Monsters Of Dancehall
November 15, 2007

Ninjaman - Monsters of Dancehall: Ninjaman Track list
  1. Border Clash
  2. Write Your Will
  3. The Return-Father & Son feat. Ninja Ford
  4. Bad Boy Nuh Cub Scout feat. Bounty Killer
  5. Hollow Point Bad Boy
  6. Hold Me
  7. John Law feat. Gregory and Freddy
  8. Bring In The Gun
  9. Two White Rat
  10. World Dance
  11. Gun Bogle
  12. Disarm Them
  13. Ting A Ling A Ling A Schoole Pickney Sing Ting
  14. Woman Get Set
  15. Clean Hands (Pure In Heart) feat. Capleton
  16. Come Out Of The Church
  17. Bad Publicity
  18. Mississippi (I Can See Arkansas)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Ninjaman aka Don Gorgon, aka Original-Front-Tooth-Gold-Tooth-Gun-Pon-Tooth-Don-Gorgon was born Desmond John Ballentine on January 20, 1966, in Annotto Bay, Jamaica. He has staked his reputation on his angry and defiant lyricism and his stuttering and melodramatic style. He's the real voice of the ghetto gangster, firing his verbal bullets in the dance!

After moving from his birthplace Annotto Bay to Kingston at the age of 11, he launched his deejay career with the Black Culture Sound System at age 12 as "Double Ugly". In 1980, he joined Killamanjaro, there got the chance to learn from established deejays Super Cat and Early B, and released his debut single as "Uglyman". Yet another name change made him the now well known Ninjaman. In 1987, Ninjaman recorded - and produced himself - his first hit single "Protection", a duet with Courtney Melody. The following years brought many prolific collaborations with producers like King Jammy, Witty, Xterminator, Philip "Fatis" Burrell, Redman, Ini Kamoze, Bobby Digital, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, and Steely & Clevie and Henry "Junjo" Lawes. It has been said that Ninjaman comes up with all of his lyrics on the spot in the recording studio, in a freestyle manner.

One of his most infamous rivalries (besides the ongoing quarrels with Flourgon and Super Cat) was the one with Shabba Ranks, leading to a number of clashes. In 1993, criticism of Ninjamans violent and pro-gun lyrics arose, leading to a decline in performing gigs and chances to record. By 1997, Ninjaman had changed his name once again, now performing gospel reggae songs as "Brother Desmond". He sought help to fight his Crack cocaine addiction in born again Christianity. It was not a complete changeover though, earning him criticism from parts of the Jamaican Christian community. In the Palm Pictures film Third World Cop, Ninjaman played the role of a badman.

He has been enjoying something of a resurgence of late with recent sell-out shows and a brace of hits, including a fantastic cut of Shaggy's massive 'Church Heathen' entitled 'The Pastor'.

Ninjaman has released some five albums and a sizeable quantity of singles for the Greensleeves imprint. This collection -in the 'Monster Of Dancehall' series- is a worthwhile 18 track set, produced by giant producers like King Jammy (7 tracks), the late Henry 'Junjo' Lawes (6 tracks) and Junior Reid (3 tracks) and Gussie Clarke who produced 2 tunes.

Most tunes here are now regarded as classic dancehall anthems. John Law is a wicked combination with Gregory and Freddy, a massive hit for the trio in the early nineties. The roots tune Clean Hands with fellow deejay Capleton rides the popular 'Carry Go Bring Come' riddim. One of his biggest 'rivals' (Bounty Killer) joins him on Bad Boy Nuh Cub Scout. Border Clash and Write Your Will, both King Jammy productions, were BIG massive hits. These tunes used the in demand riddims 'Punany' and 'Sleng Teng'.

Classics! Now Hear This!