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Freedom Cry

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No matter what you think of this singer-deejay's extremist politics, you cannot deny his immense talent. Sizzla first grabbed the attention of the reggae world with his '95 "Black and Comely" hit "combination" with tenor Mikey General, in which the then-19-year-old Sizzla managed to demonstrate the radical potential of reggae deejay (rap) style with the brief line "I and I a pure African." The following year Sizzla swept the scene with the force of Hurricane Georges. Two albums, released simultaneously in August '97 by dueling labels, Brickwall's Black Woman and Child and Xterminator's Praise Ye Jah, collected a mere fraction of the rapturous black redemption Sizzla songs that made him a reggae obsession and object of hip-hop fascination. Equipped with the reggae deejay's requisite bluster plus the singer's ability to pitch a note anywhere on the scale, Sizzla subsumes even those considerable gifts to the riddim God, dropping the words to his resonant lyrics like the lightning-swift polyrhythms of a master drummer. Sizzla's aesthetic compass is precisely on course and his craft even further refined for this set of hit singles from Xterminator (which precedes the release of another album from Brickwall). For many frustrated reggae fans, though, the near sacramental awe Sizzla evokes here is undermined by those off-the-record public harangues against Christians, white people, and other "Babylonians." --Elena Oumano
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: VP Records
  • ASIN: B00000DMYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It just may be the greatest reggae album I have ever heard. The only competition comes from early Yellowman and Sizzla's other albums. When he hits that high note in "Lovely Morning"...
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Going through the annals of my collection of Sizzla Kalonji records (about 20 now) I came across Freedom Cry and its UK/Jamaican counterpart "Kalonji" and I realized that I hadn't really ever sat down and listened to it, even though I pretty much already knew just about every tune by heart except for the title track. Anyway, I put it on, and it put out such an incredible vibe that everybody in my house was just sitting around knocking their heads and just feeling the beautiful lyrics on this one. Everybody already knows about Black Woman & Child, and Praise Ye Jah, which both were released the year before this one, and this one went pretty much overlooked. (I bought it, and overlooked it for about 3 years) But its an album like this one and Burning Up, and Good Ways, and Royal Son of Ethiopia that helps build Sizzla's legend outside of his 2 legendary, classic records. This one is absolutely cleansed of all bad tunes and just truly a wonderful record. My favorite tunes include, Freedom Cry, the wonderful Saturated, the hit Rain Showers, which was so good that it was released as a download single in the US and did pretty well, Till It Some More, Real, and my absolute favorite Ancient Memories, which he does so well in concert. Overall, I say, if you like Sizzla and you don't have this one, then certainly pick this one up, if you haven't already. And if you have it, then put it on, its truly a wonderful project.
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To state the obvious would be moot. Just listen to "Made Of" & "Dem Ah Try Ah Ting" & tell me you don't feel the fury & fire of this young prophet. All killa no filla, this is his strongest output to date; supa props to Xterminator for beats & production. The Righteous shall stand, the weak heart shall drop. Prince Far I & Peter Tosh are smiling gleefully right now. Praise H.I.M.!!!!
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By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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i think sizzla is the best reggae artist because he speaks the truth in all his lyrics fire bun pope paul fire bun babylon fire bun all false preachers JAH RASTAFARI LIVETH FOR IVER
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While at first this album seemed to fall short of Praise Ye Jah, I quickly realized all this album was was different. Freedom Cry is another brilliant lyrical performance by Sizzla and the production at first leaves you wondering...but after a few listens it's almost an album you can hear straight through. The beats suit Sizzla well and the different mood of this album might make it his best ever. No hesitation in recommending this album to others for immediate purchase. You won't be crying after picking this one up despite the title.
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By A Customer on April 26, 1999
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The first time I heard his music I wasn't too keen on listening to him again, but a strange vibe came to me and I realized that he was one of Jah's messengers. His lyrics are hard core but true, I believe probably that's what I like most about him. It is nice to see positive people promoting positive vibes. If I had one wish concerning Sizzla it would be to meet him and share some of his knowledge. I must say he is truly gifted.
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From "Real" to "Ancient Memories", Freedom Cry along with Praise Ye Jah is definately 2 of the best reggae albums of the 90's. Only 2nd and 3rd to Buju Banton's Til Shiloh. The album Freedom Cry is 13 tracks of nicely produced riddims with powerful lyrics to captivate the mind, body & soul. Africa will rise again, love Jah Rastafari.
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One Of Sizzla's Best.......
Teaching the youths more about the "babylonian" System in "Real"
Telling us about "What does Black people Made of.."
And guiding us to not go astray....not envy our brethren.
Sizzla Fire "bun down" all governmental "downpression"
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