Various artists album review
Dancehall 101 Vol. 4
VP Records-Walboomers Music
2 CD

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Dennis Brown - Revolution
  2. Barrington Levy - Here I Come
  3. Beres Hammond - One Dance
  4. Tenor Saw - Golden Hen
  5. Capleton - Everybody
  6. Penny Irie - Matey
  7. Leroy Smart & Baby Wayne - Money Friend
  8. Ini Kamoze - Hotstepper
  9. White Mice - True Love
  10. Jessie Gender - Rudeboy Remember
  11. Papa San - Strange
  12. Lady G & Sugar Minott - A Whole Heap A Man
  13. Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton - Bonafide Love
  14. Louie Culture - Bogus Badge
  15. Half Pint - Crazy
  16. Half Pint - Greetings
  17. Ricky General & Mega Banton - Combination Mix
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Steelie Bashment - Bonus DJ Mix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

VP Records "Dancehall 101 Vol. 4" contains a nice collection of Dancehall club classics featuring hit singles from the eighties and nineties with familiar hooks and infectious riddims. 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.
The latest release in the series includes breakthrough and crossover hits like for example Beres Hammond's "One Dance", Barrington Levy's all-time classic "Here I Come" and underground classics like Half Pint's dancehall anthem "Greetings" and "Bonafide Love" by Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder. In contrast to volume three this set more emphasizes on singers and consciousness. Although tracks such as Half Pint's "Greetings", Dennis Brown's "Revolution", Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" and Ini Kamoze's Hotstepper" already appeared nuff times on other compilation sets and thus really are a bit over used, this release is still worthwhile as it includes tunes like Tenor Saw's "Golden Hen", Capleton's "Everybody", White Mice's True Love", and "A Whole Heap A Man" by Lady G & Sugar Minott as well as the more recent dancehall hits "Bogus Badge" by Louie Culture and Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton's wicked combination tune "Bonafide Love". But above all it's the inclusion of Papa San's "Strange", Jesse Jender's outstanding scorcher "Rude Boy Remember" and Half Pint's "Crazy" that makes this cd well worth checking.
"Dancehall 101 vol. 4" includes a bonus dj mix CD by Steelie Bashment.

Teacher & Mr. T.