Hi grade for new Ganja Anthems compilation

A few months ago I had the opportunity to interview Chezidek after his performance at Swedish reggae festival Öland Roots. When asked why his songs about ganja are some of his best work, he answered that he gets very inspired when writing and singing about weed.

And this seems to be true about several reggae artists when listening to the third installment of Greensleeves Ganja Anthems series, released late October, and just in time for the referendum on legalizing marijuana in California, USA.

This 18 track compilation didn’t help the supporters of proposition 19, but it certainly help you to get into a great groove.

The two former albums in the series largely focused on older ganja anthems from the likes of Mighty Diamonds, Eek-A-Mouse and the late Jacob Miller.

Hi Grade Ganja Anthems vol. 3 is instead dedicated to recent releases, and the only tunes not released in the last couple of years are Bubbling Telephone (Chalice) from Charlie Chaplin and Herb fi Bun by Daddy Rings & Cocoa Tea.

The rest of the tunes are probably familiar to those who have been listening to contemporary reggae, and include hit songs such as Acres from Capleton, Come Around by Collie Buddz and Sensi from Gyptian.

The riddims are largely one drop and produced by a number of different producers; Frenchie, Augustus “Gussie” Clarke and Kemal “Flava” McGregor to name three.

Even though the selection is great I miss two hugely herbaceous artists – Chezidek and Perfect. Those two have released several great weed tunes, and the compilation could have needed Chezidek’s Bun di Ganja and Perfect’s I Smoked a Spliff to be the ideal ganja compilation on contemporary reggae.

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