One rhythm, 11 artists, one great album
Published: Sep 06, 2013
One rhythm, 11 artists performing their own songs with their own vibe to the same sound. The end result is a smoking hot compilation CD titled “Heart 2 Heart Riddim” produced by Raymond “I-Rate” John.
“Heart 2 Heart” by I-Rate sets to tone of the CD. The finished product speaks to positivity, consciousness, love and inspiration with releases from Dj Chronic (Jah Will Work It Out), Motive (When It Rains), Rebirth (Take Me Back), Judah Tha Lion (Hurricanes), Duckie featuring Neka (Searching), Jaydak (Make In Life), Jah Hem (Jah I Love You), Mandisa (Sweet Love), Mr. Ching (Love Is The Key) and Raquel Oliver (Hold On).
The final product is one that I-Rate says is mainstream with a lot of international appeal in terms of the production on the music and the vocals, a combination of reggae fused with an acoustic style with an R&B feel. He also said that the end result is a product for all sectors.
“I let everyone be free to do their thing, so some did love songs, some did positive conscious, keeping the faith through the struggle. There is a wide variety of songs on this. Everyone tackled it from a different aspect, so it could appeal to a broad base of people. There’s no limit to it. The songs are positive, everything’s clean, so even children can listen to it,” he said.
On his contribution, “Heart 2 Heart” I-Rate sings to Jah saying that he knows things are hard, but that he knows that he will always be there pulling him through. He bares his all to God.
“Heart 2 Heart Riddim” is I-Rate’s second compilation CD of his nature. His “Stand Tall” project was the same concept, but featured nine artists. That CD only featured one female. This time around he decided to give more representation to the women. Four females are featured on his latest CD — Rebirth, Mandisa, Raquel Oliver and Duckie featuring Neka.
“Heart 2 Heart Riddim” was released last week Friday online. The songs are available on iTunes at 99 cents per track. I-Rate is currently working on hard copies of the CD for release.
From start to finish, it took I-Rate a quick two months to release the product. Using one rhythm and having various artists perform to it, just works and aids in quick releases. It’s something the Jamaicans have been doing for a long time, and to which Bahamians are finally trying out.
I-Rate said he loved doing his last two CDs because it allowed him to push the music of other Bahamians through the compilation process.
“I feel we need to unify more as artists so that people will take this industry seriously, because I don’t think people respect our craft as Bahamian artists,” said the young man who taught himself to play the acoustic guitar.
I-Rate became interested in music after he graduated high school in 1996. He was around people who were into rap and playing guitar and that sparked his interest.
HEART 2 HEART RIDDIM
I-Rate — "Heart 2 Heart"-
Dj Chronic — "Jah Will Work It Out"
Motive — "When It Rains"
Rebirth — "Take Me Back"
Judah Tha Lion — "Hurricanes"
Duckie ft. Neka —"Searching"
Jaydak — "Make In Life"
Jah Hem — "Jah I Love You"
Mandisa — "Sweet Love"
Mr. Ching — "Love Is The Key"
Raquel Oliver — "Hold On"