Riddim Driven ~ Bad Bargain
VP Records
September 27, 2005

Track list
  1. Nah Mind Man - Lady Saw
  2. Never Forget - Mr. Vegas
  3. Living Up - Sizzla
  4. Show Mi Yuh Company - Hawkeye
  5. Hold Your Heavens - Capleton
  6. Many Gal - General B
  7. Model Again - Harry Toddler
  8. Gal Bruk Out - Roundhead
  9. Uptown Girls - Danny English
  10. Dash Way Belly - Kiprich
  11. Talent Murder - Wayne Marshall
  12. Mad Dem - Nitty Kutchie & Earthworm
  13. Nuff Gal - New Kidz
  14. Young - Powerman
  15. Bad Bargain - Steely & Clevie
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Based on Hugh 'Redman' James' wicked 1989 'Koloko/Tight Clothes'-riddim Rupert 'Q45' Blake produced this powerful Steely & Clevie relick as the 'Bad Bargain'-riddim now featured in VP's Riddim Driven Series. After the nice "Nah Mind Man" by Lady Saw opening the album Mr. Vegas delivers the excellent "Never Forget" and Sizzla contributes the conscious "Living Up". Hawkeye once more delivers a very strong tune with "Show Mi Yuh Company" and Capleton holds the great flow on "Hold Your Heavens" before General B with his delivery on "Many Gal" goes back to the style that was around when this riddim came around the first time and for me for the first time delivers a more than decent solo tune. Harry Toddlers' "Model Again" and Roundhead's "Gal Bruk Out" are fine tunes as well, but both are surpassed by Danny English "Uptown Girls" in which he incorporates the melody from the 1983 Billy Joel hit "Uptown Girl". Kiprich might record as many tunes as Sizzla these days, there are no signs of diminishing quality yet, and he seems to be on a serious stroll recently, now speaking out against abortion in "Dash Weh Belly". Wayne Marshall delivers the excellent warning to all girls "Talent Murder" a.k.a. Silent Murderer followed by the great combination "Mad Dem" by Nitty Kutchie & Earthworm and New Kidz equally fine "Nuff Gal". Powerman delivers the last vocal tune "Young" on this album, that inexplicably lacks Vybz Kartel's "Hot Gal". Nevertheless a fine set of tunes on a relick of a brilliant and till now underrated oldschool-riddim as becomes clear in the "Bad Bargain" clean version of the riddim by Steely & Clevie.