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Buccaneer

Even by the ever-changing standards of dancehall, where fans always want to hear something new and different, the 1996 breakthrough of Buccaneer was a shocker. That's because no one had demonstrated the desire, ability, or outright co**nes to combine ragga toasting and opera before -- but not only did Buccaneer pull it off, he wound up with a massive hit in "Skettel Concerto" by doing so, and set the course for a career full of such genre-defying moments. Yet Andrew Bradford had been laying the groundwork for his unlikely crossover move since youth: his mother had taught him classical piano and music theory when he was a child in Kingston's Havendale suburb. Those lessons stayed with him when the family had to move to the West Kingston ghetto of Waltham Park, and he became a colorfully clad DJ dubbed Little Ninja, chatting with local sound systems. A friend gave Bradford his new nickname after admiring a pirate's costume he'd concocted -- complete with eyepatch that some say was necessary because of a sensitivity to light -- and after putting in some time at King Jammy's studio, Buccaneer developed a friendship with musician and producer Danny Browne, who provided many of the riddims for his early hits and became a longstanding collaborator. Buccaneer's first album, 1995's Now There Goes the Neighbourhood, contained some hints of his operatic leanings, but it was the next summer that the Jamaican single "Skettel Concerto," which featured Browne's orchestral adaptation of Toscanini's "Barber of Seville," plus Buccaneer's dramatic sing-jaying, broke through. It was the centerpiece of his next album, 1997's Classic, which featured other tunes (like "Bad Man Sonata") pinched from opera, as well as more straight-ahead dancehall, including "Brick Wall," Buccaneer's duet with legendary singer Dennis Brown. In 1998 Buccaneer returned with Da Opera, which featured the big hit "Fade Away," a nod to Enya's "Orinoco Flow," and contributions from reggae heavy hitters Steely and Clevie, plus fellow dancehall wildmen Scare Dem Crew. After the odd single, like 1999's "Weh Dem Woulda Do," a pairing with Mr. Vegas over Browne's "All Purpose" riddim, Buccaneer took a break from his own music to try his hand at production, and started his own Jamaican record label, dubbed -- what else? -- Opera House. ~ Dan LeRoy
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bad Weather

1. Redder Now

3. Bow City

4. Development

5. House Fi Clean

6. Gal-A-Vant

7. Better Recognize

8. Scream & Run

10. More Weed

12. Want Lead Can't Lead

13. Bad Weather

14. Shetengae

15. Spooky

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Track List: Da Joint

1. Judgement Day

2. Keep Di Hype

3. Naa Naa

4. Go Deh Gal

5. Run For It

6. Gimme Some Ah Your Something

8. Sweet Sensation

10. Cry For You

11. Can't Please

13. Gwan So

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Track List: Face Off

2. Weed Is Life

3. Sweet Pineapple

4. Rupaul System

5. Hand Up Deh

7. Everywhere I Go

8. Sugar Plum Plum

9. Beg Fi Him

12. Fire Fire

14. Another One Gone

15. Top Shatta

16. Gangsters Don't Bow

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Track List: Grass Cyaat Riddim: The Early Years, Vol. 1

1. Hard

2. High Grade

3. One A Dem Ting Deh

4. Shout It Out

5. Tek Dat

7. World Gone Mad

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Track List: Hellcat Records Presents...Give 'em The Boot II

2. The Gang's All Here

3. Riding The Region

4. If The Kids Are United

5. Nocturnal

6. Can't Stand It

8. Goin' Out

9. Bad Gadjit

10. L.A. Girl

11. X-Ray Style

13. The Fool

14. Bruk Out

15. Have The Time

16. Crack Rock Steady

17. Forget Yourself

19. Fools Gold

21. Flight Of The Phoenicians

22. Life Won't Wait

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Track List: Masterpiece

1. Give It Her Good

2. Ever Blazing

3. 10 Out Of 10

4. Wine Baby Wine

5. Raging Storm

6. Check Yourself

7. So Fly

8. Dat She Like

9. Uh Huh

11. Stress Free

12. Shake It

13. The Answer

16. Anything You Wear

17. That Girl

18. Price Tag

19. Own Man

21. Real Good

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Track List: Penthouse 25 - The Journey Continues

