Various artists album review
Ragga Fire
Marston Recording Corporation
22 - 07 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Live Wire Crew - Partner Plan
  2. Your Honour & Wayne Scorcher - Di Ya Fa Dem
  3. Murdak - Warlock
  4. VCR - Big Up All Taxi Driver
  5. Murdak - Shake Dat Ass
  6. Satta Ranks - Crack And Cocaine
  7. Wayne Scorcher - Don't Play With My Love
  8. Cha Cha Ranks - Girls Dem Street
  9. VCR - Shop Rat
  10. Cha Cha Ranks - Consent Yu Book
  11. Satta Ranks, Itesha, Iresha - It's Me
  12. Ras View - Sweep The Yard
  13. Your Honour - Wi Desperate
  14. Haitian Lion & Most I.G. - Wan Si Mi A Gen
  15. Killer Miller - End The Stealing
  16. Your Honour - Cabbin
  17. VCR - Me No Mean
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Not the usual line up of big-time supes, but relatively unknown Jamaican artists can be found on this brand new dancehall set entitled "Ragga Fire". With the exception of tracks 4 and 14 which are done by Computer Paul, the music and dancehall riddims for this album are created by Ralston "Stamma" Haughton, who also recorded, mixed and produced all cuts at Bob's Recording Studio, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and at Marston Recording Studio in Sarasota, Florida. The artists featured on this set make up the Live Wire Crew from Rose Heights, Montego Bay. Through their work with local Dancehall sound system Gold Star, they have gained experience as performers. Here they are presented as recording artists bringing their pieces in a musical style that is widely known as modern dancehall reggae. Themes of the songs include love and sex ("Shake Dat Ass", "Girls Dem Street", and "Don't Play With My Love"), the harshness of the circumstances of everyday life ("Partner Plan", "Wi Desperate", and "Cabbin"), drugs ("Crack And Cocaine") and stealing ("Shop Rat"). Among the best tracks on this compilation set are Murdak's "Warlock", Your Honour's "Wi Desperate" and "Cabbin", Cha Cha Ranks' R&B flavored "Girls Dem Street", and the Live Wire Crew's "Partner Plan" which is delivered over an infectious backdrop. Featured artists that make the most decent impression and also have the potential to become dancehall mainstays are Murdak aka Ras Benjamin, Your Honour and Cha Cha Ranks.

Teacher & Mr. T.