Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Damn Right
Mr. Vegas
Greensleeves-Munich
CD
01-09-2001

Track list
  1. How About That
  2. Go Up
  3. Duppy Durex
  4. Damn Right
  5. Kokane featuring Ayo
  6. Girls Time
  7. Dem Fraid
  8. Feel It
  9. Easy Easy
  10. Sha-La-La featuring Alizade
  11. Gal Them
  12. Bun It featuring Elephant Man
  13. Rise
  14. Oh What A Night featuring Jackie
  15. Love Freak
  16. Where I Wanna Be
  17. She's A Ho
  18. Hot Gal Today featuring Sean Paul
  19. I Love Dancehall featuring Jackie
  20. Some-Bwoy
  21. Girls Time (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
1998 saw the arrival of Mr. Vegas, a new young talent in JA's competitive Dancehall scene. Vegas did extremely well and due to instant hit successes he soon established his name among the avid dancehall fan in Jamaica and abroad. In the fall of that same year Mr. Vegas had his first album release, "Heads High", which was packed full with big hits and sold extremely well on the international market. Thus this artists' emergence in the forefront of Dancehall music can be regarded as stunning and explosive. Since his first notable efforts Mr. Vegas has teamed up with almost every ace dancehall producer in order to voice the hottest riddims, and since over a year or so he also started to produce his own tunes for his "In The Streetz" imprint. Some three years after his very successful debut set was released the dancehall massive is now treated to its follow up, "Damn Right", his second 'legal' album for Greensleeves Records. Why the addition 'legal'? Because he has had two albums released which he and his management team have not sanctioned.
"Damn Right" continues the winning formula of "Heads High". Again a collection of previous released singles, mainly hit tunes, and an occasional brand new exclusive track, which actually makes that this set can be regarded as "The Best Of Mr. Vegas Vol. 2". With latin infusions, modern R&B grooves, hip-hop vibes and straight up hardcore dancehall being the main musical flavours Mr. Vegas unashamedly aimes at the crossover market and thus at mainstream success. Probably the most significant examples are "Kokane", an decent anti-cocaine, hip-hop lick in combination with Swedish hip-hop artist Ayo, "Feel It" (produced by Shaggy, RikRok & Chris Birch), and "Girls Time (Remix)". The latter utilizes a R&B/Hip-Hop backdrop and a girly chorus derived from Donna Summer's sensual "Love To Love You Baby" and is definitely Mr. Vegas' most commercial track yet. Mr. Vegas actually started out as a sweet soulsinger voicing cover versions, so according to previous practice "Damn Right" features some cover tunes. Included here are a nice reworking of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' disco hit "Oh What A Night" and a very satisfying rendition of Gabrielle's "Rise".
Amongst the straight ahead dancehall pieces one finds some notable tracks like for example the excellent "Go Up", Mr. Vegas' catchy, conscious talk over Richard "Shams" Browne's wicked "Juice" riddim, the entertaining herb tune "Bun It" across Super Cat's famous "Mud Up" riddim, the killer "Hot Gal Today" featuring Sean Paul, and also the Christopher "CJ" James produced "Some-Bwoy". Also worth checking is "Where I Wanna Be", a tune with a more old skool dancehall vibe as Mr. Vegas rides Frenchie's reworking of Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" riddim.
"Damn Right" includes the production work of Jeremy Harding, Shaggy & Big Yard Crew, Steely & Clevie, King Jammy & Ward 21, Christopher "CJ" James, Richard "Shams" Browne, John John, Computer Paul, Frenchie, Byron Murray and, of course, Clifford Smith aka Mr. Vegas himself.