Greatest Of All Time
Good day readers and fans. Hope all is well in the wonderful world of ours and positive vibes keeps pouring out. This is a very touchy and debatable topic within the industry of Dancehall. Who really is the G.O.A.T. and what are the requirements. Who is the greatest Dancehall artist since inception? Is it record sales, lyrical skills, charisma, radio spins? What really quantifies greatness? Growing up there was no other to me like Shabba Ranks. Also grew up on Lt. Stitchie, Ninja Man, Buju Banton and more greats. On each journey or stop I’m actually questioned by my opinion. Friendly banter but it can get loud.
Many say its Super Cat, Ninja Man, Beenie Man, Patra, Admiral Bailey, Jose Whales, Stitchie, Bounty Killa, Yellow Man, Lady Saw, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton, Movado and the list keeps going. Just from the looks of things that’s a pretty impressive list. Here is my take. I really ask who pushed the culture forward and who took it to the global level. That made my list a little easier not so much. So we looking at Super Cat, Bounty Killa, Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Yellow Man, Beenie Man & Lady Saw. There is a question I do want to ask? Is this generation the Gaza & Gully generation? With that being asked does that make them great acts.
Numbers wise only Shabba Ranks, Yellow Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw and Super Cat is at the top of the list. So it really gets tougher as we can debate about genres and who performed where but of that list its always gonna show that Shabba drove the culture further. The only other act no matter where I go they know is Buju Banton. The issue is Buju has no Grammys prior to incarceration. We can safely say Shabba got all genres to come on board and incorporate their styles and sounds. He has been given the Order of Distinction he’s stilling packing venues like we saw a month ago in London.
Again its a debatable topic and we are open to comments and views. This my disclaimer that its just a view of a reggae dancehall fan wanting to see the culture grow.