Thursday, April 21, 2016
Day 173 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Rapper Roberts & Jim Brown - Minister For Ganja
Stepping back over to Brentford Road and Studio One for the next tune and also keeping with the ganja-centric vibes, we've got deejays Rapper Roberts and Jim Brown with a little number called "Minister For Ganja" riding the "Full Up" riddim. Originally released as a 7" on the Studio One label circa 1985, in my opinion it's one of the smoothest combination-style deejay tracks ever. It's interesting to note that in the early days of Jamaican music, the Rastafari faith and its association with marijuana were generally frowned upon, but Coxsone Dodd was one of the only producers who accepted the culture and provided these artists with a safe haven. And as history has proven, Dodd in turn reaped the rewards by doing so but recording an extensive catalog of timeless music that sounds as good today as the day it was recorded.