Hype Time Riddim
First Class Records
July 7, 2008

Track list
  1. Caught Up - Wayne Marshall
  2. Bun Dem - Capleton
  3. Own Gun - Beenie Man
  4. Stop Gwan Tight - Elephant Man
  5. Fantasy - Jazel
  6. Wine 2 Da Bottom - Vybz Kartel
  7. Hollow Tips - Cobra
  8. She Like It - Mr. Easy
  9. There's No Way - Red Rat
  10. Worthless Mon - Izes
  11. Babylon Ah Stop Me - Shaw Bird
  12. Come Wid It - Krucial
  13. Hype Time - Kyle 'Hope Nova' Wade
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Supposedly also released by Cou$ins Records in their Ride The Riddim Series, I have however not come across the Cou$ins version of this album yet, but did manage (with the assistance of course of Irie Records from Münster, Germany) to get the independent release on First Class Records from Bermuda, the label of producer Kyle 'Hype Nova' Wade of this 'Hype Time'-riddim that he arranged together with Gary Noble. Bermuda of course has become an island noticed in the reggae and dancehall world over the last couple of yours through the rise of Collie Buddz and this riddim and the great tunes across it will surely lead to even more attention being paid to Bermuda as a dancehall hotspot. Pure dancehall, but with an arrangement you'd expect of a one-drop; a Spanish guitar sound, horns, a flute-like theme and a very percussive fast paced hardcore dancehall beat blended produce this excellent 'Hype Time'-riddim.

Wayne Marshall opens this album with the very fine "Caught Up", about a girl caught up in a dream, living (to no avail) life in the fast lane, before Capleton excels with the very intense "Bun Dem". The best tune however across this riddim is delivered by Beenie Man throwing in the brilliant "Own Gun" followed by "Stop Gwan Tight" in which Elephant Man delivers his slackness very convincingly. The biggest surprise on this riddim is Bermy's Jazel performing the great "Fantasy", a tune that could (and should) easily have propelled her into the mainstream charts alongside the likes of Rihanna and other female urban music stars, followed by Vybz Kartel brilliant lyricism and delivery in his (of course) extremely slack "Wine 2 Da Bottom", the very impressive gun tune "Hollow Tips" by Mad Cobra and Mr. Easy's entertaining confident "She Like It". The riddim also suits 'Mr. Oh No' Red Rat very well as his girls tune "There's No Way" is a very fine effort.

Adrian Christopher Marshall a.k.a. Izes is the last Jamaican artist featured on this album, with the builder of Snow Cone's 'Applause' and Fire Links' 'Global' riddims proving that he can as easily voice a hardcore dancehall riddim like those and this as the Nyahbinghi riddim 'Hail The I' followed by Shaw Bird, of whom I never heard any other tune, but his tune "Babylon A Stop Me" is an eye-opener. Shaw Bird has a great flow and certainly deserves to voice more riddims, no matter whether he is a young Jamaican upstart or a local artist from Bermuda I do hope to hear more tunes from him, something which can unfortunately not be said of Krucial, whose "Come Wid It" is not only the last but also the weakest vocal tune on this album. Luckily the clean "Hype Time" version completely makes up for that, emphasizing how brilliant this first riddim produced (alongside Gary Noble) from Bermuda's Hypa Nova for his own First Class Records is. Any dancehall fan should feel obliged to buy this one-riddim album.