Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Flava
VP Records-Walboomers Music
February 17, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Janice Fyffe a.k.a. Lady G and the G-String Productions crew give us the 'Flava'-riddim. Framed on a hard driving drum pattern with minimal keyboard riffs it's a pure dancehall 'flava'. Known to many reggae fans for the late-eighties hit "Man Have A Right" with Papa San, here Lady G enters the production arena and ups her position on the female deejay list. After Capleton opens with "Continue" it's Lady G's herself doing the strongest take telling a man it's "Enough" on the tune. Bounty Killer is his usual strong self of late in "Bedroom Chapters" and the combination of Kiprich & Predator is a good find for "Rise An Stay". Spragga Benz proves why has already been in the picture for so long, his "Lucky Dun Pon Dem" is a strong take on the riddim as well. Determine, the lowest profiled of the Bobo-artists, already in the business since 1995 delivers "Wappin Di Place" and Pickney's high pitched, raspy voice gives us one of the very few weaker efforts on the riddim in "She Bright". Next the limelight is taken by Macka Diamond, formerly known as Lady Mackerel, who bounced back into publicity and popularity lately. As she said in an interview recently: 'The Mackerel may have been eaten, but the diamond is shining and will shine forever'. "Women Wi Name" shows why, and it gained a lot of airplay in Jamaica through the medley video that combined this track with Lady G's "Enough" and Lady Saw's "Video Light". Fifth Element Crew members Anthony Cruz, Chuck Fenda & Richie Spice show why their popularity is currently rising higher each day in Jamaica with the very entertaining reality tune "Too Long". I am less impressed by General B's "No Punch Line" but it is a decent tune still. Never disappointing these days is the duo that doesn't seem to tire voicing as much tracks as Kalonji and the Energy God, the always top tune delivering Tanto Metro & Devonte. Another very fine tune they present here with "No Telephone Love". Mr.Lex "Gal U Neva" is a fine tune and Vybz Kartel leaves his usual lyrics behind for the reality tune "Cry Tears". Sizzla's "Jook Har" sees him keeping his vow not to release a single non-slack tune this year after the disappointment of not being awarded a Reggae Grammy. This tune shows he won't get one voicing slackness only either. This album shows Lady G. is a lady who can now keep up with the male producers, just as well as her take on the riddim shows she already can with male DJs for almost 20 years.Souljah.