Album Review

[coll] Toe 2 Toe Vol. IX

Mr. Lucky   8/14/2006   A Library

Jet Star Records has put together a string of excellent collections entitled “Toe 2 Toe” in which they pair up 2 of Reggae’s prominent Deejays or Singers “inna tune fi tune clash”. This edition features Jah Cure & Richie Spice, two of today’s hottest dancehall singers. Richie Spice is from a family of successful singers (his brother Spanner Banner appears on #9) & has seen much success in the past couple of years as he’s dropped a string of hits. His sweet, near falsetto voice & sing-jay style have won over the dancehalls worldwide, & his talent is evident in many of the songs on this collection. Jah Cure’s rise to fame was also helped along by his mentors & peers, but his unique voicings and style are what made his a favorite in the new roots movements of the last few years. The tragedy is that many of these songs may have been recorded from jail. Jah Cure was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 1999 for two , all arising from the same incident. At the time, he was 19 years old & had barely begun to make a stir in the music scene. He has since released 2 albums & a number of singles from jail, including a huge hit recently with “Reflections”, a song about his experience in the GP. Nonetheless the pairing of these 2 talents is excellent and is required listening. -Mr. Lucky

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