Zip Up (WeePow's Birthday Bash)
All Fruits Ripe proudly presented Zip Up (WeePow's Birthday Bash) featuring Stone Love Movement, Metro Media, Renaissance, Daddy Ernie, Aquarius and Muzik Street on Saturday 31 March 2001 at Club EQ, Waterden Road, East London, England.
The Dainty Crew arrived at Club EQ and walked down a long metal tunnel with flashing lights to enter the venue. Daddy Ernie had solo deck control and the singers were getting rinsed with the likes of George Nooks, Tony Rebel and Everton Blender being played.
Sizzla was Praising Jah while Frisco Kid was saying 'Eye A Bun Dem' heading the Hot Wax riddim excursion then onto the likes of Cobra's "Body did good," Bounty's 'Suspense' ending on Beenie lamenting with 'Memories'. General Degree was 'Traffic Blocking', while Spragga was 'Hype Up' and Beenie was advising all women with wutless men to 'Let Him Go'.
The Joyride riddim got dusted off and played with the Bellyas hot on it's heels and Capleton's 'Who Dem' got an instance wheel when the crowd started to buzz. Capleton's 'Good Inna Clothes' got the crowd singing out before the Headache riddim commenced with Elephant Man and Delly Ranks with the signature tune. "Gun shot inna the air" warned Beenie Man as he got 'Crazy'.
Capleton was on the prowl with 'Hunt You' and Jay-Z was doing some serious 'Big Pimpin' before Capleton called for 'Hands Up' on the Big Pimpin riddim. Ja Rule advised that everything was 'Between Me & You' and Jay-Z stated 'I Just Wanna Love You'.
Aquarius then took to the decks and blessed the dance and dropped Jamaica's National Anthem followed by Beenie Man's & Luciano's 'Crazy Baldheads'. The next dedication was to the ugly girls with Bob Marley doing a solo version of 'Turn The Lights Down Low'. Bob Marley then was stating that everywhere a 'War'. The crowd definitely agreed judging by the spray of hands to which Aquarius, responded with a wheel. 'Redemption Song', 'Natural Mystic', 'Who the Cap Fits' and 'Don't Worry' show why Marley will always live on as the king of Reggae.
Maxi Priest got a rare outing with 'Wide World' and the original singing duppy, Ghost asked 'Do You Believe?" Beres Hammond was 'Putting Up A Resistance' and Beenie advised that, "This is a waaarrr." Buju DJed about the 'Movie Star' and Junior Kelly asked, "If love so nice why does it hurt so much?" He repeated the question when the tune got an instant forward.
Aquarius changed the mood and went on a Soul excursion with Leanne Rimes poising the question, "How do I live without you?" and Joe was being inquisitive stating, "I want to know what turns you on…" Shania Twain enforced that she was 'Still The One' but Beres Hammond wasn't haven't none of it with 'Step Aside'.
"She looked more like a beauty queen," observed Shinehead and Junior Byles sang 'Fade Away'. Sizzla had no time to 'Gaze' because he was to busy getting to the point!
Musik Street's time had come and they began with R Kelly's 'Fiesta', while Mystikal warned about the 'Danger' and Ja Rule told us for the second time for the night that it was "between me and you…." Jay Z said 'I Just Wanna Love You' again while the ladies sang Destiny's Child 'Independent Women'. Outkast's 'Ms Jackson' was played prior to the biggest Reggae hit on the international scene, 'It Wasn't Me' dropped. Lady Saw and Marsha answered this with 'Son Of A Bitch'. Christopher with 'All I Have' topped the Headache riddim while Alozade stated 'Bad Man Nuh Watch Gal'.
By this time the crowd were doing every style of Screechie dance imaginable and the atmosphere was electric. Champagne corks could be heard popping from all sides and a few people were sipping Alize. Vegas was having the sweetest time with 'Girls Time', while Chico warned that he was going to 'Cut Him Off' before Beenie Man alongside Bling Dawg advised it was all about the 'Circumstances'.
The Chiney Gal riddim was dropped and Ce'Cile decided it was time for 'Changez' and Elephant Man wanted his 'Application'. Sizzla bawled "Blaze up me chalwa, little but me talawa…" and 'Give It To Dem' got a massive crowd response for which Musik Street obliged with a forward.
Babycham stated that he was in nothing with 'Man & Man' and Frankie Sly said that "fassy them a slip you know" while Beenie was bunning 'Trouble Makers'. TOK's 'Chi Chi Man' got pulled back about 4 times to the joy of the crowd before the Superstar riddim was dropped with a refix of Sizzla's 'Get To The Point'.
The first yard sound to step up was Metro Media with Oliver at the controls with a Morgan Heritage 'Bring Back Love' dub. Sanchez asked us to 'Praise Him' before Buju Banton just 'Wanna Be Loved'. Luciano's 'In This Together' played before it was quickly mixed with Sanchez's 'Never Dis The Man'. 'Ghetto People Song' got a forward and then Oliver dropped 'Jah By My Side' before Sizzla talked about 'Good Ways'.
