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Dillinger

  • Under Heavy Manners [Fuel, 2000] Choice Cuts
  • The Prime of Dillinger: Gangster, Prankster and Rasta [Music Club, 2001] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Under Heavy Manners [Fuel, 2000]
"Cup of Tea," "African Roots, Rock Reggae" Choice Cuts

The Prime of Dillinger: Gangster, Prankster and Rasta [Music Club, 2001]
"My name is Ragnampaiza/And I don't eat fertilizer/I am the dub organizer/And I come to make you wiser." This not quite pioneering Kingston DJ scored one big '70s hit, the reconstituted, misguided, irresistible "Cocaine in My Brain," and cuts deeper than U-Roy three decades later. He had some of Big Youth's humanity with more of a sense of humor. He named a song for the "three piece suit and thing" line that Althia & Donna picked up. Say it fast, "Killer Man Jaro"--no no no, pronounce it "mon," not "man." B+