Badman Story Riddim
Big Bout Ya Records
Digital Release
June 12, 2014

Track list
  1. Charly Black - War Start
  2. Danny English - Yuh Dead
  3. Kevin Famouss - Clap It Up
  4. Shenko feat. Total - Mi Head Sick
  5. Badman Story Riddim
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Belgium -- often referred to as Beljam by the country's reggae & dancehall massive -- has a lively reggae & dancehall scene and in particular in recent years it has proven to be fertile ground when it comes to producing works of homegrown talent or international artists. Whether it's Roots Reggae, Ska, Dub or Dancehall, Beljam producers often manage to come up with worthwhile projects. The latest dancehall juggling from Leuven based Big Bout Ya Records is such a project.

The pulsing "Badman Story Riddim" is the follow-up to the 2012 released old skool flavoured "Rock And Stop Riddim" featuring standout cuts from Junior Cat and Pinchers. No consciousness here, but strictly 'badman' lyrics, and although these kinda lyrics may not be everyone's cup of tea (especially when you're not a hardcore dancehall fan), they fit the mood and the vibe of the riddim perfectly well. Only four vocal cuts plus the straight version of the riddim track are presented here, but all of them are worth hearing.

Top Trelawny General Charly Black recorded his first smash "Woman It's You" in 2004 under the direction of Tree Top Records, and since then he has been voicing a series of hot riddims, which brought him hits such as "Buddy Buddy", "Backshot Time", "Bubble" and "Rich This Year". The versatile deejay's "War Start" gets this juggling set started in a very convincing way, before Danny English comes up with the slightly better "Yuh Dead". It's instantly clear... both tunes are MAAADDDD and destined to tear up the dance halls. No real surprise to see the little known Kevin Famouss contribute a tune called "Clap It Up" as he occasionally works with Danny English. The deejay brings in a nice tune, but in the end he doesn't manage to leave the same impression as his predecessors. More interesting to listen to is "Mi Head Sick", a wicked combination tune by Shenko & Total. It's a good thing the clean version of the "Badman Story Riddim" is included here as well, which is always a nice touch.

Dancehall aficionados are making a mistake if they just pass it by completely.