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Best Reggae Music Artists of All Time

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It is very difficult to compare artists across different periods. The music industry has changed so much in terms of technology and opportunity. Moderate success in the 60s could be seen as an extraordinary achievement compared to success in the 2010s.  Every reggae genre could have its own.

Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker shone a light on the world that lit up the road to Jamaican music with his international hits in the 60s. He straddled the periods of Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae. His hit ‘The Israelites’ was a major international hit in the UK, topping the charts and reaching the top 10 of the US Billboard charts and made him one of the first Jamaican artists to have such international success. He went on to have other hits such as ‘007 (shanty Town) and ’You Can Get It If You Really Want’ amongst others. He continued performing into the 2000s. He died at his home 25th May 2006. A true trailblazer.

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff is a trailblazer for reggae music globally. The 1972 movie ‘The Harder They Come’ in which he starred and voiced the title track brought reggae music to the world and gave Jimmy Cliff the platform to be an international star and opened the door for reggae artists that followed. His song ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ has been covered by many international artists of differing genres. As of the time of writing he is still performing.

Dennis Brown

Dennis Emmanuel Brown had a voice that could melt butter, it’s not surprising that he cited Nat King Cole as one of his early influences. As a young performer, he was dubbed the ‘Boy Wonder’ but later became to be known as the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’. He was a prolific artist and many artists were influenced by his style and music including Frankie Paul and Luciano. He had international hits like ‘No Man is an Island’, ‘Money in Your Pocket’, and ‘Wolf and Leopard’. The American National Public Radio (NPR) in a 2010 feature included Dennis Brown as one of the ’50 great voices’. He died 1 July 1999.

Burning Spear

Winston Rodney a.k.a Burning Spear has been performing for over forty years. An uncompromising conviction reggae artist with messages of injustice and enlightenment. His lyrical style ensures his message stays with his audience like  “Do you remember the days of Slavery” and “Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar”. Like many of the legendary reggae artists, his messages are now seen for the truth that they contained. He still tours and his live performances are regarded as one of the best reggae acts you will see.

Toots & The Maytals

Toots and the Maytals were best known for ska and Rock Steady but laid the foundation for the reggae genre. Their 1968 single “Do the Reggay”, is considered the first song to use the word “reggae” and so name the genre. The frontman Toots Hibbert has an instantly recognizable voice. Soulful but at the same time raw and dynamic. They had some of the biggest hits in reggae like ’54-46 (that’s my number), ‘Sweet and Dandy’ and ’Monkey Man. They also benefited from the movie ‘The Harder Them Come’ with the classic ‘Pressure Drop’ being part of the soundtrack. Their songs have influenced artists from many genres.

Yellowman

With the prominence of Dancehall in the 80s came Yellowman a.k.a King Yellow. Real name Winston Foster he was shunned because of his albinism. This did not stop him from honing his natural deejaying talent on sound systems. This caught the attention of producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and they achieved success with Yellowman becoming the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label Columbia Records. He had dancehall classics like ‘Them A Mad Over Me’ and ‘Zungguzungguguzungguzeng’.

After suffering and fighting off a serious skin cancer in the 80s, where at one point he was given three years to live, he has re-invented himself but, Yellowman will always be considered the king of dancehall. The first dancehall superstar who took the genre to a new level.

Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh is a reggae icon. He was a conviction reggae artist and he followed his convictions after leaving the Original Wailers. His songs and lyrics related these values to the world through hits like ‘Equal Rights and ‘Stepping Razor’ which eventually became his moniker. He was an early proponent of the legalization of marijuana and his hit ‘Legalize It’ was an international hit. He was uncompromising and earned respect for his messages and music. He was murdered in 1987 after a break-in at his home.

Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru (Uhuru is Swahili for ‘freedom’) has had many line-ups but, their greatest period of success was the line-up of Derrick “Duckie” Simpson (founding member), Sandra “Puma” Jones and Michael Rose, while working extensively with Sly and Robbie in the 80s.

They had a look, style and sound that crossed over. They had a string of hits like ’General Penitentiary’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ and Shine Eye Gal’ that included Keith Richards (from the Rolling Stones) as the featured guitarist.

They were signed by Island Records in 1980 and they had album hits with Sinsemilla, Red, and Chill Out. The album Red was ranked No. 23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the ‘100 greatest albums of the 1980s’. But it was their album Anthem that earned them a Grammy. After being released in 1984 it won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Sly & Robbie

Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are one of the most inventive and prolific rhythm sections in reggae history. Before they teamed up they were already part of now-legendary bands ‘Skin Flesh and Bones’ and ‘The Aggrovators’. They were trendsetters and created a ‘Rub a Dub’ style in the 80s during a time of digital innovation in reggae music. They created styles that then became part of the repertoire of musicians and producers. Their period producing Black Uhuru an example of their innovation.

Their horizons were not restricted by being reggae stalwarts and they worked with and produced acts such as Grace Jones and Gwen Guthrie. Their credits include tracks for Paul McCartney and Britney Spears. They have received numerous Grammy nominations and continue to work with and produce many international artists.

