Dancehall

Dancehall music is a descendant of roots reggae music. When people speak of dancehall music today, they are generally referring to the digital equivalent of raggamuffin reggae mixed with modern hip hop (which reggae influenced in previous decades).

Dancehall reggae tracks are usually based on a fast, danceable instrumental riddim (usually with a distinctly digital sound) track, with a deejay singing, rapping, or toasting over it.

Dancehall deejays are traditionally males who sing and rap with smokey masculine voices. Dancehall lyrics are infamous for their content, which are often violent, sexist, and homophobic. Dancehall deejay feuds are a popular aspect of the genre’s history, sometimes going beyond dueling lyrics to include real physical violence.

However, recent trends have reversed this tradition in 2 new ways: first, singjays such as Mavado have become increasingly popular, with voices and melodies that are more reminiscent of R&B crooners than hiphop rappers. Second, the dancehall lyrical content is continuing to grow, with female and conscious male deejays becoming increasingly popular on the dancehall scene.

Read more about the history of dancehall music, from it’s roots reggae beginnings to it’s electronic ragga forms and conscious dancehall today.

VP Records are the leading dancehall music label (and they often post content and special offers here on Dub & Reggae). As of this writing, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, and Buju Banton have all signed with VP Records. VP also works with popular record labels to build dancehall artists’ distribution internationally.

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  13. Stacey says:

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  14. DJ says:

    I LOVE REGGAE

  15. moussasamba says:

    love reggae music

  16. Alh Omar Cham says:

    i always listen to reggae dancehall men.
    this the only music i listen to

  17. tanyaradzwa says:

    i love dancehall reggae!!!! seriously

  18. jah smith says:

    love the good work

  19. virtuoso says:

    dancehall music is the best .really

  20. dj jazzy says:

    i like reggae dance hall music

  21. danielle says:

    Want to download free dancehall music

  22. MENZI says:

    big op fi di dancehallmusic,me wish it afi last fi as long as de earth is stil blazing

  23. Bonifide Dj Lal says:

    Hey guys,keep it locked!we appreciate yo work and keep up the Blaze.one love..blessed!!

  24. deevee says:

    Big up mi idren 4 d gr8 work.Blessed. pls can I have lyrics of songs by Junior Reid,Pinchers,Terror Fabulous,cocoa tea

  25. Tendai says:

    I love it and its hot

  26. Avinash says:

    I LOVE DANCEHALL MUSIK!!

  27. gandira trevor jonathan says:

    dancehall muzik iz de best

  28. Selecta T10 says:

    I like Dancehall Reggae maddd

  29. jah love says:

    me love dance hall music

  30. RAS MASHi says:

    RAS MASHI AKA BADA DAN DEM SEH SO, LONG LIVE THY VIBE PON HOUSE 28 DANCEHALL FLOOR. STRAIGHT OUTA S.A. PRRRAAH!

  31. poulson says:

    its cool

  32. Erick Carter says:

    mavado no size

  33. victoria says:

    Love reggea music

  34. AC Chiyaka says:

    jus luv tha music

  35. james says:

    i love dancehall

  36. TREVER says:

    Darm, i enjoy that music

  37. Solomon Blazer says:

    Dancehall iz me life style/braa!!!

  38. thomasmelody says:

    I LIKE THE PREYING SONG TO THY GOD, THE ONE AND ONLY HIGH GOD THANK YOU LORD.

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