The moody, gravel-voiced Bounty Killer calls himself the defiant, truth-telling "Poor People's Governor" — and on Fifth Element, he represented. In the spring of 1999, his music was as descriptive of national turmoil as Marley's had been in 1977. When Kingston's ghettos erupted in riots, "Anytime" was the roadblock anthem. The even more menacing "Look" was preemptively banned by Radio Jamaica. Both were written and produced by the brilliant Dave Kelly, whose innovations continue to inspire Timbaland and R. Kelly.
By J. Edward Keyes on 10.03.05 in Reviews
A bold, bristling, biting bit of 90s hip-hop, Mic Geronimo's The Natural if it had been released just a year or two later, would certainly have gone down as a classic of the genre. It was studded with cameos by futur...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...