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A riddim is an instrumental version of a song, which applies to Jamaican music (mostly dancehall and reggae) or other forms of Caribbean music. Riddims usually consist of a drum pattern and a prominent bassline. The Jamaican Patois term riddim is from the English word "rhythm". Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to everyday speech. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Jamaica is the birthplace of many popular musical genres, the most well known of which is reggae but also including raggamuffin, ska and dub music. ... The music of the Caribbean is a diverse grouping of musical genres. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... In popular music a bassline, also bass line, is an instrumental part, or line, which is in the bass or lowest range and thus lower than the other parts and part of the rhythm section. ... Jamaican Patois, also known locally as Patois (Patwa), or simply Jamaican, and called Jamaican Creole by linguists, is an English/African-based language—not to be confused with Jamaican English nor with the Rastafarian use of English—used primarily in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora. ... For other uses, see Rhythm (disambiguation). ...


Riddims are the instrumental backgrounds of reggae, lovers rock, dub, ragga, dancehall, and sometimes ragga-soca compositions. Also, rare cases in reggaeton, which itself is largely based on the Dem Bow riddim from the early 1990s, feature a riddim, such as Ivy Queen and Sasha's "Dat Sexy Body", which uses the Bookshelf riddim produced by Tony Kelly of the K-LICIOUS reggae label. In other musical contexts, a riddim would be called a groove or beat. In most cases the term "riddim" is used in reference to the entire background track or rhythm section, but in older roots riddims, "riddim" is used to reference a certain bassline and drum pattern. Often a melody is associated with the riddim, and occasionally an artist will produce two different songs with the same riddim (e.g. Elephant Man's "Ele Melody" and "Father Elephant" were both produced using the Kopa, produced by Supa Dups). Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Lovers Rock is the United Kingdoms main contribution to reggae. ... For other uses, see Dub. ... Not to be confused with Rāga. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... Soca, or soul calypso, is a dance music that originated in Trinidad from calypso. ... Reggaeton (also spelled Reggaetón, and known as Reguetón and Reggaetón in Spanish) is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American youth during the early 1990s and spread over the course of 10 years to North American, European, Asian, and Australian audiences. ... Ivy Queen (born Martha Ivelisse Pesante on March 4, 1972) is a Latin Grammy and Billboard Latin nominated composer and singer most commonly known as La Reina del Reggaeton (The Queen of Reggaeton). ... Sasha (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a popular dancehall deejay. ... Groove (engineering) - a slot cut into hard material. ... For other uses, see Beat. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often via repeated riffs or ostinati. ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the musician. ... Black Chiney is a Jamaican sound system based in Miami, Florida. ...

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Types of Riddims

Riddims can generally be categorized into three types. The oldest type of riddim is the classical riddim providing roots reggae, dub and lovers rock with instrumentals, e.g., Bam Bam produced by Sly & Robbie. The second type is the ragga riddim backing raggamuffin and dancehall tunes, e.g., Juice produced by Richard "Shams" Browne. The third type is the digital riddim, e.g., Sleng Teng produced by King Jammy. Roots reggae is a spiritual Rastafari subgenre of reggae music with lyrics that often include praise for Jah Ras Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; the Emperor of Ethiopia. ... Sly and Robbie are probably reggaes most prolific and long lasting production team. ... Sleng Teng is the name given to the first fully computerised riddim(rhythm) in Jamaican music. ... King Jammy was born Lloyd James in Kingston, Jamaica and worked as Prince Jammy together with King Tubby. ...


So-called digital riddims refer to riddims created around the time that Jamaican producers incorporated drum machines and synthesizers into reggae-music production. Nowadays, however, most dancehall and Soca riddims are created by electronic instruments, so, in essence, most are digital. A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Synth redirects here. ...


