Ward 21
DHF Records - Groove Attack
June 12, 2009

Ward 21 - Genesis Track list
  1. Genesis Intro
  2. 2000 Gal
  3. Garrison
  4. Gully Gun
  5. Dutty Life feat. Eggy
  6. Dress Back feat. Black Pearl
  7. Dis Badman feat. Eggy
  8. Brown Eyes Bleed
  9. Bang Bang
  10. Give It Up feat. Timberlee
  11. All Around The World
  12. Cookie Jar feat. Tifa
  13. Funeral Spot feat. T.O.K.
  14. Lu
  15. Here I come
  16. Real Badman feat. Elephant Man
  17. Shake Up Ya
  18. Rock The Spot
  19. Mommy
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The year, 1998. The place, St. Lucia Road, Waterhouse, King Jammys Recording Studio. Jamaica and the rest of the world were about to be introduced to four creative, lyrical and multi-talented individuals , consisting of musicians, engineers, sound system operators and producers who had a sound and approach to music unlike anything heard at the time. It was legendary music producer King Jammy himself, that had the insight and saw the potential in these young men from one of Kingston's most notorious ghettos Waterhouse. He brought Mark 'Mean Dawg' Henry, Andre 'Suku' Gray, Ronaldo 'Rumblood' Evans and Kunley McCarthy together and gave them a platform to express themselves musically. They called the group, Ward 21, subsequently the name of the Psychiatric Ward at The University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. The group has since gone on to creating many number one hits like "Haters" , "Rhyme", "No Apologies" and "Garrison" among countless others.

Ward 21 have toured extensively worldwide, sold many records, gained thousands of dedicated fans globally and have acclaimed international success and recognition for their work. In 2003, five years into their career as professional recording artistes, Ward 21 had released two successful albums, the first being their much anticipated first album "Mentally Disturbed" and their cutting edge dancehall sophomore album, "U Know How We Roll", which both have entered and broke records on music charts internationally. Now in 2009, Ward 21 is running their own independent label, Ward 21 Music and has become a more diverse, lyrical and mature (and 3 piece, Rumblood left the group) Ward 21.More time is being spent on production and business and not only the Djing aspect of things. They are also responsible for the production and musical direction for their new upcoming artistes, Tifa, Natalie Storm and Timberlee (TNT). But they still have big tunes galore to offer as this album proves.

The album kicks off after the short "Intro" with the excellent "2000 Gal" across the big 'Drumline'-riddim for Black Chiney, followed by "Garrison" over Natural Bridge's 'Gully Slime'-riddim and the excellent (though extremely violent) "Gully Gun" over the big 'Sidewalk University'-riddim that Jammy 'Jam 2' James produced together with Colin 'Demarco' Edwards. What more can you want from the start of a dancehall album, the first tunes define the program of this typical hardcore dancehall Ward 21 album. Then it's time for the first of 2 combinations with Eggy formerly known as Danny English sidekick , a next version of their "Dem Dutty Life" originally recorded over the massive 'Shoot Out'-riddim from yet another junior Jammy'John John' but excellent in this incarnation as well just a little later followed by the even harder kicking "Dis Badman" over Sly & Robbie's fabulous 'Taxi'-riddim and squeezed in between the two is the also magnificent "Dress Back" featuring Jammy's songwriter, producer and engineer Black Pearl.

A wicked self-produced re-lick of 'Cuss Cuss' backs the simple yet extremely catchy ganja tune "Brown Eyes Bleed" before (Bassrunner Productions' selector Loopus and Florian Richling (of electro-project Tipanic) together operating as) Luke R.I.C.H. provide with their outstangind 'Airwolf'-riddim the brilliant "Bang Bang" gals tune, followed by the hilarious and superb "Give It Up" alongside one of Ward 21's female discoveries Timberlee, the with a dancing instruction opened "All Around The World" badman/gangster tune that is almost euro-house with its four to the floor Renaissance 'Tunda Klap'-riddim and the insanely infectious "Cookie Jar" alongside Tifa, the upcoming singing sensation Latifah Brown under their tutelage. Then T.O.K. join Ward 21 for one of the highlights of this album the massive "Funeral Spot" over a 'Showtime'-like riddim, followed by the very entertaining "Lu" and "Here I Come", Ward 21's own take on their 'Rae'-riddim (that spawned the monster combination "Bubble Like Soup" with Tifa) and another combination "Real Badman" with Elephant Man, originally recorded over the '18 Geez'-riddim but here even stronger over Ward 21's 'Stinkin Dutty Water'-riddim.

Then it's back to Austrian productions again, first with Luke R.I.C.H. with another great riddim backing "Shake Up Ya" that is destined to get every dancefloor filled once the selector drops the tune and the first single taken from the album "Rock The Spot", produced by Richvibes Records' Richman & General Sens over their very funny percussive strange sounding but fast growing on you selftitled 'Richvibes'-riddim. The album closes with in my opinion the least strong song "Mommy" that yet is a nice Linton 'TJ' White production, that is so atypical, that is probably should better have been left of this album. This album however, although a couple of months old, should definitely be picked up by all hardcore dancehall aficionados, if you haven't done so yet!