With exceptional skill, Frankie Paul (Paul Blake) bridged two eras in Jamaican music. While reggae was his foundation, he was the quintessential dancehall singer, developing his craft on soundsystems to the point where without effort, he could match lyrics to any backing track. While some singers were confounded by reggae’s transition into digital production in the mid-80s, Paul stepped into the new era with authority, building a legacy that stands alongside the greats of Jamaican music. His catalog with VP Records is substantial, with over ten albums. His first two releases through VP were two of his most enduring singles, “(Pass The) Kushumpeng” and “Worries In The Dance,” both pressed on Henry “Junjo” Lawes’ Volcano label. His Hot Number LP endures as a classic of the era.