Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2012
April 27, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
'Ragga Ragga Ragga! is the hard core dancehall compilation series from Greensleeves/VP. This year's edition contains 18 handpicked dancehall blasts plus a very interesting bonus DVD focusing on the UK dancehall scene, featuring interviews with key players on the scene and seven music videos.
The album should be nicknamed 'Popcaan & Stylo G meet Friends inna AutoTune Style', because it brings us no less than 6 cuts from these upcoming artists. Call Mi A Yardie was one of the UK's biggest bashment hits from last summer. Stylo G, Robbo Ranx's protege, sounds quite monotone on Mi Style, a lick of the 'Spot Check' riddim from Blessed Youth Productions, but his boastful Nobody Can Cross The Leader has a better vibe. Popcaan is one of the fastest rising young dancehall kings. He's responsible for the ultimate party tune with Party Shot on Linton 'TJ' White's 'Smudge' riddim. Clean is a weaker effort, but the uptempo synth driven Nuh Yes Man, another Linton 'TJ' White production, is very enjoyable.
UK's leading dancehall artist Gappy Ranks delivers a strong herbs anthem across the 'Spot Check' riddim with Da Herbs Deh, courtesy of Blessed Youth Productions. His second effort here Money out Deh - for the same production house - is on the 'Glory' riddim and belongs to his stronger recent releases. Potential Kid shines with his version called She Say A Yah So Nice on DJ Smurf's 'Hot Chocolate' riddim. From the JA Productions house comes the infamous 'Overproof' riddim. Two versions can be found here, both decent efforts pon that riddim. Mavado brings the lovers tune Settle Down, but Khago's Tun Up Di Ting causes some more excitement.
Londoner Lea-Anna is acclaimed reggae singer Debbie Gordon's daughter. She seriously tackles 'Ring the Alarm' inna revamped 2012 style for Robbo Ranx's 'Champagne Campaign' riddim. From the Freddie McGregor camp comes Di Genius, with his almost non-dancehall tune, Nah No Girl, an hilarious tune, check it out! Don't forget to spin I-Octane's awesome tune Informer A Work across Armzhouse Records' 'Petrol' riddim. Lockecity Entertainment's gave us the 'Friendless' riddim. Rockstar Teetimus' cut on the riddim, Never Be No Friend, is a lightweight poppy tune. Completely over the top but certainly entertaining is Tommy Lee's The Scourge Of God. The riddim ('Trample' from Young Vibez) reminds us of Steelie & Clevie's 'Street Sweeper' riddim, but pitched down 5 times! Worthwhile checking out is the XXX uptempo toast by Masicka called Guh Haad And Done. The riddim is 'Stadium Bruk' by Crash Dummy Productions. The album closes with the same artist - now on the 'Fren Enemy' riddim - in better style, as he delivers the excellent reality tune Solo.
If you wanna keep up with the latest and hottest dancehall vibes check out this album!