Originated in the recording studios of Kingston, Jamaica. Characterized by syncopated "scratching" rhythm guitar, offbeat bass accents, and lyrics that both praised spirituality and condemned repressive political authority. Subgenres include dub and ragga, and may have been the prototype for American hip-hop. Noted artists include the Marley family (Bob and Ziggy), and Marley producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, considered the father of dub.

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