Various artists album review
Strictly The Best Volume 29
VP Records-Walboomers Music
28 - 12 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Sean Paul - Like Glue
  2. Elephant Man - Higher Level
  3. Bounty Killer - Sufferah
  4. Baby Cham - Wah Dat Fah
  5. Madd Cobra - Press Trigger
  6. Capleton - Tek It Off
  7. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Money
  8. Wayne Marshall - Party Time
  9. Buju Banton - Tra La La
  10. Elephant Man - Tallup Tallup
  11. Wickerman - Gungu Walk
  12. Bounty Killer feat. Angel Doolas - Fitness
  13. Wayne Marshall & Elephant Man - We Thugging
  14. Capleton - How It Ago
  15. Sizzla - Come On
  16. Warrior King - Jah Is Always There
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Established in 1990, VP Records' eagerly anticipated "Strictly The Best" series has been the proving ground for many of reggae's biggest stars including Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Luciano and many others. VP's annual talent showcase is here again and as usual spread over two volumes. Volume 29 focusses on Jamaica's best known deejay stars who have scored notable hits across last year's hottest street beats. Thus we're treated to riddims such as the Tony 'CD' Kelly produced "Buy Out", Peter Jackson's "X5", Preston Onfroy's "Party Time", Steely & Clevie's "Nine Night", King Jammy & Baby G's "Mexican", Bobby Konder's "Pennacillen", and of course the most sucessful of them all, the "Diwali" from Stephen "Lenky" Marsden. Featured are two cuts across the "Diwali", the awesome "Sufferah" by Bounty Killer and Buju Banton's "Tra La La". Also two tracks from the hotter than hot "Energy God" Elephant Man, first the solid "Higher Level" and then the very unusual "Tallup Tallup", produced by Winston "Wee Pow" Powell of Stone Love Movement. With VP Records' fast growing "Riddim Driven" series in mind, it's obvious that most of the tracks gathered here are taken from these bashment sets like for example Sean Paul's boom shot "Like Glue", Madd Cobra's answer version to Sean Paul's killer hit tune "Gimme The Light" entitled "Press Trigger", Capleton's wicked "Tek It Off", Wayne Marshall's infectious "Party Time" and Sizzla's booming "Come On". Also worth of hearing are Baby Cham's "Wha Dat Fah", Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Money" and "We Thugging" by Wayne Marshall & Elephant Man.
All in all "Strictly The Best Vol. 29" is a great compilation set for those who are looking for some of the biggest deejay hits of the year 2002.

Teacher & Mr. T.