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Ghetto Priest Vulture Culture

On.U posse front man and brooding lyricist Ghetto Priest lets forth on this deep debut, pairing his dark lyrics and soulful delivery with Adrian Sherwood's swirling production. Bubbly dubs here, hard-edged distorted guitar there, roots stylee at one moment, dancehall boasts at another. Priest sings mournful chants against Babylon on cuts like "Earthquake in the Heart of Rome," and then backs the impossibly fast lyrical jabs by Irish chatter RiRa and the bassy bark of Simon Bogle. It's dancehall turned on its head in characteristic On.U fashion: always on the attack, keeping you off balance like a pink-faced Englishman poking you in the chest with one hand while slopping lager on his shoes with the other.

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