Local selectas confront dancehall’s gray-market

Local selectas confront dancehall’s gray-market

For DJ Smoke One, collecting dubplate “specials” is a passion. Over the last six years, he’s meticulously built up his collection of unique versions of dancehall reggae hits personally voiced by top artists like Junior Reid, Cutty Ranks, Sizzla, Louie Culture, Ninjaman, Luciano, Yami Bolo, and Yellowman. He’s traveled to New York, Miami, and Jamaica to track down people with connections, usually studio engineers or acquaintances (called “runners”), in addition to obtaining specials from Jamaican musicians passing through the Bay Area.

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