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The turbulent ’80s yielded a prime foundation for the growth of dancehall, an evolutionary sound that bucked the roots reggae tradition by placing a charismatic DJ at center stage. This modern manifestation of the reggae icon paired candid rhymes with cunning rhythms, ushering in an inventive soundtrack for a new generation of partygoers. There was just one problem, though: too much testosterone.
That all changed in 1982, when Sister Nancy bum rushed the scene, kicking down the entrance to the boys-only club with her debut album, One Two. Taking a few cues from her brother, renowned DJ Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy whipped up a classic collection of lyrical delights, brazenly informing all naysayers that there “ain't no stopping Nancy.” Her infectious soprano glides through declarations of self-awareness, social commentary and personal progress, each message escorted by languid melodies that will liberate your hips and lodge in your brain. In “Gwan a School,” Nancy diplomatically urges youngsters to pursue an education, and then lures listeners to the dance floor with the infamous “Bam Bam” bass line — a bashment staple that has made cameos in both film (Hype Williams'Belly), and hip-hop (Pete Rock's “The Basement” and Guerilla Black's “Compton”).
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