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Various Nice Up the Dance: Two Worlds Clash

Revisiting the Jamaican music diaspora in novel ways has become Soul Jazz's stock in trade, and they do it very well. This collection spotlights the crossover between hip-hop and dancehall, Jamaica and the US. Cuts like Tenor Saw's classic "Ring the Alarm" transformed to a hip-hop beat, Cutty Ranks's slashing gangsta-style lyrical attacks, Ms. Thing's hip-hop soul backing up a dancehall flow, and J Live riding an Augustus Pablo melodica harmony give you an idea of what's up here. But this is more than a bunch of jacked beats; it's a reflection of a symbiotic relationship, pointing out how each culture periodically energizes and inspires the other.

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