1. One In A Million

2. El Shaddai

3. Deep In My Heart

4. Tears On My Pillow

5. Chaka On The Move

6. Nah Get No Bligh

7. Ting Deh Aka Thing Deh

8. Mr Sea

10. Pride And Joy

11. Pon Mi Nozzle

12. Go If You Want

13. Tom's Diner

14. Below The Waist

15. Love Within The Music

17. Brought Me Love

18. All My Life

19. Crying Fool

20. Mi Caan Sleep

21. Brinks

22. I Feel Good

23. Prophet

24. Lioness On The Rise

25. Who Say

26. I Can't Recall

27. Treat The Woman Aka Please Man

28. Bleaching Shop

29. Wicked And Wild

31. Everything I Got Aka Gave You Everything (Remix)

32. Comfort Zone

33. Order

34. No Candle Light

35. Spoilt By Your Love Aka Spoiled By Your Love

37. No Respect (Remix)

38. You Will Know

39. I'd Die Without You

40. My Favorite Song

41. Forever

42. Real Know Real

44. Reggae Is Life

45. Good Director Aka Actor

46. Ebony

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Track List: Penthouse Collector's Series Straight Talk Vol. 1

1. Pon Me Nozzle

2. Know Jah

3. Bad Boy

4. Prophet

5. Brinks

6. Chacka On The Move

7. Checking Out

8. Matty Son

9. Hot Again

10. Whosoever Will

11. Dominate

12. Fresh Vegetable

13. Yush

14. Tom's Diner

15. Chatty Chatty Mouth

16. Workie Workie

17. Dickie

18. No Retreat No Surrender

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Track List: Penthouse Flashback Series: Heavy Rock & MPLA

2. Personal Delivery

3. Silver Words

4. Wantie Wantie

5. Do The Right Thing

6. Only Your Love

7. Yuh Got It

8. God Of My Salvation

9. We Got To Work It Out

11. Nice Girl

12. Cleanse Yuh Mind And Soul

13. Do Me Baby

14. Give Thanks And Praises

15. Once Bitten

17. Weather Change

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Track List: Ragga Ragga Ragga 4

1. Ragga Loving

3. Chronic

4. Mr. Bate

5. Cellular Phone

6. Healer

8. Wedding Done Arrange

9. Gun Fool

10. Boy Fi Dead

11. Born Good Looking

12. Defend Apache

13. Season Your Pot

14. Snapper Dapper

15. Lone Cocksman

16. Romeo

17. Man Come Look You

18. Gal A Come

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Track List: Ragga Ragga Ragga 5

1. Mavis

2. Dun Wife

3. Big Up And Trust

4. Graveyard Shift

5. Mi Heartbeat

6. 1/4 To 12

7. Shadow

8. Dengue Fever

9. Urkle Dance

12. Open Your Leg

13. Yu Nuh Care

15. When You Want Me

16. Tear Off Mi Garment

17. Peanut Punch

18. Convince

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Track List: Riddim Driven: Nine Night

1. Rappin' Up Rhymes

2. Girls Gungo Walk

4. Gwaan Trace

5. Old Crook

7. Shotta Ting

8. Balm

9. Wine Baby Wine

10. Poppy

11. Fright Night

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Track List: Rodent Reggae Vol. 2000

1. Liberty Mess

2. Dem Girl Deh

4. Trichana

5. Ting

6. Mi Nuh Play

9. Papaw Papaw

10. 40 & Mi Blunt

11. How

12. Live Wid It

13. Spend Yuh Own

14. Mix Mi Up

15. Badman Ting

16. Stick It Up

17. Blues

18. Boy Mek It Bun

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Track List: Rotten Rich

1. Bus The Place

2. Big Man, Little Youth

3. Cartoon Character

4. Provide The Wine

5. Brush Yuh Teeth

6. More Money

7. Boom Boom

8. Please (Let Me Put It In)

9. Man A Bad Man

10. She's Nobody

11. Hot Gal

12. Cruise

13. Arrest Mi Officer

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Track List: Sampler 17

1. Who Am I

2. Woman Of Africa

3. Somebody Just Poop

4. Wrigley's

7. Winner

9. Heads High

10. My Lady In Red

11. That's The Way

12. Tek It Easy (Cheesy)

13. Correction We Fix

16. Who Am I

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Track List: Sound System Selection 2004

