With the purchase of GreenSleeves Records by VP Records, it is obvious that VP is trying to create a monopoly on the production and distribution of reggae music. It is obvious that a monopoly on reggae music is not good for reggae artists, it is not good for reggae fans and it is definitely not good for reggae music overall. Therefore, TCOOO Productions and BonFire Inc, have joined forces to make sure there will be no monopolization of reggae music. The first release from the merge of these two small labels is what could turn out to be a reggae classic, “18 Karat Regge: Global Warming”.
The title certainly fits the album as it is not only a gem, but it is packed with pure heat. The reading of Psalms 87 is the introduction to the album and from there it is just on to some of the best dancehall and reggae in the last few years. The man who was once known as Little Kirk but is now Kirk Davis starts things off with “Ancient Warrior”. Davis’s crisp vocals on top of a foundation beat will definitely remind the listener why Peter Tosh said reggae was music of Kings and Queens for Kings and Queens. Then there is the newcomer MasSicker who has been tearing up a North American tour with Chezidek, delivering a social commentary on a song called “Look around”.
To call a CD classic you need to have a legend on it, this CD boasts Luciano delivering “Praise Rastafari” also on a foundation beat. Then you have Jango Fresh the man who the Jamaican Star refers to as the hottest new artist doing his thing. While Jango Fresh rose to stardom with “Fat Pumpum” the artist shows that he is not a slackness artist and really delivers some roots and culture on “Babylon will pay the price” and “Judgment”. There have never been a TCOOO release without their ace artist Vineyard “the rebel priest” and “18 Karat Reggae 2008” is no different.
18 Karat Reggae: Global warming is available on Amazon, Itunes and CD Baby.