In the Streets to Africa

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645175623
  • Catalog Number: 1756
  • Sales rank: 49,321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Up (4:33)
  2. 2 Open the Door (3:38)
  3. 3 Youth dem Cold (3:45)
  4. 4 Babylon a Gwaan (3:00)
  5. 5 Digital Ways (4:33)
  6. 6 Sunny Day (3:33)
  7. 7 Baby Face (3:39)
  8. 8 Uptown Girl (3:33)
  9. 9 Brown Skin (3:39)
  10. 10 Groovin My Girl (3:49)
  11. 11 High Grade (3:46)
  12. 12 Mind off of Me (4:06)
  13. 13 Take It Easy (3:31)
  14. 14 Can't Stop Loving Jah (3:17)
  15. 15 Motherland Calling (4:36)
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Album Credits

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
Paul Shields Mastering
Stephen Gibson Producer
Delroy Foster Producer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards Mastering
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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