Rough Road Riddim
Green Lion Crew & Various
Soul Of The lion
Digital Release
July 19, 2013

Green Lion Crew & Various - Rough Road Riddim Track list
  1. Green Lion Crew & Jahdan Blakkamoore Life is Greater
  2. Green Lion Crew & Zamunda Gangsta
  3. Green Lion Crew & Kabaka Pyramid Liberal Opposer
  4. Green Lion Crew & Chronixx Life Over Death
  5. Green Lion Crew & Dre Island What is Mine is Mine
  6. Green Lion Crew & Cron Syncro Smoking Paradise
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
The "Rough Road Riddim" is the latest project from award-winning producer Zeke Stern aka Green Lion, who already attracted notable attention with Collie Buddz's "Come Down" (2011) and the 2012 released "More Spiritual Riddim", which revived Henry 'Junjo' Lawes' "Ganja Smuggling" riddim from 1981 to full effect with worthy cuts from Million Stylez, YT, Kabaka Pyramid, Perfect, and London dancehall artist Mr. Williamz. The latter contributed two tunes of which "We Run England" became the most popular and biggest seller of this riddim project.

For the "Rough Road Riddim", Zeke Stern has organically linked reggae, dancehall, dub, hip hop and dubstep, and thus created a catchy riddim track with a truly wicked vibe. The thumping wobble bass - characteristic for certain strands of dubstep - is joined by hard hip-hop drums, subtle synths and classic reggae keys. Add to this the vocal and lyrical efforts of the Jahdan Blakkamoore, new reggae sensation Chronixx, the much promising newcomer Dre Island, and Kabaka Pyramid (Billboard Magazine's #1 'Next Big Sound' in May 2013) as well as the talented Zamunda and the rather unknown Cron Syncro, and it's obvious that you're treated to an entertaining musical experience.

Jahdan Blakkamoore's Life is Greater makes a serious impression and thus gets things started in a great way. Next drops Zamunda's "Gangsta", which proves to be another worthwhile cut. However it's singjay Kabaka Pyramid whose "Liberal Opposer" has to be the lead track for the riddim. Lyrically he leaves a very good impression, while vocally he seemingly effortless finds his flow on the riddim. Chronixx's "Life Over Death", in which he uses parts of Ini Kamoze's hit song "Hot Stepper", fully affirms why he's currently one of the hottest artists. Big tune! This also goes for Dre Island's "What Is Mine Is Mine", which slightly differs from the other tracks as it gets started with a Nyahbinghi intro. Do keep an eye on this artist because he might become a well established reggae artist in the near future. Never heard of Cron Syncro before, and thus his weed song "Smoking Paradise" is the first tune we hear from this artist. Although he delivers a nice effort, he doesn't really impress us.

Any (reggae) music lover with an open mind and ear, shouldn't overlook this entertaining riddim project.