Album review
Pray To HIM
Ruff Scott
THC Music
19 - 11 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Pray To HIM
  2. Positive
  3. Uncle Sam
  4. Uncle Dub
  5. Wow!
  6. Let's Get United
  7. Everybody
  8. Right Direction
  9. Mother Of Civilization
  10. Frustrated
  11. Take Mi Advice
  12. Chant Rasta Song featuring Rob Symeonn
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

The deejay with the "Rock Stone Voice", Ruff Scott, was born in Manchester JA, but relocated to Brooklyn NY at the age of seven. His microphone mastery follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Scotty Ranks, a deejay whose life was taken before it's time. In tribute to his brother, the young Ruff took his brother's name and began to work non-stop on developing his many talents. Although one may recognize influences of Tiger and Shabba Ranks when hearing Ruff Scott's vocal tones, the key figures in his musical life are Yellowman and Brigadier Jerry. By now, Ruff Scott has been working in the reggae scene for more than ten years. Besides performing on stage he also worked on a recording career. In 1991 Ruff Scott released his first single titled "Riot", a response to the Rodney King verdict in Los Angeles. Several singles followed, the most well known of which was the 1995 released "Spider's Web", and the international release on Easy Star Records "What Goes Around".
The recordings for his debut set "Pray To HIM" took him to the Selah Studio in Hawaii, where he teamed up with The Heartical Crew. The latter laid down the riddim tracks and - together with David Reid aka Ruff Scott - also produced the album. "Positive" is the undisputed key track on "Pray To HIM" as this piece fully expresses Ruff Scott's point of view regarding the message he wants to bring to the people. The deejay mainly utilizes a more traditional, early-dancehall style to deliver his ever conscious and uplifting lyrics, which cover a wide range of topics. Ruff Scott affirms his lyrical versitality and definitely has lyrics aplenty, thus preventing his songs from getting boring. Best efforts are the aforementioned "Positive" as well as "Uncle Sam", "Everybody", "Let's Get United" and "Take Mi Advice". The nyabinghi flavored combination tune "Chant Rasta Song" - which brings together Ruff Scott and Rob Symeonn - rounds off a nice debut set from a conscious deejay well worth checking.

Teacher & Mr. T.