Riddim Driven ~ Kopa
VP Records
CD / 2LP
May 10, 2005

Track list
  1. Straight Up - Sean Paul
  2. V.I.P. (Get Back!) - Notch
  3. Kill The Dance - Kardinal Offishal & Akon
  4. Hot!! - Tami Chin
  5. Father Elephant - Elephant Man
  6. Free Up The Atmosphere - Bounty Killer
  7. How Much Gyal You Wah So - Macka Diamond
  8. Wuk Gyal (Pharmacy) - Busy Signal
  9. Hot Like Fire - Sizzla
  10. Turnin' Me On (Black Chiney Remix) - Nina Sky feat. Cham
  11. If You Wanna Ride - Nicky B.
  12. Love How You - Delly Ranks
  13. Who Yuh Callin' Nigga - Capleton
  14. Four Seasons - Vybz Kartel
  15. Ele Melody - Elephant Man
  16. Kopa Riddim Version - Supa Dups
  17. Shake That Booty (Krumpa Remix) - Elephant Man & David Banner
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
The soundsystem that evolved out of being founding member Supa Dups' reggae/hip-hop mix-CD project, was established after he teamed up with Bobby Chin who became a selector on Florida's Poison Dart when Supa Dups was already selecting for them, and they quit to run their own sound. The Black Chiney CDs "Vol. 1 - Enter The Dragon", "Vol. 2 - Return Of The Dragon", "Vol. 3 - Revenge Of The Dragon" and "Vol. 4 - The Last Dragon" established the dancehall's big sounds best kept secret, before 'the new Black Chiney' became the hottest mixed CD when "Vol. 5 - The CD Killer" was released in November 2000. No more than half a year later they showed up at every big dance for the summer in Jamaica, and Black Chiney as a soundsystem took the dancehallscene by storm. With an even more powerful collection of dubs and refixes later that summer on "Vol. 6 - Mixology" they strenghtened and expanded that position, and their "Vol. 7 - Black-A-Chino" from February 2002 perfectly showed what Black Chiney is all about: riddims from both the JA dancehall and the hip-hop fraternity, like Black Shadow's 'Buzz', Rattler's 'X-5', CJ's 'Engine', Ward 21's 'Puke', Kings Of Kings' 'Martial Arts', Fat Eyes' 'Renegade' and Too Bad's 'White Liver' from Jamaica, and Outkast's 'Whole World', Timbaland's 'Oops My Oh', 'Feel The Girl' and 'For My People', DMX' 'Who We Be', Nas' 'Get Yourself A Gun' from the US all used for wicked dubs and remixes by the top notch usual suspects. Topped by the first self-produced Supa Dups riddim 'Reggae Thuggin' and 3 tracks (e.g. Elephant Man's "Acting Gay") using Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love'(!). Then a silence of 2 years preluded their best mix CD so far, May 2004's "Supa Chiney V 8.1" taking them to even higher heights, including the very successfull self-productions on their 'Kopa'-riddim, that is now featured in VP Records' Riddim Driven series. If you don't know what Black Chiney's infectious claps riddim sounds like, you haven't been in a dancehall the last 12 months. Sean Paul with "Straight Up" delivers another dancehall anthem as only he can (and Supercat and Early B before him could). Former Born Jamericans member Notch delivers one of the most popular tunes on the riddim with "V.I.P. (Get Back!)" followed by another scorcher Kardinal Offishall alongside Akon with their "Kill The Dance" on which Akon rides the melody of the Eurythmics "Here Comes The Rain Again". Tami Chin as always delivers a sexy tune with her "Hot!!!" and Elephant Man is featured with three tunes, his dancecraze tunes "Father Elephant" which was the most successful in dances and charts, "Ele Melody" and the Krumpa Remix of "Shake That Booty". Bounty Killer's delivers the very strong, but extremely homophobic "Free Up The Atmosphere" before Macka Diamond once again proves she is the leading female dancehall star nowadays with her "How Much Gyal Yuh Wah So" asking her lover to either choose for her alone of leave her. Busy Signal delivers a big slack tune with this "Wuk Gyal (Pharmacy)" followed by Sizzla's mediocre (rasta-)girls tune "Hot Like Fire" and the big crossover tune on the 'Kopa'-riddim: Nina Sky featuring Baby Cham with "Turnin' Me On (Black Chiney Remix)". Singer Nicky B rivals Notch for sheer singers entertainment on the slow jam remix of the riddim in "If You Wanna Ride" as Black Chiney have also adapted the good habit to arrange the riddim differently for different artists. Delly Ranks is as reliable as he is these last months with "Love How You" and then another one of the real charts and dancehall scorchers is delivered by Capleton, his "Who Yuh Callin' Nigga". Vybz Kartel's extremely slack "Four Season" with its turn me on like Nina Sky being the only line in the tune probably not refering to female genitals is a great tune, and the "Kopa Riddim Version" perfectly show how great and infectious this riddim is. A must have for dancehall enthusiasts!