Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Maximum Sound
Ghetto State
7" single
May 28, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Assassin, Bounty Killer & Half Pint - Ghetto State Of Mind / Assassin, Bounty Killer & Half Pint - Ghetto State Of Mind (Alternative Mix)
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The fact that Frenchie's Maximum Sound imprint stands for quality productions has been proven over and over again since the label was launched in 1993. Besides producing fresh dancehall and roots & culture riddims, Frenchie also regularly delved into his own dub box to treat the massive to sound-system fuelled remakes of vintage riddims such as Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain", Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" ("Intercom"), Jackie Mittoo's "Drum Song" ("Blackboard"), The Viceroys' "Ya Ho", Tenor Saw's "Praise Jahoviah" and more recently Eek-a-Mouse's "Star Daily News And Gleaner" ("Skateland Killer").

For this brand new 7" vinyl he dug up Junior Keatting's "Letter Of Zion" riddim, which was first revitalized in 1984 by Lloyd "King Jammy" James for Half Pint's "One Big Ghetto" and then Dennis Brown's "Africa We Want To Go", Echo Minott's "Youthman", and Tonto Irie's "Ram Up Every Corner". This new version, with both Assassin aka Agent Sasco and Bounty Killer delivering thought-provoking incisive lyrics, and incorporating a sample of Half Pint's "One Big Ghetto", has huge vibes and is a real killer.

We're eagerly awaiting more cuts on this experly produced riddim, but for the time being we will spin this guaranteed dancehall ruler over and over again.