I’ve so far failed to uncover much of substance about the enigmatic Taggy Matcher; if he has a website, I’ve yet to find it, perhaps because his work isn’t strictly legit. Even the record label, Stix, is an homage to Tennessee’s finest, Stax, but this isn’t straightforward copyright violation. Taggy Matcher specialises in relocating hip hop and R&B vocals into a reggae environment, but the backing tracks are new.
It’s a seductive alchemy and, after listening for some time, it’s easy to believe these a cappellas always sounded this way. Matcher is responsible for two of the three ‘Hip Hop Reggae Series’ and they’re both worth your time but, to these ears, he nails it more consistently on Volume 3, which also includes reworkings of Missy Elliott, The Beastie Boys, Mary J Blige and Nas.
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