Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Oppression
Ras Lett
Ras Lett Music
CD
August 24, 2014

Track list
  1. Psalm
  2. Revolution feat. Queen Omega
  3. Hold On
  4. See Them Ah Come
  5. Rise Up
  6. De Money
  7. Tender Love
  8. Oppression
  9. Who Have It
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Trinidad has been a longtime hub of Reggae ambassadors. Back in the 90s, General Grant put out some great sides. In this time, this country has the likes of Marlon "Ganja Farmer" Asher, Prophet Benjamin, Khari Kill, Jamelody and Million Voice carrying out Jah message to full extent. Included in these names is RAS LETT, a humble Rastaman who has been bringing out truly conscious works for years now. His talent is Divine and undeniable. There's a need to explore his 2012 release "Oppression"; a unique and urgent set that resonates in Heart and Soul...

Ras Lett was born in South Trinidad and was captured by the vibes from an early stage of his youth. He quickly became proficient in vocal power and guitar and never looked back. He became qualified in masonry, plumbing and carpentry and embraced the full embodiment of Rastafari. He has released some stellar sets like "In Ah Babylon" (2007) "Cry No More" and the brand new "Bright Side Of Town". His smash hit single "De Money" topped the charts for many weeks and was reviewed here last year. His songs and videos are readily available on Facebook and You Tube with recent singles "Wolves" and "Blood" receiving a heap of views. RAS LETT is ready for the international arena in every way. Objectively speaking, this artist deserves a close look by producers, artists and Roots Music lovers alike.

This set opens with Psalms, a Blessed meditation unto The Most High. Revolution is a powerful track indeed. Over a taut and engaging riddim, Ras Lett delivers in a manner that's truly original yet has great intertwines of Steel Pulse's David Hinds. An urgent rally to rise up that is niced up by the angelic voice of Queen Omega. Instant rewind!! Hold On has great guitar and key work with Ras Lett lending a throaty and chanting style that flows like Musi-O-Tunya (The River That Thunders). He observes the wickedness that surrounds and offers hope through great songwriting and chanting from the Heart. See Them Ah Come is superb. With flecks of David Hinds style, Ras Lett chants "see them ah come, they can't stop I... they can't fool I". True lyrics over a clever Digi riddim peppered with ethereal key work and great production. Rise Up is a Roots anthem for the ages! Over an intoxicating Steppers riddim, Ras Lett gives it up in fine chantjay style that flows with power and conviction.

The standout selection is De Money. This chart topping masterpiece hits from start to finish. Over a lively and atmospheric riddim, Ras Lett observes about the lure of money in dynamic fashion way. "crime and drugs don't pay, some many go astray... don't want to go to garbage heap, want my clothes smell sweet". One of THE best songs this reviewer has heard in the last few years! Tender Love is Dancehall tight and offers the diversity of this artist. The title track is a top ranking bubbler with truisms and authentic observations of the current state of affairs. This is a Rootsman who trods through Creation with eyes and ears wide open. Who Have It is interesting indeed. The musical backbone is a live wire and he explains the realities of conducting oneself proper in the Dancehall and weaves in the supply and demand of the Holy Herb. Clever delivery and not your usual chalice anthem.

RAS LETT's "Oppression" operates wisely on all levels. He conveys true message with manners and raspect to The Most High. His vocalisms, songwriting abilities are undeniable and there is a raw humbleness that will draw you in from start to finish. This artist is constantly composing, performing and connecting with other artists. The future looks bright in Jah sight for this tremendous talent. Highly recommended. GO DEH! Connect with Ras Lett through Facebook, LinkedIn and check out his music on You Tube. No disappointment!!