Gang War Riddim
Tuff Gong Records
CD / LP
July 17, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
It's (as far as I know) a rarity for a
hardcore dancehall one riddim album to appear on Tuff Gong Records, but
this "Gang War" album with the great 'Gang War'-riddim, produced by
King Jammys' Trevor 'Baby G' James and laid by
him with the assistance of Demarco is the
exception and rightfully so, as it's a top-notch production. Tuff Gong's
own Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley
kicks off this album with the masterpiece "One Loaf Of Broad"
(Something For You), followed by Bounty Killer's strong
fully 'Warlord'-theme driven "It's Okay" and Mavado's "Me And
My Dogs" - being the first tune I heard on this riddim on his debut
album "Gangsta For
Life" - which rivals Jr. Gong's tune for being the strongest take on
Vybz Kartel teams up with still one of dancehall's most talented groups Voicemail for the very entertaining "Play Ting", before Sizzla delivers the title track for this riddim "Too Much Gang War" with fine lyrics compensating for the less convincing delivery. The unusual yet great combination of Elephant Man with Wayne Marshall works out very nicely on "Ova Di Wall" but dancehall's Dr. Evil impersonator Craig 'Leftside' Parks rather disappoints with his "Liar". However, Aidonia with "MPS", Kibaki trying to revive his career once more, this time alongside Flexx with "War Is On" and the riddim's co-builder Demarco with "Story" all impress and so does Jagwa with "Suffering".
The inclusion of the clean "Gang War Instrumental" shows how brilliant this forward marching riddim with its synthi strings and flutes is, before the "Gang War Medley" in just over 4 minutes mixes all the tunes in radio-DJ friendly format (that is, if you can play some parental advisory rated lyrics). A truly magnificent riddim with great voicings over it, with which Baby G puts Tuff Gong firmly on the map as a source for hardcore dancehall.