KOPA TAKES THE CUP & Baby Cham is the man of the hour !!!!
YOW! Black Chiney's first riddim the KOPA has raced up our charts, straight to #1, due to the incredibly smooth Baby Cham & Nina Sky combo. The track has serious crossover potential and I would be amazed if we dont get to hear it constantly on all the commercial NM hip-hop/r&b stations very soon. Further KILLER tracks on the KOPA include Capleton's wrathful "Who You Calling Nigger" and Elephant Man's "Father Elephant". The riddim has an uncanny resemblance to Scatta's highly successful COOLIE DANCE and I predict big things for this one.
closely behind is Dave Kelly's new smasher BAD GAL. A terrific beat that
is absolutely irresistable and will have droves of dancehall patrons hittin
the dancefloors, Dave Kelly outdid himself again. Baby Cham leads the
pack with his "Hood", as well as on a killer combination with
upcoming artist Toi. Further entries on the same riddim come from Macka
Diamond, Cobra, and Spice & Toi (again). I LOVE the way Dave Kelly
keeps breaking out new artists on virtually every project, yet I miss
the follow-ups. While Ms.Thing is taking a break from the biz to have
her firsy baby, I wonder what, for example, happened to last year's hot
new singing sensation J ? How bout some more tunes from him? Next time
Yute Deh's SPANISH FLY riddim dropped a bit out of the picture but is
still represented by Kiprich at #10 but with riddims out like sand pon
di beach, it is VERY hard to maintain one's position. Don Corleon's TIGHTY
TIGHTY is still hot with TOK at #5 and Ele at #15 and a tuff Ward 21 that
set off quite a battle with Gentleman over the #20 spot this time.
of roots material for the month of december. I know I have been going
off bout how the european roots releases have been far superior over the
yard ones this year, and, as if to prove me wrong, all of a sudden I am
confronted by a SLEW of massive roots tracks outta Jamaica. 5th Elements'
riddim that goes by the same name has been out for a while now, yet just
reached our area. The riddim is an absolute KILLER and both Richie Spice's
"Marijuana" and Chuck Fender's "I Swear" have been
big hits world-wide. They are both HUGE in NM as well, as is a third song
on the riddim by Sizzla (also on his new Greensleeves album "Life").
The biggest tune in Jamaica this year HAS to be newcomer I-Wayne's "Cant
Satisfy Her". On the re-created FATHER JUNGLE ROCK, I-Wayne sing-jays:
"One man cant satisfy her, she need more wood for the fire, sex-price
gettin higher, a more money she require!" Very unusual lyrics dealing
with prostitution-definitely not your run-of-the-mill kinda thing. Very
original and VERY successful!
Records re-vamped the classic WHEN I FALL IN LOVE and got original veteran
vocalist Ken Boothe teamed up with Anthony B and Mr.Vegas. Pure niceness,
as is Ele's informer tune "Vampire". Big Yard's STOP THAT TRAIN/RETURN
riddim is still kickin around, this time with Voice Mail's fine "Jamaican
Jiggas", while everybody else is bubblin under this month. I was
VERY happy to see that there was a new release out on Mr.Tipsy Records,
one of the labels that was quite popular in the early nineties, when Brotherhood
first started out. It's a re-creation of Burning Spear's classic MARCUS
GARVEY and both Bunny Rugs and Natty King sound excellent, with further
tunes from the likes of Tony Rebel just out. Go so Mr.Tipsy-finally pon
both feet again!!! Penthouse Records re-did Dennis Brown's SOME LIKE IT
HOT, with Freddy McGregor covering the song well by himself, but the real
excitement comes in when dj Assassin jumps on the track together with
him, deciding that Jamaica's "Youth Well Cold". As if this weren't
enough already, Donovan "Don Corleon" Bennett, usually known
for his hi-fever dancechall attacks, has built his first roots riddim
entitled DROP LEAF and Germany's Gentleman rides the vibe quite well.
There are further killers from Jah Cure, Luciano and a host of others
on this, so check it !!!
So I think there's nuff new-tune-shopping for y'all to do. It certainly is the right season for it. If you want a taste of many of these tunes, I will be on KUNM radio on December 30th. Check on the dates-page for more info,ok? For next month Don Corleon has his new beat pon the streets already (the MIDDLE EAST), John John released yet another latin-influenced dancehall crasher known as CHICATITA and who knows what else will come to pass? Have a nice holiday season and as always: remember to deck the halls with
of kali !!!