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Since 2015, the stars of American music have been infusing their hits with dancehall reggae, from Justin Bieber to Kanye West by way of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg. This selection highlights the way this Jamaican wave, unleashed by obscure studio men and high-profile media personalities, has influenced modern pop.

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Work
Rihanna Anti (Deluxe) 00:03:39

J. Braithwaite, ComposerLyricist - R.Thomas, ComposerLyricist - M. Moir, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, MainArtist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Drake, FeaturedArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Boi 1da, Producer - M. Samuels, ComposerLyricist - R Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ALLEN RITTER, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PARTYNEXTDOOR, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Warren, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Westbury Road Entertainment

2
Take Me Away
Richie Stephens Perfect Love 00:03:28

Richie Stephens, MainArtist

© 2005 VP Music Group, Inc. ℗ 2005 VP Music Group, Inc.

3
Sorry
Justin Bieber Purpose 00:03:20

Michael Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Wuepper, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris 'Tek' O'Ryan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sonny Moore, ComposerLyricist - Skrillex, Producer - Blood, Producer - Josh Gudwin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Bieber, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Julia Michaels, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trevon Trapper, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tranter, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Harding, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henrique Andrade, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Tired of Running
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated (Deluxe Version) 00:04:10

Snoop Lion feat. Akon, Performer - Calvin Broadus, Composer - Calvin Broadus, Lyricist - Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Producer - Aliaune Thiam, Composer - Aliaune Thiam, Lyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Composer - Leslie Brathwaite, Lyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixing Engineer - Leslie Brathwaite, Producer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Engineer - Kevin Seaton, Producer - Giorgio Tuinfort, Composer - Giorgio Tuinfort, Lyricist - Nick Rowe, Editor - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Berhane Sound System

5
Run the World (Girls) (Album Version)
Beyoncé 4 00:03:56

Beyoncé, Performer - Terius Nash, Composer - Terius Nash, Lyricist - Switch, Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Co-Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Producer - Shea Taylor, Co-Producer - Wesley Pentz, Composer - Wesley Pentz, Lyricist - Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young, Engineer - David Taylor, Composer - David Taylor, Lyricist - Pete Wolford, Assistant Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Adidja Palmer, Composer - Adidja Palmer, Lyricist - John Hanes, Mixing Engineer - Phil Seaford, Assistant Engineer - Nick Van De Wall, Composer - Nick Van De Wall, Lyricist - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Pon De Floor
Major Lazer Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do 00:03:34

Afrojack, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Vybz Kartel, FeaturedArtist - Diplo, Composer - Switch, Composer - Major Lazer, MainArtist

2009 Downtown Records, under exclusive licence to V2 records international trading as Cooperative Music 2009 Downtown Records, under exclusive licence to V2 records international trading as Cooperative Music

7
Famous
Kanye West The Life Of Pablo 00:03:16

Kasseem Dean, ComposerLyricist - Mike Dean, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Winston Riley, ComposerLyricist - Havoc, Producer - Jimmy Webb, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kuk Harrell, Producer - Kanye West, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Swizz Beatz, Vocals, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Luis Bacalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergio Bardotti, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Dawson, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hudson Mohawke, Producer, Additional Producer - Kejuan Waliek Muchita, ComposerLyricist - Enzo Vita, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Ross Birchard, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Brown, ComposerLyricist - Patrick 'Plain Pat' Reynolds, Producer, Additional Producer - Giampiero Scalamogna, ComposerLyricist - Cydel Young, ComposerLyricist - Chancelor Bennett, ComposerLyricist - Zeke Mishanec, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Balaguer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Heat, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2016 Getting Out Our Dreams II, LLC

8
Man Down (Album Version)
Rihanna Loud 00:04:26

Timothy Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Theron Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, MainArtist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shama Joseph, ComposerLyricist - Shontelle Layne, ComposerLyricist - SHAM, Producer - Cary Clark, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Ashtrays and Heartbreaks
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated (Deluxe Version) 00:04:06

Snoop Lion feat. Miley Cyrus, Performer - Calvin Broadus, Composer - Calvin Broadus, Lyricist - Mike Bolger, Piano - Angela Hunte, Composer - Angela Hunte, Lyricist - Angela Hunte, Vocal - Stewart Copeland, Percussion - Thomas Pentz, Composer - Thomas Pentz, Lyricist - Ariel Rechtshaid, Composer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Lyricist - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer - Major Lazer, Producer - Dre Skull, Producer - Rich Costey, Mixing Engineer - Chris Kasych, Engineer - Andrew Hershey, Composer - Andrew Hershey, Lyricist - Bo Hill, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Seaton, Producer - Nick Rowe, Editor - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Berhane Sound System

