Kingston Jamaica - What is it that makes this mix-tape from sassy Zip jock, Elektra such a massive hit?
Well, for starters, the name itself, Elektracuted – a clever play on words – instantly tickles the interest and promises much. Pumping with energy, Elektracuted does exactly what a mix-tape is supposed to do – keep the listener interested from start to finish with a slew of songs that show the dexterity and musical knowledge of the person at the control of the wheels of steel.
In the intro, DJ Wah Wah, calls Elektracuted “di baddest mixtape ever” and we delightfully agree. ZJ Elektra rolls out the ‘baddest’ singers, deejays and rappers, from Beres Hammond to Bounty Killer to Drake to I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Spragga Benz, Ce’cile, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Kartel, Mavado, Lil Wayne, Chris Martin, Konshens and more. She chooses songs which see the artistes exploring topics such as love, friendship, cheating, badmind and jealousy.
To get her point across, Elektra uses reggae, dancehall and rap as she connects with her listeners of all ages, while obviously having fun and keeping the vibe upbeat. She manages to sound so lively that one could easily pop the CD into a player, turn up the volume and get the party started. And, just when you think it can’t get any better, Elektracuted turns up the voltage and gets real grass-roots with a herb segment that is so smoking hot that it wouldn’t be a shock to see the actual CD start burning. (La-la-la-lighter! Lighter!)
Quite appropriately, Elektra sets the tone with the Donovon Germain-produced Feel Good riddim and reels off Beres’ I Feel Good followed by Cyaan Sleep by Romaine Virgo. She then slips into a groove that showcases dancehall and a segment dominated by rappers. Included here is a drop by Drake himself, endorsing the selecting skills of Elektra. Of course, no mix-tape could be complete without a ‘gallis’ segment and Elektracuted segues from bunning weed into a slew of slick gallis anthems, which is followed by a hardcore bubbling segment in homage to the “good body gal dem”.
Delus’ Gallis From Birth pays tribute to the gallis, followed by I-Octane’s Gal A Gimme Bun remixed to tell the world “Mi nah spend no time wid Elektra and she a gimme bun.” (Oops!)
Elektra then clears the space for what is a shockingly clean “bruk out and wine” party that traverses the spectrum of the stripper wine, the six thirty, the “up deh, up deh” and the champion bubbler as she “bounce da one yah fi di gal dem bubble pon” in true hardcore "bruk it down" style.
Elektracuted is really one of those must-have mix-tapes. It’s entertaining, on point, clean and full of energy and pure fun.
Play di big tune dem, Elektra!
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