Bob Marley

Considered to be one of the most, if not, the most influential reggae artists of all time. Taking reggae music from a niche genre, with its roots in Jamaica, to a worldwide audience. His image and name is recognised around the world and is synonymous with reggae music. If you mention reggae in any distant land the first name that is mentioned is Bob Marley.

Even after his death, he is still one of the top-selling reggae artists. This is a testament to the longevity of his music. In this world of social media, quotes from Bob Marley and lyrics from his songs are constantly being shared. 

Well, these are my 10 best reggae artists of all time and I’d be surprised if you agree with all the artists chosen and the order of preference. But, that is not important. There have been and are currently, many great reggae artists and only time will tell what influence they have on the genre and the world. That is my test of being a legend.

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Youngest Legendary Rappers Of All Time

Rap is a genre born out of the 1970s in the block parties of New York City.

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Most rappers that come onto the scene dating way back to its inception got their start as young kids looking for a way out of the projects which would bring criminal, financial, and emotional strife.

It’s not common to hear of a rapper being discovered in their late 20s or 30s. So, today we’re going to look at the youngest artists of the genre. Some were regarded as prodigies and others were flashes in the pan. Legends or one-hit wonders, they’ve contributed to the short but rich history of the rap game.

Special Ed

 Name: Edward K. Archer
 Age: 16
 Born: 05/16/1972
 Hit Song: I Got It Made

Special Edborn in the birthplace of Hip-Hop, Brooklyn, New York, was just 16-years-old when he officially began his rap career.

Soulja Boy

 Name: DeAndre Way
 Age: 14
 Born: 07/28/1990
 Hit Song: Crank That (Soulja Boy)

Soulja Boy was 14-years-old when he released his September 2007 hit single,  “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” 

Lil Wayne (Hot Boys)

 Name: Dwayne Carter Jr.
 Age: 15
 Born: 09/27/1982
 Hit Song: Guerilla Warfare (album)

Lil Wayne was only a 15-year-old kid from New Orleans, Louisiana, when he gained notoriety as part of the young rap group – Hot Boys. He was the youngest member of the group, followed by Juvenile, Young Turk, and B.G. 

Bow Wow

 Name: Shad Gregory Moss
 Age: 11
 Born: 03/09/1987
 Hit Song: Let Me Hold You

Bow Wow was 11-years-old when he began his rap journey. Two years later, he released his first album, Beware of Dog, in 2000. He was discovered by none other than Snoop Dogg in the late 1990s. Bow Wow didn’t achieve success until his 2005 album, Wanted. It gave rise to his two charting singles, “Let Me Hold You” and “Like You.” 

The Notorious B.I.G

 Name: Christopher Wallace
 Age: 10
 Born: 05/21/1972
 Hit Song: Big Poppa

Christopher Wallaceor Notorious B.I.Gneeds no introduction. He’s regarded as arguably the greatest rapper to ever take the mic and for good reason. The New York native gained popularity for his laid-back, relaxed, effortless flow and style. He was the epitome of a true wordsmith, stringing together eloquent, descriptive lyrics that expertly painted the picture of what it was like to be a young black American in an impoverished neighborhood, the desire to escape and make something of yourself, and tales of mischief and the trappings of fame.

LL Cool J

 Name: James Todd Smith
 Age: 9
 Born: 01/14/1968
 Hit Song: I Need a Beat

LL Cool J was just nine years old when he started rapping. Like many other rappers, he used it to try and escape a troubled home life. After buying a turntable from Sears at 16, he hit the ground running, producing and selling his demos which Def Jam Records eventually caught wind of.

Jordy

 Name: Jordy Lemoine
 Age: 4
 Born: 01/14/1988
 Hit Song: Dur dur d’être bébé

Jordy is the youngest rapper of all time starting at age 4!

By definition, we could call the French-born, Jordy Claude Daniel Lemoine the youngest rapper seeing as how his family released his hit single, “Dur dur d’être bébé” when he was only four years old.

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10 Most famous male rappers in the world right now

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Who are the most famous rappers in the world right now? 

Everyone has their own idea of the best rappers today, but that doesn’t necessarily denote the most famous rapper in the world right now in 2022.

1. Eminem

Eminem has stolen the show by maintaining his position of being the legendary and famous rappers worldwide.

He is considered not only the greatest but the fastest.

Eminem has taken mastery to another level. His music is next-level in terms of complexity, vocabulary, rhyming phrases you’d never think to put together.

He’s won 15 Grammys, 8 American Music Awards, and 17 Billboard Music Awards, among many others.

2. Kanye West

Kanye made his debut album ‘The College Dropout’ in the year 2004. With this album’s release, he became a celebrity.

He is a talented artist who is always known for releasing rap songs influencing and convincing people that hip hop is made.

While West can drop some seriously cool lines, rapping isn’t his best feature.

What West does better than arguably anyone is to release songs that sound simultaneously fresh and contagious.

3. Kendrick Lamar

One of the most successful artists of his generation is Kendrick Lamar. He has produced many albums and tracks that became extensively famous.

His major-label debut album ‘good kid’ m.A.A.d city made him gain international recognition. He has also received several awards, including 12 Grammy Awards.

