Throwback of the week: “Playground Riddim”, produced by Jeremy Harding for 2Hard Records
The “Playground Riddim”, produced by Jeremy Harding for 2Hard Records, is among my top 20 favorite riddims of the late 90’s. It was released in 1997 and features: Beenie Man, Mr Vegas, Sean Paul, Mad Cobra, Merciless and more.
In terms of composition the riddim is rather simple. But it is put together so brilliantly that it catches your attention right away, from the first bars. It is based on a mysterious and dark-sounding sample taken from The Roots’ track titled “Section”, released in 1996. The melody of the deep synth bass that mimics the drum beat is really one of a kind. It sounds heavy despite being quite minimalistic compared to nowadays riddims.
The “Playground Riddim” includes “Who Am I” by Beenie Man, which is one of the first single that launched the self-crowned “King of the Dancehall”. The track was such a hit, it even reached the TOP 50 Billboard Charts in 1997. It also features “Infiltrate” that is one of the best tracks off Sean Paul‘s debut album and the very good “Nike Air” by Mr Vegas.
Label: 2Hard Records
- Monster Shock Crew – Scream
- Glamma Kid – Big Ting
- Merciless – Work Them
- Lexxus – Fade Away
- Beenie Man – Who I Am
- Mad Cobra – Big Gun
- Mr Vegas – Nike Air ( Hands In The Air)
- Mad Cobra – Pet & Pamper
- Cool Running – Sounds (Remix)
- Swade – Slip Through Your Fingers
- 50 Cent – In Da Club (Remix)
- Spragga Benz – Strong Performer
- Kid Kkurrupt – Trendsetter
- Irie Revoltes – Live In Neckarg (Bonus)
- Wyclef Jean & Beenie Man – Guantanamera [Remix]
- Yan[Kalonji] – Playground Megamix
- Jeremy Harding – Playground Riddim Version
- Sean Paul – Infiltrate