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Toasting in Dancehall and Reggae music

King Stitt is the reggae artiste who is the King of toasting in dancehall and Reggae music.

Most young listners of reggae and dancehall music might ask, what is toasting?. It is a style of lyrical chanting which, in Dancehall music, involves a deejay talking over a riddim.

Though the art of chanting over a beat is quite ancient, and found in many African-based musical traditions, It became quite popular in Jamaica in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Here's a list King Stitt more popular tracks

1. Diana

2. Doctor Ring Ding

3. Elelator Rock

4. End & Beyond

5. Four Corner

6. Hold Me Tight

7. Iron Bar

8. Love Devine

9. Only You

10.On The Beach

11.Paradise

12.Rythm Of The Blues

13.Sauvett

14.Scandal

15.Shuffling Jug

16.The Shock

17.Why Do Lovers

Listen to King Stitt "Why Do Lovers" below...

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It is not only important in Jamaican music, but also featured heavily in the development of American popular music, as it was Jamaican-born toaster DJ Kool Herc who brought the style to Queens, subsequently setting off the entire history of rap and hip-hop music.

Toasting, chatting, or deejaying is the act of talking or chanting, usually in a monotone melody, over a rhythm or beat by a deejay.

The lyrics can be either improvised or pre-written. Toasting has been used in various African traditions, such as griots chanting over a drum beat, as well as in Jamaican music forms, such as dancehall, reggae, ska, dub, and lovers rock. Toasting's mix of talking and chanting may have influenced the development of MCing in US hip hop music.

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