Disc 1

1. Like Glue

2. All Out

3. Bounce Along

4. Turn Me On

5. Thank U Mamma

6. Sweet To The Belly

7. Bun Dem Every Day

8. She's Hot

9. Baddest Girl

10. Tra La La

12. Bad Mind Must Go Down

13. No Letting Go

14. Who Dem

15. Greatest

16. Pride

17. Talk Up

18. Who Dem

19. Must Get Ahead

Disc 2

1. Living Dangerously

3. Who Am I

4. Heads High

5. Bizzi Blazzi

6. Champagne Body

7. Greetings

8. You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)

9. Another One Bites The Dust

11. Boom Shak A-Tack

12. War Is In The Dance

13. Fade Away

14. Gal Wine

15. Mind Yu Dis

16. Yellowman Getting Married

17. Cellular Phone

19. Jamaican In New York

20. Moschino

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Track List: Street Sweeper Riddim

1. Signal

2. Say Yeah

3. You

4. Work With It

5. Move

6. Happy Go Lucky

7. Battery Dolly

9. Done The Place

10. We Owna Show

13. Full Ah Hype

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Track List: Street Sweeper Round 2

1. Boom Wah Dis

2. Final Assasin

3. Probation

4. X Rated

5. You Nah

6. Weh Dem Ago Do

7. Unfair

8. Kill A Sound Boy

9. Shotter

10. Flesh Don't Get Weak

11. Old Gangster Rule

12. Dancehall Medley

13. We Nah Go Fraid

14. Clothes Get Common

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Track List: Strictly The Best 21

1. Bruck Out

3. Everyone Falls In Love

4. Let Him Go

5. Oh Yeah

6. Sexy Body Gal

8. Hands Up

9. Gospel Time

11. Strategy

13. Good Ways

14. Everywhere I Go

16. Freaky Type

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Track List: Strictly The Best Vol. 17

1. Skettle Concerto (Prelude)

2. Robin Hood

3. Blackboard

4. Go-Go Wine

6. Bounty's Nitro Mix

7. Funny Guy Thing

8. Politics Time Again

9. Living Dangerously

10. New Suzuki

11. Hotty Hotty Crew

12. Bad Mind

13. Fire Pon Rome

14. Gal Dem Gizzada

16. Who Send Them Remix

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Track List: Tell Me The Riddim

1. Flava

2. Tell Me

3. Superman

4. Nah Run Nuh Gal

6. Cold Like Ice

7. Gal Sheet

8. Sha La La La

9. No One Style

10. Big Things A Gwaan

11. Tell A Gal Chill

13. Picture Frame

14. Pelpa

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Track List: The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2000

Disc 1

1. Crazy Looks

2. She's A Ho

3. Blood Stain

4. Truth Hurts

5. Es Ee Ex

6. Black Power

7. Ring Pon Finga

8. Tight And Right

9. Cuyah Cuyah

10. Girls Time

12. Attack

13. I'm A Big Kid Now

14. Monkey's Out

15. Who Dem?

16. L.O.Y.

17. Anti-Spy

18. I'm Free

Disc 2

1. Bun It

2. Model & Pose

3. Good In Her Clothes

4. Cool Bwoy

5. Hot To Ratid

6. Loving & Upright

7. Thumbs Up

8. Bun

9. Aaam!

11. See Dem A Come

13. Back Off

14. Bust It

15. Moses Cry

16. Watchie Pum

19. Check It Deeply

20. Badder Than The Rest

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Track List: Total Reggae: Ragga

1. Weh Dem A Do

2. Dutty Wine

3. Unknown Number

4. Badman Forward Badman Pull Up

5. Nuh Linga

6. Ruba Dub Wi Want

7. Tekk

8. Weh Di Time

9. Ever Blazing

10. Footprints

11. Who Am I

12. World A Reggae Music

13. Heads High

14. Notorious

15. Cellular Phone

16. Bow

17. Champion

18. Sort Dem Out

19. Good In Her Clothes

20. Under Mi Sensi

21. No Bellyas

22. Gaga

23. Head No Good

25. Out & Bad

28. Good Hole

29. Party Time

30. Fling Up Di P**sy

31. No STD

32. Bruk Out

33. Rhyme

34. Goggle

35. Hot Like We

36. When I Hold You Tonight

37. Blaze Fire Blaze

38. Bizzi Blazzi

39. Press Trigger

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Track List: Twice Again

1. Beauty Queen

2. She Wants A Life

3. Woman Deh Pon Mi Mind

4. Bad Macka

5. Body Done

6. Land We Love

8. Pump Up

10. The Juice

11. Selector

13. Together

14. Top Shooter Ting

15. Tired Of Fronting

16. Memory Lane

17. Twice Again Rhythm

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