Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Stitchie
Real Life Story
Drum & Bass Music
CD
July 10, 2007

Track list
  1. Red Alert
  2. Real Life Story
  3. Lord Almighty
  4. Truth Be Told
  5. Praise The Lord
  6. In Di Dancehall
  7. Get Up, Stand Up
  8. Hardcore
  9. Mercy
  10. Warning
  11. Big Red Hat
  12. Christ Nice
  13. Gangsta Life
  14. Wretched Life
  15. Hold Di Faith
  16. I Pray
  17. True Identity
  18. Dancehall Worship (Medley)
  19. Arrival
  20. Real Life Story (Acappella)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Stitchie was born Cleveland Laing in Kingston and raised in nearby Spanish Town. Having won a parish DJ contest in 1983, he began to pursue a full-time career in music under the stage name Lieutenant Stitchie in 1987. Two years later he became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major U.S. label, Atlantic Records. His debut album for that label, "The Governor", charted on Billboard on the wings of the humorous track, "Dress To Impress". Arguably his best-known hit is "Wear Yuh Size", a number one single in England and Jamaica, although his well-intentioned jab at Rastas, Natty Dread, also enjoyed notoriety. While on his way to Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night in 1997 he had a major motor vehicle accident that nearly ended his own life, which made him realize that he was blessed with the special gift of music and that it shouldn’t be taken for granted. After this realization, Stitchie decided to show his appreciation to God by using his music to inspire others.

Prior to his conversion to Christianity, Stitchie recorded approximately 12 secular albums, and so far in his new despensation has recorded three gospel sets. His last album, "Kingdom Ambassador", received several awards including Top Gospel Artistes for the Caribbean for the year 2005 and the single "Fast And Pray" was nominated for song of the year at a secular award. That was the first time a gospel song was nominated in that secular category.

On his brand new cd, "Real Life Story", truly a personal testimonial, he sings about inner city life -- as seen from his religious belief's point of view -- and uses the music of the culture that helped to shape him as the backdrop. Stitchie's new set is full of rapid chat, underpinned by authentic powerful reggae dancehall riddims -- played by real musicians -- which he seemingly effortless rides in his well known style. Besides that Stitchie's lyrics are strong and to the point. Best tracks are "Real Life Story" (about his life), the fast-paced "Lord Almighty", "Get Up, Stand Up", the one-drop tune "I Pray", and the humorous "Big Red Hat", the latter showing Stitchie's gift for amusing and sharp storytelling.

Stitchie has stayed true to his reggae dancehall roots, which gives authenticity and credibility to the music included on this album.