Konshens could be one of most malleable deejay/singjays in Jamaican music right now, even more so then Chino or Wayne Marshall who have a striking appeal to international listeners. Last week, he released the second part in his “Realest” mixtape series with a brief mention on the Jamaican music site Dancehall.mobi and few other sites dotted here and there. Nothing showy, just a soft release.
Around the same time Konshens returned from a three week tour in Japan, where in 2005 he sat comfortably on top of the singles chart with “Pon di Corner” and now again with his Gachapan produced “Out the Ghetto”, which you can find on the new mixtape. The most phenomenal thing about Konshens as a musician is that he is versatile. The artiste took his musical trade and didn’t just sit happily in a tight niche, he negotiates with style– much the way Busy Signal has learned to do– in ways that make him attractive across multiple markets.
While the mixtape itself is somewhat repetitive with older tunes that rested comfortably on Jamaican radio rotation for well over six months, it does contain a few sparklers. Two of my tops are completely opposite in tone and content, “Do It Back Again” and “No More Tears”. The mixtape opens with the Karim Hype produced “Do It”, your basic sexy ladies track. It’s no frills, just the basics to get your hips moving: a looping piano, then a winding simplistic beat with Casio style synths. On the other end of the spectrum, the mixtape ends with “No More Tears” off the Rebellion Riddim, which is unusually classic in its roots reggae sound and content. I can’t make out who is on the track with him. Queen Ifrica possibly. Point being, the mixtape, if anything, is an example of the vast capabilities of Konshens as an artiste. Something that newer artistes would be smart to take note of as the dancehall industry expands and contracts anew.
“Out the Ghetto”
“Do It Back Again”
“No More Tears”