Year after year, VP Records’ Strictly The Best has proven itself as the go-to series in reggae. Whether it’s currently on top of the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller in the streets or a massive club jam, Strictly The Best’s annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come. This year’s installments – Strictly The Best Vol. 54 (https://lnk.to/STB54) and Vol. 55 (https://VA.lnk.to/STB55) – will unleash worldwide on Nov. 18 and is available for pre-order now.
Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover’s rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9. Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season’s most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.
LISTEN to Vybz Kartel’s brand new “Likkle More,” available now as Apple Music’s instant grat track off STB’s Vol. 55.
As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica’s celebrated vocal groups – including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55’s bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like “Twice Mt Age” by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, “Bonafide Love” by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and “Hot Gal Today” by Mr. Vegas & Sean Paul.
For a look back at some of the most formidable tracks and artists from the series, VP has also created a Spotify playlist featuring 100 of some of the most memorable songs ever featured on the compilation.
Strictly The Best Series
Established in 1992, Strictly The Best is the longest running reggae compilation series in the business. Following the Reggae Gold release, the annual STB series offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to reggae fans alike. Each year, VP carefully compiles a library of most exclusive dancehall/reggae tunes to keep the pace with the biggest Jamaican hits. Showcasing the most buzz-worthy and talented artists, STB series has been the proving ground for many of reggae’s biggest stars including Sean Paul, Mavado, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Capleton and many others. If you want to know what the next big reggae hit is in the streets or on the airwaves, Strictly The Best is the only compilation.