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In the Streets to Africa
     

In the Streets to Africa

by Richie Spice
 

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Richie Spice is no innovator, but he's undeniably a master of a certain variety of modern roots reggae -- the kind that blends old-school rhythms with modern technology and flirts with dancehall sounds while keeping the lyrical messages devout and socially conscious. Of course, at times the Rastafarian version of social consciousness can sound an awful lot like

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Richie Spice is no innovator, but he's undeniably a master of a certain variety of modern roots reggae -- the kind that blends old-school rhythms with modern technology and flirts with dancehall sounds while keeping the lyrical messages devout and socially conscious. Of course, at times the Rastafarian version of social consciousness can sound an awful lot like retrograde conservatism to Babylonian ears (notice that Spice's highest praise for womanhood is reserved for those who "know how to stitch and know how to hem"). Still, listeners can probably all agree that praising a woman for her domestic skills is better than bragging about how many people he's shot, and he does have other lyrical themes as well -- not to mention some heavyweight rhythms to work with, courtesy of producers like Devon Wheatley and Clive Hunt. Highlights include the brilliant sufferer's anthem "Youth Dem Cold," a very fine duo performance that features the late Joseph Hill (of Culture), and the sweet and simple "Take It Easy." Less inspiring are the strangely desultory "Get Up," which opens the album, and the generic nyahbinghi repatriation anthem that ends it.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645175623
catalogNumber:
1756

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Performance Credits

Richie Spice   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bobby Konders   Producer,Audio Production
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Livingston   Producer,Audio Production
Tommy McCook   Composer
Stephen Gibson   Producer
Delroy Foster   Producer
Donovan "Don Corleon" Bennett   Producer,Audio Production
Devon Wheatley   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Antonique Smith   Producer
Joseph Bogdanovich   Audio Production
DJ Wayne   Audio Production
Alton Smith   Audio Production
Dwight Lue   Audio Production
Andrew Prendergrast   Audio Production
Andre Lue   Audio Production
Stephen Gibson   Audio Production
Richard Myrie   Audio Production
Christopher Clark   Audio Production

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