Germaican Records Japan/P-Vine Records
December 2, 2006
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Ill Inspecta has graduated from
being a Germaican Scout to a true Germaican
soldier, what's more: international dancehall artist, with the release of
this (Japan only) "Rudebwoy Anthems" CD as a substitute for his never
released (due to the mastertapes having been stolen) "Ill Inspecta's
DeeJay Skool" CD. Ill Inspecta's debut album "Rudebwoy Anthems" has been
released in Japan first for a couple of reasons. First of all Japan is -
apart from Jamaica - one of very few countries in the world where
dancehall has a clear edge over roots and culture music. After Tokio's
P-Vine Records released a Germaican Records Mix-CD hosted by Ill Inspecta
"World Riddim Cup Vol. 1 ~ Jamaica, Germaica".
The feedback on the hosting of the Mix-CD and its sales in Japan were both
so satisfying that a deal between Germaican Records' Pionear and P-Vine
Records' A&R manager Aki was only a matter of time.|
Opening this CD is his excellent "Rudebwoy Anthem", reflecting how Ill Inspecta sees the essence of the rudebwoy image, haf him principle and stick to dem, mek him decision and stand firm with it, nah lef him focus even though times is ruff and a struggle him a struggle, tek full responsibility fi him action and know about the right values. Rudebwoy no let no badmind interfere with him plan, u cyaan get him fi do what him no want fi do ... strong man thing. Fine Patois lyrics very convincingly delivered - partly even in Vybz Kartel's 'stammering'-style - over the beautiful 'Money Bag'-riddim that Germaican Records' Pionear produced and created together with the original Far East keyboard player Matscher, featured in the batch of 3 'Money Bag' 45s that have been released in May 2006 by Germaican Records POLSKA, accompanying the release of the "Polski Ogién" album in Poland - in association with Warner Music Poland - that entered the Polish Album Charts at No. 24 when it was released in June 2006 ... For those selectors who refuse to spin CDs, the 45 of "Rudebwoy Anthem" is, like other 45s mentioned in this review, available at Soundquake Records' mailorder shop.
The next tune "Like Puppa San" is the next 45 release, stamped Germaican Records JAPAN, over Danger Zone's 'Wipe Out' Ill Inspecta pays tribute to veteran deejays like Papa San and Japanese culture - after all the tune was recorded especially for the album - with reference to the Papa San tune "Perdominant", followed by the excellent "Kriss Like Dis" - of which the intro hey bredren, see that girl over there / see that bumper announces its theme more than properly - that was released in 2004 by Germaican Records JAMAICA over Tom Topp's beautiful 'Cure'-riddim, based on a sample of the Cure's "Close To You" and "Gunn Han'" over a heavy hip-hop inspired riddim from the France crew Demolisha around Mad Killah, in which Ill Inspecta is urging the real badman forward in the dancehall in his truly own immediately recognizable style.
Jamerican female dancehall talent Lexie Lee is teaming up with Ill Inspecta for the excellent badman/badgal tune "Bullit We A Fire" over Pionear's hardcore 'Kim Yong Ill'-riddim with its Far East (pun intended) arpeggio-accents. And then Germany's now to Brooklyn, NYC, relocated remix wizard Jr. Blender - who made his claim to fame with a couple of very popular remix 45s as Champion Sound - shows how extremely talented he is, providing his relick of Freddie McKay's 'Love Is A Treasure'-riddim for "Long Distance Call" describing the situation in which your loved one is living many miles away, spending a fortune just getting that person on the phone but being rewarded with the pleasure of hearing that voice of him or her. G-Stone hip-hop, nu-dub & dancehall beat creator Stefan Moerth a.k.a. Stereotyp contributes the hi-tech junglish riddim of the same name for the badman tune "U-Turn", before Ill Inspecta's fine twist on the hip hop phrase 'krazy papers' called "Madd Paper", originally over Seeed's 'Rodeo'-riddim gets the Jr. Blender Refix here, followed by "All A Di Gal Dem", the very convincing tune recorded with fellow Germaican Scout Bobby Buster in 2005 over Germaican Records' Jubilee riddim 'Messer Banzani'.
Pionear's hip hop inspired 'Opium'-riddim, which will be released as a 45 selection soon, backs the threatening warning against anyone showing disrespect "1.000 Bullit". Bost & Bim, the French production duo of Special Delivery Music produced the fresh sounding original riddim 'Judgment Time' that backs Ill Inspecta's complaint about some people in our society nowadays going just "Too Bold", before Pionear's 'Leipzig'-riddim, named after his hometown (Germaica's capital :-) ), backs the very impressive gals tune "Sexy 2 Bloodcleet" delivered in combination with Sweden's dancehall sensation with French-Japanese roots Million Stylez and Vienna's Bassrunner Productions' first hardcore dancehall riddim 'Thug Funk' has Ill Inspecta in deadly shape following in the footsteps of Chuck Fender's controversial "Gash Dem", calling for the rise of the Winchester to bun out the child molesters in the brilliant "Lay Dem To Rest".
The two tunes coming up next have in common being some of the earliest tunes Ill Inspecta did, as the party gals tune "Check Den" was one of the tunes on the demo sent to Germaican Records in 2003, now rerecorded across Demolisha's 'The Fast And The Furious'-riddim, while the next tune is over the first riddim Ill Inspecta voiced for Germaican Records - after being invited to do so when Pionear had heard the 4-track demo he sent in, apparently these are still listened to - Seeed's 'Typhoon', the outrageous gun tune "Funeral".
The last tune on this album is a reprise of its opener "Rudebwoy Anthem (Revisited)" featuring Rudebwoy Face a.k.a. Magnum from Tokio, niceing up this Japanese release with some pure Japanes vibes and lyrics to complete one of the best full-length non-Jamaican dancehall debut albums ever. An album that has the big advantage - even though Ill Inspecta's contributions to the featured Germaican Records riddims have always been impressive even squeezed in between the big (Jamaican) artists also voicing those - of highlighting and emphasizing his talent and strength now that Ill Inspecta is the only star of his show and in comparison with the "Rudebwoy Anthem (EP)" even clearer showing the versatility of Ill Inspecta without ever betraying his truly own style, whether it be on Pionear's own Germaican Records riddims or riddims from any of the other producers contributing to this album. Europe: support your local dancehall artists, buy this album!