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Capleton

Along with Buju Banton and Sizzla, Capleton spearheaded dancehall's return to reggae tradition, tackling Rastafarian spiritual themes and using classic roots reggae as a musical foundation. Capleton was born Clifton George Bailey III on April 13, 1967, in the rural town of Islington, in Jamaica's St. Mary parish. Capleton's namesake was a prominent local lawyer, and young Clifton earned that nickname as a verbally gifted youth with a similar talent for logical argument. He also loved music, counting both Bob Marley & the Wailers and dancehall DJ Papa San as early favorites, and sneaking into sound system shows at age 12. At 18, he moved to Kingston in hopes of starting a music career, and performed with several small sound systems before catching on with Stewart Brown's African Star, a combination sound system and label with connections in both Jamaica and Toronto. Visiting the latter in 1989, Capleton shared a concert bill with the hugely popular Ninjaman, and impressed enough that he was offered the chance to record with major producer Philip "Fatis" Burrell upon his return to Jamaica.

Capleton's first single was the risqué "Bumbo Red," which was banned from Jamaican radio for its sexually explicit lyrics, but became a huge word-of-mouth hit. He made a well-received appearance at the 1990 Reggae Sunsplash Festival, and issued a series of popular -- and often slack -- singles for various producers, the biggest of which were "Number One Pon the Look Good Chart" and "Lotion Man." The 1991 LP Capleton Gold gathered some of these early recordings, and he also appeared on several split albums, the most notable of which was 1992's Double Trouble, shared with General Levy. By 1992, a distinct cultural consciousness was becoming apparent in Capleton's work, starting with the landmark hit single "Alms House." An album of the same name was issued in 1993, collecting further singles in the same vein like "Matie a Dead," "Unnu No Hear," and "Make Hay," among others.

During this era, Capleton was truly coming into his own; still recording prolifically in 1993, he scored several signature hits with "Everybody Needs Somebody," "Cold Blooded Murderer," and "Buggering." Those tracks all appeared on the 1994 album Good So. By that point, Capleton's conversion to Rastafarianism was complete and now dominated his music to a greater degree than ever before. His success also earned him a shot with an American major label, Def Jam, for which he debuted with the album Prophecy in 1995. Hip-hop remixes of "Tour" and "Wings in the Morning" (the latter of which featured a guest spot from Method Man) made Capleton a significant crossover success on the rap and dance singles charts, and Prophecy sold quite respectably in the U.S. Def Jam also issued the follow-up album, 1997's I Testament, which continued in a similar vein: R&B accessibility fused with Rastafarian militancy.

Capleton subsequently returned his focus to the Jamaican market, and although his music was now rootsier than ever, he began to temper his Rasta obsessions with more romantic lyrics. 1999's One Mission gathered some of his work, but a better chronicle of his highly consistent output over 1999-2000 was More Fire, which contained all of his biggest hits of the period: the rootsy-sounding "Who Dem?," the antiviolence anthem "Jah Jah City," the female-positive "Good in Her Clothes." 2002's Still Blazin' gathered much of his best work from the next two years. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I-Ternal Fire

1. Some Day

2. Acres

3. When I Come To Town

4. Same Old Story

5. Mama You Strong

6. I'm In Love

7. Babylon Go Down

8. It's On

9. Global War

10. Call I

11. All Is Well

12. Them Get Corel

13. Long Way

14. Blessing

15. 400 Years

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Track List: Bun Friend

1. Chant Me Song

2. Day Me Borne

3. It's A Meditation

4. Yo Better Than

5. My Love

6. Music

7. Put Dem In Di Pit

8. Long Time

9. Burne Dem Down

10. Something Go Happen

11. Bun Friend

12. She & Fireman

13. Me Love Dem

14. Fire Blazing

15. Chant Down Rome

16. Invitation

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Track List: The People Dem

1. Movements

2. Dem No Ready Yet

3. Mass Media

4. See Dem

5. Mankind

6. Level Your Heart

7. Judgement

8. Jah Lives

9. The People

10. Woman Dem A Gwan

11. So Fine

12. Burn Dem Down

13. The Woman Dem A Log In

14. No Time Featuring Military Man

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Track List: Reign Of Fire

1. Jah Is My Everthing

2. That Day Will Come

3. Wise Up My People

4. Or Wah

5. Real Hot

6. Ton Load

7. Stepping Up

8. Never Share

9. Undeniable

10. Sunshine Girl (feat. Stephen Marley)

11. In Her Heart

12. Who You Callin N**ga

13. Open your Eyes

14. Leaders Let The People Down

15. All My Life

16. Standing Ovation

17. Remember That Day

18. Fire Haffi Burn

19. JAH By My Side

20. Number One Song

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Track List: Best Of

1. Raggy Road

2. Tour

3. Alms House

4. Prophet

5. Leave Babylon

7. Old And The Young

8. Wings Of The Morning

9. Death Row

10. Steep Mountain

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Track List: More Fire

1. Fire Chant (Intro)

2. Danger Zone

3. The More Dem Try

4. Conscience Ah Heng Dem (Interlude)

5. Who Dem

6. Good In Her Clothes

7. More Prophet

8. Hunt You

9. Jah Jah City

10. Prophet's Philosophy (Interlude)

11. Critics

12. Final Assassin

13. Bun Dung Dreddie

14. Hands Off

15. Boost No War

16. Stand Tall

17. Pure Sodom

18. Love Is Coming At You

19. Witness

20. Glorify

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That day will come
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YA DAY WILL COME....WHAT A DAY NUFF RESPEK...#FI Y A H
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"Who Dem" respect
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Righteous Righteousnes s
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bLaZe on
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Message for everyone in spite of what's been going on in the world
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We need more reggae music like this
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Right now Capleton saying, " Mi tell all unu di Queen wicked".. Lol
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Keep it blazin' King Shango, I love you, Ras!@
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Kings stand up. Fire burn bodyboys
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Shotta Need A Brown Skin Boom Tune!!!!
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more fiyyyyyaaaaa a a a h h h h h !
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Chant it down real one
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Yes man u got it
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LOVE IT
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�� burn dem.burn down babylon
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Fyah bun Babylon
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O Remember This Jam When I Was Station IN Panama. Rock this shh
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Chills
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Forward InI
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Bless up , mi Don, standpipe , papine , tavern �� big up balls mi cuz
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All good my mind
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SQ Scott's got to go to in Yaaba Dobber go robust us to newborn Rosta gondola
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IAM jAMAICAN BORN AND ILOVE MY ROOt AND LOVE ALL MY JAMAICANMUSI C MY NAME IS DANNATTA
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One of my favorites!!
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True words��
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Truly conscious lyrics
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One of di baddest out there
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❤️❤️❤️
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Throw fire pon dem rastaman
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BOOMTOON! BOBO BLAZE!!
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I love Capleton����
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Great song
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Chune neva get old. Capelton one of the best reggae artist.
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Traditional Rastafarian roots dat day will come
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Fyah king
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Mi LIkit
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wow!!!!!!!!$ $ $ $ $ $ $
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Nice tune! Cuyah!!!
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Cuyah, Cuyah!!!!!
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Beautiful song
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Love Raggae music:)
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When your done press f6 in the comment section, your lover's name will come in big letters. This is scary because ot actually works
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"Capleton I love this song" Tour it. Sound good, more more fire ,"!!!!!
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Blessings to all one love
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I love capleton music
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Jah bless
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Rasta king
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JAH people rejoice in THE MOST HIGH for warriors like him
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Slew dem
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