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Buzzrock Warrior

Jahdan Blakkamoore

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Album Review

After creating a buzz with guest appearances on the much-loved debut album from Major Lazer, dubstep singjay Jahdan Blakkamoore made his proper debut with Buzzrock Warrior, a very deep and dark effort with left-field production from the likes of DJ Rupture, Modeselektor, and Matt Shadetek. This heavy set of names is kept in check by the Anthony B.-and-Sizzla-inspired Jahdan, who through strength of will and the power of words keeps his career kickoff from being a producer's showcase. His moving observations make the grime-colored track "Mesmerized" a standout, and while he can act the cold-blooded lyrical killer on frantic dancehall workouts like "Dem a Idiot," "Runaround" proves he's man enough to deliver an R&B-based, female-empowerment song with proper conviction. The druggy, reverb-heavy "Earthshaking" is just as advertised, and with the electro-jaunty "Go Round Payola" giving way to the dreamy, orchestral closer "Rise Again," the album displays a strong curveball that lasts well into the ninth inning. Still, it's a little disappointing that such a diverse effort doesn't explore the reggae singer's more organic side further, but giving in to Buzzrock Warrior's electronic landscape is easy and in the end, very rewarding.

Biography

Born: Guyana

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

For dubstep fans, the 2009 album Buzzrock Warrior was singer/rapper Jahdan Blakkamoore's breakthrough effort, but his career goes all the way back to the late '90s when he was just Jahdan, a revolutionary soldier enrolled in the Boot Camp Clik. Born in Guyana but raised in Brooklyn, Jahdan met hip-hop's revered Smif-N-Wessun through the Boot Camp, and with his reggae-influenced vocals, he became the keystone of the duo's single "Sound Bwoy Bureill." Further guest shots with DJ Premiere, Dead Prez,...
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