THE STORY OF
“WALK & SKANK” WAS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY BLACKER DREAD & VOICED BY JAH SCHREECHY IN
1984. AND REMAINS DANCEHALL ANTHEM SINCE.
ALSO KNOWN AS THE “ANSWER” RIDDIM & REMIXED BY THE WILDLIFE COLLECTIVE, SERIAL KILLAZ,
MR CURTYMOUSE, ADAM PRESCOTT…
& INCLUDED IN “VARIOUS – AN ENGLAND STORY VOLUME ONE” OUT ON SOULJAZZ RECORDS.
FROM “THE STORY OF WALK AND SKANK” IN THE WORDS OF JAH SCREECHY :
I’ll never forget that. Castro put me on my first show with Dennis Brown, I did a show with Frankie Paul,
General Trees, Josey, Welton Irie, gosh, man, loads! Everyone who used to come used to be at Coxsone. Don
Carlos, Junior Reid, Sugar Minott, Willie Williams – the list goes on and on.
I was on the mic in People’s Club and a lot of artists was there – Sugar, Dennis, Junior Reid, a lot of artists
was in there! Blacka has got this way of walking, when he’s walking it’s like he’s dancing and I think
it was Sugar who called him over and said “Blacka, how come you a walk like you a skank?” So Blacka
came over to me and said “Screechy, Screechy! A new dance, walk and skank!” So straight out of my head
I was like “Ey, ey, wadey,… Walk and skank, me say walk and skank! Gwan! One hand inna your
pocket…” and the place rip up! So Blacka just came to me and said “Bwoy, studio tomorrow!” We started
working on it and got Professor Larry and Horsemouth Wallace and them to play the riddim and then Chemist
and Blacka mixed it. That was it. History!
It was mad! People were playing it in their cars everywhere I was going and people I was passing on the
street were like “Wha gwan, Walk and Skank?”
(used with kind permission from source:
JAH BILLAH REMIX
29 YEARS AFTER ORIGINAL CUT, JAH BILLAH REMIX ENSURES FRESH MIX THAT EASILY ESCAPES ANY
POSTMODERN GENRE-NAMING YET FIRMLY SETS ORIGINAL DUB & BASS FOUNDATION. KEEPING MUCH OF THE
ORIGINAL LYRICS AND STARTING EASY ‘NUFF UNTIL FULL SUB BASS BLAST OFF, RIDDIM IS PUMPING WITH LASER
SHOTS AS FULL ON DUB EFFECTS FLY PANNING CALLING ALL POSSE TO “WALK & SKANK”.