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I ROY - DON'T CHECK ME WITH NO LIGHTWEIGHT STUFF (1972-1975)
In this early part of the 21st century, one of the most popular forms of music is Hip Hop and Rap. The music is drum and bass driven, and the vocalist usually doesn't really sing, but chants the lyrics in a more rhythmic way. 

How different was the situation back in the late 1960's, early 1970's. It was in this time, that Daddy U Roy started to chant over the instrumental versions on his sound system (a mobile dancehall): a brand new vocal style was born and it was called "toasting".

U Roy is the godfather of Reggae Toasting, and although Hip Hop/Rap was invented in the USA, the truth is that Jamaican Reggae Music DJ's are the very root. 

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U Roy was the first, but he was quickly followed by other DJ's who built further on the concept. 

I Roy, for example. 

And you better don't check him with no lightweight stuff, as the title of this re-release is called. Sixteen recordings, taken from a three year period (1972-1975). 

And indeed, this is no lightweight stuff! The selection is crucial, but that's something you can count on when it's a Blood and Fire re-release. The disc comes with a very interesting interview with I Roy himself, and even with track descriptions full of noteworthy information.

The tracks themselves come from a period, where I Roy was already a craftsman in the business of toasting. He controls his voice like King Tubby controls the mixing table. Oh yes, it's a true skill when you can perform some good toasting!

Another interesting thing on this album is the style of mixing. As toasting developed itself, so did Dubwise. No longer was a "version" just an instrumental, as the engineer mixed out all the instruments except the drum and bass.

From mere instrumentals to spaced-out DUBS, everything is covered on DON'T CHECK ME WITH NO LIGHTWEIGHT STUFF.

Yes I, sixteen Heavyweight riddims which will serve as a balanced introduction to the many works of I Roy. You really need this one, if you haven't got any I Roy in your collection.

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