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Outstanding debut album by I Jahbar, nephew of Congo Ashanti Roy and Duppy Gun’s mainman in JA, with production by SKRS Intl, Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras aka Duppy Gun. Essential picks for anyone into fresh Jamaican mutations from Equiknoxx, Sikka Rhymes or STILL!
Rolling on from a pair of 12”s in 2013 and the ‘Lighter Thief’ EP in 2016, the longtime Duppy Gun MC delivers hoarse bars over production from Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones and studio supremo M. Geddes Gengras (here known as Big Flite and Velkro) who go riddim for riddim with SKRS Intl in a mutant back and forth where dancehall dissolves in a grimy bath of swinging meters and frictional textures riddled with GRM-style shrapnel and heatsick romance in 10 scenes stepping from sticky, viscous lovers rock to fractal digi-dub and manic fast-chat mutations.
While comparisons with Equiknoxx, Sikka Rhymes or STILL are patently warranted, ‘Inna Duppy SKRS Soundclash’ is wildly distinguished by its intersection of operators, triangulating a madness between JA’s south coast, Vancouver and California’s West Coast. Where SKRS dematerialise the vibe in the bleepy froth of ‘DemNoBad’, Duppy Gun go sweet and treacly on ‘Turn It Up’ to test I-Jahbar’s versatility in fine style, whereas SKRS tees up something fizzier, freaky to best showcase RDL with ‘RichMiProud.’ One of the biggest highlights is the wonky- red-eyed ride of ‘Weed Patrol’, getting the best out of Stallones and Gengras’ modular digi-dub prisms, and we can almost promise the Nike vs Adidas tune ‘Ipy Ipy’ will burrow its way into a lot of faves folders, while SKRS Intl’s sizzling tilt for Buddy Don’s fast chat in ‘DuppyKilla’ makes a straight-up rabble rouser.
Swear this tape will dominate the rest of summer 2019.