Time and time again you get a riddim that is well subscribed gaining global attention and recognition. Over the years there have been riddims which get traction but over months the buzz dies down. Only a few stick with you and are timeless so to speak.
Such an example of a timeless riddim is Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27 popularly known as Diwali Riddim released in 2002. The riddim was credited to Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden and it features, Sean Paul with ‘Get Busy’, who was the stand out artist on the riddim. Probably the reason the riddim gained such prominence. The riddim also features, Elephant Man, Lumidee, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Spragga, Brick and Lace and Wayne Wonder.
Without getting too much into Diwali, the reason I am talking of timeless is to pay homage to one of, if not the greatest modern dancehall riddim in the last 10 years. Released in November 2011, and produced by Warriors Music Production, ‘Think Twice Riddim’ stands out as a timeless rhythm. With at least 8 stand out singles the riddim also boasts a star studded cast who do justice to the Think Twice song originally by Canadian Celine Dion and also sampled by RnB’s Brandy in ‘Another Day in Paradise’.
The riddim features, Sir Ford, Fanton Mojah, Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Duane Stevenson, Devano, Luciano, Turbulence, Zamunda, Dameon Gayle and Lymie Murray. Picking a top pick from the selection proved to be an impossible task and the best I can do is just leave you the selection to go through and make a decision for yourself.
Sir Ford – Oh Lord
Fanton Mojah – Rasta Got Soul
Lutan Fyah – Rastafari Leads the Way
Devano – In This Jungle
Luciano – I Can, You Can
Turbulence – Stay Away
Duane Stevenson – Think Twice
Zamunda – Forever Loving Jah
Anthony B – Too Much Guns in Town
The reggae riddim covers the important issues in Jamaica from poverty, violence, the Rastafari faith and love and oneness. This is a definite listen to, to those of you who have not yet given it a chance. A top 5 star riddim which will have people talking about for years to come.