Riddim Driven ~ First Prize
VP Records-Walboomers Music
October 25, 2005

Track list
  1. Thank You - Rik Rok
  2. Tonight - T.O.K.
  3. Beauty Queen - Lady Saw
  4. Make You Dance - Red Rat
  5. That's True - Capleton
  6. Jah Lead The Way - Wayne Marshall
  7. Sexy - Spotlight
  8. Can't Believe - Voicemail
  9. Break You Down - Assassin
  10. Now Mi Seh - Spragga Benz
  11. Keep Hustling - Shane-O
  12. Money - Elephant Man
  13. Things You Do - Mr. Vegas
  14. Cash Or Card - Hawkeye
  15. First Prize Version - Troy McLean & Christopher 'Longman' Birch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Troy McLean and Garfield Hamilton once again teamed up with the only man getting as much exposure and critical acclaim as Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett, Christopher 'Longman' Birch - as they did last year for 'Career' - for their most recent riddim 'First Prize' on their First Name Music, now released in VP Records' Riddim Driven series. A nice bouncing 114 bpm riddim, that is voiced by Rik Rok, contributing the fine "Thank You", T.O.K. employing a nice yah yah yah yah / yah throughout their party tune "Tonight" and a very impressive Lady Saw bigging up the ladies in "Beauty Queen". Red Rat contributes a tribute to dancehall with "Make You Dance" and Capleton - the in my opinion overrated - "That's True", of which the combination Ras Murdak is not included. If you still can stand his voice being vocodered Wayne Marshall's "Jah Lead The Way" is an excellent tune, as is Spotlight's "Sexy". Voice Mail, whose member Craig Jackson is the younger brother of Harry Toddler, confess to their girl they "Can't Believe" what you're doing to me", before Assassin provides the toughest tune on the riddim "Break You Down" and Spragga Benz and Shane-O deliver their decent efforts "Now Mi Seh" and "Keep Hustling". Elephant Man's "Money" and Mr. Vegas' "Things You Do" are nothing special either, but Hawkeye comes close to rivalling Assassin with his excellent "Cash Or Card" for the top tune on this riddim. Unfortunately CÚCile's great "Goodie Goodie" and Macka Diamond's equally impressive "Psychic" are not included on this album with a very nice riddim as is made noted by the clean "First Prize Version" by Troy McLean & Christopher Birch, but unfortunately not all tunes voiced on it are as entertaining as the riddim itself.