4. Jay-Z

Sean Kol Carter is better known as Jay-Z. Sean began recording in the early 1990s.

He is the founder of the music company Roc-a-Fella Records. With his album ‘The Blueprint’ in 2001, a very much talented hip-hop artist was born.

Thirteen of his albums were featured on top of Billboard. 

 More than just one of the most prolific and consistent rappers of the last thirty-plus years, Jay-Z is the artist who’s been showing struggling Americans that it’s possible to dream the American Dream and go on to live it.

5. Lil Wayne

Signed to a hip-hop record label at the incredibly precocious age of 12, Lil Wayne has never been anything other than a rapper. 

The release of ‘The Carter’ in 2004, which is one of his hot-selling albums, made him a worldwide recognized rapper.

Lil Wayne sold so many records he became the first male artist to surpass a certain Elvis Presley in the Billboard Hot 100.

6. Drake

Drake is a Canadian singer, rapper, producer and songwriter as well. He is undeniably hip hop’s number one trendsetter since 2009 when he joined the scene.

He is one rapper who has immense talent and is not only a stupendous rapper but also a soulful singer. 

 And, he has continually been putting up the best songs year after year.

7. Post Malone

Post Malone is a young rapper and guitarist who has magnificent talent. His voice is like a melody and profoundly touches your soul.

This New York-based rapper has given many tracks to the industry that followed a massive hit, such as Rockstar, Circles, Goodbye, and many others.

Blending hip-hop with pop and trap, he managed to hit the charts with his breakthrough single “White Iverson” and remained at the top ever since.

8. Snoop Dogg

When counting the world’s best rappers, how can you forget the great ‘Snoop Dogg’ in the list?

He has released 12 successful hip-hop albums, having a uniform flow, following a specific theme and is comprehensively popular across the globe.

9. Travis Scott

Travis is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.

He started beholding the eyes of the mass audience with his first release of the debut studio album ‘Rodeo’ in which a track ‘Antidote’ reached the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard hot chart.

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Scott embodies everything that makes modern hip-hop cool, but he does so while also staying true to the fundamentals.

His lyrics are spot on and his beats are very creative, but what truly sets him apart is his flow.

10. P. Diddy

One of the wealthiest and talented personalities in the hip-hop world founded his label and named it ‘Bad Boy Records’ in 1993.

Diddy released his first full-length album in the year ‘No Way Out,’ which was a big boon to the music industry.

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Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2022

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Start the year off positive, with this list featuring news of celebrity babies! Forget celebrity gossip; this list is all about celebrating celebrities who recently had babies in 2022.

Some stars like to keep their children out of the spotlight, and opt not to release the child’s name or photos of their beautiful celebrity babies.

Be sure to check back for updates regarding pregnant celebrities due in 2022. 

1. Rihanna and Asap Rocky

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcomed their baby boy on May 13, 2022, according to report from TMZ. They have not yet shared the child’s name.

 The pair revealed they were expecting with a photo shoot in January 2022.

Rihanna showed off her maternity style throughout her pregnancy. Though rumors of their relationship had swirled for years

Rocky first confirmed the relationship, and how serious it was, in an interview with GQ in May 2021.

2. Kylie Jenner And Travis Scott’s Son

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott welcomed a baby boy on Feb. 2, one day after daughter Stormi’s 4th birthday.

Jenner announced her son’s arrival on Instagram on Feb. 6, captioning a black-and-white photo of Scott holding the newborn’s hand.

They have not shared any other details, though a rep did confirm to People that they had welcomed a boy.

3. Post Malone

Post Malone announced on “The Howard Stern Show” on June 13 that he welcomed a baby girl. He also revealed that he got engaged to his longtime partner.

“[At] 2:30 in the afternoon, I went and I kissed my baby girl,” Post said, and when asked if he meant his girlfriend or daughter, he added, “No, that’s my daughter.”

The private star who has kept mum since moving from Los Angeles to Utah in 2019 – revealed he was expecting his first child in May 2022.

 “I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and for since I could remember I was sad.”Told TMZ

4. Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn revealed in March that they secretly welcomed a second daughter.

“Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl. We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4 x,” Sheeran wrote, alongside a photo of baby socks. 

The couple, who got married in 2019, welcomed their first child, daughter Lyra Antarctica, in August 2020.

5. Chris Brown and Diamond Brown

Chris Brown confirmed that he welcomed a daughter, Lovely Brown, in January 2022 with a post commemorating his baby girl turning three months old.

Though this is the first public mention Chris has made of his new daughter, Diamond has been posting since she welcomed her little bundle of joy.

On January 8, she shared an image of the newborn to Instagram, writing, “The princess is here! Lovely Symphani Brown.

My sweet babygirl, it’s been a whole day you’ve been in the world and have already shown me the true meaning of life. I promise to love and protect you always. Forever yours, mommy..”

The singer shares Lovely with Diamond Brown. He also has two other children: 7-year-old daughter Royalty, whom he shares with Nia Guzman, and 2-year-old son Aeko Catori, whom he welcomed with Ammika Harris. 

6. Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to twins in April 2022, but only one of the babies survived.

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“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel,” they said in a joint statement at the time.

“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”

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