Riddim Driven ~ Ghetto
VP Records
January 12, 2010

Ziggi - Riddim Driven: Ghetto Track list
  1. Mockingbird - Etana
  2. Unfair - Peetah Morgan feat. Busy Signal
  3. Inna De Garrison - Alborosie feat. Tamlins
  4. Who Dat - Richie Spice
  5. Cold Blooded Murderer - Anthony B
  6. Gangsta Living - Lutan Fyah
  7. Insanity - Konshens
  8. Revelations - Gyptian
  9. Sentence - Louie Culture
  10. Friend Enemy - Khago
  11. Welcome - Nitty Kutchie
  12. Jamaica - Tony Curtis
  13. Peace And Thing - Prophecy
  14. Big Woman Thing - Kris Kelli
  15. Back Biters - Ziggi
  16. Ghetto Riddim - Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
VP Records kick off their Riddim Driven series in 2010 in great style, with both an excellent hardcore dancehall riddim 'Street Team' and once more a smashing roots riddim from Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor's Flava Music and No Doubt Records. After a string of wonderful and successful riddims in the last 4 years, of which 'Sweet' half a year ago was the last before this 'Ghetto'-riddim. Etana kicks off this set with her wonderful "Mocking Bird" - coincidentally the same songtitle as Mavado's first tune on the 'Street Team' album - extremely impressive, followed by the absolute brilliant combination "Unfair" by Morgan sibling Peetah alongside one of the DJs of the moment Busy Signal.

Alborosie delivers a smashing tune with "Inna De Garrison" backed by the original Tamlins for a true oldschool-vibe. All selections on this riddim are way above par, but special mention still also deserve Konshens with "Insanity", Gyptian who busted on the scene with "Mama" 4 years ago over DJ Flava's 'Triumphant' now contributing the strong "Revelations" and surprisingly Nitty Kutchie with the excellent "Welcome". And yes, the other vocals are all very very strong, but the last vocal on the album is in my opinion one of the standouts that needs to be heard by every single reggae lover, 'our own' Ziggi with the superb "Backbiters" once more delivering a sure hit-vocal for a Jamaican producer.

And No Doubt Records may have released more than 10 excellent one-riddim albums before, this surely is one of the best so far, with its great voicings on top of a riddim clearly retro-inspired especially with its riff reminding of Augustus Pablo's legendary "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown". And rare, though for the second time in a row now for a No Doubts Records selection the clean version of Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor's 'Ghetto'-riddim has been included only to emphasize this Riddim Driven "Ghetto" deserves to be in your record collection right next to the other scorchers he's produced, and being a standout among those scorchers.