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“Riddem’s stellar rhythms are undeniable”
Given the name Nappy Riddem, one might expect an album with a stereotypical roots take on reggae, but that’s far from what you’ll get on One World Sovereignty, the debut from the trio of Rex Riddem, Mustafa Akbar, and Ashish “Hash” Vyas.▼ Article continues below ▼
The album is a complete mash-up of different genres, each featured in their own songs. Sly and the Family Stone-style funk greets us on the opener “Nappy Riddem.” Loungy R&B is the base to showcase soulful sax on “Suspicious Love.” Of course, Rastafarian themes show up throughout the album, such as on “DTA,” with its echoing, soulful vocals about Jah, and the album’s title track, which calls for unity in the face of the world’s struggles. Many of the other songs would sit well on a dance album, like “Ease Up” with its reggaeton beat, sure to be spun in clubs across the nation’s capital.
The best track by far is “Rastar,” which showcases chanting, staccato vocals and funkified horns over choppy beats and reggae undertones. There’s no escaping its energy. If someone’s listening to “Rastar” and not shaking their hips, they might just need their vitals checked. (Fort Knox Recordings)
Mastered by Holmes Ives
Recorded at Riddem Nation Studios, Washington, D.C.