Be I Strong

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Barnes & Noble - Patricia Meschino
With a colony of orthodox Rasta adherents at his call and a reputation for verbal attacks on fans and foes alike, the young deejay Sizzla is reggae's most controversial figure. His fiery incantations smolder with Rastafarian reasoning and righteous rage BE I STRONG sets Sizzla's incendiary declamations to majestic dancehall rhythms, courtesy of producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrell and an assemblage of Jamaica's finest musicians, including drummer Sly Dunbar and saxophonist Dean Frasier. On the title cut, Sizzla's freestyle spiritual pronouncements are paired with a funky reggae party groove, the same rhythm utilized on "The Vibes," his duet with dancehall prophet (and...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Meschino
With a colony of orthodox Rasta adherents at his call and a reputation for verbal attacks on fans and foes alike, the young deejay Sizzla is reggae's most controversial figure. His fiery incantations smolder with Rastafarian reasoning and righteous rage BE I STRONG sets Sizzla's incendiary declamations to majestic dancehall rhythms, courtesy of producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrell and an assemblage of Jamaica's finest musicians, including drummer Sly Dunbar and saxophonist Dean Frasier. On the title cut, Sizzla's freestyle spiritual pronouncements are paired with a funky reggae party groove, the same rhythm utilized on "The Vibes," his duet with dancehall prophet (and equally combustible superstar) Capleton. Sizzla's vocal volatility is particularly effective on the spiritually provocative "Get Lively" and the empowering "Live Longer," both displaying a zealous commitment to uplifting dancehall's lyrical standards while taking a hard line on righteous living and faith.
All Music Guide - Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Sizzla continues to shake things up with his third release, Be I Strong. This offering erupts with the DJ's volcanic delivery and scorching political lyrics. The hard-driving opening track, "Men and People," sets the tone by proclaiming, "Babylon your judgement a come right away." His powerful presence is such that you dare not question this or any of the other keen observations on this album. Backed by reggae legends such as Sly Dunbar on drums and Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar, Sizzla's aim is near-perfect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645156325
  • Catalog Number: 1563
  • Sales rank: 308,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Men & People (3:54)
  2. 2 Love Is All (3:57)
  3. 3 Diamon & Pearl (3:59)
  4. 4 Bless Bless (3:52)
  5. 5 Stop the Youth (3:55)
  6. 6 Live & Learn (3:52)
  7. 7 Mi King (3:51)
  8. 8 Be I Strong (3:57)
  9. 9 The Vibes (3:58)
  10. 10 Get Lively (3:42)
  11. 11 No Chance (3:57)
  12. 12 Live Longer (4:03)
  13. 13 Powerful (3:53)
  14. 14 Nah Suffer (4:01)
  15. 15 Stop Violate (4:08)
  16. 16 Keep Out A Bad Company (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sizzla Primary Artist
Winston Bowen Guitar
Donald Dennis Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Robert Lyn Piano
Christopher Meredith Bass, Keyboards
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Jazzwad Bass, Piano, Drums
Malachi Drums
Stephen Stanley Keyboards
George "Dusty" Miller Drums
Technical Credits
Philip "Fatis" Burrell Producer
Paul Daley Engineer
Sugar Minott Composer
Luke Slater Composer
Joel Chin Mastering
Paul Shields Mastering
Mr. Chung Artwork
Julien "Frenchie" Massonnet Artwork
Skoolaz Engineer
Skoolaz Engineer
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