Kingston Reggae Pedigree Esco Da Shocker To Record "Thick" For Capsicum Label As Sequel To “Love Interview” & "New Face" Hits


Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. The Popularity is determined by air play, music sales, club play and online hits. Our Chart is not limited to genre. It shows the diversity and the creativity of Caribbean people around the World and most of all their impact on the global audience. Therefore, Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Kompa, Soca, Reggaeton, Salsa, Calypso, etc. make up Tropicalfete Count Down Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year. Weekly Charts were calculated throughout the year to come up with a summary for the year. Charts have become an increasingly important way to measure the commercial success of individual songs and Tropicalfete Top 100 is a chart that reflects the songs the people consume.

1   Shaggy Only Love - ft. Pitbull, Gene Noble 
2   Jah Cure - No Friend of Mine
3   Tessanne Chin – Fire
4   Olatunji - Ola 
5   Beenie Man Ft. Akon - Unstoppable
6   Machel Montano - Like Ah Boss
7   Destra – Lucy
8   Machel Montano - Remedy
9   Daddy Yankee - El Vaiven
10   Barrington Levy - Life Is Great
11   Benjai – Phenomenal 
12   Sean Paul - Take It Low
13   Luciano - Prophecy 
14   Morgan Heritage - Keep On Jammin Morgan Heritage (feat. Shaggy)
15   Lyrikal – Cloud 9
16   Major Lazer Ft.Sean Paul & Machel Montano - One Wine
17   Kerwin Du Bois - Circles 
18   Rupee - M.I.A (Missing In Action)
19   Shaggy - I Need Your Love  ft. Mohombi, Faydee, Costi
20   Esco – Thick  
21   T-Vice - Warete 
22   Rocky Dawuni - Branches of the Same Tree
23   Aidonia - Nuh Boring Gyal
24   Richie Spice - Soaring In Love
25   Farruko - Sunset  ft. Shaggy, Nicky Jam
26   Fayann Lyons- Raze
27   Alex Sensation - Bailame ft. Yandel, Shaggy
28   Enrique Iglesias - Noche Y De Dia ft. Yandel, Juan Magan
29   Major Lazer Ft.Sean Paul & Machel Montano - One Wine 
30   Pitbull - Fun ft. Chris Brown
31   Beenie Man - Badmind People 
32   Protoje - Sudden Flight ft. Jesse Royal & Sevana
33   Pitbull - Baddest Girl in Town  ft. Mohombi, Wisin
34   Beenie Man - Party Vibes Nice
35   Machel Montano & Destra - Come Back 
36   Sean Paul - Take It Low
37   Angela Hunte and Machel Montano - Party Done 
38   Blaxx - Place In Life
39   Machel Montano - Endless Wuk 
40   Aidonia - Pretty Please
41   I-Octane - Hurt by friends
42   Gyptian - Oh Yeah
43   Kerwin Du Bois - No Apology
44   Stephen Marley - Ghetto Boy ft. Bounty Killer, Cobra
45   Mavado - True
46   Machel Montano - On My Way
47   Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley & Bunji Garlin - The Message 
48   Skinny Fabulous - Going Off 
49   Lyrikal - Loner
50   Tarrus Riley - Cool Me Down
51   Damian Marley - Who Am I ( feat. iQulah & Stephen Marley )
52   Kes The Band - Look Fuh Dat
53   Destra - Ooh La La Lay
54   Tarrus Riley - Herbs
55   Kerwin Du Bois ft. Patrice Roberts - Unforgettable
56   Mr. Vegas - Give Thanks For Life / Gwaan Yaa
57   Mavado - My League 
58   Patrice Roberts - Ah Feeling Mehself
59   Kes The Band- Fallin
60   Major Lazer - Light It Up (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG)
61   Mavado - Mak 90
62   Shaggy - Bridges ft. Chronixx
63   Cham - I'm Too Hot!
64   Romain Virgo ft. Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco - Fade Away
65   Kes The Band - Million
66   Tommy Lee Sparta - Numb
67   Prince Royce - Back It Up
68   Farmer Nappy - My House 
69   Timaya ft. Don Jazzy - Timaya ft. Don JazzyI Concur
70   Skinny Banton - Front Yard We
71   Etana - I Rise
72   Sean Paul & Beenie Man - Greatest Gallis 
73   Tommy Lee Sparta - Rebirth
74   Ragga - Obsessed
75   Carimi & Mikabe - Dife carnaval
76   Erphaan Alves - Highest Feeling
77   Ricardo Drue - Holding On
78   Kurt Allen - Selfie T+T 
79   Daria - On De Road
80   Demarco - So We Stay
81   Asa Bantan - Wuk D Bumpa
82   5 Star Akil- Noise
83   Small Axe Band - Shake It Mix
84   Tizzy & El A Kru - We Playin Mas 
85   Shurwayne Winchester - Shake It
86   Romain Virgo - God Inna Me Corner
87   Beenie Man - Put It
88   Teddyson John - Ketch It
89   Tallpree - Ole Mas
90   T-Vice feat. Tonymix - Yok Pou Pè 
91   Bunji Garlin - Our Time
92   Yankey Boy - Play Ah Ma
93   Tsisy feo::Lil'C, Jade, Sweet, Damo
94   Asa Bantan- Riddim of the Night
95   Biggie Irie - My Island
96   Busy Signal -Out of Many One
97   Grand Masters - G Mix
98   Stephen Marley ft Damian Marley & Spragga Benz - Bongo Nyah
99   I-Octane - Don't stop di vibes
100   Nature -  Love You  - Nature

