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Though U-Roy may justly deserve his title of “The Originator” for being the first Jamaican performer to elevate the art of toasting or deejaying to a new level of popularity, few other early deejays possessed the stylish flair and effortless confidence of Dennis “Alcapone” Smith. His charisma and popularity attracted the attention of Keith Hudson, among the first Jamaican producers to make a serious attempt at capturing the mercurial art of deejaying on record. The tracks that Alcapone and Hudson cut together, such as “Spanish Amigo” and “Shades of Hudson,” are stone classics that established the enduring Alcapone persona—part rude boy, part clotheshorse, and part poet—that would be a template for countless other deejays in the decades to come. The sterling Dennis Alcapone anthology Guns Don’t Argue collects these early Hudson-produced singles, as well as a slew of classic tracks that the great deejay cut with producers like Duke Reid, Lee Perry, and Coxsone Dodd between 1970 and 1977. Simply put: these are positively seminal recordings that give listeners a thrilling glimpse into the birth of Jamaican deejay culture.


Born: August 6, 1947 in Clarendon, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

He wasn't the first -- U-Roy wasn't nicknamed "the Originator" for nothing -- but in Jamaica in the early '70s, Dennis Alcapone was part of a triumvirate of toasters, alongside U-Roy and Big Youth, who ruled the island. Crashing out of the sound systems and onto the airwaves like a tidal wave, this trio of talent was responsible for bringing the art of DJing to never before imagined heights. U-Roy was first off the starting block, releasing his debut single in 1969. But in his shadow, the young Dennis...
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Guns Don't Argue - The Anthology 1970-77, Dennis Alcapone
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  • $24.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: Oct 1995

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