Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
17 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - Lock Up
  2. Sizzla - Heat Is On
  3. Lexxus - Girls Girls
  4. Harry Toddler - Dig Up
  5. Tanya Stephens - Addiction
  6. Beenie Man & Robyn- Red Red
  7. Danny English & Egg Nog - Hot For Real
  8. Keri - Diggin Me
  9. Mr. Vegas - War
  10. Elephant Man - In The Streetz Mega Mix
  11. Future Troubles - Drunken Master
  12. Determine - More Fire
  13. Ward 21 - Roll Up
  14. Frisco Kid - More Marijuana
  15. Alozade - Street Thugz
  16. Captain Barkey - Buss A Shot
  17. Mr. Vegas - Cocky She Want
  18. Mr. G - Bounce Yuh Girl
  19. Wickerman - Come Out A Mi Place
  20. Galaxy P - Good O
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

In recent years producers Byron Murray & Clifford Smith from "In The Streetz" label have established their name by treating the dancehall massive to big riddims such as "Crash", "X-treme" and "Mud-Up". Now they hit again with a brand new, exciting riddim called the "Bollywood", although Jamaicans might known it as "The Indian" as it's licking hard on dubplate in Jamaica. At the moment the riddim is reaching fever pitch and certain cuts are already selling down the place on limited 7" singles. "Bollywood" is a great bouncing riddim, actually Computer Paul's JA rub from "Addictive", the worldwide hit by Truth Hurts, which was produced by DJ Quick from the Dr Dre camp. Musician Paul "Computer Paul" Henton has used a sample of "Kalyon Ka Chaman" sung by Lata Mangeshkar and has also added an indian-like riddim drum pattern in order to keep up with trendy dancehall riddims like for example "Tabla", "The Return" and "Diwali". The latter was earlier released in "Greensleeves Rhythm Album" series and is now the biggest selling "one riddim" album to date. As these bashment sets go we're treated to cuts (mainly coming with explicit lyrics) delivered by the usual suspects that currently rule the Jamaican dancehall scene. Thus this set includes name like Capleton, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens, Lexxus, Wards 21 and Mr Vegas, to name a few. Personal favorites are Lexxus' "Girls Girls", Tanya Stephens' "Addiction", the combination tune "Red Red" by Beenie Man & Robyn, Mr. Vegas' "War", Ward 21's "Roll Up" and Alozade's "Street Thugz".

Teacher & Mr. T.