Theory of Reggaetivity

Theory of Reggaetivity

Assassin eschews his usual dancehall backing for an exclusively reggae set, where his raspy voice and expressive lyrics add gravitas to solemn, reflective topics. Like fellow gravel-throated deejay Buju Banton, the toaster delivers his vocals with booming authority, whether over stout one-drop riddims (“Stronger,” "Feel Highrie”), retro rub-a-dub grooves (“Mix Up”), or even spry ska shuffles (“No Slave," with Chronixx). All are enhanced by striking live musicianship, and the vintage ‘80s-style arrangements of “Reggae Origin”—plus those contemplative verses—epitomize Assassin’s heartfelt embrace of Jamaica’s gift to the world.

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