Born in Kendal, Jamaica, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been making music for nearly 60 years. Over that time, the 80 year-old dub originator known as The Upsetter has established himself as one of the most influential artists in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. In honor of his show at Underground DTSA with Subatomic Sound System, here are some of Perry's greatest collaborations.
5. Major Lazer
In 2010, the producers collaborated on the program aptly titled, The Producers. The show is a documentary series filmed at Red Bull Studios in London and that features some of the best in their particular genre and see what happens.
3. Beastie Boys
Long time fans of the producer, the hip-hop pioneers introduced Perry to a wider audience with the inclusion of “Dr. Lee, PhD” on 1998's Hello Nasty. The song features him on both lyrics and percussion, which was one of the highlights of the album.
2. Keith Richards
Like Clinton, Richards also featured on Revelation. The Rolling Stones guitarist is a longtime admirer of the producer's work and appeared on the track “Book Of Moses.” They've gone on to collaborate a few more times since.
1. Bob Marley and The Wailers – Had it not been for the producer, who knows if the world would have been treated to one of the most iconic and legendary figures in reggae. Perry produced early albums like Rasta Revolution and African Herbsman, which brought Marley to the attention of Island Records and the rest they say, is history. Helping hone the singer's creativity and sound was one of the greatest historical achievements of anyone's career, nevertheless his.
Lee Scratch Perry performs tonight with Subatomic Sound System Prime Livity, Elu the Dust and Sovereign Artist at Underground DTSA, 8 p.m. $15. For full details, click here.
Daniel Kohn is a writer based in Southern California. With bylines in an assortment of outlets, Kohn primarily specializes in music with other interests ranging from sports to food. As a transplant, Kohn loves the beautiful weather and is glad he no longer has to deal with brutal winters. If you see him, say hi and of course, he’s always willing to down a beer or two…if you’re paying.