Now, I don't know if you saw my tweet yesterday about Natty, born Alexander Akiloe Philip Modiano. If you did, thanks for following, if not, I'm gonna repeat/expand on it. I don't get the guy. To me it seems as if he's pimping his dreadlocks making reggae-lite songs, with a faux-Jamaican accent, trying to be conscious like what is expected of him as a man with dreadlocks.
Disclaimer: even if he is part of one of the 12 tribes to disprove how I described him, "Natty, this is your life... (Michael) Aspel" #DrakeBar.
I miss the days when reggae-lite songs were actually good. Today's FlashBack Friday is dedicated to a time when reggae was in-demand commercially. Regularly charting in UK Top 10s, regular spins on the radio and TV channels (The Box "Music Television you control"). I know there are a bunch of guilty pleasure songs in this list. Don't be afraid to say you like them lol
So Natty, here's how you do it. A whole bunch of guys with dreadlocks that weren't raised and/or initially make their musical impact in Jamaica but made some really good reggae-lite songs:
Big Mountain 'Baby, I Love Your Way' reached #2 in UK, #6 in US
Inner Circle 'Sweat (A La La La Long)' reached #3 in UK, #16 in US, scored top 5s in 9 countries including topping the charts in Holland, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany. On John Holt's 'I Want A Love I Can Feel' (did you know that?)
I couldn't post Inner Circle without this 'Bad Boy' tune from the popular show Cops
Aswad 'Don't Turn Around', UK #1
@Natty (again), forget what you're doing, just make/cover a good love song that scores a couple of top 10s. I hope that re-ignites interest so Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage and Richie Spice and them can eat a food! :D
For the hell of it, Swedish pop group Ace of Base 'All That She Wants' topped 11 charts including UK, Spain, Denmark, Canada and Australia; #2 in USA