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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 Yorkâ€™s finest clubs such as Happy Ending, APT, Joeâ€™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 7â€ vinyl singles to great critical acclaim. You can see the storeâ€™s web site at www.deadlydragonsound.com.
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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GENRES"Big Tune!": A tune that skirts catagories, but we like it!
"Dancehall Classic": A tune that is a must for the dancehall. Typically these tunes are 90's oriented.
"Digital Roots": Conscious and cultural tunes that employ post-80s production techniques.
"Digital Scorcher": Typically 80s tunes that employ early digital production.
"Early Reggae Stomper": Basically reggae tunes from late 1968 to 1970 that have that uptempo organ lead feel!
"Foundation Tunes": Tunes that, in our opinion, make up the foundation of dancehall music.
"Foundation DJs": Early DJ tunes from the likes of U Roy, I Roy, etc.
"Ganja Tunes": Pretty self explanatory! "Gun Tunes" Again...Kind of speaks for itself!
"Lovers": Tunes that are for those moments inna dance where you just want to sex up the mood.
"Rock Steady": From late 1966 to late 1968, Rock Steady was the ruling sound of Jamaica. Basically, it was brief period where the music slowed down letting the vocalist take over with a typically soul-inflected sound. For the true obsessives, Rock Steady is the rarest and most beloved genre of Jamaican music.
"refix remix refix": The name says it all! The version, the dub was the first Remix, but these remixes are tunes that have been re-fixed with different version.
"Reggae Covers": Pop/rock/soul tunes as covered by Jamaican artists.
"Roots": Kind of ephermral and subjective, but Conscious tunes that get DEEP.
"Ska": Kind of self explanatory, but can also contain some early pre-ska Jamaican R&B.
"Rub A Dub": Tunes from the late 70s to mid eighties that started focusing on the dancehall itself and pre-dated digital production.
"Slackness": Well...slack tunes, you know, SEX!
"Soundbwoy Killer": Tunes that actually make specific reference to Killing a Sound.
"War Box!": Tunes that are boastful, aggressive, warlike or can be used as counteractions inna tune for tune. This is the best area for those shopping for 45 shootout material.
"Reggae": Tunes from the early 70s up until the rub a dub started taking over.
"Reggae Breaks": Difficult one to define, but basically Jamaican tunes that could find a home in a soul, hip hop or funk set. Also, instrumentals that would be gold for a producer looking for new beats to mine.
"Dub Head": These are tunes for Dub heads...strictly DUB a MATIC!
PODCASTFollow Deadly Dragon Sound's Reggaematic Podcast on Podomatic