Various artists album review
Dancehall 101 Vol. 3
VP Records-Walboomers Music
2 CD

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
  2. Mad Cobra - Flex
  3. Johnny Osbourne - Buddy Bye
  4. Junior Cat - Iron Gloves
  5. Tinga Stewart & Ninjaman - Cover Me
  6. Reggie Stepper - Modelling
  7. Reggie Stepper & Super Beagle - Whining Skill
  8. Red Dragon - Yu Body Good
  9. Buju Banton - Gal Fi Beg
  10. Dirtsman - Hot This Year
  11. Skullman - Stop
  12. Shabba Ranks - Ting A Ling
  13. Singing Sweet - When I See U Smile
  14. Louie Rankin - Typewriter
  15. Cutty Ranks - Stopper
  16. Little Lenny - Bum Flick
  17. Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Mister Cee & Ricky Indian - Bonus DJ Mix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Third installment in VP Records' series of compilation albums entitled "Dancehall 101". Every set contains a collection of Dancehall club classics featuring hit singles from the eighties and nineties. The track listings for the "Dancehall 101" series have been compiled by scrutinizing the most popular singles played by Dancehall, Hip-Hop/R&B,and Spanish club & radio DJ's. Each "Dancehall 101" volume features 17 tracks of the singles that every 18-35 year old reggae/dancehall fan probably knows and loves but before now could not find in one place. Many of these singles will also be available on VP Records' "Dancehall Classics" series as limited edition 12" re-issues.
This set mainly focusses on the deejays with contributions of Mad Cobra, Reggie Stepper, Dirtsman and the most popular deejay of the early nineties, Rexton Gordon aka Shabba Ranks. It opens nicely with "Pass The Dutchie" (actually a kind of censored rendition of the Mighty Diamonds' "Pass The Kuchie") which was a huge hit for child group Musical Youth from London UK. Then it's time for Mad Cobra, a very gifted deejay who rose to the top very quickly in 1991 with hits like "Yush" and "Gundelero". Here we're treated to a decent slow-paced hit tune called"Flex (Time To Have Sex)". Johnny Osbourne delivers a superb track, the King Jammy produced "Buddy Bye" across the original "Sleng Teng" riddim, and also Junior Cat makes a decent impression with Iron Gloves". At the beginning of his career Ninjaman was known for his combination tunes which often featured singer Tinga Stewart. Their Lloyd Dennis produced cover version of Michael Jackson's song "Cover Me" was well received in the UK and became a big hit. Two contributions from the deejay Reggie Stepper include the solid "Modelling" for King Jammy and the nice combination "Whining Skill" across an updated version of the Techniques' "Come On Little Girl" riddim. The mood changes with Red Dragon's solid "Yu Body Good" and "Gal Fi Beg" by Buju Banton. The latter delivers a tune from a period in his career that he limited his range to the dancehall staples of guns, girls and his own prowess at the mike. Dirtsman (brother of Papa San) was shot dead soon after he had attracted notable attention with his big hit "Hot This Year", a tune he recorded for New York-based producer Phillip Smart. Next drops the relatively unknown deejay Skullman, whose "Stop" fails to make a serious impression. Shabba Ranks was dancehall's most widely known figure head for several years. At the peak of his career he signed to Epic Records and achieved real crossover success. However, he continued to release 45s in Jamaican, aiming squarely at the local market. "Ting A Ling" was one of those 45s and a prime example of Shabba's roughneck style. Next drops "When I See U Smile" by child star Singing Sweet, a tune one can either love or hate, which is followed by solid efforts from Louie Rankin, Cutty Ranks and Little Lenny. The album rounds off with Tenor Saw's awesome soundbwoy tune over the "Stalag" riddim, one of the most anticipated riddims in the history of reggae/dancehall music.
"Dancehall 101 vol. 3" includes a bonus dj mix CD flawlessly mixed together by Steelie Bashment selectors Mister Cee & Ricky Indian.

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