Madison is predicting that reggae (dancehall) is on the rise. I’d love to see it happen but I feel a sense of déjà vu. Didn’t we go through this about 10-15 years ago (damn I’m getting old) when Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Supercat, Cutty Ranks, KRS-ONE, etc. were doing their thing? And let’s not forget Sly & Robbie’s Silent Assassin CD. I just knew dancehall was gonna take over the U.S. but it never happened. Seems like most Americans always get stuck on not being able to understand the lyrics. Nor did those artists, aside from Shabba, ever really get much radio/video play. Will it be different this time? If it is I hope we don’t get some watered down version of dancehall. Keep mine pure & hard core.
Also, in the comments of Madison’s post is a good discussion about the history of hip-hop and how much reggae influenced rap. There’s another prediction in the comments about Garage music being the next, next thing. I’d love to see that too, but I can’t see Americans adopting it widely. Especially not now that we’ve got like 1 1/2 companies running all of the media outlets. They’ll just spoon feed us the same old stale music they’ve been playing.