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Reggae: The Hidden Gem of 90’s Music


When you think of the music in the ’90s, your mind instantly goes to either 90’s R&B or 90’s Hip-Hop. I can’t blame you. These two genres of music changed the game and had us reaching for a sound we’re still trying to find today. That being said, we cannot talk about 90’s music without diving into the Reggae and Dancehall bag. It was huge and had everyone ready to grind, wine, and party all the time. There were so many artists that hit the scene such as Shaggy, Beenie Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers. This sound made its mark and influenced some of the 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop songs we love. Without further adieu, here’s a list of some of my favorite Reggae tracks of the ’90s.

Freaks- Lil’ Vicious

Quame Byron Riley better known as Lil Vicious was discovered by Doug E. Fresh and Donovan Thomas in 1994 at a talent show. “Freaks” was recorded and beatboxed entirely by Doug E. Fresh. It received a ton of airplay with many surprised that the rapper was only 14 years old. “Freaks” remains a staple and the crowd still goes crazy when this song comes on.

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Mad Cobra – Flex

Whew! I don’t know of a sexier song that had everyone doing the slow wine with their fingers in the air. You know the move I’m talking about. Released in 1992, this single soared to #13 on the Billboard Charts, peaking at #7 on the R&B charts, and of course, securing that top spot on the US Rap singles charts. This song was so huge that other artists made references to it in their songs, and the infamous dance was seen everywhere.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK–FEBRUARY 10: Jamaician Dancehall artist Mad Cobra (aka Ewart Everton Brown) appears in a portrait taken on February 10, 1993 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives)

Everyone Falls In Love- Tanto Metro and Devonte

Who doesn’t love a feel-good song? This is one of those songs that makes you want to get in close and dance with your boo. Released in 1997, this single became a huge hit for the duo. The single sold well in the US and skyrocketed their album to the top of the Billboard Reggae Charts. The duo had continued success with the release of their second album, but in my opinion, nothing can top that feeling you get when you hear this song. ‘Cause you know playas need love too.

Devonte and Tanto Metro during Reggaeton Explosion 3: the 5th Hearts & Voices AIDS Benefit Concert Series – Party and Concert at Spirit Night Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)


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