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Reggaelution – The Transformation of Reggae Riddims and Dancehall Riddims

There is a global  increase in demand for reggae riddims and dancehall riddims.  The style of music once popular amongst Jamaican and Caribbean artistes, has been accepted by the mainstream music machine and is more widely sought after.  Pop  artists like Rhianna, Estelle, and Bruno Mars have released very popular reggae songs using identifiable reggae riddims within the last year or two.  With an increase in popularity, the boundaries between reggae music and other genres of pop music is  blurred.   An increasing number of artistes are seeking reggae riddims and dancehall riddims for their production needs.   There is no longer the uni-dimensional question of dancehall riddims vs roots reggae  riddims, but a larger movement that has embraced the reggae vibration and is now boldly incorporating it into mainstream popular culture.

Reggae music has always been a reflection of a youth culture movement.  From its’ early inception in ska to an evolution and expansion that includes the more popular styles of dancehall riddims  two elements remain constant; growth and change.   The classic roots and culture sounds like steppers, one drop, and lovers rock are arguably the purest versions of the art form, but   those who have grown in the culture can identify a time when rockas was new, Peter, Bob, and Bunny were young, and what are considered to be classic tunes by today’s standards were new and innovative sounds.   The 80’s and 90’s gave rise to the popularity of the dancehall artist and eventually the sing-jay.

Over the last 5 to 10 years reggae music has translated well and in some cases has become a mainstay in urban music markets via dancehall greats  like Shaggy, Junior Gong, Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Mavado, and countless others.  Samples of Junior Reid’s anthemic “One Blood” in countless rap songs, and the early hybrid blends and collaborations with reggae artistes by Heavy D, Busta Rhymes, and Janet Jackson all validate this trend.  There has also been a increase in the number of non-Jamaican artistes, bands, dj’s, and sing-jays such as Collie Buddz, Midnite, Gentleman, and Nasio Fontaine who have also gained worldwide notoriety and are as much a part of the story of reggae music.  Reggae and dancehall are also widely listened to in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America and so more artists in these countries are  seeking reggae riddims and dancehall riddims.  As a result of increased popularity, quite a few artists have turned to the internet to gain access to reggae riddims, and dancehall riddims so that they can create and record songs of their own.

As we move into the second decade of the new millenium it has become apparent that reggae music continues to evolve.  Not only is there a need for the traditional sound, but also the cutting edge, and cross-over versions.  As artists  seek more reggae riddims and dancehall riddims to suit their production needs the internet comes to the rescue.

One website where you can purchase  reggae riddims and dancehall riddims at a reasonable price is buybeatsandtracks.com.   They have colorful assortment of reggae riddims amd  dancehall riddims, as well as wide variety if rap beats, soca instrumentals and much more.