The Producers

Different producers often develop their own versions of the same riddim, and different artists often perform on top of the same riddims with different lyrics and different vocal styles, ranging from singing to toasting. As an example, Beenie Man's song "My Wish", Mr. Vegas' song "Go Up", and T.O.K.'s "Man A Bad Man" are all based on the Juice riddim. Many riddims are named after the song that was recorded on that instrumental track for the first time (or, in some cases, the song that becomes the most popular on a given riddim). For example, the "Satta-A-Masagana" riddim is named after The Abyssinians' original song "Satta-A-Masagana." Steely & Clevie are regarded as the most gifted dancehall-reggae producers of all time. Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ... Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is a well established dancehall artist. ... Mr. ... Founded in the early 1990s, T.O.K. are a dancehall group hailing from Kingston, Jamaica. ... The Abyssinians are a Jamaican reggae group in the roots reggae style, famous for their close harmonies and promotion of Rastafarianism in their lyrics. ... Steely & Clevie are a Jamaican dancehall duo. ...


Several notable producers include:

  • Dj Soxx
  • Christopher Birch
  • Stephen McGregor
  • Black Chiney
  • Don Corleone
  • Fire Links
  • Bobby Digital
  • King Jammy
  • Henry "Junjo" Lawes
  • Joe Gibbs
  • Donovan Germain
  • Dave Kelly
  • Tony Kelly
  • Daseca
  • Arif Cooper
  • Rohan "Jah Snowcone" Fuller
  • Ward 21
  • Daddy Jones
  • Boyie Aka MoBuddz
  • Mohan Dindial
  • Daddy Ez
  • Rondell Ruiz
  • Renaissance
  • Andre Dixon

Black Chiney is a Jamaican sound system based in Miami, Florida. ... Robert Bobby Digital Dixon (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is an influential dancehall producer. ...

Contemporary list of riddims

To this day, most dancehall reggae is released on 7" 45-RPM single, despite the popularity of CDs. In recent years, riddims have also been released on full-length albums (double 12" LP or CD) featuring various artists. The majority of these riddim albums are distributed by VP Records as Riddim Driven, and by Greensleeves Records as Greensleeves Rhythm Album. VP Records is the reggae label best known for being the home of Sean Paul. ... Greensleeves began in modest circumstances as a record shop in West Ealing, London, in November 1975. ...


2008

Adam and Eve Riddim,Ak 47 Riddim,Asian Blaster Riddim,Autopsy Riddim,Banjo Riddim,Black Supreme One Riddim,Black Velvet Riddim,Bread Back Riddim,Calabria Riddim,Carrot Oil Riddim, Category5 Riddim,Chono Riddim,Close Casket Riddim,Creepa Riddim,Cycodelik Riddim,Danger Riddim,Daybreak Riddim,Dem A Run Away Riddim,Double Joint Riddim,Drum Lane Riddim,Earthquake Riddim,Earth Shaker Riddim,Emotions Riddim,Evil Deeds Riddim, Execution Riddim,Farin Riddim,Fire Wire Riddim,Frustration Riddim,"Gear Box Riddim",Heart Strings Riddim, Hey Baby Riddim,Hey Nicky Riddim, Hot Winter Riddim,Hungry Town Riddim,I-Nine Riddim,"Go Go Riddim",Jermaine Riddim,Keep It Gangster Riddim, Lokal Stage Riddim,Look Gal Riddim,"The Mission Riddim", Mizerable Riddim,Mossiah Riddim,Night Creecha Riddim,Noba Riddim,No Combo Riddim,Oscillator Riddim,Orange Hill Riddim,The Paranormal Riddim,Red Line Riddim,Robot Riddim,Rude Boy Riddim,Russian Riddim,Scandal Bag Riddim,Shark Teeth Riddim,So So Riddim,Spin Barrell Riddim,Step Off Riddim,Stinkin Riddim,Street Dance Riddim,Silent River Riddim,Show Love Riddim,The Cricka Riddim,Top Corner Riddim,Trouble Mekka Riddim,Touch This Riddim,Wha Do Dem Guy Deh Riddim,Youths & Youths Riddim,Zee Drop Riddim "83 riddim",Final Warning Riddim.Happy Time Riddim,Hot Steppa Riddim,Club Banger Riddim,Final warning riddim, Look Gal Riddim,Tropical Paradise Riddim,Bad Breed Riddim,Wonderful Riddim,Ballerz Riddim, Cranberry Riddim,Steel pan riddim,Resident Evil Riddim,Pon Di Block Riddim, Black Blood Riddim, Trouble Mekka Riddim, Revolution Riddim, Airplay Riddim, Night Mission Riddim, Yellow Moon Ridim, Goonish riddim, unfinished business riddim,the shit riddim,workout riddim,silent river riddim,robot riddim,river bed riddim, lolipop riddim, The Paranormal Riddim, Morning Showers Riddim, 8806 Riddim, Nuh Lingering Riddim, Sand Fly Riddim, Asteroid Riddim, Shake Town Riddim, Video Light 2k8 Riddim, Troop Riddim, Sexy Eye Riddim, Tour Bus Riddim, Times Square Riddim, After Slock Riddim,shaayevans Riddim, Soulseeka Riddim, Work out Riddim, Lollipop Riddim,Unfinished Business Riddim,Shootout Riddim,Mission Riddim.