10
Controlla
Drake Views 00:04:05

G. Jackson, ComposerLyricist - A. Thomas, ComposerLyricist - S. McGregor, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - Aubrey Drake Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noah Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, Producer, Co-Producer - Drake, MainArtist - Beenie Man, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - D. Dennis, ComposerLyricist - M. Davis, ComposerLyricist - D. Chin-Quee, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - M. Samuels, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - P. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - A. Ritter, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - Boi-1da, Producer - Stephen "Di Genius" Mcgregor, Producer, Additional Producer - ALLEN RITTER, Producer, Co-Producer - Noah "40" Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Moffett, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harley Arsenault, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Peter Olson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan "Scotian Potion" Daly, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Garfield Riley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

11
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Album Version)
Rihanna Music Of The Sun 00:04:19

Carl Sturken, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Evan Rogers, Producer - ELLAS MCDANIEL, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vybz Kartel, FeaturedArtist - Dawn Penn, ComposerLyricist - Al Hemberger, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Cobbs, ComposerLyricist - Dwayne Richard Chin-Quee, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2005 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Major Lazer, MainArtist - Amber of Dirty Projectors, FeaturedArtist

2013 Major Lazer LLC. under exclusive license to Because Music 2013 Major Lazer LLC. under exclusive license to Because Music

13
Too Good
Drake Views 00:04:23

Aubrey Drake Graham, ComposerLyricist - Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, Producer, Additional Producer - Rihanna, FeaturedArtist - Drake, MainArtist - D. Chin-Quee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - R Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - P. Jefferies, Drum Programmer, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lindsay Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maneesh Bidaye, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - Greg Moffett, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harley Arsenault, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies, Producer - Beverly Crandon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - A. Sutherland, ComposerLyricist - A. Hershey, ComposerLyricist - Randall Adam Martin, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

14
Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)
Major Lazer Peace Is the Mission 00:02:56

Major Lazer, Performer - Thomas Pentz, Composer - Karen Orsted, Composer - William Griachine, Composer - Charles Flores Jr, Composer

Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music

15
One Dance
Drake Views 00:02:53

Noah Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyla, FeaturedArtist - Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Errol Reid, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Wizkid, Producer, Co-Producer, FeaturedArtist - Ryan Daly, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer, Co-Producer - Paul Jefferies, Unknown, Other, ComposerLyricist - Nineteen85, Producer - Ayodeji Balogun, ComposerLyricist - Kyla Smith, ComposerLyricist - Logan Sama, Co-Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Moffett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Harley Arsenault, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Luke Patrick Reid, ComposerLyricist - Corey Bruce Johnson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Young Money/Cash Money Records

16
Mercy (Album Version (Explicit))
Kanye West Mercy 00:05:29

Mike Dean, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Tauheed Epps, ComposerLyricist - Sean Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Winston Riley, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, Additional Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, Additional Keyboards, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - James Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Hudson Mohawke, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Big Sean, FeaturedArtist - 2 Chainz, FeaturedArtist - Denzie Beagle, ComposerLyricist - Reggie Williams, ComposerLyricist - Stepan Taft, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Khan, ComposerLyricist - Willie Hansbro, ComposerLyricist - Herbert Turner, ComposerLyricist - Lifted, Producer

℗ 2012 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

17
Pon de Replay (Album Version)
Rihanna Music Of The Sun 00:04:06

Carl Sturken, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Evan Rogers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vada Nobles, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Alisha Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Blake Douglas, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Groucott, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Al Hemberger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Agel, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Matthews, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Val Brathwaite, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Here Comes the King
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated (Deluxe Version) 00:03:24

Snoop Lion feat. Angela Hunte, Performer - Calvin Broadus, Composer - Calvin Broadus, Lyricist - Angela Hunte, Composer - Angela Hunte, Lyricist - Major Lazer, Producer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Composer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Lyricist - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer - Thomas Pentz, Composer - Thomas Pentz, Lyricist - 6Blocc, Producer - James Wisner, Engineer - Raoul Gonzalez, Composer - Raoul Gonzalez, Lyricist - Neil Pogue, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Seaton, Producer - Nick Rowe, Editor - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2012 Berhane Sound System

19
Break It Off (feat. Rihanna)
Sean Paul The Trinity [New Super Premium Digital Bundle] 00:03:34

Sean Paul, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Rihanna, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Lester Mendez, Producer, Arranger - Jeremy Harding, Audio Recording Engineer - Don Corleon, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, All Instruments, Audio Recording Engineer - Kirk FORD, Writer

