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King Kong Rumble Jumble Life

This Bobby Konders-curated collection features unsung dancehall pioneer King Kong voicing several decades worth of classic riddims, from Cuss Cuss ("Rumble Jumble Life") to Stalag ("Call Mr. Madden") and Penicillin ("They Don‘t Know"). While the tunes are roots consciousness all the way, Kong sounds just as good on bouncier recent dancehall riddims like Wanted, upon which he tackles the sociology behind today‘s out-of-control youth for the tune "Bag Juice (And Cheese Chips)." Kong might epitomize dancehall‘s old school, but with his Tenor Saw-like warble and creative approach to standard lyrical themes ("Call Mr. Madden" warns the famed Jamaican coffinmaker that defeated soundbwoys are headed his way), everything sounds timeless.

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