2007

"3 Star ", "12Gauge", "18 Geez", "90 Percent", "100 Watt", "2070's", "Air Waves", "Atmosphere", "Atomic Bomb", "Auto Tune", "Back Ache", "Bad Dog", "Badman", "barbershop", "Battlefield (Scatta Version)", "Battlefield", "Bellevue", "Bee Hive", "Big Bump", "Big Up", "Big Sick", "Black Rain Riddim", "Blood Spill", "Blue Pill", "Bluetooth", "Brazilian Wax", "Bright Beam", "Bullet", "Canary Diamonds", "Caribbean" , "Chiney K", "Cherry Tree", "Chromium", "Cloud Nine", "Come Around", "Confessions", "Cruising Altitude", "Cunty Riddim", "Day Break", "Dark Again", "Dark Angles Riddim, "Darker Shadow", "Dilly Dolly", "Down In Jamaica Riddim", "Dreams Riddim", "Dreaming", "Drop Draws", "Drumline", "Dutty Water", "Eclipse", "Elevator", "Gang War", "Gangsta Sittn", "Gardener", "Gear Box", "General Key", "Ghost Rider", "Golden touch", "Grab Up Riddim", "Gramma Zone", "Guardian Angel", "Gully Creature", "Heathen", "Haunted House", "Heavenly", "IQ Riddim", "Juno", "Leggo me", "lehgo me", "love potion", "Mad Thing", "Malfunction", "Mouth", "Mr. perfect", "New Daseca", "No Fear" "One Drop", "Pepper Spray", "Party Time", "Pimp Juice", "Pon di edge", "propa ugu", "Raging Bull", "Rastar", "Reh", "Revenge, "Sand Fly", "Scandal Bag", "Scary Movie", "Serengeti", "Shadow", "Shinning Riddim", "Shooter", "Shoot Out", "So-So"' "Spanish Town", "Splash Out", "Stinkin Water", "STOP THE FIGHTING" "Stock Track" "Supa Charge", "Swazi", "Takeover", "taxi plus", "Tear Drops", "The Party", "The Set Up", "To Di World", "Torpedo", "Tremor", "Untouchable", "Up & Live", "Work Out", "Young Gal", "Z-March",


2006

"After Dark", "Baddis Ting", "Bad English", "Bill Back", "Breaking News", "Bullet Proof Vest", "Cashley", "Cross Breed", "Dem time Deh", "Eighty Five", "Full Draw", "Galore", "Gangsta Rock", "Ghetto Whiskey", "Gully Slime", "Hard Slam", "High Altitude", "Higher Octane", "Higher Meditation" "Hot Wuk", "Inspector", "Loud Disturbance", "Live Seed", "Limbo", "Mad Indian", "Poison Gas", "Power Cut". "Quick Draw", "Ready & Willing", "Redbull & Guinness", "Ridin' Dirty", "Sidewalk University", "Show Off", "Smash", "Solution", "Stage Show", "Stick It Up", "Supernatural", "Sweat", "tinggy ting & ting", "Top Class Bullet", "Tropical Storm", "Tyrant", "War Time", "Warzone", "Wildfire", "Wipe Out", "Womba", "World Cup", "XXL", "Yardstep",