© 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States ℗ 2005 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

20
Torn Apart
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated (Deluxe Version) 00:03:30

Snoop Lion feat. Rita Ora, Performer - Calvin Broadus, Composer - Calvin Broadus, Lyricist - Angela Hunte, Composer - Angela Hunte, Lyricist - Major Lazer, Producer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Composer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Lyricist - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer - Thomas Pentz, Composer - Thomas Pentz, Lyricist - Luca Pretolesi, Mixing Engineer - John Hill, Composer - John Hill, Lyricist - John Hill, Producer - Chris "Bronski" Jablonski, Engineer - Kevin Seaton, Producer - Nick Rowe, Editor - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - David Taylor, Composer - David Taylor, Lyricist

(P) 2013 Berhane Sound System

21
Night Riders (feat. Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T & Mad Cobra)
Major Lazer Peace Is the Mission 00:03:53

Major Lazer, Performer

Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music

22
I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jamie xx I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) 00:03:34

Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Ted Daryll, ComposerLyricist - Mandy Parnell, Engineer - Jamie Smith, Composer, Producer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - Popcaan, FeaturedArtist - Joe Visciano, Engineer - Young Thug, FeaturedArtist - Alex Tumay, Engineer - Jamie xx, MainArtist - Andrae Jay Sutherland, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeffery Lamar Wiliams, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2015 Young 2015 Young

23
Light It Up (feat. Nyla)
Major Lazer Peace Is the Mission 00:03:18

Major Lazer, Performer

Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music Mad Decent under exclusive license to Because Music

24
Here I Go Again (Album Version)
Rihanna Music Of The Sun 00:04:10

Carl Sturken, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Evan Rogers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Al Hemberger, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J-Status, FeaturedArtist - R Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Barwise, ComposerLyricist - Byron Barwise, ComposerLyricist - Oraine Stewart, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
If It's Lovin' That You Want (Album Version)
Rihanna Music Of The Sun 00:03:26

Makeba Riddick, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Carl Sturken, Producer, Additional Producer - Evan Rogers, Producer, Additional Producer - Samuel Barnes, ComposerLyricist - Matt Noble, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lawrence Parker, ComposerLyricist - Scott Larock, ComposerLyricist - Spanador, Producer, Co-Producer - Rihanna, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Al Hemberger, Additional Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alaxsander Mosely, ComposerLyricist - Jean-Claude Oliver, ComposerLyricist - Poke & Tone, Producer

℗ 2005 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
Get Busy (Album Version)
Sean Paul Dutty Rock 00:03:32

Sean Paul, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Murray Elias, Executive Producer - Jeremy Harding, Executive Producer - Christopher Chin, Executive Producer - Paul Shields, Mastering Engineer - Steve Marsden, Producer, Writer

© 2002 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 2002 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International for the world outside of the United States

27
It Wasn't Me (Album Version)
Shaggy The Boombastic Collection - Best Of Shaggy 00:03:47

Lee Oskar, ComposerLyricist - Howard Scott, ComposerLyricist - Orville Burrell, ComposerLyricist - Shaggy, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lonnie Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Sylvester Thomas Allen, ComposerLyricist - Charles Miller, ComposerLyricist - Shaun "Sting" Pizzonia, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ricardo Ducent, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Morris Dewayne Dickerson, ComposerLyricist - Brian Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Harold Ray Brown, ComposerLyricist - Shaun Pizzonla, Producer

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

28
Overcome
Various Artists Diwali 00:03:32

Wayne Marshall, MainArtist

© 2002 Greensleeves Records ℗ 2002 Greensleeves Records

Major Lazer, MainArtist - Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green, FeaturedArtist

2013 Major Lazer LLC. under exclusive license to Because Music 2013 Major Lazer LLC. under exclusive license to Because Music

30
Can't Stop Now
Major Lazer Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do 00:04:03

Mr. Vegas, FeaturedArtist - Diplo, Composer - Switch, Composer - Major Lazer, MainArtist - Jovi Rockwell, FeaturedArtist

2009 Downtown Records, under exclusive licence to V2 records international trading as Cooperative Music 2009 Downtown Records, under exclusive licence to V2 records international trading as Cooperative Music

31
Sufferer
Various Artists Diwali 00:03:01

Bounty Killer, MainArtist

© 2002 Greensleeves Records ℗ 2002 Greensleeves Records

32
Light It Up (Remix)
Various Artists 2016 Dance Hits 00:02:47

Vibe2Vibe, Performer - D.Malcolm, Composer, Lyricist - N. Thorbourne, Composer, Lyricist - P.Fender, Composer, Lyricist - P.Meckseper, Composer, Lyricist - S.Swift, Composer, Lyricist - T. Pentz, Composer, Lyricist

