3. Reggae Fusion
Blend: Reggae/Dancehall and Hip-Hop, Pop, etc.
There’s no genre with more of a preserved culture than reggae music. Every song that brands itself with the title follows a similar pattern, which is smooth, heavily instrumental and extremely relaxed. As the culture crossed over into American territory, so did its influence on popular music. That’s how we got reggae and dancehall hits infused into pop, hip-hop and sometimes even rock. Sublime and No Doubt cashed in on the sound during the ska movement of the ‘90s, and Pharrell later proved his genius with Beenie Man at the turn of the century. Bajan pop queen Rihanna keeps it alive in the pop realm with Sean Kingston and Damien Marley recently incorporating reggae fusion into R&B and hip-hop, respectively.