2005

"12 Gauge", "Seasons", "Junkanoo", "Sweet Sop", "Applause", "Cry Baby", "Bubble Up", "State Of Emergency", "Global", "Strivers", "Bionic Ras", "Lion Paw", 'Move", "Istanbul", "Ganja Farmer", "Rose Apple", "Bounce", "Ice Breaka", "Yellow Tape", "World Jam", "Throwback Giggy", "Jump Off", "Siren", "X-Factor", "Sleepy Dog", "Tsunami", "Military Riddim", "Anthem", "Reward"


2004

"16 Shooter", "Anger Management", "Aollo Aollo", "Applause", "Dancehall Rock", "Mad Instruments", "Hot Gyal", "Hard Times", "Rah Rah", "Clear", "Chakka Chakka", "Kopa", "Father Jungle Rock", "Phantom", "Stepz", "Scoobay", "Check It Back", "Tunda Clap", "Red Alert", "Strip Tease", "Drop Leaf", "Seasons", "Bad Gal", "Gallop", "Double Barrel", "French Vanilla", "Middle East", "Summer Bounce", "Sunshine", "Tighty Tighty", "Tijuana" "Alleluia" "Military Riddim ", "Fear Factor"


2003

"20 Cent", "44-Flat", "All Out", "Bad Company", "Buyout", "C-4", "Career", "Ching Chong", "Chrome", "Coolie Dance", "Blindfold", "Adrenaline", "Egyptian", "Fiesta 2k3", "Forensic", "Good To Go", "Lime Key", "Hindu Storm", "Panty Raid", "Dreamweaver", "Masterpiece", "Clappas", "Krazy", "Salsa", "Celebration", "Scream", "Sexy Lady Explosion", "Sign", "Time Travel", "Trifecta", "Tunda Klap", "Bushy bushy", "Americk", "Surprise", "Sopranos", "Purple Skunk", "Fear Factor", "Knock Out"


2002

"Diwali", "Mad Ants", "Bad Kalic", "Mexican", "Bollywood", "Engine", "Hard Drive", "Rematch", "Tabla", "Thai Chi", "The Violin", "Time Bomb", "Wash Out", "White Liva", "Zero Tolerance", "Famine", "Battery", "Liquid", "Savage"(French, by Laskez), "Horseride"(French, by Laskez), "Mento", "Living Colors", "Dotcor's Darling", "Adrenaline", "X5", "Mutton Snappa"


2001

"Bad Kalic", "Boomblast", "Buy Out", "Buzz", "Candle Wax", "Di Nipples", "Drop Top", "Fiesta 2k1", "Fire Glare", "Juice", "Liquid", "Nine Night", "Renegade", "Return", "The Rock", "Mento", "Martial Arts", "Itch", "Hennessey", "Heavyweight", "Glue", "Energy", "Dun Dem", "Rice And Peas", "Run", "Superstar", "Unstoppable", "Trilogy", "Casino", "Double Jeopardy", "Torture"


2000

"Blaze", "Lightning", "Yard Bounce", "Virus", "Quban", "Blazing", "Advice", "F-150", "Heat Wave", "G-Spot", "Joker", "Volume", "Orgasm", "Scarface", "Chiney Gal", "Full Moon", "Hurricane", "You Should Have Known", "Tixx", "Bad Weather", "Filthy", "Doorslam", "Sudd", "Swarm", "Gravity"


1999

"All Purpose", "Bada Bada", "Babatunde", "Bellyas", "Crash", "Street Sweeper", "Get Mad Now", "Grass Cyaat", "Headache", "Problem", "Sail Away", "Unda Wata", "Bug/Clone", "Bitter Blood", "Haunted", "Virus"


1998

"Baddis", "Black Widow", "Bookshelf", "Bruk Out", "Siren", "Sweet River Rock", "Taranchyla", "Up Close", "Faith", "Medina",


See also

Jamaica is the birthplace of many popular musical genres, the most well known of which is reggae but also including raggamuffin, ska and dub music. ...

