Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ X5
VP Records - Walboomers Music
17 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Wayne Marshall & Elephant Man - After All
  2. Galaxy P & Ward 21 - It Good
  3. Capleton - Tek It Off
  4. Round Head - Torture
  5. Anthony Cruz - Go Go Go
  6. Bounty Killer - Just Dead
  7. Sizzla - Say You Love Me
  8. Harry Toddler - Stiff Tongue
  9. Ward 21 - Lah Lah
  10. Frisco Kid - Fight Back
  11. Anthony B - Model Model
  12. Christopher - Drama
  13. Galaxy P - Future
  14. Christopher - Drama
  15. Galaxy P - Future
  16. Kiprich - Yuh Wanna
  17. Lady Saw - Baddest Girl
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

VP Records hooks up with Peter Jackson's "Rattler Records" for another installment in VP Records' much anticipated "Riddim Driven" series. As a result of this association one is treated to fifteen mostly exciting cuts across a truly fearsome riddim called "X5". Together with last year's "Energy" riddim of "First Name Productions", and then Steely & Clevie's "Nine Night", this new hot riddim is further proof of the huge comeback the so-called "Poco/Boggle" style has made in the Jamaican dancehall scene. Up until now only a few pieces have surfaced on 7" single in Jamaica including Capleton's killer "Tek It Off", Wayne Marshall & Elephant Man's awesome "After All" and Sizzla's "Say You Love Me", though not in any major quantities. Before this "one riddim" set was unleashed the riddim caused nuff upheaval in the dancehalls on the Island and abroad. Followers of JA's latest bashment runnings experienced that excitement has already reached fever pitch, which makes that this red-hot selection is eagerly awaited by the avid dancehall fan. This one riddim set stars many of the same deejays and singers, which is predictable since the line-up of Dancehall artists rarely changes on such compilation albums, no matter the producer in charge. So, no real newcomers or surprises included here, but again efforts from high prolific artists like for example Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Bounty Killer and Ward 21. Most entertaining pieces - besides the aforementioned cuts by Capleton and the duo Wayne Marshall & Elephant Man - are Bounty Killer's "Just Dead", Frisco Kid's "Fight Back", Ward 21's "Lah Lah", Christopher's "Drama" and Lady Saw's "Baddest Girl", actually her most wicked record in a long time.
"Riddim Driven ~ X5" is a great addition to any dancehall fan's collection of "one riddim" albums.

Teacher & Mr. T.