Da Real Thing

Da Real Thing

by Sizzla


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Da Real Thing

The leader of the Bobo Dread contingent continues to flirt with overexposure on this, his fifth release of 2002 (not counting Best of Sizzla: The Story Unfolds, also released in 2002). Luckily, Sizzla's energy seems to be unlimited and his bag of lyrics bottomless. And producer Bobby Digital appears to have an equally unlimited supply of neo-roots rhythms on hand; this is not the usual grab bag of familiar rhythms delivered in lackluster computer renderings, but a generous program of generally new and original instrumental arrangements played by actual human beings (and produced in the digitally clean style that is Bobby Digital's trademark). Not surprisingly, Da Real Thing continues in roughly the same vein as, er, last month's Ghetto Revolutionary: the "fire bun" rhetoric is still present, but no longer as fierce or prominent as before, and there are several tender love songs in place of the strident sexual lectures in which he and his brethren generally indulge. One of the album's most touching songs is "Thank U Mamma," in which he specifically thanks his mother for putting up with him in the womb for nine months and for preparing him to be a good husband and father. "Trod Mt. Zion" is a powerful chant of resistance to the blandishments of Babylon, while "Boom & Go Through" sets similar sentiments to a strutting hip-hop beat. The album closes with the surprisingly sensual (but musically weak) "Touch Me," on which he teams up with singer Rochelle. Releasing albums at this rate may not be the smartest long-term marketing move for someone in Sizzla's position, but it's hard to imagine a fan of neo-roots reggae who's going to complain.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645164924
catalogNumber: 1649
Rank: 92372

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sizzla   Primary Artist,Harmony
Dalton Browne   Guitar,Harmony
Ian Coleman   Guitar
Donald Dennis   Bass
Bobby Dixon   Recorder
Sly Dunbar   Percussion
Dean Fraser   Horn
Paul Henton   Keyboards
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Nambo   Horn
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Leroy Heywood   Drums
Rochelle   Harmony
Benjy Myaz   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Meredith   Bass
Bradley Brown   Drums
David Anglin   Percussion
Mojo   Harmony
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Drums,Overdubs

Technical Credits

Bobby Digital   Producer,Engineer
Bobby Dixon   Producer
Deron D. James   Art Direction

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Da Real Thing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sizzla your words of music alway uplift my standards of life and as many known you speak words of truth just like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh in which i take in and try to carry in my everyday life. I hope you will continue the good words which you teach in your music. I am a big fan of yours Sizzla I came to the show which was on the 28 of February at the National Stadium I am a Grenadian and just lessoning to your songs you change me completely, your music manifest in my soul and the reason why you are my favorite artist is because you alway big up the ladies and encourage them to leave up to their standards of life and giving them energy in your music that help them appreciate life more and i admire your music and keep up the work. Always teach the youths the right and keep up the interaction, with we the youths because we appreciate that, you take time to talk to us and in the show you prove. Now we know that you are the preacher son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a blessing that a wonderful artist such as Sizzla could give you hope with the songs and melodies from his album: Da Real Thing. I thank jah each and every day for the song Sizzla put out :Thank you Mama" reminds me of the nine months my mother carried me and makes me feel closer to her,