TGIF: “Shanty Town”

My Friday recommendation = Shanty Town by Desmond Dekker.

At first listen it sounds like a smooth, happy ditty about sunshine and world peace. Don’t be fooled — it’s the nicest sounding song about murder and crime. Ever. But Jamaicans are known to infect minds with political messages via sweet beats (i.e. Buffalo Soldier).

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, someone awesome peppered in Mos Def and birthed a little mashup called  History Town (listen below). Bonus — you can download the full FREE mashed-up mix tape here. TGIF!

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