It was the singers time and Terry Linen stated that 'My Love Is Your Love' and Singing Melody pleaded on 'I Want You Back'. Ghost asked the question, 'Do You Believe' and obviously Dawn Penn didn't with 'You Don't Care (No, No, No)'. Sanchez was singing 'Missing You' on the 'Saddest Day'. Oliver then went into some speech that no girl needed to bleach them face to catch man before he dropped Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder's 'Movie Star'.
Buju Banton and Beres Hammond asked 'Who seh big man don't cry?" before Beres sang 'They Gonna Talk' while Sanchez was getting impatient with 'I Can't Wait'. The Headache got played again for the third time before Capleton said "Cuyah, cuyah, cuyah when you see me with de the fire" the Fireman then asked, 'Who Dem'? Harry Toddler advised to 'Watch Your Friends' and Elephant Man was on the subject of 'Pussy Watch Man'. Capleton was observing that the woman looked 'Good Inna Her Clothes' while he had the 'Crazy Look' before he started to bawl about 'Pure Sodom'. Bounty Killer's 'Warlord' dub was dropped ending Oliver's set.
Delano and Pepsi were now at the decks representing Renaissance and the first vinyl that the needle touched was Sizzla's 'Praise Ye Jah' before Buju said once again that he 'Wanna Be Loved'. Half Pint sent 'Greetings' and Shabba's 'Love Punnany Bad' was put aside to make way for two Spragga tunes, namely 'Could A Deal' and 'Jack It Up'.
"Under 17 or you over 16?" questioned General Echo to 'Arleen' while Shabba was Djing 'Shine & Criss'. The Hot Wax riddim got played again before the Scarface. The time had come for Renaissance to show why there are known as the remix sound when Junior Kelly asked "If love so nice, why does it hurt so much?" over a Hip Hop riddim (DMX's 'What You Really Want'), 'Originality' (on Dr Dre 'Still Dre' riddim). Sizzla requested that we should 'Get To The Point' while TOK asked for the "fire mek me bun dem" for the 'Chi Chi Man' in a refix style. "Gunshot inna de air," bawled Beenie on the Jay Z 'I Just Wanna Love You' riddim. He then asked that we "Bun a trouble maker" on Busta Rhymes style riddim while Babycham was still disgruntled on the 'Man & Man' situation.
Billy Slaughter represented Stone Love and began with an old favourite, Shabba Ranks and Johnny Osbourne's 'Ice Cream Sound' dub. We then got treated to "Sweetest sound when the rain start fall…" before Sanchez stated that he was 'Forever Young'. Slaughter sent out a shout to Ricardo Gardener and Pepe Goodison, the Reggae boys in the house before dropping Buju's 'Sound Fi Dead' dub.
Capleton's 'Jah Jah City' got an instant forward and then Terror Fabulous, 'Gangster' was played for "all Jamaicans in the house" before Louie Culture's 'Bogus Badge'. Sizzla's 'Praise Ye Jah' got the repeat treatment then Buju asked on dub "How the world a run?" before his homophobic offering, 'Boom Bye Bye'. Shyne and Barrington Levy were on the subject of 'Bad Boys' before Capleton pleaded 'Gimme De Woman Dem' on the Blue Drawers riddim.
Slaughter dedicated the next tune to those who had never took coke in their lives before Sizzla bawled 'Blaze up me chalwa, little but me talawa' on the Sashi riddim. He then repeated 'Traffic Blocking' and 'Let Him Go' before dropping the Faith and Showtime riddims. Barrington Levy asked "What kind of world are we living in?" on '21 Girls Salute' while Beres Hammond was 'Putting Up A Resistance'. Freddie McGregor's was singing 'Push Come To Shove' and Mikey Spice and Louie Culture advised to 'Grab Your Lass And Come' while Sizzla warned there was no time to 'Gaze'.
It was nearing 6am and Aquarius were once again back on the wheels of steel and they called up people to take to the stage. Mikey Blacks, The Barber Crew, Reggae Boys, Wee Pow and Lord Gellys were all bigged up to name a few. A request went out for all people to hold hands while Band Aid's 'We Are The World' played. Then a special big up went to Shorty Malcolm before R Kelly's 'I Wish' played. Sanchez took us through Jamaica's National Anthem in a dub style.
Half Pint's 'Greetings' was played and then Capleton's 'Dem Nuh Like Me' before Leroy Smart sang 'You Know Your Friend' and Shabba growled 'Dem Bow' and then back to TOK's 'Chi Chi Man'.
Even when the music ended, people were still in the venue reluctant to leave. Eventually, the place started clearing around 6:30am and people congregated outside with a road-block of cars trying to leave the area causing traffic in both directions on Waterden Road.
Big respect goes out to Robert for making this review possible.