Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Celebration
VP Records-Walboomers Music
February 14, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Bust Di Dance - Kardinal Offishal
  2. Watch Dem Mouth - Wayne Marshall
  3. "Shoes, Watch, Hat" - Kid Kurrupt
  4. Life Is A Gift - Sean Paul
  5. Through The Night - Elephant Man (feat. Swade)
  6. Man A Gallis - Route 76
  7. Out Of My Head - Zumjay & Daville
  8. That Girl - Wee-Kenz
  9. No Other - Hawkeye
  10. Hypocrites & Parasites - Elephant Man
  11. Strange Things - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  12. Last Night - Bounty Killer
  13. Every Now And Then - Vybz Kartel (feat. Lukie D)
  14. Tell Me If You Still Care - T.O.K
  15. So Good So Fine - Reagan (feat. Wee-Kenz)
  16. Someday - Bling Dawg (vinyl only bonustrack)
  17. Red Bull - Delly Ranks (vinyl only bonustrack)
  18. Version - Arif Cooper (vinyl only bonustrack)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4

Producer Arif Cooper, of Fresh Air Productions, son of Third World's Ibo Cooper, and producer of the "Good Vibes"- riddim, that was reviewed here, presents the "Celebration" riddim, a bouncy and melodic hip-hop inspired romp that makes you dance and celebrate. This is the closest any producer got to the pure bashment of the 'Showtime'-riddim in years. The riddim is hot, and as seems to be the new order in dancehall, in all its different mixes. The opening track by Kardinal Offishal "Bust Di Dance" immediately sets the pace, and shows how irresistible this riddim is. It features some other standout efforts, for example the very strong "Life Is A Gift" by Sean Paul, for the umpteenth time showing he is one of the top dancehall artists, Grammy or not, he rides the riddims that matter in the JA-dancehalls. An extremely strong "Last Night" by Bounty Killer with a catchy female chorus hookline, Elephant Man's "Hypocrites & Parasites", T.O.K's absolutely brilliant and with enormous crossover potential blessed "Tell Me If You Still Care", two tracks featuring newcomer singer Wee-Kenz (one in combination with Reagan - what's in a name - ), Lukie D. adds beautiful vocals to the Vybz Kartel tune "Every Now & Then" and more fabulous singing by Daville, in his very catchy combination tune with Zumjay "Out Of My Head", it's all there. So the question is justified, is there not one weak effort on this riddim? Well, the answer is easy, NO. All tracks not mentioned are above par dancehall tunes as well. Very enjoyable pure bashment vibes all along. My recommendation: even if you don't buy one riddim albums, you've got to buy this one.