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KOPA TAKES THE CUP & Baby Cham is the man of the hour !!!!

NEW Mexico Reggae Dancehall Charts Dec 2004

1
(new)
Baby Cham & Ninai Sky
Turning Me On
Black Chiney
2
14
Richie Spice
Marijuana
5th Element
3
18
I-Wayne
Can't Satisfy Her
Loyal Soldier
4
(new)
Baby Cham
Hood
Mad House
5
2
TOK
Shake Your Body
Don Corleon/ Greensleeves
6
(new)
Spice & Toi
Right There
Mad House
7
(new)
Capleton
Who You Calling Nigger
Black Chiney
8
(new)
Chuck Fender
I Swear
5th Element
9
(new)
Freddy McGregor & Assassin
Youth Well Cold
Penthouse
10
1
Kiprich
Senorita
Dem Yute Deh/ Greensleeves
11
(new)
Baby Cham & Toi
That's How I Ride
Mad House
12
(new)
Bunny Rugs
Marcus Garvey
Mr. Tipsy
13
(new)
Sizzla
Haven't I Told You
Don Corleon
14
(new)
Macka Diamond
Chase Money
Mad House
15
11
Elephant Man
Highty Tighty
Don Corleon
16
(new)
Ken Booth, Anthony B & Mr. Vegas
When I Fall In Love
Peoples
17
(new)
Elephant Man
Father Elephant
Black Chiney
18
(new)
Voice Mail
Jamaican Jiggas
Big Yard/VP
19
(new)
Cobra
Ah Who
Mad House
20
(new)
Gentleman
Intoxication
Don Corleon
updated Dec 05, 2004

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.

Following 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 maybe?

Dem 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.

Plenty 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!

People's 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

LOTS of kali !!!

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