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Dennis Alcapone

  • Forever Version [Heartbeat, 1991] A-

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Forever Version [Heartbeat, 1991]
In the dawn of toasting, well before dancehall or rap, Alcapone played Hammer to U-Roy's PE, stealing pop hooks for the fun of it rather than constructing remixes as deep as his ideological posture. And he's a lot wittier than Hammer. Expostulating, cheerleading, butting in, fabricating duets with local heroes who have worse to worry about, he acts like the best parts of his favorite hits belong to him. And even if that's only because entertainment law hasn't hit Kingston, it's a truth for the ages. A-