August 16, 2018


Deadly Dragon Sound System has long been a respected force in the reggae community as selectors, retailers, radio hosts and collectors of reggae music from the foundation of Ska all the way up to the newest riddims bubbling up from yard. With a collection spanning more than 150,000 pieces of vinyl and acetate (7", 10", 12", Dubplate and LP) Deadly Dragon Soundsystem has the vaults to provide the finest Jamaican music ever made.

Deadly Dragon Sound is made up of Selectors Scratch Famous, JD, Queen Majesty and Mr. K.

Deadly Dragon Sound System was formed in 1995 in Chicago. Initially, Deadly Dragon was started as a way to share an appreciation of Jamaican music with a local audience who, at that time, had no outlets to hear DJ music of any kind. Within a few months, Deadly Dragon's Sunday night Empty Bottle had become a legend. Within Chicago's often segregated environment, Deadly Dragon managed to unite all the tribes under the banner of hardcore reggae music.

In 1998 Deadly Dragon Sound expanded into New York City and quickly became a mainstay in the city's hot bed of sound systems and selectors. Over the past 12 years Deadly Dragon Sound has held down weekly residencies at some of New York’s finest clubs such as Happy Ending, APT, Joe’s Pub, Pianos and King Size. In addition, Deadly Dragon has brought together a series of live events with such artists and sound systems as Johnny Osbourne, Tony Tuff, Yami Bolo, Mighty Crown, Down Beat, Ranking Joe, Cornell Campbell, Wayne Smith, Stone Love, Chuck Turner, Nardo Ranks, Carlton Livingstone, Shabba Ranks, Major Mackarel and more.

In 2005, Jeremy Freeman aka Scratch Famous and Jason DeBeck aka Selector JD opened the retail side of Deadly Dragon, expanding it into, not just a sound-system, but one of the finest resources for reggae fanatics around. The retail store at 102 Forsyth, in the heart pf NY's Chinatown, is a unique retail environment with a comprehensive selection of new and vintage vinyl from Mento 78s to the newest tunes from Jamaica. Deadly Dragon has also created a limited edition reissue imprint label that has released over 35 different 7” vinyl singles to great critical acclaim. You can see the store’s web site at

Always seeking ways to spread their knowledge and love for Jamaican music, Deadly Dragon Sound now does a monthly PODCAST and weekly live session at THE DELANCEY (168 Delancey) called DOWNTOWN TOP RANKING.

Deadly Dragon Sound are true lovers of Jamaican music and that love and respect is reflected in their expansion from a simple sound system to the multi-faceted cultural expression that they have become.

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