M16 Riddim

by Feb 24, 2020

Sammy Dread - Rude Boy a Fire M16
Lloyd Daley (Photo courtesy of Rich Lowe)

The origin of the “M16” riddim actually goes back to the 1966 released tune called “Born To lose”, a duet by Lloyd Robinson & Joy Daley, the latter being the wife of the producer in charge, Lloyd ‘The Matador’ Daley. The single only sold a small amount after several months on the Jamaican market.

U Roy

The riddim was then used for The Uniques’ 1968 single “Secretly”, an adaptation of the Jimmie Rodgers tune from 1958. The next artist Lloyd Dailey gave the riddim to voice was the deejay originator U Roy. However this time he had added horns to the riddim with hornsmen Tommy McCook, Deadley Headley, and Johnny Moore.​


U Roy (1970)

U Roy (1970)

Channel One

Years after, Lloyd Daley went to Channel One to mix and record music including U Roy’s “Scandal”. Joseph Hoo Kim secretly copied the music in another room and later made tunes like “Soldier Men Rock” by the Taxi Gang, Lone Ranger’s “M16” and a host of other music on the “Scandal” riddim, which then became known as the “M16” riddim.

Top Jamaican Riddim

Lloyd Daley later used the name of U Roy’s song as the title for his vinyl LP release “Scandal”, which was distributed by Tuff Gong. Decades later and into the modern day, “Scandal” or the “M16” riddim has become one of all-time top Jamaican riddims. The most recognized tune on the riddim is either Lone Ranger’s “M16” or Sammy Dread’s “Rude Boy A Fire M16”.

The Originator

After the versioning of the “Born To Lose” riddim as “M16”, Lloyd Daley sent out a message to those who copied his music, through his music. He inserted an audio skit at the intro of Neville Hinds’ instrumental “The Originator”. It included the voice of Hinds knocking on the door with an introduction: : “It’s I, the Imitator!” Inside Lloyd Daley himself responded by saying: “Well I am the Originator. So you come fe copy mi tune!?” This is followed by a crash with breaking glass and the man who knocked on Matador’s door is heard screaming repeatedly.

(Source: Rich Lowe’s book “The Matador”)


Selected tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s & ’90s :

Al Campbell – Now I Know
Barry Brown – Sweet Sixteen
Brentford Rockers – Bushmaster
Bushman – I Need You
Capleton – Critics
Conrad Crystal – I’ve Got To Go
Donovan McKoy – Youth Men
Jimmy Riley – Black Gold And Green
Johnny Clarke – Running Back To Me
Johnny P – The Bible
Johnny Ringo – Throw Down Your Arms
King Tubby – Gunman Dub Stylee
Little John – All In The Game
Little John – War In A Me Area
Lloyd Robinson & Joy Daley – Born To Lose
Lone Ranger – M16
Louie Lepkie – Jealousy
Luciano – Robbing My Joy
Morgan Heritage – Days Of Old

Mother Liza – Alms Connection
Neville Valentine – M 16 Gunman
Papa San – Learn A Trade
Papa Tollo – Gunman Connection
Peter Ranks – Suki Yaki
Sammy Dread – Rude Boy A Fire M16
Sanchez – Hands Of Babylon
Shinehead – Before You Walk Out Of My Life
Sluggy Ranks – False Bad Boy
Sugar Minott – Easy Squeeze
Sugar Minott – Rough Ole Life
Super Cat & Bruck-Back – Mr. Walker
Taxi Gang – Soldier Men Rock
The Techniques – Play Girl
The Uniques – Secretly
Toyan – Posse
Toyan – Tribute To Entertainer
U Brown – Dangerous Machine
Wayne Wonder – How Do You Feel
Yellowman & Sister Nancy – King & Queen
U Roy – Scandal

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