Respecta's Heavy Weight Riddim
Hitscope Records - Edel Entertainment
May 2, 2008

Track list
  1. Borderline - Burro Banton
  2. Back Up Pon God - Carl Meeks
  3. All Nite - Junior Cat & Filip G
  4. Girls - Don Sharicon
  5. U Nuh Bad Man - Angelee
  6. Lock Dem Off - Mikeylous
  7. Here I Come - General Good
  8. Rocky Marciano (Knock Dem Out) - Dr. Ring Ding
  9. Wave Ur Hands High - Lynx
  10. Pussy Für Die Crowd - Filip G & Respecta
  11. Dabba Dabba - Benjie
  12. Camel Toe - Mr. Shammi
  13. Real Queen - Junior Banton
  14. Ragga Te Atrapa - King-Der
  15. Schwergewicht - Volkanikman
  16. Hotter Than The Rest - Lantan
  17. Heavy Weight Riddim Instrumental - Respecta & Paapi D
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Hannover based production duo Stephan 'Respecta' Meyer & Dirk 'Dirty Paapi D.' Hinze together with Hamburg (and Hannover) based Filip G(ross) have first released 3 singles on their Hitscope label across their own 'Heavy Weight'-riddim, distributed by AfricanBeat and now they have released a fourth fourth single as well as this 17 tunes strong one-riddim album.

The first artist to ride the riddim on these 3 45s is the in the last decade mainly for Bobby Konders' Massive B label recording NYC veteran Burro Banton with the massive "Borderline" across this riddim ((that seems to be heavily inspired by both late 80s digital dancehall ánd reggaetón), followed by Carl Meeks, whose own in 1989 by George 'Photographer' Lemon produced "Haul & Pull Up Selecta" surely has been a big inspiration for this riddim as well as his approach of it, showing he's still able to deliver a strong tune with "Buck Up Pon God", and another NYC veteran DJ, Supercat's younger brother Junior Cat contributing "All Nite" alongside Filip G adding his German verses in this very strong combination assuring us wir sind die Bombe in deinem CD Regal, hast Du die Wahl, legst Du uns rein in den Schlitz und dann kocht der Saal

Don Sharicon, an Italian youth born and raised in Germany normally releasing tunes on the label of friend and producer Markus 'Spiderman' Smith, pays tribute to the "Girls" before Birmingham's Angelee excels with her very convincing "Yuh Nuh Bad Man". Mikeylous, formerly known as 'Niggah Mikey' is very harsh in "Lock Dem Off" about 'so-called-friends' and then General Good - an underrated (but that might have to do with his choice to deliver his rapidfire lyrics in) French raggamuffin' soldier out of Ivory Coast (Africa), based in Reims, France - speedraps his impressive "Here I Come" and German dancehall don Dr. Ring Ding chips in with his very entertaining 'true heavyweight' tribute to the Italian-American boxing legend "Rocky Marciano (Knock Dem Out)".

NYC actor and DJ Lynx a.k.a. Mr. Unruly is chatting all about party and hot girls in "Wave Yuh Hands High" before producers Filip G & Respecta team up as vocalists for the very nice "Pussy Fi Di Crowd" and Benjie, blessed with one of the most extraordinary baritone voices in the dancehalls, is completely on top of the riddim with "Dabba Dabba", that was paired with Mikeylous' "Lock Dem Off" on the fourth 7" released. US-based Trinidadian Mr. Shammi, normally riding soca-riddims, steps up with the very witty "Camel Toe" namechecking several female celebrities that he loves for sporting one.

Junior Banton delivers the very nice "Real Queen", then King-Der, from Badalona, Spain, tells us how dancehall is gonna grab you in "Ragga Te Atrapa" and another deejay (be it reggae, dancehall or soca) from Berlin, VolkanikMan (of Turkish parentage) has humour weighing in heavily again in "Schwergewicht", for which he rides at times the melody of Mr. Vegas "Hot Gal Today". The last vocal tune comes from Lantan 'Da Genie', London based Jamaican Mark Smith' weird alter ago, however delivering a strong 'normal' tune with "Hotter Than The Rest" before the great catchy clean "Heavy Weight Riddim Instrumental" closes this very nice set of tunes, that will surely put Respecta, Paapi D. & Filip G on the map as producers. This "Respecta's Heavy Weight Riddim" album is wholeheartedly recommended for dancehall enthusiasts.