There’s a new Jamaican conscious artist in town. His name is Xtr3me and his eight track debut album was released a week ago.
Vintage 21: Ancient Tradition was produced by Kimichi Records duo of Hanif Chito and Giovanni Smith, alongside Lamar Thompson of AudioTraxx Production, and collects a number of romantic and smooth dancehall cuts as well as some tougher and more socially conscious roots efforts.
Xtr3me has a sincere and honest tone. He calls for equal rights and justice on album opener What About Justice and on the dubby Idiot Style he rallies against sexual violence, while at the same time showcasing his deejaying skills, something he also does successfully on the Ross-I-Ota and Roiall combination Selassie SoulJah.
It gets brighter on songs like Hard Ears and Happy Am Alive. And the first verse on Island in the Sun describes parts of the album pretty well – “let’s walk on this white sandy beach while the sun rise, looking in your eyes telling you that it will be alright”. It’s all about washing your troubles away with uplifting and positive vibes, even though times can be harsh.
I hope this Rastafarian youth will be able to bring more meaningful and heartfelt music to the masses in the future, because this is a promising debut album from a romantic rebel.