Citizen K Productions
October 13, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Ainsley Thompson, popularly known as I-Shadrock, is a versatile artist who was born in Wilson's Run, Trelawny JA. Like so many Jamaican artists he sang in the church choir and besides that also played keyboard at church. He started to write music in high school, which led to an involvement in a number of school clubs and concerts on the campus. His talent was further honed in his community by his neighbour who had a sound system, for which he eventually became the main operator. On the same premises, there was also a reggae band called Sunrise Band, whose members encouraged him to rehearse with them and this further boosted his confidence. After school and a short stint in military, he realized that music was calling him. He thus left military to pursue his dream career in music.
I-Shadrock's first recording was in 2000 with a song titled, "Believe In Yourself", which was produced by California based Lustre Kings He ended up doing 9 tracks with that outfit including "Blessed Empress", "Rise My People", "The Sun That Shines", "Jealousy", "AIDS", and "More Loving". From that collaboration, "Rise My People" did very well in the US. This led him to be a part of production camps such as Dr. Cave's Caveman and Junior Reid's One Blood. After departing those camps, House of Congress Productions (HOC) started to manage I-Shadrock's career, which increased his visibility and created musical magic with songs such as "Free Dem Wid Music", a song that was on the CVM Hitlist for several weeks. Other songs produced by HOC included "World Leaders", "Rebel Now", "Rasta Love Story", "Buy Out Di Bar", "She’s Real", and "Nuh Worry Mama".
Some 5 years ago he also started to work with Kevin Brown of Citizen K Productions, which is based in Los Angeles, California. That collaboration led to songs such as the 2011 released "She Wanna Get High", which went to #1 for several weeks on Bill Ricketts Top 50 Urban Charts in the US Tri-Sate are. Other songs from this production house include "Love U Mama", "No More War", and "Can’t Clown Me". All the aforementioned songs plus four brand new pieces are gathered on I-Shadrock and Kevin Brown's latest project entitled "Rainbow EP". Artist and producer have shown themselves to be a powerful duo since they first started working together and thus this EP should be one that is worth hearing. And indeed it is!
I-Shadrock seemingly doesn't like to limit himself to one vocal style as he adjusts his style depending on the kinda riddim he has to ride. It makes a collection of his tunes more varied and more entertaining. For the conscious "Never Stoop Low" - a wicked hip-hop flavoured dancehall tune - and "Can't Clown Me" he utilizes a style that leans towards that of artists like Capleton and Sizzla, while on the contrary a track like the romantic "Still In Love" sees him using a much smoother voice, which perfectly suits the theme and riddim of the song. The hit song "She Wanna Get High" across the infectious "Satin Sheets" riddim is a smooth crossover effort that mixes contemporary dancehall with a sultry r&b touch. Both the powerful "Betrayer" and the crucial "Rainbow" leave a serious impression, while "No More War" carries a message that should become a reality in these perilous times.
Overall opinion is that this "Rainbow EP" shouldn't be overlooked!