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Rakkas Crew outta Miami produced this. You will surely remember their very inventive Clappas riddim from 2003, and perhaps also Red alert from 2004.
Again an inventive riddim, that perhaps made more impact as an influence on other riddim makers then the dancehall crowd. This showed that it works perfectly well to put JA top DJ:s over a riddim that is more or less a techno rave. Not a week track, and if you like the style this (together with Siren) is probably what you value the most of the 2005 riddim.
Again… very inventive, very impressing! All the artist comes over really well, and you can tell the Rakkas crew demands (or pays) more from (or to :) ) the artist then many other producers.
This one is Sizzla who, once again, had an impressing year.
The man is a genious (as Lars recently pointed out to me). Can anyone understand how he manages to come up with a truly great tune every second week? Because, I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that he’s produced 20 real high quality tunes a year the last 5-6 years. Along with 50 good ones a year. How does he manage to sound fresh all this time? Why don’t we grew tired? Most artists stand 3 great tunes and 30 other and then everyone is tired of their style (I Wayne will be one, trust me pon dat.)
And the amount of tunes he has released is just staggering.
However, and interesting thing is that he is probably far from the most recorded artist in JA music history. They used to say Dennis Brown was the most recorded, but I don’t think that is true anymore, I think Gregory Isaacs (“de man whe dem call Hitla” as the late intro man Fussy Jones put it), is the most recorded.
It’s said that Gregory has released about 120 LP:s (I saw someone on the Internet a few years back said he owned 104 of them, so that is probably true). That would mean about 1500 song or so. Then count the 7":s, got to be another 1000 – 1500 at least. Then all the dubs, at least 2000 - 4000 over the years I would think. This would replace him Dennis Brown as the most recorded artist in reggae I think. (When I count I have about 550 Isaacs tunes, and really it feel just like a small selection - generally when I hear an Isaacs tune it is new to me.)
Se where does Sizzla stand? He’s releasing a lot, but when you think of it it's “only” about 30 CD releases in all 30 * 15 songs = 450 tunes. Even though Sizzla releases huge amounts of riddim cuts and dubs, I still think he has some way to go to approach Gregory. Then on the other other hand, he’s catching up quickly. Gregory has been a recording artist for 30 years (he was on top already in 75 or so). Give Sizzla another 5 years and he’s there!
Another one probably starting to compete with these guys is Luciano. He’s been working very hard the last years, and there just hardly isn’t any one drops he’s not got a version on. And question is if he doesn’t have had more CD:s out then Sizzla.