Number One: Chaka Demus and Pliers
They have a body of work that’s over 3 decades long. This duo is so intertwined that we fail to recall that they each had impressive solo careers before teaming up.
Number Two: Tanto Metro and Devonte
This duo stumbled upon their iconic partnership whilst they were both label mates at #ShockingVibesRecords. After recording one song together it was clear that they found something special. Over 20 years and numerous albums later, the sky’s the limit.
In the early 90’s, it was impossible to turn your radio on in Jamaica or attend a dance and not hear a Wayne Wonder & Buju banton combination. For about 3 consecutive years and prior to Buju converting to Rastafarian, this duo ran the airwaves.
Number Four: Beres Hammond & Buju banton
Anything that uncle Beres touches is usually golden and when he joined forces with Buju in the 90’s that resulted in a series of cult classics being mad. To this day you cannot (and we repeat CANNOT) attend a dancehall reggae event without hearing one of their many collaborations.
Number Five: Bornjamericans
This duo is number 5 on the list because numbers don’t lie. When they arrived on the scene in the 90’s, they were on every international airwaves 10 times a day. Their representation of the culture was a reflection of their upbringing. They combined the overseas edgy hip hop elements with the local 90’s dancehall reggae vibes that made them more acceptable to many more markets. Because of their success we saw a wave of collaborations that followed in the industry trying to emulate their success. Example: mad cobra & Toni Braxton, Bounty killer & No Doubt, etc...