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 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.
"Ganja Tunes": Pretty self explanatory! "Gun Tunes" Again...Kind of speaks for
"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.
"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!
Here are a few Deadly Dragon approved links for great records, great
information and just great stuff in general.
GOLD SHOP!! (Website for the great reissues label! Filled with great info not only about Gold Shop products but about the classic years of NYC dancehall!
IRIE LION REGGAE!! (Nice site linking a bunch of information about Dutch and Belgian reggae)
BOOMSHOTS! (Smart, well written and enthusiactic piece o reggae blog!!!)
AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA BLOG SPOT (The great thing about the internet is that it allows other peoples obsessions to shine and shine this one does! Listen, look and LOVE!!! Thanks to the great Steven Nereo for hipping me to this one!
DAVE HENDLEY!! (Dope website of photos from Jamaica from the great compilist and photographer Dave Hendley)
SEX AND THE SINGLE APE (It is hard to explain this one. This is a blog that covers all sorts of different stuff --including some GREAT and very individual reggae mixes -- all held together by the great writing skills and unique perspectives of my pal Steven Nereo. Explore this site and seriously enjoy!)
reggaestore.de (Selector's Choice. Great site for new tunes and reissues)
nghthwk.com (The RKR book and software edition are the most comprehensive and detailed
discography ever published of Jamaican singles. The RKR files begin with
the 78-rpm/mento era and run up to the digital era. I would be glad to
provide more information at your request. The book edition is sorted by
artist and title. The software edition can be re-sorted by any header such
as Label, matrix, producer, date, UK record or label, etc. The software can
also be updated online with ease. Both products are available from Ernie B
and Dub Vendor in London.)