Weep Not by Various Artists (I Grade Records, 2002)
With riddims ranging from roots to dancehall to hip hop to acoustic, and with chanters and singers, this CD is sure to appeal to a wide audience. While this diversity is the album's strength, the unwavering conscious messages of the artists give this album of many voices a common foundation of Rastafari-grounded wisdom. One of St. Croix's most talented new DJ's, Willow, blazes his unique fire message on three powerful songs. Other new artists such as Abadan, Donnie Dread, X-Kaliba, Mash, Master Chang and Shepard all bring conscious rapid-flow chanting to bass-heavy riddim tracks; be they roots, dancehall or hip hop. The album also features two new singers, Abja and Willmore "Junior" Daniel wailing beautifully written and delivered songs over hardcore roots riddims. Finally, Dezarie contributes the acoustic nyhabinghi tune, "Hosanna Jah," whose beautiful lyrics and vocals are sure to touch each listener.