In the late 1960s, producers such as Lee Perry and King Tubby began stripping the vocals away from tracks recorded for sound system parties. With the bare beats playing, deejays began toasting, or delivering humorous and often obscene jabs at fellow djs and local celebrities. Over time, toasting became a more and more a complex activity, and was a very big a draw around the dance circuits. But in the early 1970s, the deejays became more of an essential part of Jamaican music culture. One dj in particular; known as Kool Herc took up the practice dee-jaying while toasting New Yorkers, where the dj toasting format quickly took up roots into the American musical milieu and quickly germinated into rap music as we know it today!
Most Popular Form of Music
during the 1970s, Rock Steady music gradually evolved into the Reggae which quickly became one of the most popular forms of music in the world, due to a large part to the immense international success of Bob Marley & the Wailers. Bob Marley himself was viewed by some as a messianic figure, particularly throughout the Caribbean, Africa, among the black Americans and the native Australian aborigines. His lyrics on love, redemption song and natural beauty captivated the audiences. Bob Marley gained headlines for negotiating truces between rival gangs later between two violently warring Jamaican political parties. Reggae music was intricately tied to the expansion of Rastafarian religion with its principles of pacifism and pan-Africanisms!