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Duets

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Don't Run Away (feat. Spragga Benz)
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Live Good (feat. Frisco Kid)
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Two Sounds (feat. Beenie Man)
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Girl I Like Your Style (feat. Daddy Screw)
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Cool & Loving (feat. Lady Saw)
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Why You Do It (feat. Fragga Ranks)
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Struggler (feat. Reggie Stepper)
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Looking My Love (feat. Cutty Ranks)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 32:57

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Duets the title may be, but more accurate would have been “The DJs Pay Tribute to Barrington Levy.” Within, producer Jah Screw takes 11 of the dancehall singer’s old numbers, re-creates the rhythms for a contemporary audience, and unleashes the toasters on them. The album was sparked by the success of “Two Sounds” and “Under Mi Sensi,” which revived two of Levy’s decade-old hits, and are both included within. If Beenie Man’s “Sounds” and “Sensi” set the stage, it was Bounty Killer’s “Living Dangerously” that brought the house down and rocketed Levy and the DJ into the dance charts around the world. Nothing else here exhibits the kind of crossover appeal those trio of hits boasted; the productions are just too militant, too experimental, and the DJs by and large too gruff and threatening. But for fans of Jamaican dancehall, Duets is a superb set, reinvigorating Levy’s rootsy sound in a tough new style. Mega Banton pays tribute to the singer himself, as does the sole female DJ, Lady Saw, before she launches into a lesson on how boys can please the girls, a class that the boasting Spragga Benz and slack Daddy Screw obviously missed. Fragga Ranks forgot to take his Ritalin, and is too busy bouncing to pay any mind, while Cutty Ranks turns the tables and lectures the ladies on “Looking Mi Love.” Reggie Stepper offers up a tough sufferer’s toast, while Fragga Ranks also wades into the cultural waters to chastise the gunmen. All in all an excellent set: The rhythms are hot, the productions sizzle and seethe, and the DJs add further spice and power to these old numbers born anew. – Jo-Ann Greene

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