by BlueBeatTimeMachine

456 artists, 3963 songs

Building on the digital groundwork of the 1980s, Dancehall made significant inroads into U.S. and international markets during the early 90s with Shabba Ranks earning Dancehall its first Grammys in 1991 and 1992. This renewed interest in Dancehall brought a more pronounced Hip-Hop influence to the genre and lead to many high profile collaborations with Hip-Hop artists. The mid-90s saw the Rasta renaissance with many of Dancehall’s former hardcore chatters, including Buju Banton and Capleton, converting to Rastafarianism and shifting away from their slack lyrics. Although returning briefly to the underground in the mid-90s, Dancehall has seen a resurgence in international interest during the last few years with a strong presence on worldwide pop charts by such artists as Shaggy and Sean Paul.