Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Grindin'
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD / 2LP
May 11, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Burn - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  2. If It's Alright - Mr. Easy
  3. She Want It - Delly Ranks feat. Voice Mail
  4. Everyday - Wayne Wonder
  5. Naah No Mercy - Bounty Killer
  6. You Want Me - Kymberli
  7. No Way Jose - T.O.K.
  8. Huh Say What - Notch
  9. We No Play - Elephant Man
  10. Cry - Bud
  11. No Gal - Bounty Killer & Jagwa
  12. Life Of A Thug - Wayne Marshall
  13. Lock Di Endz - Chico
  14. Dem Fi Know - Major Damage
  15. Bounce Hard - Voice Mail
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The latest Tony 'CD' Kelly and his K-Licious Crew contribution to VP's Riddim Driven series is this 'Grindin''-riddim after being responsible for killer riddims like 'Unda Wata', 'Bookshelf' and 'Buy Out'. This is a pumping hard hitting R&B/hiphop influenced riddim with melodic accents. From the opener, the killer "Burn" by always delivering duo Tanto Metro & Devonte, it's a party. The great loversboom of "If It's Alright" can i hold you in my arms and squeeze you tight by Mr.Easy is up next, before another fine combination is featured: Delly Ranks alongside Voicemail in "She Want It". Wayne Wonder chips in with the R&B possible chartbuster "Everyday", before the warlord Bounty Killer shows his best in the excellent "Naah No Mercy". Kymberli delivers the convincing "You Want Me", before T.O.K. tell the girls not to try to trick them into spending their money on them in another great tune that now has been voiced already over a year ago: "No Way Jose". Notch' "Huh Say What" will you marry me is a very fine singers tune, before Elephant contributes "We No Play" and is it me getting too much Ele tunes, or are his efforts becoming lacklustre? Bud is another singer, (fortunately) there's an extraordinary singers/DJs rate on this album, and this originally from the soca scene stemming singer does the possible crossover tune i don't want to see you "Cry". Bounty's fine streak is awarded with another take on the riddim, this time alongside Jagwa doing "No Gal". Wayne Marshall is very reliable these days as well and proves it with the melancholic "Life Of A Thug". My personal favorite Chico is doing the very entertaining "Lock Di Endz" before (another only possible in reggae stagename) Major Damage contributes "Dem Fi Know". The second tune of singer Voicemail "Bounce Hard" on this 'Grindin''-riddim closes the set, and it is a perfect description of what this riddim is about, unfortunately NOT shown by a clean version on this extremely entertaining album, with lots of crossover candidates and yet the ability to get the roughest soundboy's praises.