X-Treme: Greensleeves Rhythm Album, Vol. 12

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X-Treme: Greensleeves Rhythm Album, Vol. 12 Review

by Jo-Ann Greene

Greensleeves' one-riddim series continued with volume 12, featuring the X-Treme riddim, created by In Streetz Records' Byron Murray and Clifford Smith. And it's an incendiary one, with three artists having already ridden this riddim onto 7": Mr. Vegas with "Duppy Durex," Buccaneer's "Balm the Dead," and Bounty Killer's "Liberty," with another 17 versions stuffed onto this set.

Capleton ferociously kicks off the comp, Mr. Vegas returns to give a big up to the new generation of dancehall heroes and a shoutout to the old, but then Elephant Man stomps all over that feel-good atmosphere, spewing his prejudice on "Bumber Claat." Gay-bashing is now all the rage, and so he's joined later in the set with an equally offensive G. Man and Alizade, whose "Rated PG" obviously somehow escaped the censors virtually unscathed. These bigots should rip a page from Kiprich's book, for he swears "Mi Nuh Si Nutting," or perhaps loosen up like Hawkeye, who claims he doesn't care whom he sleeps with (admittedly though, he's probably referring only to women). Meanwhile, Sizzla was recently pasted for his forays into slackness, and his confusion shows on his querying "No Slackness." There are better ways to fight corruption than slack talk and foul language. For starters you could follow Harry Toddler's lead, "Press Gas," and motor out of Babylon, or present lessons in righteous living like Frisco Kid. Besides, there's really no need to see corruption everywhere like Okonko. Why not get the dancehalls moving like Alizade's "Those Hands Nuh" (which still doesn't make up for his earlier track), or get them singing along like Nitty Kuchie. Overall an incredibly strong set, but some of these numbers will come back to bite the dancehalls right on the butt, overshadowing the rest of the great material within.

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