77Klash – Code for the Streets
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Other than Damian Marley, and maybe Collie Budz, no other reggae artist hasn’t caught my attention until I heard 77Klash last night. The Jamaican born artist, now living in Brooklyn, combines traditional island riddims, with UK 2-step and dub, with hip-hop influences. The result is reggae music that sounds light years ahead of its time. His work is already getting recognition and play on BBC 1Xtra and the island charts. The dude even got a co-sign from Diplo and his Mad Decent crew.
77Klash and his crew come out of whats being called the Brooklyn Bashment scene, which has many similarities to UK grime. They even have their own YouTube inspired dance craze a la Soulja Boy.
I know little about this movement, but the Brooklyn Bashment scene looks like something to watch in 2008. 77Klash’s EP, Code for The Streets is being released on his own Klash City Records imprint.