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Def Jamaica
     

Def Jamaica

 

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Though hip-hop ruled the singles charts all through 2002-2003, artists weren't progressing very much, reliant on warmed-over R&B as well as the fourth or fifth comeback of the gangsta movement in the past ten years. Dancehall artists started picking up the slack(ness) starting in the summer of 2002, led by the wildly popular diwali rhythm as well as killer crossovers

Overview

Though hip-hop ruled the singles charts all through 2002-2003, artists weren't progressing very much, reliant on warmed-over R&B as well as the fourth or fifth comeback of the gangsta movement in the past ten years. Dancehall artists started picking up the slack(ness) starting in the summer of 2002, led by the wildly popular diwali rhythm as well as killer crossovers from Sean Paul ("Gimme the Light," "Get Busy"), Wayne Wonder ("No Letting Go"), Elephant Man ("Pon de River, Pon de Bank"), and Tanto Metro & Devonte ("Give It to Her"). On the wings of rap's continuing fascination with exotic ports of call (from Rio to Kingston), rap heavyweight Def Jam brought the two genres closer than they'd ever been with Def Jamaica, a collaboration with the Island/Tuff Gong label axis (all three of which are owned by Universal). Though only a few of these tracks were recorded in Jamaica, the crossover works nearly perfectly; the stuttered digital perfection of dancehall producers like Tony Kelly (a veteran trackmaster for Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy) makes the perfect backing for Redman, Scarface, Joe Budden, and Ghostface Killah, whether the rappers are influenced by dancehall and ragga or not. And the dancehall vocalists are the best in the scene. Wonder, Paul, Elephant Man, and Tanto Metro all make appearances, peppering the choruses with the hooks while the rappers build the verses. The largely hip-hop track "Lyrical .44" is the best here, featuring Method Man and Redman collaborating with Damian "Junior Gong" Marley. The three bonus tracks rank highly as well; first up is a remix of Beenie Man's "Dude," followed by the prototype for this compilation, 1998's "Top Shotta" featuring DMX with Sean Paul and Mr. Vegas. Last of all, Wayne Marshall freestyles over a remix of one of 2003's most ubiquitous singles, the Neptunes' "Frontin'," featuring Pharrell and Jay-Z. [Def Jamaica was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602498607404
catalogNumber:
000119902

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Nigel Staff   Keyboards
Jim Jones   Group Member
Juelz Santana   Group Member
Maurice Gregory   Keyboards,Vocals
Megan Milanese   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Dave Kelly   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Sly & Robbie   Producer,Instrumentation
M. Stein   Composer
M. Andrews   Composer
Bonzai Jim Caruso   Engineer
Fatta   Engineer
Tony Kelly   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Stephen Marley   Producer,Instrumentation
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Anthony Kelly   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Producer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Eric Cohen   Executive Producer
R. Noble   Composer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Keith Slattery   Engineer
Daron Jones   Producer,Instrumentation
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Disco D   Engineer
Dameon Beckett   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Jason Rea   Engineer
Rudy Valentino   Engineer
Cristy Barber   Executive Producer
Randy "The Executioner" Acker   Executive Producer
V. Charles   Composer
M. Myrie   Composer
C. Palmer   Composer
W Passley   Composer
M. Wolfe   Composer
Dave Hyman   Engineer
C. Grant   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
A.J. Gibbs   Composer
Akisia Grigsby   Art Direction
Platinum Brothers   Producer,Instrumentation
Niko Marzouca   Engineer
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Cameron Giles   Composer
Busy Signal   Engineer
Martin French   Illustration Concept
Colin Michaels   Engineer
Matt Stein   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Clifford Smith   Composer
LaRon James   Composer
Robert Aguilar   Composer

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