21st Jan, 2014

Album Review: Papa San – ‘One Blood’


Artist: Papa San

Album: One Blood

Street Date: 1/21/14

Record Label: Beloved Records

Genre: Urban/Hip Hop/ Reggae

iPod Pick: Your Eyes Are On Me Feat. Fred Hammond

If you have never heard anything from Papa San before, I am sorry to let you know you missed the best parts of dance-hall music in the late 90’s. No (church) party was successful without his hit ‘Pop Style’ (from the God & I project). Though appearing last year on Lecrae’s ‘Church Clothes 2’, Papa San has not really been prominent on the scene for a while even though releasing various projects since the 2000. So once, I heard about ‘One Blood’ I was excited to give it a listen after learning the variety of artists featured on the project. The cast ranges from Fred HammondLecraeDa’ T.R.U.T.H. to Israel Houghton.

The album for me wasn’t a press play album. Some songs really stood out. The tum tum beat of the Fred Hammond featured Your Eyes Are On Me reminds us of why anyone should love the genre called Reggae.  Somehow, I don’t know how the soul and passion slipped into the music. If it was Fred Hammond or Papa San, they both did justice to their vocals. So good!

Another track that really worked on the album is the opening tracked which features Da’ T.R.U.T.H. called Step Up. It’s energetic, beaty and right for the dance floor. Think ‘Temperature’ by Sean Paul. Somehow the Lecrae featured track (Radio) didn’t just do it for me after looking forward to it. I also think I Love You Feat. Tyrone Andrews, which seems like a fish out water on the album, is worth the mention. It sounds somewhat very experimental in sound using lots of ambiance and mood music. You might just think the CD skipped to a track on which Drake collaborated with Frank Ocean.

Other highlights include Revival feat. Israel Houghton and Blessing feat. Sherwin Gardner. The later has flair of the West African Fuji sound right in its chorus. I love the groove!

For lovers of the raunchy music of Pit Bull, the out of boundaries sound of Jennifer Lopez’s ‘I’m Into You’ and those who have missed the dance hall sound of Sean Paul (Yeah, if you remember ‘Baby Boy’ with the now Queen B) this is surely one you should check out. I believe the not-so-wow tracks are one that would grow on you over time. It is also important to mention that if you love to dance, you would have a LOT to move to on this record.

So One Blood

And Peace out!

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