After Empire: Influence of reggae

When most people think of reggae, Bob Marley is probably the artist that pops in their head. But for decades reggae has been inspiring hip hop and R&B performers around the world.

When most people think of reggae, Bob Marley is probably the artist that pops in their head. But for decades reggae has been inspiring hip hop and R&B performers around the world.

Reggae's crossover appeal is undeniable. Let me take it back to the Police or Eric Clapton. Hip hop is no different. Reggae is everywhere. I came to the coffee bar across from Union Square to talk to a couple legends in the game.

Junior Reed, Bobby Konders, and Jugga go way back. When the three linked up in the early 1990s in Kingston, the relationship was built on mutual respect and a love of the music.

Who is responsible for reggaes international influence? If you ask them, they all are. And those who came before. While Junior was dropping hits, the two DJs were spoon-feeding it to the people. First right here in Brooklyn and the Bronx and then worldwide.

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