Chukki Starr

Ghetto Youth's Livity

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Nice modern roots reggae from a talented young singer who is flourishing under the guidance of Mad Professor, who produced this debut album. Chukki Starr works primarily in a declamatory sing-jay style that is most effective on "The Almighty One" and "Ghetto Youth's Livity," though he also moves easily into more straight-ahead toasting on tracks like "Want to Be Free" and "Words of Malachi." Fine as the singing is, though, the success of this album is due in large part to the rock-solid support provided by the Robotiks band and Mad Professor's bass-heavy but sensitive production. Mafia and Fluxy provide backup on two tracks, and there is an excellent hip-hop remix of "The Almighty One," not to mention several good dub versions.

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