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Black History Month: Jamaican Natives Birth The Evolution Of DJ Battling In The 1950’s

Black History Month: Jamaican Natives Birth The Evolution Of DJ Battling In The 1950’s
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If Arthur “Duke” Reid and “Sir” Coxsone Dodd were still alive, they would be living proof that DJ battling did not being in the “Boogie Down Bronx” or Brooklyn, New York…But instead in Kingston Jamaica in the 1950’s. The two were known for their individual styles or delivery of music. Duke had what he called the Trojan Sound System, While Dodd had the Downbeat System. The two’s rivalry was very well known in the streets of Jamaica, and would have what was referred to as the Sound clash Contest. Exclusivity was of utmost importance. So much so that records would be left unlabeled at parties to keep other’s from going to “steal” their music. Though this was all in good fun for the party goers, they rivalry between the two camps would be so real, that it would result in violence in many cases. Even though the two had a public beef, they seemed to have been friends behind closed doors. The two had ventured off into owning a record label, and becoming music producers.

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