Ward 21

Decades: 2000s


The increasing popularity of crews such as T.O.K. , ARP and the Innocent Crew led to the formation of Ward 21 touted by the media as ‘the mentally disturbed ones’. In the late 90s the crews ruled the dancehall, although they were unable to equal their achievements when working in the recording studio. They overcame this problem when the line-up identified as Rumblood, Mean Dog, Suku and Kunley joined forces with King Jammy. The group released their debut, ‘Haters’, over their own ‘Bada Bada’ rhythm. The catchy chorus, ‘Ah Ah - Enough of dem a freak - dem know dem wan come class me when a part a dem a leak ? a 21 a speak’ introduced the group’s innovative style and topped the specialist charts worldwide. The Ward 21 collective also enjoyed success as producers with the release of Zebra’s ‘Selassie Warning’ and Beenie Man’s ‘Mi Nuh Walla’ on the same rhythm. They also applied the rhythm to...

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