Words by DJ Shirkhan—
Words by Sherman Escoffery__
It seems as if Christmas came early this year for Dancehall fans, as Cham and Madhouse Records treats us to a hat-trick, in the form of a third song on the Lawless rhythm. After giving the rude boys “Lawless” and “Portmore Anthem,” Cham now focuses on the female fans, and takes it from the streets to the beach with “Stripper Pose,” which is bound to be a bruk out and whine anthem for the girls; just make sure you have enough space to follow his instructions like “Head to the floor, batty in the air, whine cause mi love when you shake up the rear.”
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Cham’s “Lawless” (produced by JA Productions for Madhouse Records) is easily one of the best dancehall tunes of the season, a badman anthem with shouts to just about every garrison community on the island of Jamaica, from Kingston hotspots like Tivoli, Gully and Seaview to Spanish Town and Flankers in Montego Bay. Cham doesn’t hit all of these in the video (directed by a guy called Dennis Brown—any relation?) but the visual tour of Kingston is quite comprehensive. This is a rare instance of a dancehall video that looks exactly like the song sounds. Mad!
“Tun up” is probably the most ubiquitous slang phrase to come out of Jamaica recently, and now it’s the name of a hit song from the artist formerly known as Baby Cham. The Madhouse Records-released tune heavily features Cham’s new bride, O, (maybe you remember her from 2011′s “Wine”) so it is only fitting that she is featured just as prominently in the video, too.