Various artists album review
Bun Bun (aka Rice & Peas Pt. 2)
CD / 2LP
11 - 11 - 2001
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Some months ago VP Records issued a set with 20 cuts for the firing "Rice & Peas" riddim as part of their "Riddim Driven" series. The riddim proved a killer in the streets and the dancehall and due to its success new cuts were eagerly awaited. Rohan 'Snow Cone' Fuller produced a whole heap of brand new cuts for "Natural Bridge Productions" and this time Greensleeves have taken up the option on part 2 of the infamous "Rice & Peas" riddim. "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #18: Bun Bun" features a further 21 pieces across the "hottest riddim of the year" without duplicating any on the aforementioned VP release (surely a unique thing in reggae/dancehall music). The strength and the appeal of the infectious "Bun Bun" (aka "Rice & Peas Pt. 2") is probably best illustrated by the fact that worldwide megastar Wyclef Jean insisted on voicing a cut for the riddim. Besides the fact that Wyclef Jean can take the "Bun Bun" to another market and level, he deserves credits for having delivered a notable piece. Other massive cuts featured on this very enjoyable set come from namebrand dancehall artists Capleton, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Lexxus, Sean Paul, Cobra and, last but not least, Bounty Killer. The latter's fresh lyric to the riddim - "I Am Who I Am" - is a great follow-up to his massive "Mystery Is The Man" hit. On the other hand this bashment selection also includes some solid efforts from those who are working hard to establish their name among a wide audience. So, don't forget to check Wayne Marshall's "Earthquake", Kiprich's "Natural Beauty" Peppa's "Hot Girl" and Killa Banton's "Heads Of Government".|
So far Greensleeves Rhythm Series has brought the dancehall massive some killer version albums, and this set is definitely one of them!!