As the end of 2017 approaches many of us take this time to look back and reflect on the all good and even the bad that took place in the span of the 52 weeks, whilst looking forward to new sights, beginnings, opportunities and changes in the new year. Only one way to go from here and that's UP!
We've applied this reflection to our Dancehall Fridays edition and are giving you our '10 Top Ranking Of 2017.'
The year in review has been a giant leap forward for women's empowerment. It began with several Women's Marches in January, leading up to TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, and 'The Silence Breakers' of the #MeToo movement. Dancehall diva, Ishawna, also stood her ground when she debuted her remix, "Equal Rights," to the popular Ed Sheeran track, "Shape Of You." Her song talks about equal rights in the bedroom, meaning, if a man asks to be pleasured, down there, then a woman should expect the same in return; a little reciprocation. The song was first teased on her Instagram page and quickly came under scrutiny from many fans, since that act is considered taboo in Jamaican culture. That didn't stop Ishawna from performing it on stage and getting booed. She also made a music video for the single, standing up for what she beleives. For that, "Equal Rights," comes in at #10 on our list.
Next, at #9 is the hot tune, "Turn Me On," by Konshens voiced over TJ Records', World Fete Riddim. The riddim was released in February just in time for Carnival season and saw some top dancehall artist voicing on the beat. Konshens held his own and his tune definitely turned dancehall fans on. By the time summer rolled around it was gaining much traction to be one of the hottest songs of the summer and the music video sure helped prove that point. With over one million views in less than a week to over 11 million views on YouTube. The music video features some of the sexiest and best dancers on the sandy beaches of Jamaica. You'll even spot dancehall newcomer, Shanseea, in the video.
The dancehall dance that took the scene by storm this year is, "Fling Yuh Shoulda," created by Ravers Clavers dancehall crew member Kool Ravers from Jamaica. The dance is performed to the song of the same name and sung by Romeich Entertainment artist, dancer turned dancehall singer, Ding Dong. Making our list at the #8 top ranking dancehall song of the year.
Keeping dancehall music on it's heels is the Unruly Boss Popcaan, with the release of his gansta anthem, "El Chapo." The song pays homage to Mexico's top drug lord with the hopes to translate a message to enemies that they better not cross him or they could end up 6'ft under. The tune is produced by his go-to producer NotNice and sets the record straight that Popcaan isn't one to mess with. For that reason, "El Chapo," comes in at #7 on the list.
We've said it before and we'll say it again, "Likes," by Chronixx is one of the top dancehall songs of 2017 and landing at #6 on our list. The Grammy nominated artist for Best Reggae Album for the upcoming 60th awards show airing in January 2018, also made history recently, being the first and only reggae artist to appear on Rolling Stone's annual Best Albums list of 2017 for, Chronology.
The year of 2017 was all about collaborations so you will see some repeat artists on this list. One of the best collabs of the year, "Can't Believe," is from Atlantic Records signed Jamaican dancehall-reggae artist, Kranium, partnering with mainstream hip hop artist, Ty Dolla $ign and afrobeat singer, Wizkid. Helping bring dancehall music and culture to the masses. The song was produced by popular Jamaican disc jockey and riddim producer, ZJ Liquid. Locking in at #5 on our list.
The World Fete Riddim is making another appearance on our list because when the World Boss, Vybz Kartel laid down bars for song, "Wine To Di Top," top Nigerian Afrobeat artist, Wizkid, of Starboy Entertainment, paid attention. The already dope tune was remixed super charging it to a top hit of 2017 and #4 on our list.
There are always too many good Vybz Kartel songs to choose from so coming in at #2 on our list is the King of Dancehall's hit tune, "Mhm Hm." It's a tune that gets in your head and you can't help but sing along and dance to the riddim, "Mhm Hm."
The Genna Bounce Riddim produced by Emudio Records was one of the hottest of the year and Aidonia voiced over it best with song, "Yeah Yeah." It quickly rose to the top as one of the best dancehall joints of the summer and was one of the most requested on the airwaves this year. "Yeah Yeah," places #1 on our list.
*Featured photograph from @aidonia4thgenna via Instagram