Old Fashion Riddim
March 22, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Kemar McGregor was born (1980) in the Community 7 section of Kingston, and grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Contrary to popular rumours, Kemar McGregor is not the son of legendary reggae vocalist Freddie McGregor. He's best known by his nicknames, DJ Flava and Flava McGregor. He has recorded and produced music for the most renowned artists in the music industry, including Maxi Priest, Sizzla, Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Capleton, Sanchez, Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Sugar Minott, Gregory Isaacs, Morgan Heritage, Half Pint, Tanya Stephens, Beres Hammond, Glen Washington, Etana and Cocoa Tea, among many others.
In 1999 he founded Flava McGregor Records. He enjoyed chart success with several artists. Beres Hammond's single "I Surrender" propelled to #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart in 2008. The same for Queen Ifrica's masterpiece "Daddy Don't Touch Me There" in 2009. He's responsible for producing two Gyptian albums and several outstanding 'one riddim' albums. His productions have been featured on the reggae industry's most essential compilation recordings, including VP Records' "Strictly The Best", "Reggae Gold", Tad's Records' "Reggae Jammin" and "Riddim Ruler" to name but a few. Outside the reggae business he's been doing some great production work with Sinead O'Connor, Musiq Soulchild/Syleena Johnson and Bobby Womack.
His latest project is the "Old Fashion" riddim, an updated reworking of the "Ba Ba Boom" riddim out of the Treasure Isle studios. The riddim was also used for Shabba Ranks' hit tune "Shine & Criss" which became so popular that the riddim became known as "Shine & Criss". Countless producers like Bobby Digital, King Jammy, Prince Jazzbo and Jack Scorpio reworked the riddim in their own way.
Kemar uses the riddim in good fashion with an international line up of artists. UK reggae/dancehall star Gappy Ranks delivers his awesome tune "Generation" in a singjay stylee, looking back and even using a snippet of Anthony Johnson's hit tune "Gunshot" to spice up his tune. Norway's 2014 Hit of the Year winner Nico D. performs a good social commentary tune called "Free". Kenshin Iryo, better known by his stage name Million Stylez, hails from Sweden and is born from Japanese and French parents. He refers to that fact in his tune "One Drop", a tribute to the 'one drop' reggae music. Multi-Juno Award winner reggae singer Exco Levi is present with a powerful tune called "You Never Know". Pressure Busspipe steps up with a noteworthy anti-violence tune called "Mr. Big Gun". Finally reggae crooner, songwriter and producer Ed Robinson rides the riddim with a mellow lovers tune called "As Lovely As You". He's one of the most underrated persons in the business. With a career that spans more that 30 years he has worked with superstars like Bob Andy, Richie Stephens, Luciano, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Super Cat, and the incomparable Dennis Brown just to name a few. The selection also features the riddim instrumental cut.
Good job, Flava!