Wednesday, September 28, 2011

General Levy - Ramp Wid Di Riddim

Okay, so we’re a little late on this but we thought it was worth a post, nonetheless. General Levy dropped this 7-inch via Ariwa back in August. Somehow it flew under the Afropop radar (we might have been at the beach). Produced by Mad Professor the track is a hark back to the days of reggae dancehall when things were a little bit edgier and not so poppy. That’s not to day we don’t have love for tracks like “Hold Yuh,” but it’s nice to hear the raw, dubby influences on “Ramp Wid di Riddim.”

What really impresses on this track, though, is Levy’s mad fast chat on it. We’re not sure we’ve heard faster chatting (or rapping) ever in our lives. Somebody get Busta Rhymes on the phone. It’s not all just in the speed. Levy maintains a paced rhythm throughout that is both infectious and head-spinning.

Levy hails from the UK and is a product of the Jungle scene back in the 90s. We’re not sure if this single is one-off or if we will begin to hear more cuts from him like this but for now, we are addicted to this refreshing and surprising cut.

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