TEENage Hitlist - October 30
WHAT makes a hit? Is it the lyrics, the artiste, the hype at the time? Is it "something special" about the voice or rhythm?
The TEENage Hitlist pinpoints the hits and the misses as soon as we hear both local and international releases.
Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor
AFTER a relatively low-key presence within the local music industry, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor has returned with the Moving Riddim.
The riddim is one-drop reggae riddim, and features a slew of artistes, both veteran and contemporary. The compilation's title track comes from an inspirational Mr Easy.
Instrumentation wise, the project's production incorporates the sounds expected from a one-drop riddim, such as heavy drums, trumpets, and dub elements.
The legendary Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor delivered songs of their stature to the compilation. Both stuck to the Moving theme, with Griffiths speaking on exiting a relationship filled with infidelity, and McGregor crooning that everyone can overcome their everyday struggles and will Be Alright.
Anthony B's Give Praises shares a similar message to Be Alright as well.
Chino's Boom Draw features dancehall toasting about one of Rastafari's most widespread sacraments, while Lutan Fyah's Hold A Medz champions individual productivity.
Hawaiian reggae superstar J Boog asks for solutions to social inequalities in his Change Up Your Evil Ways, and Black Am I asks for societal wrongdoers to implore Common Sense in order to deter from destructive actions.
Christopher Martin swoons his large female fanbase with What Can I Do (Without A Woman), and Di Genius does the same in Need My Love.
Moving Riddim also includes a song by Jah Cure, who has had a lessened frequency of song releases for 2012. Jah Cure's How Can I Forget is a lover's tale about the strength of one's relationship.
TEENage Hitlist believes that the Moving Riddim is a necessary release in a dancehall-dominated Jamaica musical landscape, and is sure to please reggae lovers globally.