The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.
Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go” at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since.
Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.
- Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
- Philip Frazer – Never Let Go
- Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose
- Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
- Supercat – History
- Johnny Osborne – Keep On Moving
- Slim Smith – Never Let Go
- The Answer – Lone Ranger
- Marca Griffiths – I Shall Sing
- Buju Banton – No Respect
- Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
- Macka B – Never Played A 45
- Warrior King – Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound)
- Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
- Sugar Minott – Feel The Rydim
- Sanchez – Take Your Time
- Anthony Malvo ft. General Degree – Comforter
- Sizzla – In My Thoughts
- Beenie Man – Fassy Try To Dis (Too Bad Mind)
- Edley Shines – Lead Out (dub plate)
- Anthony B – Global Awareness
- Junior Kelly – Ghetto Region
- Half Pint – She’s Fever
- Marcia Griffiths – Cry No More
- Sanchez – Groove Me
- Pinchers – Lift It Up Again
- Supercat – Vineyard Party
- Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley and Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
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Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music
It was a time when Bounty Killer was given the title “Poor People Governor” and had a streak of hit songs banned from radio airplay in Jamaica because he spoke out against corruption and divisiveness in political policies and sang about ineptitude and abuse by local law enforcement. There was a resurgence of lyrical protest songs uniting and re-energizing the dancehall followers in the streets of Jamaica with positive messages earning the biggest crowd responses. Buju Banton, who emerged as the “Voice of Jamaica” delivered words of wisdom and warning to his fan base and his lyrical ideals deepened right along with his Rastafarian faith.
The same went for Capleton who was dominant and was dubbed “The Fire Man.” Capleton burned the hottest fire with a string of releases that dissected and illustrated all the faults he found with “Babylon system” and during his live stage performances, massive eruptions of energy occurred. Artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, and Anthony B were also extremely influential within this conscious movement of the 1990s.
The up-tempo (dancehall) riddims being produced in this era of Jamaican music offered very diverse story lines so there were songs about the latest dance moves, gunman tunes, girls anthems, and ganja dedications surrounded by songs about spirituality, African liberation, “burning out” current corrupt government officials and taboo trends, or the struggles of the poor in the ghetto.
This mix focuses on the danceable selections of that period that kept it real. Reality tunes, similar in content to the roots reggae standards of reggae’s foundation era, but aligned with the most popular riddims that dominated the dancehall. This was the music that could be heard at the climax of sound system sessions primarily from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Please press play and take a brief trip back to “fire time.” More Fire!
- Sweet C – Natty Dread
- Spragga Benz – Moving Up The Line
- Beenie Man – Music A Di Beat
- Louie Culture – Ganga Lee
- Beenie Man – Blessed
- Bushman ft. I Lue – Send Them Come
- Zebra – Selassie Warning
- Capleton – No Carbon Copy
- Bounty Killer – Babylon System A Go Down
- Capleton – Good So
- Buju Banton – Deportees (Tings Change)
- Beenie Man – Foundation
- Capleton – Stay Far From Trouble
- Terry Ganzie – Ragga Ragga
- Sizzla – Dem A Gaze
- Capleton – Bad Mind
- Bounty Killer – Fed Up
- Spragga Benz – Peace
- Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary
- Capleton – Almshouse
- Little Hero, Merciless & Action Fire – God Alone
- Capleton ft. Jah Thunder – Fire
- Capleton – Badness
- Sizzla – Karate
- Buju Banton – Rampage
- Capleton – Cuyah Cuyah Cuyah
- Capleton – Things Are Happening
- Capleton – More Prophet
- Bounty Killer – Anytime
- Beenie Man – Gospel Time