All through the night Cool Rock remained the sound with the better dubplates, but
Smockey the man getting the bigger forwards, even for some very bad sounding tunes,
and even for some of the worst foolishness and rae-rae. The only big mistake Cool
Rock made, besides his refusal to 'kneel down for the massive' was drawing for the
Johnny Osbourne "Buddy Bye" dubplate on 'Sleng Teng' as a counteraction to
Tribulation's "No Ice Cream Sound". As in the next round Smockey immediately played
some more Johnny Osbourne dubplates. Tribulation really went full steam ahead in the
45 round as well as in both 20 minutes dubplate round, but never showed enough
stamina to maintain the vibe thus created. Near the end of his rounds even the left
(i.e. 'his') side of the audience was standing with their back to him, and discussing
whatever they were thinking of, instead of paying attention to the still smiling and
dancing Smockey. (Some sympathetic presence on stage couldn't be denied, that is
until his sexual violation announcement).
A simple roundup of the difference in quality; Tribulation Sound: Michael Rose,
Johnny Osbourne, Ras Shiloh, Sluggy Ranks vs. Cool Rock: Don Carlos, Junior Byles,
Bunny Wailer, Mighty Diamonds. Smockey then went astray, by telling Cool Rock, who
was about to leave the stage during Tribulation's round: "If you walk away now, and
turn your back on me, I'll f#ck your a$$". Stupid, senseless, probably the only way
anywhere but in Antwerp to convert a sure victory into defeat.
In the dub-fi-dub this statement was made again by Smockey, challenged to do so by
Cool Rock, and then followed up by a boring, way too long 'battyman is a peaceful
man'-speech. Although Smockey did show the courage to repeat it when challenged, it
seemed like committing suicide to me, but luckily for him, the Belgian bashment
massive was pro-battyman as well, and Tribulation even survived a dub-fi-dub in which
he was completely outgunned. Good for him, he admitted that, commenting almost every
tune Cool Rock drew with "Mi can't play big tunes like that"...
Nevertheless the Belgian massive decided to order the coffin for the better playing
sound, and Tribulation will be one of the three competitors in the final. He is a
good addition to the roster of sounds, with several creative cuts in addition to one
too many regular tune, but needs to work on his speech, and maintaining the vibes
during his full rounds, and refering to his speech; he's gonna be getting bigger
forwards for announcing experimental ways to kill someone than to rape someone, so
hopefully he'll be wiser in the finals. Big Up! to Far West Crew for the tight
organisation, Cool Rock and Tribulation for the entertainment, and Uruhu Sound
(Kortrijk-BE), Apache Sound (The Hague-NL), and especially Ivoryman (Utrecht-NL),
Whirlwind (Almelo-NL) and Herb-A-Lize It (Enschede-NL) for the nice vibes.
But to the Belgian massive: "boo dem". Cool Rock should have won....