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He used to be known as Baby Cham, but there's no way anyone who recorded such a heart-wrenching -- and yet incredibly infectious -- tale of a poverty-stricken childhood as "Ghetto Story" could be called "Baby." The title track of Cham's ("just Cham") debut is such a convincing combination of rage and regret that an Internet rumor claiming the Jamaican government had banned the track was picked up as fact by plenty of journalists, and while it proved untrue, it certainly didn't seem impossible. The Ghetto Story album presents the revolutionary track -- which is the worthy dancehall successor to Damien Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" -- in its original mix and two remixes: a decent one with Alicia Keys and an even better one with the perfectly chosen Akon. "Rude Boy Pledge" and a few other moments sprinkled about the album echo the seriousness of the title cut, but most of the tracks favor the swaggering and slick side of the man, a side that gets the party started with hook after hook locking onto rock-solid riddims. The sexy "Vitamin S" utilizes the same "Fiesta" riddim as Beenie Man's great "Dude" and comes within inches of topping it. His anthem "Cham" is ace, "Bring It On" is as convincingly cool as anything by T.O.K., and there are no sleazy efforts or filler to water down Cham's aggressive dancehall stance for non-Jamaican ears. Ambitious, exciting, well built, and -- for anyone who cares about dancehall -- unmissable.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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Ghetto Story Album Version
00:04:11

Dave Kelly, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Writer, Recording Engineer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Dameon Beckett, Composer, Writer - Dave Kellly, Writer

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

2
Tic Toc Amended Album Version
00:03:49

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

3
Rude Boy Pledge Album Version
00:03:33

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

4
Bring It On remix feat. Majic Massey Amended Album Version
00:03:09

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Majic Massey, FeaturedArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

5
Don't Test Me Amended Album Version
00:03:31

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

6
Wah Dem a Seh Now? Album Version
00:03:45

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

7
Fat Punnany (Hottie Hottie Girl) [feat. Majic Massey]
00:04:44

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Majic Massey, FeaturedArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

8
Bad Boys feat. Tia Jean Album Version
00:03:56

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - A. Tennent, Writer - Ali & Guz, Vocal Arranger - Guz Lally, Writer - R. Angol, Writer - Tia Jean, Writer, FeaturedArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

9
Boom Boom feat. Rihanna Album Version
00:04:12

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Rihanna, FeaturedArtist - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

10
Talk to Me Amended Album Version
00:04:11

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Toi, Additional Vocals

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

11
Vitamin S Album Version
00:04:12

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Writer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Dameon Beckett, Writer

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Mad House Records, Ltd. exclusively licensed to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States excluding the Caribbean

12
Love It Like That Amended Album Version
00:03:26

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Triniti, Additional Vocals

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

13
Girl feat. Jimmy Cheezetrix Album Version
00:03:49

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Cheezetrix, FeaturedArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Mad House Records, Ltd. exclusively licensed to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States excluding the Caribbean

14
Cham Amended Album Version
00:03:10

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

15
Ghetto Story Chapter 2 feat. Alicia Keys Album Version
00:04:45

Alicia Keys, Writer, FeaturedArtist - D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Writer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Dameon Beckett, Writer

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

16
Ghetto Story Chapter 3 feat. Akon Album Version
00:04:21

Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Writer, Recording Engineer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Akon, FeaturedArtist - A Thiam, Writer - Dameon Beckett, Writer

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

17
Bad Mind Album Version
00:03:38

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Mad House Records, Ltd. exclusively licensed to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States excluding the Caribbean

18
Ma People Bonus Track
00:03:41

D. Kelly, Writer - Dave Kelly, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer - D. Beckett, Writer - Cham, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the Caribbean.

Album Description

He used to be known as Baby Cham, but there's no way anyone who recorded such a heart-wrenching -- and yet incredibly infectious -- tale of a poverty-stricken childhood as "Ghetto Story" could be called "Baby." The title track of Cham's ("just Cham") debut is such a convincing combination of rage and regret that an Internet rumor claiming the Jamaican government had banned the track was picked up as fact by plenty of journalists, and while it proved untrue, it certainly didn't seem impossible. The Ghetto Story album presents the revolutionary track -- which is the worthy dancehall successor to Damien Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" -- in its original mix and two remixes: a decent one with Alicia Keys and an even better one with the perfectly chosen Akon. "Rude Boy Pledge" and a few other moments sprinkled about the album echo the seriousness of the title cut, but most of the tracks favor the swaggering and slick side of the man, a side that gets the party started with hook after hook locking onto rock-solid riddims. The sexy "Vitamin S" utilizes the same "Fiesta" riddim as Beenie Man's great "Dude" and comes within inches of topping it. His anthem "Cham" is ace, "Bring It On" is as convincingly cool as anything by T.O.K., and there are no sleazy efforts or filler to water down Cham's aggressive dancehall stance for non-Jamaican ears. Ambitious, exciting, well built, and -- for anyone who cares about dancehall -- unmissable.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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