Cocoa Tea

Kingston Hot

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In respect to the song, Kingston Hot refers to the political unrest in the city in 1991, but in the context of the album it might as well refer to Henry "Junjo" Lawes' return to production in Jamaica after literally serving time in New York City. Cocoa Tea's claim on "Return" that "ain't no stopping Henry Junjo" is true since the producer's bubbling production livens up the album's often uninspired songwriting. There's no "Rocking Dolly" or "I Lost My Sonia," but "Pose Up" and the Jamaican number one hit "Bust Outta Hell" are good examples of Cocoa and Junjo's winning combination of sweet vocals and digital exuberance. Presenting an uplifting tale of a ghetto youth finding success, "No Wanted Man" tells of Cocoa being "wanted," and apprehended, not by the police but his numerous fans. It's a sweet reflection on a career that Lawes helped launch, and its inclusion is poignant. Perhaps reflecting his happiness with coming home, Lawes fills Kingston Hot with too many upbeat numbers and too few of the ballads that suit Cocoa's voice so well.

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