Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Literally Grandfather

Sugar Minott - Nuh Know it Like Me (from Inna Reggae Dancehall 1986)

While Sugar doesn't beat out Prince Jammy or Prince Jazzbo for title of first digital reggae track, he was responsible for resurrecting Studio One along with Coxsone with his new method of recycling old label material much like riddims work today. Nuh Know it Like Me has toasting qualities but a more mellow, duppy expelling kind of vibe with less tape echo than the Roots Radics experiments at the time. Wackies comes to mind, but there is enough shit talking on the track to lump it in with the proto-Bashment tracks of the early to mid eighties. Sugar is a proud father and now grandfather to both his children's children and the gold chains and cowboy boots of modern Jamaica.

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