Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Rah Rah
VP Records
CD / 2LP
January 11, 2005

Tracking list

  1. Rah Rah - Elephant Man
  2. Bomb Heaven - Bounty Killer
  3. She Makes Me Weak - T.O.K.
  4. Smokin Herbs - Sizzla
  5. Ya Dun No - Burro Banton
  6. Stamina (Raw) - Jaguar
  7. Big Up Da Gal - Kiprich
  8. Ha - Benneton Da Menace
  9. He Likes It - Sasha
  10. Push It In - Vybz Kartel
  11. Can't Sleep - Wayne Wonder
  12. Dis Herb Ya - King Kong
  13. Dirty Talk - M'Lonie
  14. Come Outta Dis - Anthony B
  15. 3's Company - Benzly Hype (& Clean 'Rah Rah'-Riddim Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

After 22(!) Riddim Driven releases last year by VP Records, ranging from 'just' great to excellent, the series continues in fine style, with NY producer and selector (and the man behind NYC's most listened-to dancehall show "On The Reggae Tip" on the famous Hot 97, a show I tried to catch each week when living a couple of months in the tri-state) Bobby Konders of the Massive B label and Massive B Sound System taking us into 2005 with a little flamenco guitar touch here and some keyboard plinks there, leaving plenty of room for the vocals over the bouncy pulse of the 'Rah Rah'. After being responsible for the until now one-off "Greensleeves Official Dancehall Mix-Tape 1", then teaming up for his very successfull 'Wanted'-Riddim taking us into 2004 with T.O.K.'s big scoring "Gal Yuh Ah Lead", Bobby Konders once again has Richard 'Shams' Browne of 'Baddis', 'Juice', 'Glue' and 'Intercourse' fame build the riddim. With Elephant Man riding the riddim using the party cry made famous on the weekly Hot 97 show, after his bomb a drop / run for cover bigging up all Caribbeans but especially the Jamaicans, telling everybody everybody go so "RAH!!! RAH!!!", the Warlord Bounty Killer is in an extremely Cross! Angry! Aggravated! Aiyyo!!! Bombs and guns! Weaponry!!! Aiyyo! Artilery! You know its Warlord di missionary Di five star general di gladiator, well!!! aggressive mood, telling mi come from gun heaven AKA cross mi back and mi criss mac 11 to make sure all realize di way mi drop bombs dem know dem call mi "Bomb Heaven" / bwoy body sleep inna eternal beddin, inna di armageddon, cross!!!. T.O.K. deliver another scorcher with "She Makes Me Weak" / she knocks me off my feet / but i don't really like it / i've tried to fight it all explained already in the i know your bad for me, i can't help it, oh, yeah-intro, and brought in their great fashion of strong DJ-ing and excellent singing. Sizzla is doing fine as well in keep on "Smokin Herbs" / yo yo / keep on lovin girls / keep on praisin jah / blazin hot / yo yo / one love to di world / bongo / what!. Veteran DJ Burro Banton, always very reliable on Massive B riddims, is delivering the excellent "Ya Dun No" that was originally released June last year on the 'Mad Sick'-riddim. Jagwa suddenly has his name spelled in 'proper English' here, and so as Jaguar delivers the slack "Stamina", before Kiprich "Big Up Da Gal" not forgetting to get physical as well, and newcomer Benneton Da Menace back memories of Tiger's "When", combined with hip hop call and response with his "Ha". Sasha sings the great sensual and slack "He Likes It" like this / he likes my tightness, before Vybz Kartel once again proves he is the slack lyricist with a superb delivery in mek mi "Push It To You" push it to mi. Wayne Wonder delivers the strong love-gone-wrong tune with "Can't Sleep", before King Kong, another longtime veteran never failing on a Massive B riddim, contributes the absolutely brilliant legalize ganja tune "Dis Herb Ya". More sexy female singing by newcomer M'Lonie who partly vocodered encourages her lover's "Dirty Talk" telling him baby / i love it when you talk dirty / come on over please hurry even incorporating some melody and lyrics from Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain". Anthony B has no time to waste to urge the freedom fighter flash up unnu lighter in his "Come Outta Dis", before Hemsley 'Benzly Hype' Morris, who once was a member of riddim building duo Benska formed together with Kings Of Kings' Cordel 'Scatta' Burrell, and who also voiced the slack "Studio Room" almost 10 years ago for them, celebrates his return to voicing tunes last year with the humorous "3's Company" about more than one girl available to fulfil all of his fantasies. The infectious 'Rah Rah'-riddim then gets the version treatment, to close another selection of Massive B scorchers any dancehall fan should lay his hands on.


/ Souljah Green Beret Productions