played a few shows with the band and he was featured on a 1999 track by the Rascalz titled Top of the World, also featuring K-os. Levy also appeared on two singles by rapper Shyne, and on a track for drum and bass artist Aphrodites 2000 album Aftershock, Here I Come returned to the charts in 2001, with a new version by Levy and Talisman P reaching number 37 in the UK. In 2004, he contributed to a track on the album White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School and he also did some collaborations with Slightly Stoopid on their 2005 album Closer To The Sun. Most recently, Levy made a guest appearance on the single No Fuss by Red-1 of the Rascalz and his album, Acousticalevy, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2015. Levys son Krishane is also a musician, and is signed to Atlantic Records
28. Mad Cobra – Ewart Everton Brown, better known by his stage name of Mad Cobra or simply Cobra is a Jamaican reggae musician. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in the parish of St. Mary and he began performing under his stage name, taken from a character in the G. I. Joe comic books, while still in his teens and he honed his talents on several local sound systems before entering the studio. His first single, 1989s Respect Woman, was produced by his uncle and his next single, Na Go Work, featured Tricia McKay, giving him his first hit, and bringing him to the attention of producers Captain Sinbad and Carl Nelson. In 1990, Cobra began working with producer Donovan Germain and songwriter Dave Kelly on the Penthouse Records label and this partnership spawned a series of major hits in Jamaica, including Yush, Gundelero, Bad Boy Talk, and Feeling Lonely. He released his first full-length album in 1991, entitled Bad Boy Talk, in 1991 and 1992, Mad Cobra broke into the UK Reggae charts with five number one hits, bringing with it a backlash over concerns about the anti-gay sentiments of tracks such as Crucifixion. In the wake of his British success, Mad Cobra signed a deal in America with Columbia Records and his next LP was entitled Hard to Wet, Easy to Dry, and featured Flex, a single which interpolated elements of The Temptations Just My Imagination. It was a hit, topping the US Rap Singles chart, hitting #7 on the R&B chart. Around this time, Cobra became involved in rivalries with fellow reggae artists Ninjaman and he also made a guest appearance on rap group Run-D. M. C. s Whats Next on their album Down with the King. In 1994, Cobra returned with Venom, again recording with King Jammy, Jamaican hit singles from the 1994-1995 period included Length and Bend, Fat and Buff, and Selassie I Rules, now adopting conscious lyrics. In 1996, Columbia Records released Milkman in the US market, the album peaked at #12 on Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart and featured a minor hit, Big Long John, which charted briefly on the US Dance and R&B Singles charts. In 1998, a track with Mr. Vegas entitled Guns High charted in countries in Europe. Further albums were issued in 2001 and 2004, most recently, Cobra was heard on Cobrastyle, from Teddybears 2004 album, Fresh and reissued in 2006 on their album Soft Machine. He was carried to the Spanish Town Hospital for treatment and it was later ascertained that the vehicle Mad Cobra was traveling in had shone its light on a group of men and this had angered them. When Mad Cobra came out to appease the men, he was shot and he was released from hospital later that week. On the following Monday night, his house was shot up by unknown assailants but no one was injured during the incident
29. The Mad Stuntman – Mark Quashie, better known as The Mad Stuntman, is a multi-platinum selling American electronic dance artist born in Trinidad and Tobago. Quashies moniker was inspired by the 1980s action/adventure television program The Fall Guy which starred actor Lee Majors as a Hollywood stuntman, moonlighting as a bounty hunter. Making his home in Brooklyn, NY, The Mad Stuntman was introduced to platinum-selling producer/DJ Erick Morillo by popular Panamanian reggae artist El General, who is dubbed the Father of Reggaeton. Morillo was looking for an act to be featured on his upcoming single Go On Move, Go On Move peaked at number 6 on the U. S. dance charts, which began Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntmans ascent into popular mainstream music. The Latin-reggae duos sophomore 1993 single I Like to Move It became the groups most commercially successful, the single quickly achieved number one hit status, first peaking in France and The Netherlands, before becoming a chart-topping hit throughout Europe. In 1994, the peaked at number 89 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Reel 2 Reals Move It Move It featuring The Mad Stuntman continued to gain popularity, hitting number 5 on the UK Singles Chart. The Mad Stuntman proved to be one of Erick Morillos most valuable artists, in 2005, DreamWorks Studios used the song in its first installment of the Madagascar franchise. British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was cast to voice the character of King Julien XIII, madagascars use of I Like to Move it in the film, made the song a popular anthem for millions of viewers worldwide. I Like to Move It became an instant media sensation, reaching a large demand for use in sports promotions, film projects. The songs global appeal led to the approval of its use in ongoing promotions for the National Basketball League in Australia, in 2001, Columbia Pictures licensed the song as a soundtrack cut for its comedy film Saving Silverman. The song was featured in Perry Andelin Blakes 2002 film The Master of Disguise starring Dana Carvey. Still noticeably popular among audiences, major film studio DreamWorks featured the song in its 2005 inaugural debut of the animated film Madagascar. I Like To Move It resonated with a global audience. In the first film, Madagascar, I Like to Move It is performed by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who voices the character of King Julien XIII in the films. In the 2008 sequel Madagascar, Escape 2 Africa, a different version is performed by American hip-hop artist will. i. am, both versions include lyrics referencing the characters and plot of the two films. Snippets of the song are performed by characters in the films as well. The song appears again in the 2012 sequel Madagascar 3, Europes Most Wanted as a mash-up with Afro Circus, Afro Circus/I Like to Move It can be briefly heard in Penguins of Madagascar
