Various artists album review
The Evolution - The Hip-Hop Experience Chapter 1
Jamdown Records

Tracking list

  1. Intro
  2. Ce'cile, Nadz & Danny English - Silent River
  3. Sean Paul - Bend Up
  4. Elephant Man - Start It
  5. Skit
  6. Beenie Man - Go Go
  7. Delly Ranks - What Mi Hear
  8. Tight Man featuring Powerman - Tournament
  9. Kweenie Lox - Want Somma This
  10. Skit
  11. Galaxy P - Living In The fast Lane
  12. Mr. Vegas - Sway
  13. Bling Dog - Respect Due
  14. Tanya Stephens - Commercial Jack
  15. Tanto Metro & Devonte - What The F@#k
  16. Kweenie Lox - Want Somma This (Hip Hop Mix)
  17. Spragga Benz - Picture This
  18. Outro
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Jamdown Records' first installment in a sparkling new series, "The Evolution - The Hip Hop Experience", must be seen as the result of the continuous evolving fusion of Hip Hop and Dancehall music. Jamaican music has always been strongly influenced by so-called US black music, so it didn't come as a real surpise when Jamaican stars like Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man started teaming up with US based Hip Hop artists and producers throughout the nineties. Furthermore one witnessed a growing interest in remixes in the past few years. Dancehall stars like Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Tanto Metro & Devonte and Beenie Man to name a few, saw their tunes underpinned by hit riddims from the hip hop and R&B scene re-appearing on bootlegs which often sold like hot bread. The success of these bootlegs made that some dancehall producers started to produce their own (legal) remixes, often aiming at the crossover market with chart-friendly R&B/hip hop backdrops. However, mainstream success is often highly unlike due to the explicit lyrics utilized by almost every Jamaican Dancehall artist.
Explicit lyrics are also prominently featured on this compilation set as this kind of lyrical delivery is seemingly strongly related to these types of music. Thus it will certainly appeal to the Dancehall and Hip Hop massive. Also musically spoken it contains more than enough niceness for fans of each genre. Fresh original, hip hop fueled backdrops attract attention and in the end prove the perfect vehicle for most of the artists presented here. Notable efforts are the new versions of Sean Paul's "Bend Up", Beenie Man's "Go Go", Tanya Stephens' Commercial Jack" and Mr. Vegas' "Mek Me Se Di Hand Dem (Sway)" here simply entitled "Sway". Furthermore the good quality level is maintained by Ce'Cile, Nadz & Danny English's "Silent River", Delly Ranks' "What Mi Hear", Galaxy P's "Living In The Fast Lane", Tanto Metro & Devonte's "What The F@#k" and Spragga Benz's "Picture This".

Teacher & Mr. T.