GHETTO STORY IS THE NEW NUMERO UNO!
(who has dropped the Baby from his name-guess he's grown up) did it once
again. Not much output by this dj, yet what does come out often hits big.
If this tune had come our way a few months before, he could have given
Junior Gong a serious competition for artist of the year 2005. Furthermore
Dave Kelly's humungous 85 riddims has given Yellowman his biggest hit
in decades: "Orphan". Yellow remembers: "I was a orphan
without a home, 100% barefoot, ghetto-grown." Further entires on
the riddim come from Assassin and Black-Er. In Time Music's JUMP OFF riddim
is still red-hot this way, lead by Kartel's mad "Ni Ni Ni Ni/Stamma/Realest
Thing", and followed by tracks from Elephant Man and Mr.Vegas alongside
Records' TEXAS RANGER riddim is finally out on vinyl, and instantly tunes
by upcomers like Marko Bran, Kemora and Black-Er have entered the spotlight.
A great UK-based label featuring upcoming producers as well as artists
(the camp also includes talents as Kahnahkah Harmony, Inibal, Mitch and
plenty more). While the TEXAS RANGER is more dancehall oriented, their
next riddim is a wonderful one-drop entitled HIGH RISE. In The Streetz
re-released the MUDD UP once again. Great re-creation of the riddim by
amongst others and the doctor Beenie Man as well as the gargamel Buju
Banton have some of the stand-out tracks on the release.
On the rootsy tip, Gyptian is still running things a NM. His "Serious Times" dropped from #1 to #2, yet a new hit entitled "Mama" on the TRIUMPHANT has quickly risen to #6. Marlon Asher's "Ganja Farmer" is also turning out to be a long-time favorite with the reggae crew in badman country, as he's still flying Trinidad's flag @ #3. The hottest singer of the day has teamed up with the hardest dj of the times and the result is the brilliant "So Free" featuring Jah Cure alongside Vybz Kartel. Damian Marley's big combo track with Bounty & Eek-A-Mouse has also risen a few notches, while no less than three selections from Don Corleon's SEASONS re-entered. The wonderful "Need To Know" by Alpheus rounds things out this time around.