Volume 93, Issue 53

Friday, December 3, 1999


Weekend Pass

Miller turns Fifty with flair

Undercovers lose ska disguise


Hellcat shouldn't get the boot

Canadians ride into the sunset across the border


Hellcat shouldn't get the boot

Various Artists
Give 'Em The Boot II
Hellcat Records

For those dreading the idea of buying yet another compilation CD that only offers one or two good songs, your prayers have been answered with Hellcat Records' latest release, Give 'Em The Boot II.

From start to finish, this CD carries the unsuspecting listener on a journey through the past, present and future of reggae, punk, ska and more. It's filled with great songs that will never be heard on any major radio station and features amazing musicians, who enjoy playing music that's sure to boot you off your seat.

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the album is the fact that punk rockers, Rancid, kick out two amazing tracks with critically acclaimed reggae singer Buju Banton. The tracks "Misty Days" and "Life Won't Wait" re-define punk rock and prove there are no limits to what good music can sound like.

The Boot also offers something to fill the hole caused by the breakup of the band Choking Victim. The song "Crack City Rockers" by Leftover Crack, the ex-Chocking Victim singer's new band, is arguably the best track on the CD and is sure to draw much attention.

Other bands like Hepcat, The Pietasters, The Slackers and the Clash's Joe Strummer all hit the musical mark with inspirational feel-good tunes ranging from calypso to ska.

Buy the CD, sit back, relax, hit play and let the album take you away. It's not everyday that a revolutionary album hits the market.

–Dale Wyatt

Master P
Only God Can Judge Me
No Limit/Virgin

Perhaps no other entity in music has made his presence felt as quickly as New Orleans rapper Master P.

In a few short years, he has taken his small indie label, No Limit, from relative obscurity to a veritable conglomerate. Apparently, he believes the world's challenges are not as difficult as those of the great beyond – or this is what's implied in his newest effort, Only God Can Judge Me.

Infused with a derivative No Limit style, this album is only set apart from the rest of the No Limit genre by the fact that Master P convinces a few influential guests to lend their voices to the mix.

Rap wunderkind Nas chimes in on the ponderous "Where Do We Go From Here?" basically throwing his vocals away on a friendship-focused track that lags from start to finish. So So Def magnate Jermaine Dupri fares better on his guest appearance, "Da Ballers," which is marked by his usual listener-friendly pop flow.

Better tracks include the album's first single, "Step to Dis," which features lyrics from P and new labelmate D.I.G., underscored by a thumping bass line and perfectly executed DJ scratches. As well, P's brother Silkk the Shocker is a reliable collaborator on the mic, appearing in the insightful "Nobody Moves."

On the whole, however, Only God Can Judge Me will give die-hard No Limit fans exactly what they want and remaining audiences exactly what they expect – namely, the same tired old shit. P, however, shouldn't spend any sleepless nights over an unfavourable Almighty judgment, because at his pace, he'll probably have purchased the Heavenly Kingdom by next year.

–Luke Rundle

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