Rae Riddim
Ward 21 Music / E.21st Productions
July 10, 2007

Track list
  1. Got Them All Fallin - Red Fox & Rayvon
  2. Operate - Sizzla
  3. Bubble Like Soap - Timberlee & Ward 21
  4. Beat'n Beat'n - Vybz Kartel
  5. Me & My Crew - Lady Saw
  6. Pressure Dem - Mr. Peppa
  7. She So Nuh - Cobra
  8. Here I Come - Ward 21
  9. Turn & Now - T.O.K. (Flexx)
  10. Real Top A Top - Mr. Easy
  11. Nuh Beg People Fren - Frisco Kid
  12. Inna Yuh League - Mr. G
  13. Muscle & Grip - Anthony B
  14. Gun - Mr. Lexx
  15. Bad Mind (Just Won't Win) - Tifa
  16. Let's Get It On - Chico
  17. Wife Material - Elephant Man
  18. Rae Version - Ward 21
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
New York's (too be more precise, Brooklyn based) Johnny Wonder has stepped up in the one riddim album market when both Greensleeves Records and VP Records slowed down their pace in releasing (especially dancehall) one riddim albums last year. Most of these came from the Jammy's crew and Ward 21, two of them from TJ White's TJ Records, as E.21st Productions released (mainly in the first half of 2007) 9 one riddim albums, the "Sidewalk Duck", a two riddim album with Jammy 'Jam 2' James' version of his father's 1988 'Duck'-riddim and the tunes that did not appear on the VP Records Riddim Driven release of the joint effort with Colin 'Demarco' Edwards 'Sidewalk University', Lloyd 'John John' James Jr.'s 'Battle Field', Ashely Beharie & Trevor ''Baby G' James Jr.'s 'Cashly', 'John John', 'Jam 2' & Paul 'Wrongmove' Crossdale's 'MI:6', '18 Geez' by Ward 21's Mark 'Mean Dog' Henry & Andre 'Suku' Gray, 'Bill Back' and 'Show Off' by Linton 'T.J.' White, the first riddim build together with Daniel 'Blaxxx' Lewis & Daseca's Craig 'Serani' Marsh and the second together with Ward 21's 'Suku' & Richard 'Shams' Browne and last but not least this Ward 21 produced 'Rae Riddim'.

Red Fox and Rayvon, who always seem to be the perfect combination, kick off this album in great style with their gals tune "Got Them All Fallin'", followed by Sizzla's vehement call to "Operate" di machine it haffi buss to bring the judgement and Timberlee, who makes clear she is up to big things over their very minimalistic yet extremely catchy riddim, as Timberlee demonstrates a masterful flow. Vybz Kartel shows he has the (of course once more very slack) lyrics and flow to be completely on top of this riddim with his "Beat'n Beat'n", before both Lady Saw with the rough "Me And My Crew" push the hottest ride and Mr. Peppa with "Pressure Dem both impress.

Mad Snake Cobra touches the subject of (the lack of) female hygiene in true badman style with "She So Nuh" before the producers of this 'Rae'-riddim, Mark 'Mean Dog' Henry, Andre 'Suku' Gray, Ronaldo 'Rumblood' Evans & Kunley McCarthy a.k.a. Ward 21 deliver the excellent gun tune "Here I Come" and T.O.K.'s Flexx a.k.a. XX contributes the great "Turn & Now". Of the other tunes only Tifa, the upcoming singing sensation born Latifa Brown, with her "Bad Mind (Just Won't Win)" and Chico with the rather slack "Let's Get It On" really stand out, the other contributions "Real Top A Top" by Mr. Easy, "Nuh Beg People Fren" by Frisco Kid, "Inna Yuh League" by Mr. G, "Muscle & Grip" by Anthony B, "Gunn" by Mr. Lexx and Elephant Man's "Wife Material" are fine tunes, but nothing special except for the riddim, which is shown clearly by the clean "Rae Version" once more showing its catchiness. A great riddim with some excellent tunes, but unfortunately at least half of the tunes could and should have been better.