Various artists album review
Reggae Rodent 2000
VP Records / Walboomers Music
24 - 01 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Kiprich - Liberty Mess
  2. Degree - Dem Girl Deh
  3. Mega Banton & Tanto Metro - Bicycle Bar
  4. Red Rat - Trychana
  5. Not Him - Ting
  6. Madd Anju - Mi Nuh Play
  7. Italee - Badmind The "I"
  8. Red Rat & Psycho Kid - Explanation
  9. Hawkeye - Papaw Papaw
  10. Spragga Benz - 40 & Mi Blunt
  11. Beenie Man - How ?
  12. Red Rat - Live Wid It
  13. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Spend Yuh Own
  14. Italee - Mix Mi Up
  15. Buccaneer - Badman Ting
  16. Goofy - Stick It Up
  17. Greg Hines - Blues
  18. Mona - Boy Mek It Bun
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Oh Nooo...", it is Wallace 'Red Rat' Wilson who produced 18 cuts on the "Rat Patrole" and "Pink Lotion" riddims for his own "Brat Productions", now gathered on a full length album release, the two riddim showcase "Reggae Rodent 2000". With the foundation of his "Brat" imprint and "Brat Productions" young dancehall artist Red Rat has joined the ranks of contemporary Dancehall stars like Goofy, Mr. Vegas, Degree, Tanya Stephens, Buju Banton and Bounty Killer, who have all started to do production work and founded their own record label. Being credited for playing all instruments, "Reggae Rodent 2000" also showcases Red Rat's skills and talent as a 'musician'.
This entertaining compilation set has a "Various Artists" line up with such ubiquitous Dancehall names as Buccaneer, Degree, Beenie Man, Red Rat and the popular duo Tanto Metro & Devonte next to some up-and-coming talents like Italee, Not Him and Kiprich. The latter delivers the first cut across the "Rat Patrole" riddim, a hilarious riddim with a driving beat, nice horns parts and whistles. Best efforts come from the combination Mega Banton & Tanto Metro, Degree and Red Rat.
Then the "Pink Lotion", a real hardcore Dancehall riddim - thus providing a completely different vibe - with an excellent cut from Tanto Metro & Devonte. Furthermore Spragga Benz and Buccaneer deliver noteworthy efforts. When it comes to "slackness" it is Mona's "Boy Mek It Bun" who gets the doubtful credits for coming up with the most explicit lyrics. Besides that "Reggae Rodent" is a must have for a serious bashment session, a real dancefloor filler.

Teacher & Mr. T.