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In the Streets to Africa

Richie Spice

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Album Review

Richie Spice is no innovator, but he's undeniably a master of a certain variety of modern roots reggae — the kind that blends old-school rhythms with modern technology and flirts with dancehall sounds while keeping the lyrical messages devout and socially conscious. Of course, at times the Rastafarian version of social consciousness can sound an awful lot like retrograde conservatism to Babylonian ears (notice that Spice's highest praise for womanhood is reserved for those who "know how to stitch and know how to hem"). Still, listeners can probably all agree that praising a woman for her domestic skills is better than bragging about how many people he's shot, and he does have other lyrical themes as well — not to mention some heavyweight rhythms to work with, courtesy of producers like Devon Wheatley and Clive Hunt. Highlights include the brilliant sufferer's anthem "Youth Dem Cold," a very fine duo performance that features the late Joseph Hill (of Culture), and the sweet and simple "Take It Easy." Less inspiring are the strangely desultory "Get Up," which opens the album, and the generic nyahbinghi repatriation anthem that ends it.

Customer Reviews

Richie Spice Does it Again!

Richie Spice has to be one of the most consistently great artists in the culture scene today. This album is no exception. There are so many big tunes on this effort, including: Youth Dem Cold (Truth & Rights Riddim), Brown Skin (Heavenly Riddim), Open the Door (Jah Love Riddim), Take it Easy (My Baby Riddim), Mind Off of Me (Mind Off Me Riddim). If you like the organic, roots-reggae sound, you won't be disappointed with this one, culture rock!

I LOVE it!

I've never heard his music before but I LOVE it!

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been waitin long time man for this,incredible record BLESS UP

Biography

Born: 1975 in Rock Hall, St. Andrew, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s

Kingston-based dancehall singer Richie Spice (a.k.a. Richell Bonner) comes from a reggae family: his brothers include DJ Snatcher Dogg, vocalist Spanner Banner, and producer Pliers of Chakademus and Pliers. Spice began his career opening his brothers' shows and started recording singles with producers like Clive Hunt and Dennis "Star" Hayles in the...
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