OMI and R. City crossed over with hit singles -- but will debut albums give them staying power?

Roughly once a decade, Americans remember they kinda-sorta like reggae and raise a red cup to Caribbean sounds for a few years. Not everyone is so neglectful: In hip-hop, dalliances with dancehall are routine, and country acts and jam bands regularly channel island escapism a la Jimmy Buffett. But in mainstream pop, it last came with the early-millennium successes of Sean Paul, Shaggy and the younger Rihanna.

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