Lieutenant Stitchie

Wild Jamaican Romances

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When dubwise gave way to dancehall, the rules changed in reggae toasting. The smooth delivery of Yellowman gave way to the type of rapid-fire aggression of Shabba Ranks, and the tracks (many of them amelodic) became harder and tougher -- sometimes drawing on hip-hop. One of the top dancehall artists to emerge in the 1980s was Lieutenant Stitchie, whose Wild Jamaican Romances was among the more diverse dancehall CDs released in 1991. Not at all predictable, this collection finds Stitchie drawing on everything from hardcore rap to silky R&B. On "The Governor's in the House" and "The Things You Do," he doesn't simply incorporate hip-hop elements -- he embraces outright rap. Those who associate reggae with a heavily socio-political focus and odes to the Rastafarian faith will be surprised to hear that on the album Stitchie is more interested in providing humorous anecdotes about his love life.

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