Born Matthew Thompson, emerging reggae artist Esco da Shocker has a bonafide reggae pedigree as the son of veteran Jamaican disc jockey, Errol ‘E.T.’ Thompson, and former Wailers backup singer and now an iconic artist in her own right, Marcia Griffiths, as his step-mom.

“A rangy baritone, Esco is the whole package,” said Capsicum CEO Roger Meltzer. “He’s a versatile triple threat as a writer, producer and artist. I’ve been looking forward to working with him since our mutual friend, Della “Danger Zone” Drummond first sent me the ‘Voyage’ riddim that contained songs from Esco (‘Love Interview’), Romain Virgo (‘Cold Side’), and iCandy (‘Law Of Attraction’) among others. I couldn’t get over how strong Esco’s hook was, and how creative the verse lyrics were, along with how well he could ride the rhythm with them. I played all three songs on The Capsicum Show reggae radio program, and time and again my listeners asked me to pull up (replay) Esco’s tune. The reaction to his follow-up release on the "Love Quest riddim from Kheilstonemusic, "New Face," was also extremely positive.

“I first met Della when he authorized Sledge to recycle a beat he built for Jah Cure to go under the reggae remix of the Rascal Flatts Smash, “Take Me There” on the inaugural ‘Reggae-In-Fusion’ album. Della and I began talking about collaborating on a project. ‘Love Interview’ convinced me I wanted Esco to be one of the first artists we worked with. I started shooting tunes to them in Kingston.

"The image the mass media does projecting virtually impossible beauty standards on young women, especially women of color, is brutal. Rather than the worn-out attack on media images and stereotypes, I thought I would write a song that praised women whose body types don't conform to them but are nevertheless attractive to men. I came up with the lyrics to "Thick" and then approached my production partner, Joseph Everton "Reality" Weekes, about building a rhythm track (beat) and crafting a melody that would carry the lyrical message. I then sent the concept demo to Esco, who agreed to voice the song and I gave him a free hand in ad libbing to both the lyrics and melody. Reality and I loved what he sent back and we started to overdub some additional tracks and mix the record."

Esco’s own co-production credits include material on many big “riddim” projects coming out of Jamaica such as the “Dem Time Deh” and the “Bullet Riddim” collections, and charting his own hit singles like “Tuk In Yuh Belly” and “Wine Up Pon Her.

He was recently signed on as the afternoon drive time DJ at Hot 102-FM in Kingston.

In 2008, 1-1-1 Productions premiered his talents with the ‘one -off’ track, “Drunken Dance,” followed by “Badman Skank” for Future Fambo. The inaugural project , “The Show Goes On” contained songs by Deva BrattDo It Hot”, Delly Ranks featuring Smurf’sHead A Leak,” Future FamboFren Ova Gal”, budding songstress Malica “Hot Gal Step Out,” Wayne Marshall’sShe Nah Come, Fresh Money’s “Horny Anyone,” as well as Esco‘s (then aka The Shocker) “Control Dis Ting,” and others. Esco’s second riddim project, titled 40-4 PLAY, featured songs from Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Esco, Future Fambo featuring Mr. Easy, Wayne Marshall and more. His winter 2007 tour of Europe with Wayne Marshall solidified the LSU alum’s overseas fan-base.

Esco released the “Mansions” riddim from his own Tall King Productions which features songs by Alaine, Elephant Man, Etana, Gyptian, Jah Cure and more. His own song “Blessings” is already receiving rotations from reggae DJs worldwide as it is solidifies his transition as a conscious solo reggae an dancehall artist. Esco has also been submitting productions to major labels and projects such as Wyclef Jean’s upcoming album. Esco is also featured on the remix for “Weed fi Sale” by Wycelf Jean as heard on He’s among the seven artists collaborating on “Haters Warning” including Chino, Chan, Dizzy and Bounty Killa, and on the recent Danger Zone “Starstruck” and “5050” riddims. He continues to record with Jamaica’s top producers, joining with new writers and focusing on preparing for his first solo album – ESCO da Shocker.

The victim of a robbery late in 2009 that nearly resulted in kidnapping. the incident drew Esco closer to his purpose and he became more reflective musically. The song “Wha Nuh Kill Yu” was completely inspired from that harrowing experience. Recording with a renewed zest, Esco delivered “Anytime You Call,” produced by Open Ear Music and “God Is Love” from the ