COOLIE DANCE CONQUERS NEW MEXICO AGAIN !!!
The further we move into the new millenium, the more dancehall and hip-hop seem to interact & mingle to produce some potent off-spring. Dancehall has become a part of the mainstream in the U.S., as the BUZZ was followed by the DIWALI, which has now been succeeded by the COOLIE DANCE. Elephant Man's new anthem "Jook Gal" alongside Kiprich and rappers Twista & Young Bloodz shot up from #20 last month straight to the top. Whenever we think that the COOLIE DANCE's time MUST be over, it manages to rebound with a vengeance. Mr.Vegas & Wayne Anthony are still pulling it up on the riddim at #3, while Captain Barkey & Patchy's "Anthem" clocks in at #4. Christini & Delly Ranks' "Shake Shake" climbs up to #6, while Elephant Man's "Head Gwaan" re-enters at # 13.
South Rakkas' new RED ALERT charts, as Cecile raced up to hit the #2 spot with "Hot Like We". Nuff people hail Tanya Stephens as THE strongest female artist at this time (with the success of her "Gangsta Blues" album on VP) but I beg to differ, as Cecile takes the cake with strong tunes on nearly every riddim she rides. The selector Fire Links' first relase MAD INSTRUMENTS DANCE is represented by Capleton's scorching "Turn It Up", while another various artist selection is again led by the energy god Elephant Man. His lyrics are recycled from 2002's ESCALADE yet Sasha contibutes nicely alongside Big Tigger. Mr.Vegas' "Tamale" is holding tight at #12 , as the release date for his third album "Pull Up" has been pushed back to the end of June. Baby Cham & Jimmy Cheezetrix dropped down from #1 to #17, yet I expect Dave Kelly's PRETTY PRETTY riddim to recover & make a comeback. His brother Tony Kelly's (whom Jeremy Harding calls " possibly Jamaica's most competent & complete dancehall producer at this time") GRINDIN finally climbs on board in the form of TOK's "No Way Jose". Speaking of TOK: their "Gal U A Lead" has become a dancehall classic already and continues to chart at #7. Renaissance's hot, second beat TUNDA KLAP also makes it this month with Vybez Cartel's hardcore "Tekk". Stonelove's crisp, new BAD FLU has gotten folks infected in NM, especially Hawkeye's "Nah Penny Dem".
Rootical reggae seems to be witnessing a re-surgence in New Mexico as well, as no less than 5 tunes hit the top 20. Degree's counteraction to Tanya Stephen's "Its A Pity" has continued its climb (to #5) while the "Gangsta Blues" lady holds her corner at # 14. Natty King is still telling us "Dont Bring Your Guns To Town" while Henfield re-released Richie Spice's "Earth A Run Red"from 1998 due to its enormous success in Jamaica just within the last year. Last but not least Beres Hammond and Big Youth team up on the excellent "Good Ole Dancehall Vibes"
the hardcore front nuff KILLER riddims are bubblin' under and are on the
rise. I expect to see selections from FRENCH VANILLA, the pumping BLACKOUT
and the RED ALERT in these charts in the future.
Until then, keep rockin':