Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Reggae Series #2
Honorebel
Zojak World Wide
Digital Release
June 11, 2012

Track list
  1. Always With You
  2. My Girlfriend
  3. Independent Girl
  4. Me Myself And I
  5. Winner
  6. Mama feat. Etana
  7. Roots Girl
  8. Freddie McGregor - Run Away
  9. Show Di Love
  10. Luciano - Put Down Your Guns
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Dancehall crossover artist Honorebel (Honor-Rebel) comes up with a new (digital) album called "Reggae Series #2", the follow up to his well received "Reggae Series #1" set from 2011.

Born in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, Honorebel is the youngest of six children who were raised by a single mother. His childhood was a rough uphill struggle, often riddled with street violence and poverty. In fact, Honorebel's eldest brother was murdered by such unnecessary gang violence that often overtook his daily activities. Amongst all the negative events that surrounded his early life, it was by fate that Honorebel was heavily exposed to music. Growing up in the heart of reggae culture, it was no surprise that Honorebel would be exposed to the thundering bass lines of the local sound systems.

Jamaican dancehall artists such as King Yellow Man and Beenie Man played a major role in keeping the young Honorebel off the streets. Instead of focusing on crime, he was now focusing on music; instead of picking up a gun, he was picking up an instrument! This passion eventually led him to learn how to play the trumpet and he soon found himself playing in various bands in and out of school. Aside from his musicianship, it became evident that Honorebel had a knack for writing songs as well as performing them. He soon found himself reciting his own lyrics on popular dancehall riddims that eventually created a buzz throughout the Jamaican music scene. At the beginning of his growing music career, he took the name Honorable Apache.

Because of his extraordinary talent, he quickly found himself in the booth with some of Jamaica’s biggest producers and artists such as Willie Lindo, Lloyd Campbell, Richie D, Black Shadow and Clifton “Specialist” Dillon of Shang Records, all the while racking up an impressive number of hits which included "Hurricane", "Material Girl", "Who Dis Mi Crew" and "Camouflage". As his career began to progress, he took a new moniker by which he is now known: Honorebel. In the late 90's he found himself collaborating with reggae legends such as Sly and Robbie, while infusing Hip-Hop beats with producers like Scott Storch. It was inevitable that Honorebel's music quickly morphed. He infused various styles to fit his deliverance, ranging from roots dancehall to crunk-hip-hop and techno-pop to pop-rock. Honorebel, a truly versatile artist, has worked with the artists Akon, Trina, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, Shaggy and Pitbull to name a few.

On "Reggae Series #2" he returns to his foundation, which of course is reggae music. The album treats the listener to a mixture of dancehall sounds and modern roots reggae efforts with guest appearances of great Jamaican artists such as Etana, Freddie McGregor and Luciano. "Reggae Series #2" consists of 10 solid tunes -- a few of them could even be qualified as outstanding -- thus maintaining the quality all the way through. Things get started in fine style with an energetic dancehall version of A Taste Of Honey's English version of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit "Sukiyaki", here re-titled "Always With You". Next drops the single "My Girlfriend" underpinned by a riddim that brings back memories of the old skool dancehall sound that ruled the second half of the 80's.

A more modern vibe comes with the appealing "Independent Girl", which is followed by the full sounding modern reggae tune "Me Myself & I". The latter is one of the standouts of this collection, which furthermore include "Mama", the collaboration with Etana, and "Roots Girl" on a relick of a classic reggae riddim. Freddie McGregor's "Run Away" and Luciano's "Put Down Your Guns" are great solo pieces across the riddim that is utilized for Honorobel's combination tune with Etana.

Overall opinion is that Honorebel's "Reggae Series #2" is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining collection of tunes.