Hard Drugs Riddim
October 3, 2005

Track list
  1. Too Bloody - Buju Banton & Anthony Cruz
  2. Food For The Poor - Flourgon
  3. Come Give Me Love - Sizzla
  4. Fire - Pinchers
  5. Sticky - Mickeylous
  6. Hungry Attack - Chuck Fender
  7. 9 Months Pregnant - Ras Ghandi
  8. She Can't Hold Out - Thriller U
  9. Bascom Love - Bascom X
  10. Operation King Fish - Richie Spice
  11. Bright Fire - Spanner Banner
  12. Crazy & Wild - Frisco Kid
  13. Hot Stuff - Anthony B, Prestige & Little Devon
  14. Authentic Love - Fantan Mojah & Singer Flasher
  15. Mek It Blaze - Capleton
  16. Too Much Too Long - Luciano
  17. For My Family - Perfect
  18. Too Much Brain A Fry - Cobra
  19. Your Love - Lukie D
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Frederick Ricketts relicked the Gregory Isaacs 1988 'Hard Drugs'-riddim for his Delperies label, the Gregory Isaacs riddim for Tappa itself losely based on Bob Marley's "Put It On" from 1965 for Coxsone Dodd. And Frederick Ricketts immediately struck gold with the Buju Banton & Anthony Cruz combination "Too Bloody", opening this album and reaching the top spot in the Jamaican charts. Luckily as soon as this album was released I was able to pick it up at Irie Records in Münster, Germany, close enough to the Dutch/German border for me, but for those at a greater distance also one of Europe's best sorted and most reliable reggae mailorder addresses, to enjoy early 90s veteran DJ Flourgon's reality tune "Food For The Poor", Sizzla's very pleasant lovers tune "Come Give Me Love", another veteran who seems to prefer relicks these days of real old riddims Pinchers with "Fire" which also happens to be a fine lovers tune. The lyrically fine "Sticky" by Mickeylous and the rather unspired "Hungry Attack" by Chuck Fender are followed by the thematically serious "9 Months Pregnant" by Ras Ghandi. Thriller U as always delivers a very fine song with "She Can't Hold Out", an anti-prostitution tune. Bascom X' "Bascom Love" and Richie Spice's "Operation Kingfish" are far below the level we all now they can reach, with Richie's brother Spanner Banner easily surpassing them with "Bright Fire" and Frisco Kid's great love gone wrong tune "Crazy And Wild". Anthony B is joined by Prestige & Little Devon for an impressive reworking of the 1988 Gregory Isaacs tune, now transformed into "Hot Stuff", followed by another great combination "Authentic Love" by Fantan Mojah & Singer Flasher. Capleton's "Mek It Blaze", Luciano's "Too Much Too Long", Perfect's "For My Family", Cobra's "Too Much Brain A Fry" and Lukie D's "Your Love" are also all solid to excellent tunes on this riddim. A very nice album with some solid to excellent tunes over it, that unfortunately lacks the originally scheduled to be included clean version of this great relick of a very entertaining riddim.