Hitscope - AfricanBeat
Heavy Weight
7" single
April 3, 2008

Artist & tune

  • Burro Banton - Borderline / Respecta & Paapi D. - Respecta's Heavy Weight Version
  • Junior Cat & Filip G - All Nite / General Good - Here I Come
  • Dr. Ring Ding - Rocky Marciano (Knock Dem Out) / Carl Meeks - Buck Up Pon Good
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Hannover based production duo Stephan 'Respecta' Meyer & Dirk 'Dirty Paapi D.' Hinze together with Hamburg (and Hannover) based Filip G(ross) have released 3 singles on their Hitscope label across their own 'Heavy Weight'-riddim, distributed by AfricanBeat these 3 singles feature NYC and Jamaican DJs as well as well known and young Germans as a teaser for the upcoming 17 tunes strong one-riddim album.

The first artist to ride the riddim on these three 45s is the in the last decade mainly for Bobby Konders' Massive B label recording NYC veteran Burro Banton with the massive "Borderline" with the great catchy clean "Respecta's Heavy Weight Version" of the riddim ((that seems to be heavily inspired by both late 80s digital dancehall ánd reggaetón) on the flipside.

Another NYC veteran DJ, Supercat's younger brother Junior Cat contributes on the second 7" "All Nite alongside Filip G adding his German verses in this very strong combination assuring us wir sind die Bombe in deinem CD Regal, hast Du die Wahl, legst Du uns rein in den Schlitz und dann kocht der Saal with General Good - an underrated (but that might have to do with his choice to deliver his rapidfire lyrics in) French raggamuffin' soldier out of Ivory Coast (Africa), based in Reims, France - speedrapping his impressive "Here I Come" on the B-side.

German dancehall don Dr. Ring Ding's very entertaining true heavyweight tribute to the Italian-American boxing legend "Rocky Marciano (Knock Dem Out)" is coupled on this 45 with Carl Meeks, whose own in 1989 by George 'Photographer' Lemon produced "Haul & Pull Up Selecta" surely has been a big inspiration for this riddim as well as his approach of it, showing he's still able to deliver a strong tune with "Buck Up Pon God". These three 45s surely will put Respecta, Paapi D. & Filip G on the map as producers and are a strong teaser for the upcoming one-riddim album. Soundsystem-selector's and other vinyl-buyers, do check out these tunes.