Wednesday, February 23, Kingston, Jamaica (A.I.M Inc): Razz & Biggy have come out blazing for 2011 with their first mixtape ‘Dancehall Interviews’, not only is it a hard hitting compilation of some of the hottest dancehall tracks and Riddims but also takes a jab at some of the controversial issues that have been ringing through the dancehall arena. The duo has over the years found themselves constantly finding creative ways to present their mixtapes and with this installment have continued on that path and in doing so provided in excess of 80 tracks of great entertainment value.
As the title suggests the mixtapes addresses a string of interviews that have taken place on local and international television and radio, from MTV to ER on TVJ to the well supported Raggashanti radio show. We hear the voices of Bounti Killer, Beenie Man, Aidonia and Vybz Kartel, last of which these interviews seemed to always be about.
Though highly controversial in nature, the dynamic Duo has found the perfect blend of lyrical bombs to complement the words echoed by the affiliated parties.
Dancehall interviews starts quite like us just turning on our radios, trying desperately to find the station that has something interesting to suite our ears, finally settling to the interview with Marvin Sparks of MTV Wrap Up and breaks into Aidonia’s comments about the interview, summing up to an ultimatum to Vybz Kartel, an ultimatum that he has refused to respond to.
The next snippet hears audio from Bounti Killer echoing his disgust in the idea of Vybz Kartel not respecting the elders of the business saying “you cyah wah style Bounti Killer and Beenie Man weh a rock this place fi almost twenty years” and flows into Beenie Man’s comments, which could be viewed as praises, Beenie Man expressed his view that Kartel should embrace the fact that persons are mirroring his style as this is a show of respect, in the Doctor’s words “It means you are doing something good”. Bridging the gap Razz & Biggy used the song done by Beenie Man and Chevaughn, titled Help dem, a somewhat comical view as portrayed by the doctor.
Razz & Biggy carefully introduced a ‘lighter’ side to the mixtape with comments about cake soap. An issue which has found itself on the desks of local ministries, the lips of entertainers, mentioned on international websites and made the front page of local news papers just to mention a few.
The mixtape comes together with a fluent blend of these interviews, topical issues and commentary like songs. We see great efforts from dancehall heavy hitters and upcoming acts like Chan Dizzy, Khago, Liquid, T-Nez and Dexter Daps, it culminates with the Daseca’s latest Riddim ‘Dancehall Again.
Kudos to Razz & Biggy for creating another mixtape which isn’t like any other mixtape, our ears appreciate it. The same vibe and energy they’ll be bringing to audiences the world over through out this year, next few stops will see them rolling through ‘Wah Gwan Wednesdays in Flatbush on February 23rd, Representing ‘Bem Beh on the block’ at Hut Social Club in Newark, New Jersey on February 24th, then its off to the Eclipse Bar and Lounge in Rochester, New York.