Anthony B

Untouchable (Togetherness)

DJ Anthony B set dancehall ablaze in 1996 with the searing single "Fire Pon Rome," which condemned several Jamaican leaders and was promptly banned from the island's airwaves. He continues his lyrical denunciations on Untouchable, his first album for Miami's Togetherness Records, addressing topics ranging from racial profiling ("Love I More") to the Iraq War ("Soldiers," featuring Wyclef Jean).

Unlike his previous releases, Untouchable recasts Anthony's dancehall firebrand with a crossover edge as he covers the C&W hit "Someone Loves You Honey," Millie Small's ska classic "My Boy Lollipop," and the slightly risqué, straight-up R&B tune "Safe Sex." His attempts to make songs for mainstream consumption may upset his long-time fans, but Untouchable's stylistic fusion could result in the DJ's defiant messages appealing to a larger audience. -- Patricia Meschino

 
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