WORLD CLASH 2004
10-09 NYC 2004
On Saturday October 9th, Club Amazura in Queens, NYC hosted World Clash 2004. The event was split up into 2 different things this year. On Saturday there was the regular dubplate-clash, while on Sunday there was a 45- Shootout. Saturday's line-up seemed even weaker this year as quite a few champions seem to have withdrawn from the clash-arena (Bass Odyssey), while others have encountered problems (Killamanjaro's owner Harper just fired his main selector Freddy Krueger) that wouldn't let them be as competitive as they would need to be. Sunday's 45-Clash sported the bigger names this year, as Mighty Crown and Fire Links were involved in that one.
Younghawk kicked things off and came out surprisingly strong. They licked off a number of conscious-man tunes, including the hot I-Wayne. They got a nice forward for “Fire Bun A Weakheart” and other tunes on the HYPOCRITES riddim. Great beginning from someone I didn’t know what to expect from.
Italy’s One Love were next with their typical godfather theme as the intro. They played NUFF of what’s strong on the rootical front these days. A ton-of Richie Spice, plenty Chuck Fender, trailer-load-a-Sizzla. A Jah Cure got a good response as well. The Italians showed right off again that they meant business & started out well. Tuff round from One Love as well.
Supported by their huge fan-base outta Brooklyn, Lp International came in next and they went down the Biltmore lane with Luciano and artists as Pinchers & Pliers. They made a good speech about how NY people at WC were biased & that’s why no NY sound has ever won the clash. They had a custom-built Cocoa Tea/Bushman combo for World Clash but a number of Bounty dubs on the DUCK drew some of the biggest forwards for the night; esp.”Smoke The Herb”. They also played a Garnet Silk to show that they’ve been around from back in the day. Another good performance.
Sound Trooper was next but I really don’t know what is wrong with the man these days. Sure he’s a legend, yet he came out taking it so bloody easy, playing dubs 2-3 minutes. He seemed like he was hardly even trying again and with that attitude he will not get many big clash-bookings in the future. Total flop. Trooper done.
Klassique played a number of tunes on the STALAG , as well as a nice Mighty Diamonds, yet failed to get any forwards as well. Next flop and it seemed pretty evident that them & Trooper would be the first to go, if they kept this up.
Black Kat, the current world-champion came up next with selecta Panther. Biggest forwards for him were for a MAD Jah Mason dub I had never heard before. Ras Shiloh’s “Onto Zion” also did well. A solid round for Black Kat, yet not as good as the first 3 sounds.
After the usual scenario, the crowd gave round one to LP INTERNATIONAL.
ROUND 2 (10 minutes):
Younghawk came storming in again with a CNN-style interview of Jaro owner Harper, saying he had to get rid off Trooper and Freddy because they were battymen. This got a HUGE forward. Hawk played well again for a while until there were a few mix-ups between the MC & selecta, whereas the MC Jaimie kicked off the selecta, saying he would kill the pussies himself. After that though Younghawk’s round flopped as he was obviously unable to do both dj & mc.
ROUND 3 (10 minutes):
Younghawk made a speech about how boring & predictable Black Kat plays EVERY TIME and counteracted one of their Chronicle tunes, but it didn’t do much damage. They continued selecting very well with original tunes on original riddims: definitely not your run-of-the-mill kinda sound. I remember nuff crooners like Glen Washington, Freddy Mc Gregor & others.
ROUND 4 (5 minutes)- 45 round:
The fourth round was a 45 round (no dubplates, just regular tunes) and One Love started. They WRECKED Club Amazura with Bob Marleys, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Buju and Supercat. Biggest forwards were for Tenor Saw’s “Ring The Alarm” and Marleys “Buffalo Soldier”. These boys sure know their reggae.
One Love played Junior Murvin’s “Cool Out Son”. Black Kat played Garnet Silk’s “Kingly Character”. Black Kat went up 1-0.
One Love spun Third World’s “Reggae Ambassador”. Black Kat spun George Nooks’ “General”. One Love won: 1-1.
One Love then flung down U-Roy’s “Sound Killer”. Black Kat flung Garnet Silk’s “No Sound Can Test Black Kat”. One love went up: 1-2.
One Love rotated Justin Hinds “Carry Go Bring Come”. Black Kat rotated John Holt’s “Stealing”. One Love extended their lead: 1-3
One Love selected Dawn Penn’s “No No No”. Black Kat selected Gregory Isaac’s “Night Nurse”. Black Kat on this one: 2-3.
One Love chose a Ziggy Marley. Black Kat chose Mr.Isaac’s “Number One”. Kat won: 3-3.
Until next year: