Ragga Scum takes a look at his top 10 Ragga Jungle tunes that have become snap shots in time and history, serving as severely influential in the sub genre.
10. UK Apache & Shy FX – Original Nuttah
Say what you will about this tune but I can't just help but to freak out and dance when I hear it drop. Check out the original video that was shown on MTV with UK Apache going ape shit on the mic. "Bad boys inna London! Rude boys inna England! Bad boys inna Jericho! Rude boys inna Kingston."
9. Badman – War For '94
Released on IQ Records in 1994, Badman is an alter ego of Marvellous Cain. Another timeless tune that can still be used on the floor today and always gets the old school heads cheering when it's dropped; just another great hit from the man they call Marvellous.
8. Ray Keith – Special Technique
From the vaults of Chronic on their eighth release is Ray Keith's classic Special Technique, a killer roller over even more deadly Amens. Any time a RZA hook can be used in a tune is a winner for me. Perhaps slightly out of date with today's standards but without a doubt a timeless piece of production.
7. Marvellous Cain – Hitman
This was such a hard one to decide so I had to include both of them on here. Coming in at number seven is Marvellous Cain's Hitman, the original remix of Cutty's Limb By Limb; setting down in 1994 on the first IQ Records release. Ask me again tomorrow and I may like this one more than the SS remix.
6. Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (DJ SS Mix)
Speaking of which... Another classic release from Suburban Base as DJ SS remixes Cutty's Limb By Limb on their 59th vinyl drop. Packed with dancefloor killer sub bass and those famous SS Amen cuts, this is another tune for the masses to sing to.
5. DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter
Yes, the original one, not the remix! Released in 1995 on Ganja Records #09 and mastered by the one and only Simon at The Exchange. I'm sure most have only heard the remix that came out a year later thinking that was the OG so if you've yet to hear the pioneer track, now is the time.
4. Tribe of Issachar ft. Peter Bouncer – Junglist
Touching down in 1996 on Congo Natty's RAS #01, the original Junglist has become the anthem for the culture worldwide. The most famous remixes have come from DJ Zinc, Ray Keith and the Serial Killaz. Sing it loud and sing it proud "I'm an everyday junglist! Don't try to change my plan!"
3. Congo Natty – Jah No Dead
From Burning Spear's 1978 hit Marcus Say Jah No Dead comes the remix by none other than Congo Natty. Releasing this one in 2001 on the Lion In The Jungle LP while keeping the roots reggae feel of its primordial antecessor.
2. DJ Rap – Intelligent Woman
Released in 1995 on Rap's label Proper Talent with the vocals of Outlaw Candy; later re-released on numerous compilation albums. This production gives off a nothing but good times and positive vibes as Outlaw Candy, one of the UK's best kept MC secrets, spits his fire. This one is set to make the bodies rock!
1. Remarc – RIP
Originally released in 1994 on Dollar Records #04 as a white label then re-released a year later on Suburban Base, RIP has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the drum & bass / jungle genre. Remixed countless times over the years yet still nothing can compare to the OG. This song is versatile and able to withstand single play or within the midst of any set.
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