2016 iDownload Pty Ltd 2016 iDownload Pty Ltd

33
Xm24
Various Artists Diwali 00:03:16

Lenky, MainArtist

© 2002 Greensleeves Records ℗ 2002 Greensleeves Records

34
Diplo Rhythm
Diplo F10RIDA 00:04:53

Diplo, Primary

2014 Big Dada

35
Shape of You
Ed Sheeran ÷ 00:03:54

Kandi Burruss, Writer - Kevin Briggs, Writer - Tameka Cottle, Writer - Steve Mac, Producer, Keyboards, Writer - Chris Laws, Drums, Engineer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer - Ed Sheeran, Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CoProducer - Johnny McDaid, Writer - Michael Freeman, Mixer - Dann Pursey, Engineer - Travis Cole, Backing Vocals - Wayne Hernandez, Backing Vocals - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Rubel, Engineer - Geo Gabriel, Backing Vocals

© 2017 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2017, Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company.

About Playlist

Since 2015, the stars of American music have been infusing their hits with dancehall reggae, from Justin Bieber to Kanye West by way of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg. This selection highlights the way this Jamaican wave, unleashed by obscure studio men and high-profile media personalities, has influenced modern pop.

How reggae conquered American Pop

by Smaël Bouaici

Not since the days of Bob Marley has Reggae enjoyed such a high profile. For three years, hits by the stars of North American pop have taken on a distinctly Jamaican flavour. From Beyoncé to Rihanna, via Drake or Justin Bieber, more and more pop artists have taken to superimposing their voice over dancehall tracks. Dancehall, the "club" version of reggae, was popularised in the mid-1980s by the legendary producer King Jammy with Sleng Teng, the first electronic reggae track in history. Let's take a look at this velvet coup.

Rihanna, keeper of the reggae flame

Incidentally, Diplo suggested a reggae arrangement of Lean On to Rihanna, who turned it down. The track fell in the end to the dane , but it was a good idea, as the Barbadian singer was another trailblazer for Caribbean rhythms in pop music. After all, her first album, Music of the Sun, which came out in 2005, was a reggae record: or its A-side was, at least. And it was thanks to a dancehall piece that Rihanna got noticed by Jay Z, who heard Pon De Replay for the first time in his Def Jam office. Written by Evan Rogers (who spotted Rihanna on a Barbadian beach), the song is in fact a version of Diwali, produced three years previously by the Jamaican Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Within the space of a few months, the riddim (an instrumental involving several artists, a Jamaican tradition) became one of the most popular tracks in the history of reggae, thanks to Sean Paul in particular, who used it on Get Busy. Won over by this Caribbean vibe, Jay Z brought a 15-year-old Rihanna to New York in December 2003 and signed her at once.

Two years later, Rihanna brought out her first album, whose four first tracks were reggae: Pon De Replay, Here I Go Again, If It's Lovin' That You Want and You Don't Love Me (No, No, No), a cover of Dawn Penn's standard, while the rest of the record aims to woo various sections of the American audience, with hip-hop, slow pop et R&B. Throughout her career, the singer has carried a torch for reggae, be it on Break It Off with Sean Paul, or Roll It Gal featuring J-Status, in 2007, or Man Down in 2011, with its "rockers" rhythm (more sustained than a classic reggae beat, with a bass drum giving emphasis to each beat of a bar), a style invented by the legendary drum/bass duo Sly & Robbie at the Channel One studio in 1976.

"I'm super inspired by reggae music", Rihanna told MTV in 2010. "[It] has been a part of me since I was born, and I grew up listening to it. I grew up loving it. My favourite artists are all reggae artists." Clearly, we can expect more like Work in the future. For Sevn Thomas (co-producer on Work with Boi-1da and OVO's song writer, PartyNextDoor), the trend will continue for as long as it remains authentic. When tropical house hit in 2015, they took the opportunity to promote dancehall. “We were hearing tropical sounds and we wanted to authenticate it, and put our spin to it.” This led them to produce Work. But now, he says, "it’s almost like the industry has become saturated by people chasing ‘Work’ and trying to reproduce the same results. That song is one of a kind for a reason. Rihanna is actually West Indian, Drake understands the culture, PartyNextDoor is half Jamaican, I’m Jamaican, Boi-1da is Jamaican. It wasn’t forced. " And we know what happens when the mainstream music industry tries to over-exploit a genre (it happened to dubstep, and it wasn't pretty). So perhaps it would be better for dancehall to quit while it's ahead.

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