REMAINS ON TOP!!!
Mr.Vegas is still red-hot in New Mexico. Not only did his "Tamale" retain its #1 ranking, but "Pull Up" featuring Wayne Anthony on the COOLIE DANCE has re-entered the chart at #3. The FIESTA is still making waves out here, led by Baby Cham's "Vitamin S" (which has scored him a major contract with Atlantic) at #4 and followed by Beenie Man, Miss Thing, Elephant Man, J and Lady Saw. The SALSA is also still happening (hey, this IS New Mexico) featuring some new (Sizzla, Voice Mail) and some older entries (Bounty&Doolas, Shaggy&Rik Rok, Chico, TOK, Ele).
Now that the double lp/cd is out on VP, Germaica's DOCTORS DARLING still refuses to die out here. Capleton has charged up to the runner-up spot, while Tanya Stephen's "Its A Pity" moved up to #5. Due to regular rotations on commercial radio as well as at hip-hop sessions, interest in the COOLIE DANCE has increased notably again. The High Society selection is represented by Cobra's ever-popular "Wuk Dat", Beenie Man's "Good Oh", and Tanto & Devonte's "Tianne", besides the Vegas/Wayne Anthony combination. Another huge combo of Ele and some hip-hoppers on the beat called "Jook Gal" is starting to tear up the air-waves and dancefloors, while we still find the plagarized Pitbull/Lil John track very WEAK.
Stonelove has released its first creation since the BAGHDAD, which sounds promising, as does South Rakkas' follow-up to last year's CLAPPAS: the RED ALERT. Tony Kelly & K-Licious have their first riddim since 2002's huge BUY OUT ("Like Glue") out on the streets entitled GRINDIN, while Renaissnace has yet another fast-paced hardcore beat on the market, called TUNDA CLAP. Mr.Vegas just released his third album "Pull Up" on Delicious Vinyl, as did one of yard's top-a-top roots vocalists of the new generation: the mighty Bushman. Nuff new material finally, so I expect some definite changes next time around.