Competition in Jamaican dancehall reggae is so fierce, only the toughest of DJs makes a breakthrough....

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Strange Behaviour

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Strange Behaviour

Competition in Jamaican dancehall reggae is so fierce, only the toughest of DJs makes a breakthrough. To stand out from the crowd a good mic-wielder needs that something extra. [a]Buccaneer[/a]’s gimmick is the strangest yet, even in a genre that’s seen [a]Beenie Man[/a] record a hillbilly hoedown. He has an operatic style. Truly, life hasn’t been lived in full until you’ve heard a ruffneck chat over prime beats, laced with melodic mock-ups of the music of the old European composers.

Oh, and [a]Enya[/a] as well. Both the lilting ‘Fade Away’ and the more mashed-up ‘Bad Man Nuh Stray’ (with the very hungry and eager Scare Dem Crew) fuse digital reggae electronics with large slices of her ‘Sail Away’ hit. And when [a]Buccaneer[/a] is not riding a sparse, stripped-down heavy metal rhythm on ‘Bruk Out’ or collaborating with Cali punks Rancid for a remix of the same, he tries – and fails hilariously – to sing the title track in the style of Pavarotti.

But what’s on his mind? Women mostly, even though a hundred different boasts about his seductive prowess should, but never does, get wearying. This loverman gone horribly wrong has a thing about backbiters as well. He hates them. This could be trouble. He’ll never make the Royal Opera House.