Ghetto Gospel ~ Realities Of The Streets As Chronicled By Disciples Of The Streets
Heart To Art Music / Exodus Nuclear Records
Pre-release Promo Copy
April 1, 2009

Etana - The Strong One Track list
  1. Born And Raised - Vybz Kartel feat. Stripes
  2. Stroll - Jah Vinci, Black Ryno, Vybz Kartel
  3. Hungry Days - Earthworm
  4. Break The Cycle - Mitch
  5. My Time To Shine - Ms. Teak
  6. Get Better - Nando
  7. Overcome ~ The Grey Version - Oxxygen & Nando
  8. Concrete Jungle - Paashot
  9. Rise From The Ghetto - TaMo
  10. More Money - Teflon
    Radio Edits
  11. Born And Raised (Radio Edit) - Vybz Kartel feat. Stripes
  12. Stroll (Radio Edit) - Jah Vinci, Black Ryno, Vybz Kartel
  13. Hungry Days (Radio Edit) - Earthworm
  14. Get Better (Radio Edit) - Nando
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Essential -Votes: 11-
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Total votes : 18
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Produced by Ernest 'Father Romie' Braithwaite for his own Exodus Nuclear Music label, this is an extremely tough hardcore dancehall one riddim album with 10 tunes (plus 4 radio edits) across his very strong 'Ghetto Gospel'-riddim, the follow-up of the equally magnificent 'Rezidents Evil'-riddim and again in collaboration with NYC's Heart To Art Music. A pounding bassline, a wicked piano theme, string accents and a marching beat are the components of a brilliant riddim, that on this album features once more as a backing for mainly Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire. This is the second album on which that happens, but soon the official Portmore Empire album will be out on the Exodus Nuclear and Adidjahiem record labels, yet this "Ghetto Gospel" album is another very fine teaser for what's coming up.

Portmore Empire's main man Vybz Kartel a.k.a. Addi Di Teacha himself opens this album alongside Stripes with the excellent "Born And Raised" followed by the even stronger combination with Black Ryno and newcoming very talented singer Jah Vinci "Stroll". 2004's promising newcomer Earthworm, who came to attention being featured on "Wildin' 'n' Freestylin'" on Ward 21's "Mentally Disturbed" album, after disappearing for 4 years returns now as member of the Portmore Empire with another strong contribution, the harsh reality of "Hungry Days". Former A.R.P. singer Mitch contributes the magnificent "Break The Cycle" with which he shows he truly excels on these riddims amidst the whole of the Portmore Empire and then 2 newcoming Heart To Art artists truly impress with their debuts, Ms. Teak with her "My Time To Shine" and Nando with the wonderfully sung "Get Better".

Nando then joins Ocho Rios based Oxxygen" for the superb "Overcome ~ The Grey Version" completely with Barack Obama "Yes We Can" sample followed by another newcomer, except for his tune across 'Rezidents Evil', Paashot and Ta-Mo who both convince with "World Is Mine" and "Rise From The Ghetto" - the initial inspiration for the "Ghetto Gospel" project - and then Teflon delivers "More Money" the last strong unedited tune over this stunning 'Ghetto Gospel'-riddim. Of 4 of the tunes the Radio Edit has been included, but unfortunately the clean version of Exodus Nuclear Music's 'Ghetto Gospel'-riddim has not been included, yet that is my only criticism of this album, that all hardcore dancehall aficionados and especially those waiting for the now soon to be released Portmore Empire album should definitely buy.