When the 2 hookup, the results can be downright outstanding, and Kelly has, for years, been promising that Cham would someday crossover. Meet 'crossover' which comes in the form of a modern dancehall classic over an old sounding riddim which has become one of the biggest of all time.
The 85 riddim has revolutionized Baby Cham's career and the 1 Ghetto Story over it is why. The song hit soooooooo huge that, while signed to a major off of the strength of his previous hit Vitamin S, also here, Ghetto Strength made it mandatory that his album be released and no longer relegated to 'coming soon' status, and coming off the heels of the boomshot that Welcome to Jamrock by Jr Gong, the not too disimilar vibe that is Ghetto Story found a huge audience overseas in the states.
The album is fairly typical Baby Cham however, and ultimately that is what will be the main point here. Luckily all the talent at Madhouse doesn't belong to Kelly and the dj himself has a flow to match some of the best in the business. The best song here is without a doubt Ghetto Story, the addictive 85 riddim will keep that one in dj booths for decades probably. Done over a fiesta riddim sounding vibe, the song works on sooooooo many levels. Also check Boom Boom, a combination with Bajan star Rihanna which i was sure I wouldn't like but has grown on me completely; the ultra creative Cham in typical dancehall bragadocious stylee; and one of my favorites here, Love it Like That.
That song took a couple of rotations to grow on me, however, now that I have it gets at least 5 spins before I flip to another track! Love It Like That is typical gyal tune with a female singer, credited as Triniti but its over that simplistic Madhouse production and it works! And I definitely reccomend what is credited as the sequel to Ghetto Story, Rudebwoy Pledge which sounds rather odd with its 45 second intro, however when it gets going its nearly as impressive as its predecessor.
What's bad here? Well the sog Fat Punanny is about as close to hip hop as this one gets and its pretty bad. But besides just the one tune, oddly enough Ghetto Story seems bent on making the listener tired of Ghetto Story. The song appears in 3 different renditions, all backed by the 85 riddim, trading no featured artist for first Alicia Keys and then Akon, and if that isn't enough Ghetto Story for you, then there's also the video! Overall, the concern with crossover albums like these when it comes to reggae, for the reggae listener, is exactly how much crossover material will there be?
There is virtually none here and this one will satisfy the dancehall heads out there like me. The fan who picks it up because they really liked the first single, never fear! There is more than enough Ghetto Story to go around here. Make sure you take it all in though, after it dies down, Baby Cham and Dave Kelly will soon retreat again to the batcave to begin working on the next masterpiece. I'm not totally sure what to think of this album, but one thing is for sure, I definitely do not like it.
As far as the dancehall genre is concerned, this album falls far short. There are no tracks on this album that actually makes you want to dance. I suppose the album is worth checking out, Cham has a unique sound, but its nothing i'd go nuts over. As a collector of lots of reggae albums, I bought Cham's Ghetto Story a few years ago without knowing anything about him or the album. It grabbed me immediately and is still my favorite dancehall album.
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