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Hitmatic Records scores with Ackee Seed riddim Featured

Entertainment News Written by  Millsy Friday, 01 June 2012 19:59 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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  US-based recording company Hitmatic Records locked down FM radio earlier this year with the Ackee Seed riddim featuring several dancehall heavyweights and a nice mix of younger acts.
 
The riddim is a bouncy typical dancehall riddim but what makes the riddim special are the wicked, icepick-sharp synthesizer beatsthat raise the tempo of the riddim to a new level of lyricism each time they chip in. This is the factor that brings out the best in the artistes. 
 
The brilliant Vybz Kartel leads out this riddim with a throwback flow from the early 2000s. He deejays: 'yu hot eh/no if no but no maybe/dem flop eh/dem a bitch, yu a lady'. It shows why Kartel is dancehall music's Picasso, who is just really better than everyone else. His black sense of humour is incredible and when he deejays: "her lifestyle cripple like Christopher Reeve", you can't help but chuckle.
 
Flexx is a solid deejay with a nice turn of phrase and he delivers the goods when he combines with theBillboard-charting Ms Ting on ‘Gimme Wah Mi Want’.  The air is charged with sexual chemistry when Flexx and Ms Ting begin their sexy interplay, using delicious metaphors and racy imagery that would make even a ghetto barmaid blush. 
 
Beenie Man is at his hit-making best with ‘Thunda Roll’, vibesy romp where Beenie swears he willnever change his womanizing ways. Beenie Man has an uncanny knack for coming upwith catchy singalong hooks where he swears: ‘thunda roll and bruk mi neck andbuss mi head, mi woulda rather dead before a bwoy coulda touch mi like how him touch him head”. 
 
Capleton is one of those rare dancehall figures whose voice gains force and resonance as he grows older. Capleton wows the listener on ‘Fire Light Dem’, bringing fire and energy to his verses and great lyricism to the chorus as he deejays: dem always blamethe music  and neva blame the media/Dem  never blame the alcohol, dem always  the weed-ya/mi never hear dem  put nuh blame pon the false leada.
 
Sizzla shines on ‘ThingThat What You’re Looking For’ and he waxes lyrical as he serenades a girl, promising that he has the goodies that she needs and has been looking for. Pinchers goes hardcore on ‘Needle One’ as he describes a passionate night of love-making while Merciless brings his deep gravelly voice to the boudoir with Bed a Rattle. Di bed a rattle/gal inna mi tabernacle/her body ah get hackle/ and her footdem shackle/gal fi get slide tackle. It’s all a bit kinky, but Merciless shows that he can still kick rhymes with the best of them.  
 
Spice shows why she is the heir apparent to Lady Saw with the hard-hitting ‘Gyal a Chat’ where she listsout her numerous while taunting her matey  who “no more than mi/she nuh look good likemi/gal yu nuh shape like mi’. Lisa Hyper boasts that “mi bad inna dance and bad inna bed” on Giddy Up, and shows she knows a bit of astrology with rhymes that reference the planets of Mercury and Pluto.
 
Lady Saw goes raw on ‘Truth Be Told’ where she lists out the merits of her, ahem, assets bragging that sheknows how to swing on the pole, and how she has the best body-part-that-rhymes-with-pole. If you didn’t know it before, Marion Hall has been put on mute, Lady Saw is back and she means business. 
 
Other standout songs include Mad Cobra’s ‘Hairdresser Nuh Like Her’, and the fiery Face lays down a challenge with ‘Talk’. Newcomer Jevari shows just how talented he is and that he is a voice for the future with pop-influenced ‘Just As I Am’ while Derrick Parker brings humour with ‘Mix Up Time’. Newcomer Shana S also does well with 'Tell a Gal Fi Back Up' where she shows her bad-gyal credentials.
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