Various artists album review
Ragga Ragga Ragga! 15
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
In order to add luster to their 25th Anniversary celebrations UK-based Greensleeves Records have unleashed an exceptional fifteenth installment in their "Ragga Ragga Ragga!" series. This brand new compilation set, from beginning to end packed with hardcore ragga, brings the avid fan the cream of the current Dancehall crop and many previously unreleased tracks. Included are no less than eight tracks produced by Lloyd "John John" James Jr., Jammy "Jam II" James, Christopher "CJ" James and their proteges, the four-man deejay and riddim production crew Ward 21, thus underlining the current reign of the "Jammys" production stable. The remaining ten tracks are credited to a variety of Dancehall producers including Debbie Harding & Harvel Hart, Glenroy Donaldson (Hot-A-Tac Productions), Byron Murray & Clifford "Mr. Vegas" Smith (In The Streetz), Papa Lover aka Degree (Pretty Boy Productions), Chris "Goldfinga" Clarke (Golden Cartel) Harvel Hart (Annex), Marlon "Pyrana" Cooke (Déja Vu Productions), Frenchie (Maximum Sounds), Monie Muss and Rupert Blake.|
"Ragga Ragga Ragga! 15" kicks off with Bounty Killer & Wayne Marshall's combination tune "Smoke Clears", which is an outstanding effort delivered over the awesome hip-hop flavored "Trilogy" riddim, also utilized for Bounty Killer's "All Out", a reply to Merciless' tune "Sting History 2000" following their now infamous clash at last year's Sting concert in Jamaica. More standouts on this set are Mr. Vegas' "Duppy Durex" on a new "In The Streetz" produced riddim, Lexxus' "Connis" across the "Thugz" riddim, Ward 21 & Wayne Marshall's "Melody Of War (Part 2)" and Capleton's exclusive master blaster "Help", which the great Thunderball voiced over the "Heavyweight" riddim for producer Glenroy Donaldson. Also worth while efforts are Elephant Man & Wayne Marshall's "War", Beenie Man & Kirk Davis' "She's A Go-Go" and Red Rat's "Bun Dem", riding Frenchie's reworking of Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" riddim.
"Ragga Ragga Ragga! 15" is a first class Dancehall compilation set and an ideal collection for anyone interested in hardcore ragga!