30. Damian Marley – Damian Robert Nesta Jr. Gong Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae musician Bob Marley, Damian was 2 years old when his father died, he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damians nickname Junior Gong is derived from his fathers nickname of Tuff Gong, Damian has been performing since the age of 13. At age 13, he formed a group by the name of the Shephards. The group opened the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival, the band fell apart in the early 1990s and Damian started his solo career. With the backing of his fathers label, Tuff Gong, he released his 1996 debut album Mr. Marley which surprised many who were unaccustomed to hearing a Marley deejaying rather than singing, Marley released his second studio album Halfway Tree. The album was released on 11 September 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and it was co-produced by Damian Marley and his brother Stephen Marley. Marley released his studio album Welcome to Jamrock which was released on 12 September 2005 in the United States and 13 September 2005 in the United Kingdom. The sold 86,000 copies in its first week of release, other notable singles from the album include The Master Has Come Back, Road to Zion featuring Nas, and Khaki Suit featuring Bounty Killer and Eek-A-Mouse. Damians half-brother, Stephen Marley, was a producer and co-writer of the successful song of the same name. The lyrics to the single Welcome to Jamrock, which was performed over a riddim produced by Sly and Robbie for Ini Kamoze some 20 years earlier, centred around poverty, politics and crime in Jamaica. While the single was controversial at home over its perceived negative viewpoint of the island, and still some of us dont want to hear and to look and say enough is enough. The single reached No.13 on the UK Singles Chart and it was also No.100 on the Top 100 Songs of the Decade listing by Rolling Stone. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and he is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. At the 2009 Grammy Awards news of an album between Marley and Nas was announced, when Nas told MTV reporters Right now, Ill tell you first. We tryin to build schools in Africa with this one. Were tryin to show love and stuff with this album, all about really the hood and Africa also as well
31. Bruno Mars – Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and he graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In 2009, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for the singles Nothin on You by B. o. B and he featured on the hooks for both singles, becoming recognized as a solo artist. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans included the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles Just the Way You Are and Grenade and his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, peaked at number one in the United States. The album spawned the international singles Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, in 2014, Mars lent his vocals to Mark Ronsons Uptown Funk. In 2016, he released his studio album 24K Magic with the lead single of the same title released on October 7,2016. To date, he has sold over 100 million singles and albums combined worldwide, Mars has landed six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since his career launched in 2010, attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. Mars has received awards and nominations, including five Grammy Awards. In December 2013, he ranked number one on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Mars is known for his stage performances and retro showmanship. He is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns. Mars performs in a range of musical styles. Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8,1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot and his father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, and was of Filipino and his parents met while performing in a show in which his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed Bruno by his father, because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a family which exposed him to a diverse mix of genres including, reggae, rock, hip hop. His mother was both a singer and a dancer, and his father performed Little Richard rock and roll music, Mars uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and also encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage. Mars performed songs by such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers
32. Wayne Marshall (deejay) – Wayne Mitchell, better known by his stage name Wayne Marshall, is a reggae and dancehall artist from Jamaica. He is most notable for his collaborations with Sean Paul, Elephant Man and he also attended the Wolmers Boys School for Boys and married fellow reggae/dancehall artist Tami Chynn in 2009. Wayne Marshalls debut solo album Marshall Law was released by VP Records is 2003, reviewers noted strong hip-hop influences on Marshalls dancehall music. Forbidden Fruit was released the year, and Tru Story. Released by Federation Sound, followed in 2008, during the 2000s he issued dozens of 7 singles, mostly on VP Records. In 2009, he was featured in the remix to Jamie Foxxs Blame It. Marshalls single Messing With My Heart, featuring Mavado, from his album was released in November 2010. Marshall collaborated with the British musician Toddla T on the track Streets So Warm and he recorded the Damian Marley-produced album Tru Colours in 2013, which is due for release in January 2014, with an EP of the same name released in November 2013. In 2014 he recorded Jamaican Mannaz for the organization Do Good Jamaica and he is not to be confused with the British R&B singer of the same name. The latter had entries in the UK Singles Chart with such numbers as Ooh Aah. 2003 - Marshall Law 2008 - Tru Story,2013 - Tru Colors EP2014 - Tru Colors
33. Matisyahu – Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew and stage name Matisyahu, is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician. Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, since 2004, he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak. Matthew Paul Miller was born on June 30,1979, in West Chester and his family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and attended Hebrew school at Bet Am Shalom and he spent much of his childhood learning the tenets of Judaism, but by the time he was a teenager, Matisyahu began to rebel against his rigid upbringing. He started taking drugs and dropped out of White Plains Senior High School and he became a self-professed Phish-head, taking hallucinogens and following the rock band Phish on tour. In autumn 1995, Matisyahu attended a program at the Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon. The program offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage as a way of solidifying Jewish identity, after he finished Muss, he returned to New York, where he subsequently left high school after the first day of his senior year to travel throughout the US. A stint in a center in upstate New York followed. Miller then attended a wilderness trip in Oregon for teenagers. It was not necessarily for drug rehabilitation, but that was part of the reason I was out there and he finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. In Oregon, he identified himself as Matt, the Jewish rapper kid from New York, Matisyahu has contrasted this time in Oregon to his life in New York City. I was suddenly the token Jew and this was now my search for my own identity, and part of Judaism feeling more important and relevant to me. He returned to New York and started developing his reggae, spending hours in his room, around that same time, he says, he started to become more interested in Judaism, taking classes on Jewish spirituality at The New School. He approached Eli Cohen, a rabbi at New York University and he recounts that at the same time, he started praying, getting himself a prayer book and prayer shawl. He learned of the Carlebach Shul synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City and it was then that he met NYUs Chabad rabbi, Dov Yonah Korn. From 2001 through July 2007, Matisyahu was affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, however, as of July 17,2007, he told the Miami New Times in an interview that he no longer necessarily identifies with the Lubavitch movement. In the interview he stated that. the more Im learning about types of Jews