U-Roy
Don't Check Me with No Lightweight Stuff (1972-1975)
Tell It Black
King Tubby

Reggae » DJ/Toasting

Over a dub track, Jamaican rappers (called toasters) would chant lyrics of topical concerns; the DJ style began live at sound system dances, eventually leading to recordings of toasts on disc. U-Roy was the first to turn toasting into an art form. When he began working with Duke Reid in the early 70's, the DJ style exploded on the Jamaican music scene. Soon every producer scrambled to find a DJ to toast over their rhythms. In the mid-70's when roots reggae became the dominant style, Big Youth held sway as the mightiest DJ in the land. Although their popularity waned, DJ's remained a mainstay in reggae and an influence on the early formation of rap in America. When dancehall came along the DJ was returned to prominence as toasters like Yellowman and Charlie Chaplin became huge stars. Contemporary reggae and dancehall is somewhat dominated by DJ's like Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw.

DJ/Toasting Artists Highlights

U-Roy
U-Roy
King Tubby
King Tubby
Diplo
Diplo

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DJ/Toasting Album Highlights

Don't Check Me with No Lightweight Stuff (1972-1975)
I-Roy
Don't Check Me with No ...
Tell It Black
Big Youth
Tell It Black
One in a Million
Yellowman
One in a Million
Screaming Target
Big Youth
Screaming Target
Dread in a Babylon
U-Roy
Dread in a Babylon
Lee Scratch Perry: The Wonderman Years
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Lee Scratch Perry: The ...

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DJ/Toasting Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Screaming Target Big Youth
Chalice in the Palace U-Roy
Fever Junior Byles
Soldier Take Over Yellowman
Morning Ride Yellowman
Mind Blowing Decisions
Sugar Minott
Red Gold & Green
I-Roy
Message from the King Prince Far I
Hypocrite Backout I-Roy

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