External links

  • reggae-riddims.com, a riddim database.
  • riddimguide.com, another riddim database
  • riddimbase.org, another riddim database plus sound-samples
  • riddimsonline.com, listen to riddims online
  • [1], riddim database with samples, versions and trivia
  • [2], riddim database
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. ... This article is about the genre. ... Blue Beat Records was a record label that released Jamaican rhythm & blues and ska music in the United Kingdom in the early and mid 1960s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Dub. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ... Lovers Rock is the United Kingdoms main contribution to reggae. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... Not to be confused with Rāga. ... Reggaeton (also spelled Reggaetón, and known as Reguetón and Reggaetón in Spanish) is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American youth during the early 1990s and spread over the course of 10 years to North American, European, Asian, and Australian audiences. ... Roots reggae is a spiritual Rastafari subgenre of reggae music with lyrics that often include praise for Jah Ras Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; the Emperor of Ethiopia. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Ragga jungle is the name given to a substyle of Jungle that emerged circa 1991-1992, with artists such as the Ragga Twins, Rebel MC and Genaside II, and has heavy influences from ragga, roots reggae and dancehall. ... The term reggae, in a proper sense, only covers the period in Jamaican music from 1969 to 1979 (or 1985 depending on opinion). ... Jamaica is the birthplace of many popular musical genres, the most well known of which is reggae but also including raggamuffin, ska and dub music. ... Jamaican music in the United Kingdom // White Reggae White reggae has very low artistic credibility, but it laid a path for genuine reggae in Britain. ... The Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album has been awarded since 1985. ... Haile Selassie I The Rastafari movement (also known as Rastafari, or simply Rasta) is a new religious movement[1] that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, called Jah[2] or Jah Rastafari. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Skinheads, named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, are a working-class subculture that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s, and then spread to other parts of the world. ... Suedehead was an early-1970s offshoot of the skinhead subculture in the United Kingdom. ... The dance halls of Jamaica in the 1950s and 60s were home to public dances usually targeted at younger patrons. ... A dubplate is an acetate disc — usually 12 inches, 10 inches or 7 inches in diameter — used in mastering studios for quality control and test recordings before proceeding with the final master, and subsequent pressing of the record to be mass produced on vinyl. ... In the context of Jamaican popular culture, a sound system is a group of disc jockeys, engineers and MCs playing ska, rocksteady or reggae music. ... A sound system is a group of DJs and engineers contributing and working together as one, often playing and producing one particular kind of music. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Studio One is one of reggaes most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... Trojan Records Trojan Records is a label specialising in ska,rocksteady,reggae and dub music. ... Island Records is a record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. ... This is a list of Reggae musicians. ... Dub music is a form of reggae which developed in the early 1970s. ... Chris Blackwell Lloyd Barnes Richard Browne Clive Chin Lloyd Daley Clement Dodd Clancy Eccles Rupie Edwards Roy Francis Boris Gardiner Joe Gibbs (record producer) Jeremy Harding Derrick Harriott Harry Johnson Niney the Observer Joseph Hoo Kim Keith Hudson Clive Hunt King Jammy Tony CD Kelly Dave Kelly King Tubby Leslie...

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What is a riddim? (590 words)
A rhythm, riddim in reggae vocabulary, is a rhythm pattern.
Using the classic riddims for inspiration is a way of paying respect to those who originated them.
The biggest riddim in recent times is, believe it or not, recuts of The Abyssinians ancient "Satta-A-Masagana, of which most producers have cut nuff verions of in recent times.
Riddim (1408 words)
A riddim is a rhythm pattern, basically consisting of a drum pattern and a prominent bassline.
In most cases the term riddim is used to reference to the whole background track or rhythm section, but in older, roots riddims, riddim name is used to reference to that certain bassline and drum pattern.
Most riddims are named by the tune sung on that instrumental track for the first time (the "Satta-A-Masagana" riddim is named by the song "Satta-A-Masagana" performed by the group The Abyssinians).
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