Rhythm Streetz Series #7 ~ Istanbul / Tropical
In The Streetz
May 17, 2006

Track list

  1. Role Of Life - Ras Shiloh
  2. Get Up And Strive - Teflon
  3. Marijuana - T.O.K.
  4. Friends - Fantan Mojah
  5. Don't Worry - Anthony B
  6. Society - Vybz Kartel
  7. Life Be The Same Way - Natural Black
  8. Dying For A Cure - Wayne Marshall & Alaine
  9. What Will It Take - Jah Cure
  10. Gangsta Love - Bounty Killa
  11. Love And Affection - Wayne Wonder
  12. Istanbul Rhythm - Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale, Donald Dennis, Donovan 'Vendetta Bennett & Wayne 'Purple Skunk' Morris
  13. Let Them Grow - Devonte & Money Gad
  14. Only The Poor - Stevie Face
  15. I'm In Love - Ras Myrhdak
  16. Dirty Shame - Perfect
  17. I'd Truly Die - Wayne Marshall
  18. My Pain - Chappa John
  19. Never Love Another - Vybz Kartel
  20. Loving You - Capleton
  21. Tropical Version - Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale, Donald Dennis, Donovan 'Vendetta Bennett & Wayne 'Purple Skunk' Morris
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Recorded and mixed by Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett for Wayne Morris' Purple Skunk label and with both riddims built by them together with Firehouse Crew's Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale and Donald Dennis, Wayne Morris is yet another hardcore dancehall producer turning his attention to roots riddims. Appearing as #7 in Byron Murray & Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith' In The Streetz "Rhythm Streetz Series" - following the most successful 2004 one drop riddim "#1 ~ Drop Leaf" produced by Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon, selector Fire Links' completely crazy yet infectious riddim, "#2 ~ Chaka Chaka", DJ Sunshine's sophomore riddim "#4 ~ Real Life", Andrew Prendergast & Josef Bogdanovich a.k.a. Black & White of Downsound Records "#3 ~ Invasion & Maroon Riddim" and the inexplicably again "#3" numbered album "No Man's An Island", produced by the in the late 70s rather popular DJ now turned producer Neville 'Jah Woosh' Beckford for his Original Music label, the penultimate before this one so far Don Corleon's second very successful one-drop riddim "#5 ~ Seasons" and as #6 finally an In The Streetz production, Byron Murray's first attempt at a one drop riddim "#6 ~ Street Swing". Wayne Morris - and that should probably not be forgotten when you wonder how these first time one drop riddims from a hardcore dancehall producer can be so great - was of course one of the musicians on Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett's 'Drop Leaf' around the same time his own dancehall riddim 'Marmalade' was created. The first riddim 'Istanbul', built round a Spanish acoustic guitar, opens this album with the fabulous conscious "Role Of Life" by Ras Shiloh, whose voice and delivery will always bring back great memories of Garnet Silk, followed by the very impressive "Get Up And Strive" by Teflon, who justifies his entry into the big league with this strong tune, and T.O.K. with their "Marijuana" delivering a super catchy lovers tune to ganja...
(Marijuana) Is all that we need (Marijuana) so don't kill the breed
(Marijuana) Is all that we need (Marijuana) so don't kill the breeeeeeeed!!! no!!!

Fantan Mojah twists Deborah Cox' often used in reggae and dancehall "Just Be Good To Me" around to
"Friends" tell me that i'm crazy, when i call on Jah Jah name before Vybz Kartel delivers the outstanding
"Society" nuh have nuh heart, all dem a talk, dem still nah do nuttin fi yute
Society nuh have nuh heart, this one bag a promise nuh action what's di use
Society nuh have nuh heart, all dem a talk, dem still nah do nuttin fi yute
Society nuh have nuh heart, but mi did know dat from start

and Natural Black's reality tune would "Life Be The Same Way". It's big tune after tune over the 'Istanbul'-riddim, continuing with the superb warning against unsafe sex and AIDS by Wayne Marshall & Alaine "Dying For A Cure", Jah Cure's "What Will It Take", my love, to show you, i'm still in love with you? plea to his woman and Bounty Killer's smooth attempt at singing for the heartfelt "Gangsta Love". Wayne Marshall delivers the last very fine vocal tune solo, his "Love And Affection" is another strong contribution to this riddim, of which the enormous strength is highlighted in the clean version of this extremely beautiful "Istanbul Rhythm". The second riddim included is completely different in instrumentation but concerning the great one drop smooth yet forwardpushing vibe in the same (first class) league. With Devonte teaming with Money Gad instead of his usual partner Tanto Metro, the fine combination "Let Them Grow" is the first of the tunes on this riddim, followed by Stevie Face's excellent "Only The Poor", Ras Myrhdak's sweet partly vocodered deejayed "I'm In Love" and Perfect's angry outburst on his lady "Dirty Shame". Wayne Marshall is in a sweet lovers mood for his almost too soft "I'd Truly Die" before Chappa John kicks in with the harsh you don't feel "My Pain" and Vybz Kartel delivers a superb partly sung lovers tune that is simply brilliant "Never Love Another" before Capleton shows his vulnerable side as well in the sweet "Loving You" followed by the immaculate version of second riddim featured 'Tropical'. This album can wholeheartedly be recommended to all lovers and (nu-)roots lovers but also to the dancehall massive curious about the (great) attempts as sweet singing by Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel.