So the man has been in prison for a long time and all of a sudden we get this? When this came out it was a bit odd but after watching Jamaican Tv show Onstage it all became clearer. This single is coming on on Vybz Kartel’s wife’s label which is focused on clean and positive songs. The only other people signed to the label are his kids. We are struggling to think of any other song that is so school positive. This is the first of the many great cuts on the Toasted Riddim to get it’s own video.
Look it’s quiet for riddims (RIP Roach the don who was half of the team that made the last great riddim Overproof Riddim). There are small bits and pieces out there but nothing that will make you consider that running 5 or 6 songs in a row just because it’s that great. Toasted Riddim by TJ Records could be the one. Let’s talk about the riddim which has echoes of early nineties riddims which it’s simple marching band drum structure. Then the cuts Aidonia channeling Little Lenny, Vybz Kartel being amazing (some of the new stuff hasn’t stuck this wiil), and plenty other artists. Oh wait thats right RDX doing Pum Pum Medley (including I see you smile interpolation), Konshens and Mad Cobra all make appearances.
Action Bronson goes reggae with this remix from the Soul Force cats. Bronson’s non sequiturs make him a difficult person to remix but he sounds great on this classic reggae riddim. This is taken from their latest mixtape which you can listen to here. Above we have put the video of Bronson on Vybz Kartel’s Money from last year.
As 2012 comes into its last few days we decided to repeat last year’s near- impossible task of picking our top 20 tunes of the year. Based on the tunes we have been playing out and the tunes we have been listening to at HDD Headquarters, in no particular order, here are our top hip hop, dancehall and tropical tunes of 2012.