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AFTER A LONG WAIT DUTTY ROCK IS HERE
on November 14, 2002
After the very successful debut album Stage One, Sean Paul has come out with a sophmore album. The album has already had huge attention do the hype that has been given to the song "Gimme The Light.
The album which was orignally supposed to be released in May is filled with hits. "Gimme the Light" is one of the most played and requested songs throughout the United States. Although it came out early 2001 and was on a riddiim that got strong play in the Dancehall, it has found a new market a market that mostly does not even know much about Dancehall.
Gimme the light is one of the best examples why this artist does well. His ability to sit on a riddim is equalled by very few (superstars like Super Cat and Buju Banton come to mind) and the flow of his voice is just magic. Of course the video with actual Jamaican dancers doing Jamaican dances directed by Little X was a huge help also.
This is the first dancehall song that has not been remixed or taken from it's original format and found such success in the United States, making it historic.
Another big hit on the album is Like Glue which was a huge hit in the Dancehall in 2001. The riddim caller the Buy Out was done by one of the best producers in Jamaiacan history, Tony Kelly.
Can You Do The Work (featuring Ce'Cile) was the song that Sean did on the big riddim for 2001, the Liquid, which was built by his manager Jeremy Harding. The song is a classic, Cecile and Sean Paul go back and forth having the classic boy meets girl argument. The steamy and creative lyrics these young stars come up with are amazing.
Punkie is a huge hit that Sean did for Richie "D" Martin on the Grooving riddim, a riddim which in itself is classic. He does a spanish version of the song at the end of the CD and he surprised me with his mastering of the spanich tongue.
I'm Still In Love With You (featuring Sasha, this is a remake of huge hit that was done by (Reggae Legend) Alton Ellis in the 60's and redone by the Marcia Aitkens who took it to number one on the British Charts. The remastering done by producers Steely & Clevie brings a fresheness to the old Classic, yet it does not stray from the richness of the original song. Sasha and Sean Paul ride the tune like masters.
Gimme The Light Remix (featuring Busta Rhymes) done by Sean's brother Jason "Jigzagula" Henriques also brings a new angle to the song. Busta with his Jamaican ancestry rides the riddim well (thank God they did not put hip hop beats in there) and then Sean makes up new lyrics just for the remix, Wicked!!
There are also some new songs on their such as "Get Busy" which is done on the most popular riddim in Dancehall right now The Dwali. He also sings the song "Bubbles" with one of Jamaica's most creative artists Farenheit. Also listen for Shout!!
the CD is definitely worth having Memba me told you. It is a collector's item already for it's historic feat of breaking through that hard wall set up for non american music to be kept out of the Main Stream. My Only problem with this CD is that unlike the first one it is not enhanced.