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Kids From Foreign (Delicious Vinyl, 1994)

A thoroughly under-appreciated debut from these Washington, DC-area youths. An increasingly rare duo of singer (Notch) and DJ (Edley Shine), Born Jamericans mixes equal parts hip-hop and dancehall reggae into a potent mixture. What separates these two from other hip-hop reggae artists, such as Mad Lion, is the apparent ease with which the mixing of styles takes place. The two sounds sound so natural together when coming from BJs that you have a hard time classifying the music. Whereas someone like Mad Lion sounds simply like a DJ chatting over hip-hop beats, the elements within the music on Kids From Foreign aren't as easily distinguished. The reggae bass lines and hip-hop beats mix as seamlessly as the hip-hop and R&B elements on Lauryn Hill's debut. Producer Chucky Thompson certainly deserves some of the credit, but I don't want to discount the capable styling of Edley Shine and Notch, who, though not spectacular, display a real knack for putting forth catchy hooks and rhythmic rhymes. Standouts include the hits "Boom Shak A-Tack" and "Cease & Seckle," as well as the outstanding party tracks "So Ladies," "Sweet Honey," and "Why Do Girls."

Track Listing
1. Instant Death Interlude
2. Warning Sign
3. So Ladies
4. Sweet Honey
5. Informa fe Dead
6. Boom Shak A-Tack [Dancehall Remix]
7. Cease & Seckle
8. Ain't No Stoppin'
9. Why Do Girls
10. Oh Gosh
11. Nobody Knows

Kids From Foreign

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Yardcore (Delicious Vinyl, 1997)

A sophomore slump was inevitable after Born Jamericans' impressive debut album, but Yardcore isn't bad on its own. This album has a number of decent songs, but it just doesn't have the boom shots that the first one had. Only "Wherever We Go" sounds like it could easily fit in Kids From Foreign. Still, other tracks, like "Venus," "State of Shock IV," and "Prodigal Sons" do display some of the magical ragamuffin hip-hip vibes on the previous album. There's even a hardcore "posse track" called "Gotta Get Mine," featuring Mad Lion, Shinehead, and Sleepy Wonder, that works on a carnal level, utilizing the chorus of Junior's "Mama Used to Say." However, none of these cuts will blow you away, and on top of that, there are several uninspired tracks, like "Cyaan Done," "Follow the Pace," "Rassclot," and a remake of Take That's "Back for Good," a much better version of which is included on Strictly the Best 22. Perhaps a change in producers made the difference, or perhaps it's just the ol' sophomore jinx, but while Yardcore has its moments, it doesn't hold a candle to Kids From Foreign.

Track Listing
1. Prodigal Sons
2. Yardcore
3. State of Shock IV featuring Johnny Osbourne
4. Superstar
5. Rassclot
6. Back for Good
7. Send My Love [Midtro]
8. Send My Love/Send One Your Love
9. Cyaan Done featuring Merciless
10. Wherever We Go
11. Venus
12. Follow the Pace
13. Gotta Get Mine featuring Mad Lion, Shinehead, Sleepy Wonder

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