Derrick Morgan

No Raise No Praise

Composed by Derrick Morgan

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Having smeared Derrick Morgan's reputation on "Blackhead Chineman," Prince Buster was met by the return barrage of "Blazing Fire." The singing producer retaliated with "30 Pieces of Silver," with Judas unquestionably a stand-in for Morgan. And now it was back to the singer and his producer Leslie Kong to slap down this pretender to the throne.

On "Fire," the enraged Morgan had responded with a stream of threats, with "No Raise No Praise" he retorts with sneers, sarcasm, and boasts. "Once a man, twice a child, my friend/And this you will prove now or later in the end/It takes a man many years to reach on top, but it don't take him a minute to come down flat" sums it up. Although Morgan still feels obligated to add a few more words of warning, a slew of sneers, and a promise to trim the Prince down to size, conquering him like David did to Goliath.

The crowning insult was contained in the title, a reminder that Buster's own behavior had been responsible for Morgan's desertion to Kong. There was also the matter of the alleged theft of a sax solo, but like all wars, the initial causes soon became lost in the battle of bad blood, and this feud had now taken on a life of its own.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Am the Ruler 1992 Trojan 2:50
Trojan Box Set: Ska 1999
Various Artists
Sanctuary / Trojan 2:48
Trojan Box Set: A Jamaican Story 2001
Various Artists
Trojan 2:48
Moon Hop: Best of the Early Years 1960-69 2003 Sanctuary 2:48
Ska Mania [Universal] 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:46