Various artists album review
Dancehall Hits '98
Jamdown Records
26 - 07 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Harry Todler & Elephant Man - Man a shotta (war dem say)
  2. Sean Paul - You done rule
  3. Frisco Kid - The cloths yuh have on
  4. Lady G - Let him know
  5. Cobra - Hot cloths
  6. Rally Bop & Christopher Melody - Gwan yah Michelle
  7. Merciless - War just start (mi gun pon me)
  8. Frisco Kid - Tina
  9. Harry Todler & Elephant Man - Wanna come thief him
  10. Lexxus - Who
  11. Alley Cat - Gimmie the weed fi smoke
  12. Powerman - Wey di gun
  13. Cobra - Foundation
  14. Lt. Stitchie, Lukie D & General Danger - Mercedez
  15. Capleton - Oh oh
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Ten tunes produced by Lewis "Flabba" Malcolm ("Mo Music") and five cuts produced by Norman "Bulpus" Bryan of Kickin' Productions are brought together on this album, which mainly focusses on the skill and talents of artists - with rising hot dancehall stars like Sean Paul, Frisco Kid and Scare Dem Crew's Harry Todler & Elephant Man - who represent the contemporary dancehall scene. The riddim mostly throughout is Mo Music's "Top Shotta", with "You done rule" by Sean Paul, "Hot cloths" by Cobra and "Gwan yah Michelle" by the appealing combination Rally Bop & Christopher Melody providing the most entertainment. Besides that this compilation set includes another four solid cuts across the aforementioned riddim. The remaining three "Mo Music" tunes - which successively feature Harry Todler & Elephant Man, Lexxus and Alley Cat - are solid efforts too and more examples of pure deejaying over fast-paced digitized dancehall riddims. Although the Norman "Bulpus" Bryan produced tracks form the minority on this set they're not incongruous. On the contrary, they are a decent addition to the "Mo Music" material, with two versions on the same riddim delivered by Powerman and Cobra being the best.

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