Born Jamericans

Genres: Reggae Urban
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Born Jamericans are a Washington, USA-based singer/DJ combination who successfully fuse hip-hop with dancehall. The duo comprises Notch Howell (11 May 1974, Hartford, Connecticut, USA) and Edley Payne (b. 1 August 1973, Washington, DC, USA). They met and combined their talents in the early 90s, their unique style attracting the attention of producer Chucki Thompson, who supported the duo in recording their debut. The label Delicious Vinyl broke with their exclusively hip-hop tradition by taking on the duo’s unique fusion of reggae and hip-hop. Commercial success quickly followed with the release of ‘Boom Shak Attack’, which topped the reggae charts, and led to the release of the debut album, Kids From Foreign. In 1996 the pair contributed to the soundtrack of the movie Klash and released ‘Nastee’, ‘Why Do Girls’, Warning Sign’ and ‘Informer Fe Dead’. The combination built a solid foundation, playing to an...

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