The Eskimo Squad: City That Frosts
By Gareth Shute
Eskimo Squad is the combination of three MCs from Montserrat (in the Carribean) and local producer Oakley Grenell (O.G.). From the first track it is clear that the MCs have their toasting skills down and the production has all the hallmarks of dancehall ragga (even some of the painfully chirpy organ sounds). A truly international sounding album, though this is probably also the album's biggest failing. None of the tracks do anything to express the exotic nature of the group's members and instead the lyrics fall back on all too familiar material. During the first track alone, the rappers drop lines like: "I got me 9 in my pocket", "I got bitches at the crib", and show off about "sippin' Hennesey"and "smoking up blunts". The album comes generously with a bonus disc of instrumental tracks for young rhymers who think they can do better. This album will undoubtedly provide an enjoyable listen for fans of Beenie Man and Sean Paul, and the group's live show is the closest local fans are likely to come to experiencing the real thing. Nonetheless this album is unlikely to win over new fans to the genre.