Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2014
May 12, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
'Ragga Ragga Ragga! is the hard core dancehall compilation series from Greensleeves. Interesting about this year’s edition is the fact that the album isn't 100% hardcore. There are nuff melodic tunes and even a reggae tune by Christopher Martin.
Downsound Records, led by entrepreneur Josef Bogdanovich, has become one of the most successful Jamaican entertainment companies for developing new talent to emerge over the last couple of decades. Their recording artist, young gun Don Husky, whose real name is Rushane Brown, opens the album in 'ballad' style with the awesome tune "On And On". Earlier on he made fame with songs like "Wah My Own", "Young Gifted & Black", "Meditation", "Knock It" and "Don Of All Dons". He also did a reggae version of Bruce Springsteen's "Streets Of Philadelphia", renamed as "Streets Of Jamaica". Vybz Kartel delivers a pure slack tune from the 2013 album "Forever Trilogy", "Punany A Mi Best Friend", while Aidonia's "Boom Flick" is a highly popular cut across TJ Records' "Toasted" riddim.
Next comes The Princess Of Dancehall aka Spice with her cut to the sparse "Boom Box" riddim, So Mi Like It, currently topping the Jamaican dancehall charts, is recorded for the successful label Notnice Records. The label returns later on the compilation with two solid tunes on another riddim. First there's Alkaline with "Things We Love" and Spice delivers "Go Go" across the nice medium paced riddim. Alkaline, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is known as the controversial artist who tattooed his eyes. Since the start of 2013, Alkaline has recorded songs for top producers such as UIM records, Notnice Records, Cahban Records, Ward 21 and others. Eye tattooing is slowly becoming a trend among young Jamaican entertainers, just have a look at deejay Radijah, whose eye tattoo has caused nuff controversy. Anyway, early 2014 Radijah released the controversial single "Walk Like a Dog", for the dance originated by a female dancer TC. Spice answered his tune with a tune of the same name, also for Stashment Records.
Alkaline returns with an RnB tune called "1,2,3". It runs across the "Love Triangle" riddim from UIM Records. Spice and Elephant Man meet in 'push up' style with "All The Way", a nice single out of the Di Genius camp. Busy Signal's contribution is the self produced tune called "Crazy Sex". Christopher Martin makes a decent impression with his latest effort "Secret Love (Creep)", a reggae tune on the "Infatuation" riddim. Bugle's above average tune "Nuh Compatible" is underpinned by the "4Play" riddim out of the UIM Records camp. Great finish for this excellent set!
Not so hardcore and raw, but still very enjoyable... Check it out!