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Album Review

Shinehead's unique fusion of dancehall and hip-hop might've had something to do with why it failed to make much of a dent in any of the Billboard charts. While reggae's influence upon hip-hop was made known at the time with MCs like KRS-One, no one was truly blending the two styles like Shinehead. Unity is a little too reggae to be considered straight hip-hop, and it's a little too hip-hop to be considered straight reggae. Plus, Unity was too lighthearted and positive to catch the ears of hip-hop heads who were beginning to lean on harsher sounds that were developing. Still, it's a fun and accomplished start for the MC. Davy D. and Jam Master Jay lend production skills throughout.

Customer Reviews

Shinehead The Don!

Shinehead was so ahead of his time it defies description! He was Sean Paul before Sean Paul was Sean Paul. Or Kardinal Offishall to use a more accurate comparison!

horrible

wow really….copying a classic? thats not right.horrible. -5 out of 5 stars

Biography

Born: April 10, 1962 in Kent, England

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The fact that Shinehead split his time growing up between Jamaica and America was reflected in his recordings; the Kent, England-born vocalist (born Edmund Carl Aiken) released several albums between the late '80s and early '90s that blended dancehall and ragga with hip-hop. Whether Shinehead was toasting or crooning or flat-out rapping, he always balanced his material between the positive and socially conscious with more lighthearted sentiments. He got involved with music by performing at New York...
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