Big Youth ruled the dancehalls in the 1970s, and continues making his mark on its legacy. He began toasting and deejaying as a teenager in Kingston, initially performing at dances, and eventually becoming a regular with Lord Tippertone’s sound system. His breakthrough songs “The Killer,” “Tippertone Rocking” and “S-90 Skank” – which became his first Jamaican #1 hit – put him in high demand. Big Youth’s debut album, Screaming Target, was released in 1973 and is still considered a classic of its genre. From there, Big Youth continued to release singles that charted, collaborated with many producers and artists – including Soul Syndicate – and launched two labels: Negusa Nagast and Augustus Buchanan. The ‘70s enjoyed his most well-known hits, including albums Dreadlocks Dread (1975), 1976’s self-produced Natty Cultural Dread and Hit the Road Jack, Reggae Phenomenon (1977), and, after signing with Virgin’s Frontline label, Isaiah First Prophet of Old (1978). Throughout the years, he has released over 20 albums and hundreds of singles. For the first time since 1992, we welcome him back to the ROTR stage- once again in the company of Soul Syndicate!
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