Album review
Welcome To The World Of
Joni Rewind
November 11, 2002

Tracking list

  1. Dubplate Intro (Pull Up) feat. Junior Reid
  2. Inna Dance feat. Seanie T, Karl Hinds & DJ Mixwell
  3. Can't Fuck With Them feat. Diamond D, Lord Finesse & Jahai
  4. Madness (Joni's Theme) feat. Blak Twang
  5. What's It Gonna Take feat. Capleton
  6. Rollin' feat. Jahmali & Kulcha Knox
  7. Travelin' Man feat. Phantom Black & D-Flame
  8. Rude Boy Link feat. Cocoa Brovaz & Rodney P
  9. Upright feat. Jahmeek
  10. Wherever You Are feat. Mystro
  11. Uptown Rop Rankin feat. Est'elle
  12. Nuff A Dem A Bling feat. Blak Twang & Merciless
  13. One Thing Never Changes feat. Jahmali
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

This album is the very eclectic solo debut of one half of German duo Dynamite Deluxe, DJ Dynamite, here for operating under his latest moniker Joni Rewind. Together with Tropf, Joni Rewind and other Dynamite Deluxe member Samy Deluxe have been featured on other releases out of the Eimsbush Entertainment stable, most notably Jan Delays' "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" and D-Flame's "Basstard". The album is as much a dancehall-hiphop hybrid as the latter album was. It's kicked off in superb style with a tune that sounds like a strong Junior Reid dubplate, only difference: it's a regular tune, Junior Reid's delivery perfectly riding Joni's "Dubplate Intro (Pull Up)" beats. Hiphop beats and DJ Mixwell's scratches and a live bass are the backdrop for the London, UK guest MCs Seani T and Karl Hinds "Inna Dance". Next stop after Kingston and London is New York City, where a slow funky jam with piano accents and 'live' guitar is used for hiphop legends Diamond D and Lord Finesse alongside Jahai for the beautiful "Can't Fuck With Them". In "Madness (Joni's Theme)" the same headnodding effect as in the first track is reached, this time by Blak Twang's vocals over a same kind of riddim. It is great to hear Capleton a.k.a. the Prophet, over an almost minimal hiphop beat that is funked up by the samples of what sounds like vibraphones, really singjaying through the strong yet so untypical for him "What's It Gonna Take". More Jamaican vibes are presented in "Rollin'" by the combination of Jahmali's fine singing combined with Kulcha Knox DJing over a real dancehall-hiphop crossover riddim. German MCs are represented by the aforementioned D-Flame and Hamburger Phantom Black, who together in "Travelin' Man" sound over Joni Rewind's beats as if fierce competition for Dutch reggae-hiphop outfit Postmen is just around the corner. The track reminds me of Postmen's strongest tunes and I do like Postmen! But it only gets better on this album, former London Posse member Rodney P teams up with the legendary US-rappers who already shone on D-Flame's "Basstard" Cocoa Brovaz (a.k.a. Smif-n-Wessun) for "Rude Boy Link", a brilliant tune with even more brilliant use of the sampled synthi-theme from Wayne Wonder's "Movie Star". "Upright" is a tune benefiting from the added live guitar lifting the conscious tune feat. Jahmeek, the Jamaican 'Wahldeutscher' to even higher heights with a latin vibe. Mystro's "Wherever You Are" is an example of a UK MC hitting the beats with his rhymes in a perfect flow. The rendition by Est'elle of the famous Althea & Donna chartbuster "Uptown Top Rankin" is sung with a superb air of coolness and the dry riddim fits it like a glove. UK MC Blak Twang returns for another go at one of Joni 'DJ Dynamite' Rewinds' riddims, this time alongside one Jamaica's real clash-DJs Merciless, and to my surprise it is Blak Twang who has the upper hand on "Nuff A Dem Bling" another prime example of German-Jamaican-dancehall-hiphop fusion. Jahmali is in fine form in the hiphop-soul ballad "One Thing Never Changes" closing this very fine album. Joni Rewind proves that it's possible to link UK-ragga and hiphop, NYC hiphop and Jamaican dancehall with German beats inspired by all of these styles, and produce an extremely varied entertaining album.