Mr Bate sez:
>I know the blokes voice grates on a lot of people........ but there is belief behind what he's talking....
in this particular track you point out, I don't really mind his voice. it fits pretty well. the problem for me in this particular case is the over-marleyization of, in this case, both the instrumental part and the vocal part. the vocal particularly sounds like an overly self conscious adaptation of, who else, bob marley. its like he is using his voice to not quite copy, but more like mimic his vocal mannerisms and almost trademarked inflections. and at the same time, in this particular case, the riddim track sounds straight out of the wailers late 70s songbook. that is exactly the part about so many of these nowadays cali outfits, is it seems they all attempt to channel bob marley to one degree or another. and if it isn't bob marley, then its peter tosh. and this is on original tunes, not covers of marley/tosh/wailers tunes. its just gotten really stagnant to my ears anyway.
just as an aside, exactly these same mannerisms and touchpoints that I am complaining about here are very present on that kill the white people song...but that's the point I suppose. aside to an aside: you did see the one black VFW member who continued to be dancing over to the left after everyone else left, right? aside to aside to aside: I always really like REALLY dug that song, kill the white people, thought it would be great as a single. its flippin genius in some of those lyrics, excellent black uhuru material for the time!
back to his voice though, it certainly isn't one of the worst I have heard and one gets used to it, I personally like it more than cedric mytons for instance, and he does seem to craft some good lyrical content. I prefer alton ellis though.
thanks for posting the link though, its really one of the nicer groundation efforts I have heard.