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Rare gems on Sizzla’s Radical

unnamedWithout a doubt the late and great Philip ”Fattis” Burrell produced some of Sizzla’s best songs and albums, including Praise Ye Jah, one of his breakthrough sets in the 90s.

The extremely prolific Sizzla was at his most consistent during the 90s and have since had a more than varied output, especially in recent years when he voices riddim after riddim after riddim.

Now reggae powerhouse VP has teamed up with Philip Burrell’s son Kareem Burrell for the release of Radical, a set said to compile rare and unreleased material from Sizzla’s formative years in the 90s and the early 2000s. But it includes both rare and unreleased gems from Sizzla’s period with Philip Burrell as well as more recent material, for example What’s Wrong With the Picture, produced by Kareem Burrell and put out in 2011.

Over 16 tracks Sizzla rallies and rails against inequity and the ills of society, but also chants and sings affectionate love songs. It’s both raw and honest, as on It’s a Rocky Road and on the excellent title track, a version of Greedy Joe, but also uplifting and groovy, for example on I Am No Better and That’s Why I Love You.

Some of the cuts included should maybe have remained shelved, while others definitely deserves attention, for example tracks showcasing a young and fierce youth.

If you want a lesson in Sizzla’s early years I also suggest you head over to BMC’s Reggae Blog, where this Dutch mixtape maniac has published two mixes with over 50 tunes covering Sizzla’s work between 1995 and 2002.

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Sizzla the enigma revealed

For a music writer and music fan some interviews are more important than others. One of my greatest moments was a few weeks ago when I got the opportunity to talk to the prolific and enigmatic Jamaican deejay Sizzla.

He’s not one of the most consistent artists, but when he’s at his best he’s definitely on top of the game and his mid to late 90s output includes some of the best reggae music ever recorded, such as the must-have albums Black Woman & Child and Praise Ye Jah.

Funnily enough Sizzla wasn’t as all as I had pictured him. My my preconceived image of him was an angry and hot-tempered person, but he was one of the nicest artists I’ve interviewed and not nearly as heated as he sounds on wax. Check the full story over at United Reggae.

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