Toasting is a style of lyrical chanting which, in Dancehall music
, involves a deejay talking over a riddim
. Though the art of chanting over a beat is quite ancient, and found in many African-based musical traditions, toasting became quite popular in Jamaica in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and "sound systems" (traveling deejays and producers with large speakers and a library of beats and riddims) would feature toasting as part of their musical entertainment.
Toasting is not only important in Jamaican music
, but also featured heavily in the development of American popular music, as it was Jamaican-born toaster DJ Kool Herc who brought the style to Queens, subsequently setting off the entire history of rap and hip-hop music
Also Known As: chatting, deejaying
DJ Kool Herc, U-Roy, Damien Marley