The Hot Chocolate riddim, produced by Dj Smurf (12 to 12 Records), is a brilliantly produced project which features the crème de la crème of dancehall artistes in the business.
Dancehall sensation Potential Kidd owes a big thanks to the Hot Chocolate riddim which was the first riddim which gave him massive airplay on the radio with his breakout slang, 'She Say Ah Ya So Nice’. The single catapulted commercially and helped make Potential Kidd a household name. Potential Kidd shows great lyrical dexterity as he name-drops famous celebrities like actress Selena Gomez, and footballer Fernando Torres in his brilliant rhymes. Ah Ya So Nice indeed.
Khago delivers one of the standout songs on the riddim. He uses the throwback melody of Super Cat and Heavy D’s ‘Dem Nuh Worry We’ to show off his gallis credentials, and Khago's rhyme wizardry is on full display on this bouncy club banger where we see the full extent of the singer’s growing recording powers. Reggae sensation Zamunda also pops up on the riddim with ‘Clean and Fresh’ to give valuable inside information to all lovers about matters of proper hygiene.
Ninja Kidd is 2012’s comeback artiste, using melodies from 1990s hit songs to deliver vibesy songs on a variety of new riddims. This time, the wily Ninja Kidd microwaves the classic Little Lenny ‘Healthy Body’ to good effect for a few bars to create a great party vibe on ‘Clap’. He is one of those rare dancehall figures whose voice gains resonance as he grows older, and 2012 has been a breakout year for him.
Lady Saw’s breakout, ‘Like Mi Mate’ is arguably the best song on the riddim because of Saw's ribald sense of humour. She spews: “Mi like mi mate/because she mine mi man/she nah no AC, she use the fan”. We just wish that all mateys could live so lovingly, this song should be taught as a course, just call it Matey Rules 101! Lady Saw is a true live wire, commanding your full attention with this heat-seeking monster of a song, showing why she is still the Queen of the Dancehall. Long live the queen.
Pamputtae has seen her profile increase from streetwise deejay from the heart of downtown Kingston to an underground entity in her own right. On the Hot Chocolate riddim, Pamputtae uses her sexy voice to good effect on ‘Hot Gal Something’, and her unique delivery on the chorus shows that she is on the verge of carving out a new sound . This song just reaffirms her underground accolades as one of the best female deejays in the game today.
Tifa boasts “the man ah wife me up and it bun dem”, a song where she uses her elevated lyricism and a teasing delivery to ‘pop style’ on her enemies. Selector Richie Feelings combines well with Voicemail on ‘Weh Mi Hear’ which samples the classic Christmas carol, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’. Feelings uses the melody for the classic dancehall song Louie Culture’s ‘Tell Dem Fi Move’ in a few bars of the song, a style that compliments the riddim well.
All in all, the Hot Chocolate riddim is a definite winner, a must-have for dancehall lovers of all ages. Kudos to 12 to 12 Records CEO Dj Smurf on a brilliantly produced project.
The Hot Chocolate Riddim is being distributed by 21st Hapilos via iTunes and several other on stores.