The beauty of the riddim culture in Jamaican music is that it is never too late to get onto the bandwagon with a particular rhythm. After having such a slow start to the year Busy Signal is back on the airwaves with Hang On. Hang On is an addition to 1993’s Sweets For My Sweet Riddim which features artists including Frenchie & The Dub Organiser, Judas, Top Cat and Jack Radics.
The Turf Boss brings back 1960s nostalgia with memories of the original track covered by the riddim. Sweets for My Sweet was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and originally recorded by The Drifters in 1961. The track has been covered by numerous artists over the years including The Searchers and forms the base of the riddim.
In addition to Richie Poo Music’s 2020 production, the riddim features other new artists. These include Christopher Martin, Kim Nain, Kevyn Voicemail, Nigma & Mr G, George P and Geoffery Star. The memorable track from the Drifters lives on nearly 60 years on. It just goes to show why the track made it to number 16 on the Billboard chart in 1961.
Busy signal leaves his stamp on the rhythm in another Turf classic. He drops bars to remember as he tells more of his life stories.
2019 was a very good year for Busy Signal with memorable songs like Great Men, Got To Tell You and Dolla Van. He has not been as prolific in 2020. However, we are not halfway through the year yet, so there is plenty of time for more songs. He probably just needed a holiday, unlike Vybz Kartel who can’t do anything else but make music in prison.
Rollback the years with Busy Signal on Sweets For My Sweet Riddim. It’s a classic riddim that is definitely worth your time. Look out for the other versions from Chris Martin and the aforementioned artists.