Dancehall-Afrobeats fusion shaping the new Urban Hiphop/Pop scene


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Hope 2017 is going great as you chase your resolutions…Mine is a little rocky battling a cold infection right now but we still out here steady grinding.I’m back with a new post and If you had a keen year last years top jams were incredibly “dancy” in a way and all this is down to the fact that most tracks especially by hip hop/trap acts heavily sampled from Jamaican Caribbean vibe that is all about getting down and shaking what yah momma gave you;Some tracks also took reference to Afro beats that are also jumpy tunes to some extent after all Africa dances to its own tune.

Hip-hop and dance-hall both almost appeal to same people all giving that ghetto-struggle vibe even as both genres go urban day by day it’s a true statement to argue that dance-hall and hip-hop share same roots.

Well even as Dance-hall slowly creept its way into the hip-hop scene with the likes of Mavado getting affiliated with DJ Khaled’s We The Best family…To Kanye West,Drake,Nicki Minaj getting Island vibes integrated in some of their tracks…Hell yeah Snoop went all Jamaica too.Last year was really the year that this three genres infused to perfection.

We can’t talk of Last year without mentioning Drake and his album Views which stole the better part of last year till well LEMONADE popped up.But back to Drake and his incredible album.Drake’s first solo Billboard number one track came from the infectious “One Dance” which had an Afro-pop vibe to it with vocals from Africa’s finest WizKid and UK’s Kyla Smith.This track was also produced by the best African Producer in DJ Maphorisa.

“Controlla” another Drake anthem was sampled from dance-hall with a feature from Jamaica’s Unruly god Popcaan who was cut off the final album and Dance-hall OG Beenie Man taking his place.This track also led to an incredibly awesome remix by Tory Lanez & TYGA’s 1 of 1 smash hit resembled Drake’s Controlla. The latter seeing Tyga heading down to Kingston to shoot the video.

“Too Good”(ft Rihanna) & “With You” (ft PARTYNEXTDOOR) also sampled the two genres with the latter taking the Afro-beat way. Rihanna in probably the best track of 2016 “Work” which featured Drake heavily took the Caribbean carnival mood.OVO’s PARTYNEXTDOOR also takes alot of inspiration from Jamaica and evidently it pays off with his track “Not Nice” sampling vocals from Jamaica’s favorite Vybz Kartel.


Tory Lanez also made big with the Cashmere Cat produced “LUV”track that was Dance-hall inspired and “Come back to me” was also heavily sampled from Island vibes the second making it as a bonus track on the Deluxe album version.Tory was also a regular on dance-hall tracks by Jamaican artistes with notable tracks being “Tek Weh Yuh Heart” by Sean Paul & “We Can” by Kranium.

Major Lazer also heavily sample their tracks from Jamaican roots with club banger “Let Me Love You” ft Justin Bieber an example.R City the duo also played a vital role in intergrating the dance-hall vibe into Hip-hop.Pop sounds also took that lane with Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” featuring Trinidad’s Nicki Minaj & “Hold Up” by Beyonce which took a more reggae approach an example.Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” was one of the best track that also cited some Jamaican influence.


Jamaican and African artistes also deserve a fair credit on this crossover of some kind.Wizkid’s “Shabba” featuring Trey Songz,Chris Brown & French Montana & his latest club banger “Daddy Yo ” also taking  over the airwaves at the moment.Jamaica’s Kranium is also a pioneer in this new movement bagging features with  TY Dollah $ign,Tory Lanez & K Camp.Popcaan is the lead artiste pushing this vibe forward with him even winning the Red Bull clash in UK after performing  One Dance the dup version and also releasing the remix to Drake’s “Hype”.

Well fam that was it for this post below are some tracks stealing the show with influences from Dance-hall and Afro-beat fusions.



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