In 1982 Yellowman was fast becoming one of the biggest reggae DJs on the planet. The ‘Bad Boy Skanking’ album saw him paired up with fellow DJ and long time friend ‘Fathead’ to produce a classic early 80’s dancehall album with the super producer of the time, Henry Junjo Laws.
The cover is brilliant, totally endearing, and free from the swagger and crassness that would come to dominate dancehall a few years later – plus Fathead has obviously deemed the occasion important enough to bust out his bus conductors hat to go with his tracksuit. Yellowman is also sporting some killer headwear.
Yellowman would go on to become the bigger star out of the two DJs, but this album captures the easy-going relationship between Yellowman and Fathead perfectly.
Bottom line – good album, great rhythms from Henry Junjo Lawes, one for the collection.
1. Bad Boy Skanking
3. King Inna The Jungle
4. I Can’t Stand It
5. Give Jah Thanks
6. Bam Bam
7. Love Fat Thing
8. Come When I Call You
9. Natty Dread Something
10. Crying For Love
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