About King Stitt
Though U-Roy gets credit for being the original DJ toaster, he often points to his major inspiration, Winston Spark a.k.a. King Stitt, as the first to make true talk-over hits. Stitt worked with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's sound system, working parties and dances until he got the chance to add his characteristic rhymes and interjections over rollicking Dub tracks on wax. Stitt turned his facial disfigurement into a benefit, and the self-described "ugly one" nabbed listeners in Jamaica (not to mention the British skinhead scene) with humorous anecdotes and boasts, as well as energetic rants and raves. His real classics were with producer Clancy Eccles, rocking the charts with the ganja anthem "Herbman Shuffle" and the hit "Fire Corner," which featured many influential pre-hip-hop lines: "No matter what the people say / These sounds lead the way / It's the order of the day / From your boss DJ."