Rap and dancehall reggae are fruits from the same musical tree, so it only makes sense that Heineken's Red Star Sounds teamed with Tuff Gong and Def Jam to bring together the two genres for its third

Rap and dancehall reggae are fruits from the same musical tree, so it only makes sense that Heineken's Red Star Sounds teamed with Tuff Gong and Def Jam to bring together the two genres for its third compilation. Lead single "Anything Goes," featuring CNN, Wayne Wonder and Lexxus, showcases the perfect balance of rap and dancehall. Wonder's melodic voice provides the right contrast to the gruff vocals of CNN and Lexxus. Ghostface Killah and Elephant Man connect on the sexually charged, Tony Kelly-produced "Girls Callin'." The set also has its fair share of misfires. "Straight Off the Top"—featuring Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Wayne Marshall and Vybz Cartel—is contrived and lacks chemistry. "Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica" proves that genre-blending is a delicate science.—RH

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