Def Jamaica (Explicit Version) CD (2003)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60617437
UPC 602498607398
UPC 14 00602498607398
Format CD
Release Date 10/14/2003
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Slattery; Dave Hyman; Colin Michaels; Vernon Mungo; Niko Marzouca; Donovan Vendetta Bennett; Jason Rea; Bonzai Jim Caruso; Jim Caruana; Matt Stein; Rudy Valentino; Tony Kelly; Shane Woodley
Producer Daron Jones; Dave Kelly; Donovan Vendetta Bennett; The Platinum Brothers; Matt Stein; Sly & Robbie; Stephen Marley; Tony Kelly
CatalogID 000119502
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 10/14/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498607398
Album Notes and Credits
Initial pressings included a bonus DVD.
Includes liner notes by Scott Hunter Smith.
Includes liner notes by Scott Hunter Smith.
Personnel: Maurice Gregory (vocals, keyboards); Megan Milanese (vocals); Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Nigel Staff (keyboards); Robbie Shakespeare (bass guitar).
Audio Mixers: Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett; Mark Gray ; Bonzai Jim Caruso; Alvin Speights; Tony Kelly; Shane "Bermy" Woodley.
Recording information: Anchor Recording Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Big Yard Studios, Jamaica; DPS Studios, Atlanta, GA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Quad Recording, New York, NY; Renaissance Studio, Jamaica; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Boxx, Miami, FL; The Garage, Houston, TX; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The House, FL; The Idea Lounge, Jamaica; The Lion's Den, Miami, FL; The Ranch, New York, NY; U.W.M.S.C.
Illustrator: Martin French.
This compilation highlights a musical form that has been a shot in the arm for the ailing U.S. hip-hop collective. Beset by warmed-over gangsta-style imagery and threadbare production values, the industry came up with a winning formula in the combination of hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall, a perky amalgam of bossa-nova beats, reggae, and old-school toasting that had been popular almost everywhere but the U.S. since the mid-1980s.
DEF JAMAICA features established American artists such as Cam'ron, Shawnna, and Juelz Santana on infectious cuts spiced up with insistent ubiquitous dancehall beats. On the triumphant (and wildly popular) "Dude," Ms. Thing gets sultry in Indian style with Shawnna, assisted by the broader-than-Broadway vocal stylings of Beenie Man. Nokio puts recent U.S. gangsta rap efforts to shame with the crisp production style and rhythmic smarts of "Murda," while the Ghostface Killah/Elephant Man collaboration, "Girls Callin'," shows that gangsta rappers and dancehall toasters can play together quite nicely, thank you. With musical influences ranging from R&B to Indian pop, DEF JAMAICA combines the energy of Jamaican pop with sophisticated American production techniques in an irresistible mix.
Disc 1
1 Straight Off The Top - Dipset/Wayne Marshall/Vybz Kartel
2 Anything Goes - CNN/Wayne Wonder/Lexxus
3 Mardi Gras - Tanto Metro/Devonte/Joe Budden (remix)
4 Lyrical - Method Man/Redman/Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
5 Na Na Na Na - 112/Spragga Benz/Lady Saw/Buccaneer/Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (reggae remix)
6 Sweetness - Buju Banton/Cam'Ron
7 True To Me - Major Damage/Anjulah/Blak Twang
8 Murda - Scarface/Nokio/Dru Hill/T.O.K.
9 Together - Black Ice/DYCR/The Jungle/La Bruja
10 Girls Callin' - Ghostface/Killah/Elephant Man
11 Love Is On My Mind - Shawnna/Baby Cham/Sisqo
12 Nah Mean - X-Cutioners/Delano
13 Dude - Beenie Man/Ms. Thang/Shawnna (remix)
14 Top Shotta - DMX/Sean Paul/Vegas
15 Frontin' Dancehall - Pharrell/Jay-Z/Vybz/Kartel/Wayne Marshall (remix)
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