World Jam
CD / 2LP
July 26, 2005

Track list
  1. Poor People - Bounty Killer
  2. A No Like We No Like Them - Luciano
  3. How We Ride - Vybz Kartel
  4. High Grade - DaVille
  5. From Jamaica - Beenie Man
  6. All For A Cause - Richie Spice
  7. World A Reggae Music - Anthony B
  8. Stand Up Firm - Lukie D
  9. Worldwide Connection - Ward 21
  10. Bless Me - Tony Curtis
  11. Hard Fi Smile - Chukki Star
  12. Murderer - Prilly Hamilton
  13. Too Much Blood A Run - Future Troubles
  14. Jah Nah Sleep - Chuck Fender
  15. Must Run Away - General Degree
  16. Ghetto Youths Fi Rich - Red Rat
  17. Baby G - In The Street
  18. World Jam Rhythm - Firehouse Crew
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
After Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley conquered the dancehalls with his "Welcome To Jamrock" on Taxi's 1983 Ini Kamoze 'World A Music'-riddim (of course also known in its Jammys version backing Junior Reid's "Boom Shack A Lack"), it was only a matter time for some producer to come up with a full selection on the riddim. Frenchie, the talented in the UK residing French producer of Maximum Sound, responsible for riddims like 'Itch', 'Jedi' also featured on "Chich 13 - Dancehall Versions" and of course the absolute dancehall ruling 'Intercom'- riddim, as well as his very strong, still underrated 'Jumbie'-riddim, the steel pan and hardcore bass heavy drum beats driven 'Blue Steel' and lately the 'Fowl Fight' and Anthony B's (at moment of writing 'Reggae Vibes Album of the month') "Black Star" delivers another wicked riddim. Produced alongside Captain Sinbad of Kingston's Bad 2000 Music the wicked Sly & Robbie riddim has been relicked by the Firehouse Crew to full effect for what's already #73 in Greensleeves Rhythm Album series: "World Jam". Bounty Killer's very fine "Poor People" kicks it off in fine style, followed by Luciano's wicked "A No Like We No Like Them". Vybz Kartel in "How We Ride" warns welcome to gunshot in an excellent example of gun lyrics and on-top-of-the-riddim delivery, before former ARP-singer DaVille delivers the outstanding ganja tune "My Grade" in Waterhouse style. Beenie Man is in fine form on "From Jamaica" as is Richie Spice on the conscious "All For A Cause". Anthony B takes on the original for the fiercely delivered "World A Reggae Music" with beautiful female backing vocals, followed by the great conscious tune "Stand Up Firm" by Lukie D, who seems to be back en vogue (fortunately). Ward 21 contribute the very entertaining "Worldwide Connection" dusting off the hook of Nicodemus early 80s "Boneman Connection", before another crooner Tony Curtis convinces with the conscious "Bless Me". Chukki Star represents the UK in fine style with "Hard Fi Smile" and founding Third World member Milton 'Prilly' Hamilton, who recorded 3 tunes for Captain Sinbad in 1992, returns with "Murderer" and all you can do upon hearing the tune is wonder where he has been in the meanwhile, as this is the kind of voice and delivery that makes great impact. Future Troubles tells about his worries in "Too Much Blood A Run" down a Kingston street / babylon a oppress the meek" followed by Chuck Fender's fine "Jah No Sleep". The always entertaining (and I keep emphasizing: still underrated) General Degree sends out a warning in "Must Run Away" and Red Rat sounds atypical but great on his "Ghetto Youths Fi Rich". Baby G's "In The Street" is an okay tune but shows his real strength is production, not deejaying, although the hook the youth dem dying in the streets / youth dem crying in the streets / dem a lying in the streets is catchy, and unfortunately once again very true in Jamaica these days. The wicked version of this made to rock the dancehalls "World Jam Rhythm" closes this very entertaining set of tunes, showing how fine the relick of this classic riddim is.