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Originating Location: Jamaica

Originating Era: 1979

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Dancehall is an offshoot of Reggae, which is typically faster and often uses a drum machine instead of live drums. It's a bit of a cross between reggae and rap, with a DJ rapping over danceable music. In the earlier days, dancehall lyrics were often crude, although recently there has been a controversy over the great homophobia of some new Dancehall artists like the popular Beenie Man.

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