On the DJ scene today, everybody with a computer can call themselves a DJ, but when I began it was really about loving the music and being knowledgeable about it. I think part of our role is not only to bring people new music and stretch their minds, but to be archivists and historians of what today's music is based on. I think this is especially true of reggae and Jamaican music which is still foreign to many Americans, despite the incredible influence on American music. Keeping those great old songs and talents alive despite our disposable consumerist society is hugely important to me, and may be my biggest strength as a DJ. History has value, and these were the tunes and riddims that got me into dancehall years and years ago. They withstand the test of time, even though you may not hear them as ringtones at the mall in 2011!
Here is a piece of the history of dancehall music that I have preserved (and enjoyed). As always, it's arranged by riddim so that you can navigate it pretty easily and learn quite a bit in doing so, if you're so inclined. Of course, it might also just take on a trip down memory lane, as "old time something come back again!"
See http://reggaedelgado.blogspot.com/2011/07/fire-vol-8.html for a complete track listing!