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An intense, deeply introspective album from an artist who was once considered dancehall’s most notorious badman, Spragga Benz’s Shotta Culture is a remarkably invigorating contemporary dancehall album as well as a sobering reflection on the seemingly inescapable cycles of street violence in Jamaica. In the early ‘90s, the ragged-voiced Spragga made a name for himself recording unflinchingly brutal dancehall for producers like Steely & Clevie and Bobby Digital. The American Salaam Remi (who produced Spragga’s “Hardcore Lovin’”) produced the entirety of Shotta Culture, gracing it with a sound that nods toward classic roots and rub-a-dub while remaining bracingly contemporary. On the album’s title track, Spragga delivers a fluid double-time toast about Kingston gang culture over a bubbling one-drop rhythm from Remi that samples both King Tubby’s classic dub “Tubby’s Vengeance” and Albert King’s late-‘60s soul blues cut “I’ll Play the Blues for You." This restless eclecticism is what really distinguishes Remi’s production here, and it makes Shotta Culture one of the most compelling albums of Spragga Benz’s career.

Customer Reviews

Spragga nuh let I down

Yow Ras.....yuh dweet again!

mad ting

mad ting spragga , great job salaam. braaaaaap!!

Spragga is a legend

Glad to have some new tunes from him!


Born: May 30, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dancehall DJ Spragga Benz first rose to prominence in the early '90s with a series of Jamaican hits that earned him a brief major-label shot with Capitol. Benz was born Carlton Grant in Kingston on May 30, 1969, and earned the nickname "Spaghetti" as a youth because of his slim build; it would later mutate into his stage name, Spragga. He became a disc selector for the L.A. Benz sound system, and first tried his hand at toasting in 1992 on a dare from Buju Banton, who needed B-sides for some dubplates...
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