Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Stepz
VP Records
October 19, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Idiot Thing That - Assassin
  2. Killing A Killing - Bounty Killer
  3. Done See It - Spragga Benz
  4. Seh Dem Bad - Elephant Man
  5. Or Wah - Capleton
  6. Phony - Wayne Wonder & Show Ki Ru
  7. Survivor - T.O.K.
  8. Hyperventalating - Tami
  9. King Pin - Wayne Marshall
  10. Watching Me - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  11. Pakistan - Elephant Man
  12. Badman - Da'Ville
  13. Revenge - Frisco Kid
  14. Help - Cobra
  15. Stepz Out - Zumjay
  16. I Like To Say - Busy Signal (& Clean 'Stepz'-Riddim Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

After hitting out big with the 'Re-Birth'-riddim in 2003, and 'Tunda Klap' in early 2004, their current 'Stepz'-riddim is ruling dancehalls all around the world with its choppy synths and sub-sonic bass, having the advantage of being fuelled by the ongoing lyrical war between Vybz Kartel and Spragga Benz. Here Assassin is taking his stance alongside Spragga Benz in the very convincing "Idiot Thing That", probably the best tune on the riddim. Bounty Killer is on top of the riddim as well in "Killing A Killing" and there's of course Spragga's attack on Vybz Kartel's more 'suspect' lyrics in "Done See It". The biggest seller currently on the 'Stepz' is Elephant Man, who uses the melody of Third World's 1982 Stevie Wonder produced "Try Jah Love" for "See Dem Bad", feeling the breath of the Fireman Capleton in his neck, whose "Or Wah" is doing extremly well also. Wayne Wonder alongside Show Ki Ru entertain, T.O.K.'s "Survivor" is another brilliant tune by them, and Tami's partly vocodered sexy "Hyperventalating" and Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Watching Me" would have serious crossover potential if only it were summer. Wayne Marshall is in fine form in the girls & party tune "King Pin", as is (and that's been a long time ago to me) Elephant Man in his second take on the riddim, although he couldn't come up with another melody :-(. I'm always impressed with DaVille, and his "Badman" is no exception, he truly is a big singer. Frisco Kid also seems to feel very comfortable on this riddim, warning Babylon he is coming back for "Revenge". Cobra's "Help" after a string of strong tunes on current riddims is a bit of a disappointment, but fortunately Zumjay with the tune giving the riddim its name, the infectious "Stepz Out" follows, before Busy Signal once again contributes a solid effort, gaining more status with "I Like To Say" before the catchy big hit 'Stepz'-riddim takes the spotlight itself for the last two minutes of an extremely entertaining version-excursion.