Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Cookie Monster / Allo Allo
VP Records-Walboomers Music
December 21, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Hate Mi - Elephant Man
  2. Man A Killa - Bounty Killer
  3. Buddy Nuh Done - Vybz Kartel
  4. Never Fail Yuh - DaVille
  5. Floss on - Bling Dawg
  6. Gangsta - Taz feat. Voicemail
  7. Needle Eye Mama - Kiprich
  8. Allo Allo Version - Jam 2 & Teetimus
  9. Waist Line - Elephant Man feat. Jimmy Cozier
  10. Best Pum Pum - Lady Saw
  11. Live Up - Sizzla feat. Wayne Marshall
  12. Bad Man - Mad Cobra
  13. Wi No Itch - Red Fox
  14. Buss It - Vybz Kartel
  15. Put It On U - DaVille
  16. Cookie Monster Version - Jam 2 & Teetimus
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Where everyone has become used to riddims out of Jammy's camp appearing on Greensleeves, VP Records snatched two of Trevor 'Baby G' James' riddims for this Riddim Driven release. The son of King Jammy's brother Uncle T, who produced the wicked hardcore up-tempo street beat '20 Cent' and the 'Mexican'-riddim, hits out hard. After a romantic night in Paris invoking accordian intro, it's 120+ beats per minute, with Elephant Man riding on the 'Allo Allo!'-riddim with the same lyrics as on the also reviewed 'Phantom' for his "Hate Mi" having the same advice for his enemies using the Lambada-hookline. Bounty Killer is on top of the riddim as well in "Man A Killa", but Vybz Kartel has the most impressive tune on the riddim with his wine fast wine slow intro to "Buddy Nuh Done". DaVille contributes the slack yu pum pum "Never Fail Yuh" yet before Blind Dawg's "Floss On" and the entertaining " "Gangstas" combination by TAZ and Voice Mail. Kiprich does the fine "Needle Eye Mama" before this brilliant catchy riddim gets played in its clean "Allo Allo Version" by riddimbuilders Jam2 & Teetimus. The second riddim featured is the as catchy 'Cookie Monster' that is under the R&B-ish combination of Wyclef Jean protegé Jimmy Cozier & Elephant Man for "Waist Line". Lady Saw sells what she says she has best and does best in "Best Pum Pum" before the rather unexpected combination of Sizzla & Wayne Marshall works out fine in "Live Up". Mad Cobra disses all the boys who only chat "Bad Man", Red Fox does the impressive "Wi No Itch" that fully benefits from an alternative arrangement, becoming irresistibly catchy, before Vybz Kartel takes the first prize on the riddim with "Buss It". DaVille defends the singers once more very convincingly, his "Put It On U" is another strong effort by my favorite new kid on the block, followed by the clean "Cookie Monster"-version, that shows this riddim is proving as well that the Jammy's crew is back on the map with this fine two-riddim album.