Collie Buddz, ‘Collie Buddz’ (Columbia)
Yes, Collie Buddz, a.k.a. Colin Harper, is white. Yes, he’s been tagged as the Eminem of reggae. But the New Orleans-born, Bermuda-raised MC/producer’s debut album is all about the versatility of his undeniable skills. He has mastered hardcore dancehall chatting (“Blind to You”), lover’s rock crooning (“Tomorrow’s Another Day”), and Rasta chanting (crossover ganja anthem “Come Around”). There’s even a sweet soca tune and a collaboration on which Houston white rapper Paul Wall deftly rides a reggae riddim. Buddz proves the pop rule: Catchiness transcends color.
Now Watch This: Collie Buddz – “Come Around”