Album review
Mr. Lexxus
2B1 Records
March 21 - 2005

Tracking list

  1. Di Gal Dem (Remix)
  2. Statistics
  3. Nuttin Nah Gwan
  4. A Fi Oonu feat. Lukie D
  5. War Dem Want
  6. We Came To Party feat. Breeze & Deenuka
  7. Six Pack A Heineken
  8. New Bwoy
  9. Ride With Us feat. Breeze
  10. Yow Son feat. Breeze
  11. No Knowings
  12. See Dem A Come
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Born Christopher Palmer and raised in the Mountain View area of Kingston, Mr. Lexxus (or simply Lexxus) first displayed his deejaying skills in 1992 at the popular Sunday night dances held in Kingston's Harbor View area, featuring the Super Dee sound system. Representatives from the New York based label Natural Bridge Records heard Mr. Lexxus' impressive lyrical flow and brought him to Kingston's Mixing Lab recording studios where the 16 year old recorded his first single, "Own A Home", his tribute to women who aren't dependent on men for financial support. In 1997 he had his first notable success with three hit singles, "Runaway Train" for Barry O'Hare's X-Rated label, "Fade Away" on Jeremy Harding's 2 Hard Records and "Boogie Woogie" for producers Steely & Clevie. In 2000 VP Records released Mr. Lexxus' debut album, a 20 track hit filled collection that included "Ring Mi Cellie", "Divine Reasoning", "Full Hundred", "Cook", "Get Wid It" and "Yuh Nuh", each showcasing Mr. Lexxus' rapid fire rhyming skills and his gift for weaving humorous, topical tales.
Now there's this new album "Statistics", produced by Christopher "Goldfinga" Clarke and released by San Francisco based 2B1 Records. However, with this album Mr. Lexxus won't make a serious impression. From the start - "Di Gal Dem (Remix)" - it's obvious that he not only aims at the dancehall massive, but also tries to reach out to a Hip Hop / R'n'B audience by delivering about half of the twelve tunes across strong Hip Hop and R'n'B flavored street beats, something other dancehall artists already experienced not to be the best move in their career. All the Hip Hop / R'n'B related tunes featured here are rather disappointing efforts and fail to cause any excitement. Best of the rest (i.e. the dancehall tracks) are "Nuttin Nah Gwan", the combination tune with Lukie D "A Fi Oonu" aka "Hot Like Fire (Part 2)" over the "Hard Drive" riddim, our favourite track "Six Pack A Heineken", and "No Knowings" across the "Bigga judgement" riddim. All in all this cd contains too few tunes to make it worthwhile checking out.

Teacher & Mr. T.