Various artists album review
Ragga Ragga Ragga! 16
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Led by the cream of the current Ragga Dancehall crop "Ragga Ragga Ragga! 16" draws from tracks supplied by a variety of different producers including Rupert Blake (Q45), Eric "Jr" Delisser (Big Jeans), Bulby York & Fatta Marshall (Fat Eyes), Harvel Hart (Annex), Colin Levy (Kings Of Kings), Mark Hudson (Stone Cold), Winston "Wee Pow" Powell (Stonelove), Owen "Bassie" Rennalls (Vibes Corner), Byron Murray & Clifford Smith (In The Streetz), Troyton Thomas (Black Shadow) and Christopher Clarke & Gregory Harriot (Golden Cartel). This latest installment in Greensleeves' "Ragga Ragga Ragga" series features eighteen hot and up-front dancehall tracks. One of the things that makes this set so interesting for any avid dancehall fan is the fact that - unlike most comparable compilation sets - the compilers have included many unreleased exclusive cuts and previously unavailable tracks. Take for example the wicked album opener, Elephant Man's new dance talk "On Line", the dignified follow up to the Energy God's smash hit "Log On", but also Harry Toddler's brand new dance "Drive By" and Stonelove's brand new riddim and Elephant Man piece "Bad Man A Bad Man". The latter is an awesome effort, destined to bust out big and probably this year's dancehall anthem. Furthermore one definitely has to check the argument from Sting between Spice and Elephant Man. First there's Spice's "Fraid Fi Fly" - the Elephant Man 'diss' tune - a huge radio hit on soundtapes and dubplates and then the answer from Elephant Man entitled "Robbing" that puts Spice back in her place. Also exclusive are Capleton's "Lock Up" on a brand new riddim about to bust and Lexxus' wicked "Good Hole" on the "Famine" riddim, actually Scatta's follow up to the successful "Martial Arts" riddim, represent here with three pieces namely Shabba Ranks' excellent "Give Dem Di Shabba", Bounty Killa's killer "Look Good" and Sizzla's "Karate".|
Many exciting tunes delivered by much anticipated artists over hot riddims make "Ragga Ragga Ragga! 16" a must-have for any committed dancehall fan.