For me, Movado has single-handedly revived dancehall. I thought the genre would never recover from the constant stream of eurotechno-sounding “Passa Passa”-hits from Matterhorn & co, so this guy’s over-the-top gangsterism has been a real relief. Of course, he can’t really sing, but has a style with a certain Tenor Sawish quality to it — if Tenor Saw had overdosed on NWA and The Godfather that is.
The full-length album on VP has a pile of hits on it – “Dying”, “Don’t Cry”, “Dreaming”, “Top Shotta Nah Miss”, and the great “Gully Side”. I’m missing some of the other Kartel disses (”New name fi informer, Mr Palmer!”) and “Badman Place”, but I guess that one ended up on Busy Signal’s album instead. Rhythmwise it’s pretty solid. The McGregor kid seems talented and lack of Don Corleone-tracks is a good thing.
Still, I would probably try to hunt down the 45s instead of the album, because of the damn skits between every song. Music = Good. Acting = Not so good.
BTW: When did he change his name to Mavado? Did the watchmaker’s lawyers show up in Cassava Piece?