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“Them a loot, them a shoot, them a wail,” complains Desmond Dekker on his classic rudeboy anthem 007 (Shanty Town), a telling off only slightly undermined by the fact that he sings it over one of the most joyful, downright cool-sounding reggae grooves ever to come out of Kingston.
The rudeboy tradition (a 1950s Jamaican street culture, based around young men doing bad things while looking super awesome) – and the sounds and styles inspired by it – are celebrated by a new exhibition at London’s Somerset House.
Return of the Rudeboy is curated by photographer Dean Chalkley and creative director Harris Elliott, and runs until 25 August. Should you wish to check it out, we’ve got your primer on rudeboyism right here.