Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Roots Corner: Wayne Smith - Youthman Skanking

Wayne Smith will forever be known as the artist who introduced the world to Ragga (computerized riddims).  Smith’s 1985 hit “Under Mi Sleng Teng” was the first fully digital rhythm ever released and it quickly took the music industry by storm.  That being said, Smith’s accomplishments as a roots artist should not be overlooked.  The album Youthman Skanking was produced by Prince Jammy in 1982 and was released on the Black Joy label.  This album is comprised of ten of the toughest roots tracks you will find.  Smith's vibrant style on this album reminds me of other great artists of the time, such as Barry Brown and Johnny Clarke.  The tracks "Eden Out Deh" and "Live Honestly" are only a small taste of how crucial this album truly is.  Unfortunately, Youthman Skanking has not been released on CD, and it likely never will be.  So in the meantime, you can listen to other sample tracks off this killer album HERE.