Riddim Driven ~ R.A.W. (Ready And Willing)
VP Records
January 10, 2006

Track list
  1. We Say Party - Lexxus
  2. Up Into The Club (We Go) - Busy Signal
  3. Free Your Soul (Lose Control) - Elephant Man
  4. Tic Toc - Vybz Kartel
  5. No Man (Cyaan Lef Yuh) - Kiprich & Black-Er
  6. Stop Looking At My ... - CÚCile
  7. Show Them A Sign - Macka Diamond
  8. Now Not Later - Sanjay
  9. Just Do It (Let's Go) - Alaine *
  10. Different Girl, Different Room - Idonia
  11. She Wants It Bad - Leftside & Esco *
  12. 4Q - RDX
  13. We Nuh See Dem - Fire Links
  14. Tell Them U Don't Care - Briggy Benz featuring Flava Unit
  15. R.A.W. (Version) - Arif Cooper

  16. * Denotes CD Bonus Track
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Producer Arif Cooper of Fresh Ear Productions, son of Third World's Ibo Cooper, and producer of the 'Good Vibes'-riddim, the bouncy and melodic hip-hop inspired 'Celebration'-riddim and the entertaining up-tempo with several alternative mixes of it 'Phantom' and the bouncing aimed at the dancefloor riddim 'Move'-riddim contributes another fine jump up riddim to VP Records' successful Riddim Driven Series with his 'R.A.W. (Ready And Willing)'-riddim. Once again this riddim is all about party and moves on the dancefloor, and this is shown by Lexxus' "We Say Party" dem a say war after a wicked microphone check intro with vocodered almost Crazy Frog styled voice, Busy Signal's great "Up Into The Club (We Go)" and Elephant Man's jiggy "Free Your Soul (Loose Control)". Vybz Kartel's "Tic Toc" is after another wicked intro pure extremely entertaining slackness, followed by the Kiprich & Black-Er combination "No Man (Cyaan Lef Yuh)", an entertaining story about girls not (having) to pop down after they are left by their man and CÚCile's extremely funny (starting with an apologetic a nuh my fault) tune asking a girl tell your man to "Stop Looking At My ...". Macka Diamond (still legitimate to ask what happened to her every time further postponed debut album at Greensleeves) is also in very fine form, telling girls to "Show Them The Sign" and meant in this case is the F-U sign. Sanjay is telling what you wait for / me ready "Now Not Later" / you are no waitress and me are no waiter, demanding the pum pum now. Alaine is once again at her seductive best asking her lover "Just Do It (Let's Go)" with her great sexy voice singing the inviting lyrics. Hot newcomer Idonia delivers the great "Different Girl, Different Room" as a follow-up to his smash hit "Cardinal Point", a slack but funny and very convincing tune. Leftside & Esco, these days definitely even higher rated for their voicings than for their productions, contribute the great "She Wants It Bad" with a harpsichord like sounding keyboard riff dominating the riddim for an even catchier and more infectious effect. RDX, a new name, has in fact been around for some time already, staring out as the 9 member outfit Xsytement Gang, then when cut down to three members Xsytment, and now down to only two members RDX, which means Renegade Delomar X, impress with "4Q". Dane 'Fire Links' Johnson once again adds his inimitable style to a riddim for the fine "We Nuh See Them". Briggy Benz & Flava Unit deliver the last vocal tune, the bouncing "Tell Them U Don't Care" before Arif Cooper's "Raw Version" with lots of let's go's on top of it closes this album of great tunes over an irresistably infectious riddim.