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.@RyginKingO Covers The Classic “Stop That Train” With The Late U-Roy!


In February 2021, the world lost a Music legend, and a Jamaican Icon named Ewart “U-Roy” Beckford. A man who has greatly contributed to the ever changing musical landscape, you can call him the Originator of how you put the lyrics together. While the world misses him, there were talks about putting together a final album for the great U-Roy. It was revealed with the title, “Solid Gold U-Roy“, and one of the singles that made the album features one of Dancehall’s hottest acts, Rygin King on a cover of the classic single, “Stop That Train“.

Produced by Sharna Liguz, Youth, and Zak Starkey, we see two Artists from two great generations join forces to give us something different. The single covers the 1967 version of the Keith & Tex Rocksteady version of “Stop That Train”. The 1967 version is cover/remake of The Spanishtonians’ 1965 Ska original that speaks of a woman whose boyfriend is leaving her via train, and she wants to join him on board. U-Roy also released a cover version in 2009/10. Both Keith & Tex and U-Roy & Rygin’s versions speak from a man’s perspective however. While many are familiar with Rygin King’s style of music, they’d be surprised to know what he enjoys in his downtime, and seeing this collaboration is just a fraction of what can happen. With the late U-Roy’s signature toasting/deejaying, this an “OG meets the Young General” moment, and we know the posthumous U-Roy album has a lot more gems. This could pave the way for a lot more collaborations like this, and we’re here for it! Call us up so we can be a part of it. For more U-Roy, check out our special U-Roy Playlist here. “Solid Gold U-Roy” is now available for pre-order through Trojan Records, and will be released on July 16, 2021. Continue sleeping in peace, Daddy U-Roy!

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We Pay Tribute To The Great U-Roy With Our Latest Playlist!


On February 17, 2021, the world lost a legend, the great Ewart “U-Roy” Beckford. A man who is the Daddy, the Father, the King, and the Originator of what you know as toasting/deejaying/rapping, he has left behind a great legacy for many others to follow and be inspired by. He may be gone physically, but we know he’s gearing up to nice up every session in the afterlife. Today, we pay tribute to his greatness with the “Sampling U-RoyPlaylist!

The “Sampling U-Roy” Playlist features some of his classics, and some of the tracks that sampled them. With artists like Dennis Brown, Def Jef, IDK, Dawn Penn, and Talib Kweli borrowing from the great Daddy U-Roy, you’re in for an enjoyable and informative listen. May we continue to honour our greats and give them their flowers while they’re still here. All hail the original King of Dancehall! Walk good U-Roy.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Hopeton Lewis & U-Roy – Tom Drunk (1971)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the duo of Jamaican Icons Hopeton Lewis and U-Roy. We get to hear the classic, “Tom Drunk“! Produced by Duke Reid and featuring Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, this was released in 1971 through the Treasure Isle Label. The track features the duo calling out a lying and cheating person who thinks their ways will always be beneficial to them. They also warn that there are consequences for those actions, and they throw in a few proverbs throughout like “Tom drunk, but Tom nuh fool“, and “Play fool to catch wise“. The song turned out to be a hit for the Artists, and its wicked production becomes infectious after every listen. The song was featured on U Roy’s 1978 album, “Jah Son Of Africa“.

Over the years, “Tom Drunk” has been covered by The Specials, its Instrumental has been featured on fellow legendary Artist Stranger Cole’sCrying Every Night” track, and it has been sampled by Hip Hop Artists Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Mos Def, and Mr. Man on the classic, “Fortified Live“. U-Roy is still active in the music as he continues to perform his classics worldwide, while Hopeton Lewis made more hits until his passing in September 2014.

THANK YOU Hopeton Lewis & U-Roy for this classic!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: John Holt @ @SunSplash_ES 2013


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With the news of the passing of Reggae Icon John Holt, 13th Street Promotions today honours his life and work by showcasing one of his final concert performances. Joined by Lloyd Parkes and We The People band and introduced by Sophia Brown, viewers will be treated to over an hour of John Holt reeling through his many hits at the 2013 staging of Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. With a career spanning over 50 years, John Holt started out a member of group, “The Paragons” before finding great acclaim as a solo artist. With over 40 albums to his name, Holt paved the way for many Reggae artists and was a top act at many concerts. He has been sampled by Kanye West (Jay-Z’s “Encore”), Supa Dups (Collie Buddz’s “Blind To You”), Lily Allen (Friend Of Mine) and covered by the likes of Blondie, UB40, U-Roy and many more. As said recently by Reggae Singer Bob Andy, “He lived a full life!“. Walk good John Holt! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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