Label
Riddim
Format
Date

I&I Foundation
Ghetto Vibes
7" Single
March 7, 1998

Artist & tune

  • Triston Palma - Ghetto vibes / Version
  • Triston Palma & Norris Man - The Struggle / Version
  • Frankie Paul - Anything For You / Version
  • Pinchers - What's To Be / Version
  • Christine - Secret Lovers / Version
  • Gringo - Man A Nuh Fool / Version
  • Jigsy King - Vicious And Wild / Version
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
I&I Foundation Records have released seven cuts on the "Ghetto Vibes" riddim, a decent contemporary version of one of Studio One's immortal riddims "Fight It To The Top" (aka "Heptones Gonna Fight"). As a matter of fact the power of the riddim raises the level of some songs even higher than the performance of the artist does.

Triston Palma delivers a solid effort, just the thing we might expect from this sweet-voiced reggae vet. Triston Palma has also a tough duo with Norris Man. Triston's voice and style meld very well with Norris Man's delivery in the The Struggle, making this cultural combination tune an excellent one! Due to a high output level in recent years some of Frankie Paul's material has started to show the strain of this over-exposure, but this strain is not apparant on this single, a decent lover's tune with Frankie P voicing at his best. Pinchers is a singer who came out in the early 90s dancehall scene, scoring a monster hit with "Bandelero". Since then not much good has been heard from Pinchers. Here he takes fully advantage of the riddim, thus making his version a nice one after all. In a time female artists like Tanya Stephens and Lady Saw are quite successful, it's no wonder more women emerge in reggae business trying to establish themselves a name and Christine is one of them. Her outing is nice, but fails to make a profound impression. Both deejay cuts are well worth checking out. Gringo puts out a solid effort with great conscious lyrics and Jigsy King surfaces with his best record for a long while.