While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat, known as the skank. The tempo is generally slower than that found in ska and rocksteady. Reggae usually has accents on the 2nd and 4th beat in each bar, there being four beats in a bar.
Reggae is often associated with the Rastafari movement, an influence on many prominent reggae musicians from its inception. Reggae song lyrics deal with many subjects, including faith, love, relationships, poverty, injustice and other broad social issues.
And it carry force of people riddum. Ya know it's a riddum of people workin, people moving; ya know." -Bob Marley
it is mostly hated by the shallow, white, suburban teenagers who can't get past that damned punk rock and MTV.
(And now that EVERYONE, that is celebrities, want to jump on the reggae bandwagon, like Sinead O'Connor, Lumidee and Stevie Wonder, the genre has become exploited. Everyone wants to do a collaboration with a reggae star. The Jamaican colours are spread all over, and Jamaica is getting no credit.)
And note, REGGAE is DIFFERENT FROM DANCEHALL MUSIC!! Dancehall is more of a DJ-ing gig and Reggae actually involves singing.
Concious Reggae- Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capelton
Toasting Raggae- U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth
Dub Reggae-Sly and Robbie, Lee Perry, King Tubby
Love and Harmony Reggae- Gregory Issacs, Culture, Bob Marley