Let The Riddim Hit ‘Em


Whether it’s rappers with Jamaican lineage like Busta Rhymes or Jamaican artists like Vybz Kartel that frequents the dancehall bashments around King’s County, Brooklyn and Reggae music go harmoniously together like rice and peas. Over the past few decades, the borough has been the number one destination for Jamaican immigrants moving to New York City, contributing to the borough’s population by 2.7%, according to the 2006/2008 American Community Survey. That may seem like a small number, but that equals up to nearly 70,000 people and it’s the highest percentage of immigrants compared to any other Caribbean island. That’s a whole leap ah yahdies. (I was born in Brooklyn, but my parents come from Jamaica, so that makes me a “yankee.”)


So with the island celebrating their 50th Anniversary from their independence from Great Britain this past Monday, Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt stood upon the medal podium in Great Britain, singing his national anthem on the very SAME day, while being awarded his second gold medal in the 100m sprint race…talk about coming full circle right? Let’s not forget other athletes like Yohan Blake and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce who racked up more medals for black, green and gold. I couldn’t help but feel both nostalgic and proud, so I put together a list of “chunes” that puts my two homes, Brooklyn and Jamaica in the same riddim. For the Spotify inclined, I’ve managed to compile five of the ten in a playlist which you can stream below. If I missed some songs, please feel free to let me know! *cues national anthem* Jamaica, Land We Love!


Top Ten Jamaican Influenced Hip-Hop Songs From Brooklyn Rappers:
01. The Notorious B.I.G. –“Respect”
02. Smif-n-Wessun – “Sound Bwoy Bureill”
03. Shyne featuring Barrington Levy – “Bad Boyz”
04. Foxy Brown – “Tables Will Turn” (feat. Baby Cham)
05. Vybz Kartel – “Brooklyn Anthem”
06. Mavado (feat. Jay-Z) – I’m On The Rock”
07. Busta Rhymes (feat. Bounty Killer and Mavado) – ““Kill Dem” (Remix) (prod. by The  Neptunes)
08. Mos Def Dub – “Kampala Truth Work”
09. Sean Price – “Jamaican” (prod. by Khrysis)
10. Fabolous (feat. Sean Paul) – “It’s Alright”





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