The Gangstalaw Riddim Selection
July 13, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
IMMusic (i.e. Irie Massive Music) releases
this very nice one riddim album containing their 'Gangstalaw'-riddim, a
riddim that seems a strange and unique but well-working blend of
inspiration by the Mighty Diamonds "Right To Come" and the 'Welcome To
Jamrock'-riddim. The 'Gangstalaw'-riddim was
built, recorded and produced by Frederic Palzer & Marius Kuhn with
DanPiano on keyboards and Michael Oliver Morgan, a.k.a. Rasta Voice as executive
producer. Rasta Voice, born on December 13, 1972, at 26 Greenidge Park
Road in the tough inner-city community of Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica,
was exposed to music from a very early age through his uncle Earl Morgan
who was a key member of the popular reggae group The Heptones.
Additionally, in those early years he spent a lot of his time around
accomplished recording artistes such as Ken Boothe and Leroy Sibbles.
Other early influences included Brigadier Jerry and Dennis Brown. From
this humble beginning the young deejay sought to establish his musical
career. By 1985 at the age 13, he was fascinated by the soundsystem DJs
who played records in the dancehalls and at street dances. These DJs would
often chat on the mic over the backing tracks. He soon tried his hand at
performing as a DJ, and during that period entered and won numerous DJ
contests. From this initial success the young Rasta Voice was greatly
encouraged and decided to take his budding musical career to a higher
level. Rasta Voice has now established his very own recording label and
production company. The name of his new label is Rasta Voice Publishing
Production (RVPP) Inc. He is currently in the studio recording new
material for his own label and also voicing some major artistes for the
label. Yet again a next step forward for this songwriter, rising recording
artiste and now producer, who collaborating with German producers Frederic
Palzer & Marius Kuhn releases a very promising debut selection.|
Veteran Waterhouse singer and former Black Uhuru singer Michael Rose opens this album strong with his song in praise of Jah "The Real Man", before executive producer Rasta Voice himself delivers the completely vocodered but still very nice "Right Time To Come" and Luciano contributes the powerful song thanking Jah for paying the "Ransom" for him. Rebellion The Recaller, the German Gambian, impresses once more with the title track of this selection, the impressive "Gangstalaw" and Natural Black has despite being very prolific in 2007 so far yet to deliver a tune that doesn't sound great, but with "In This Judgment" he once more shows he is still on top of things, as is Black Dillinger the in the ghettos of Cape Town in South Africa as Nkululeko Madolo born singjay impressing more and more with each release in Germany where he is living now with "America" with its absolutely brilliant George W. Bush samples.
Derrick Morgan's daughter Queen Ifrica questions the s(h)ituation in several African countries in her excellent "Stop Genocide" followed by Lutan Fyah's equally strong "No Turning Back" about Africa the Motherland.Natty King is in fine form delivering his melodic conscious "The Calling" and so is Turbulence singjaying about the hardships of life and the faith in Jah aiding him in surviving these in "Won't Allow Me" followed by his Higher Trod Family crewmembers speaking out against the heathen and asking Jah to "Burn Them Down". Former Beres Hammond protégé Ginjah delivers the only real lovers tune on this riddim "Bright Smile" in fine style.
Hamburg's female singjay Lady Yell on her conscious roots tune "Unto Thee" really transforms the riddim into a UK roots backing by her way of singing over it, as this definitely sounds like a prime example of a UK female roots tune, although her voice is at the brink of sounding too frail to be singing instead of singjaying. Yell is not the only DJ/singjay using this riddim to sing, as DJ turned producer and now singer as well Lady G is truly on top of the riddim in her magnificent "Gangster Way". Timesless Sound's Mighty a.k.a. Caster makes his debut with "Nuff Work", trying to found his own style, but clearly influenced by Rebellion the Recaller. The in my opinion still underrated Mark Wonder closes this very nice one riddim album with the fine "What About Love". Unfortunately no clean riddim version of the 'Gangstalaw'-riddim has been included but nevertheless this is a very strong first release for Rasta Voice, Frederic Palzer & Marius Kuhn as producers that should be heard by everyone.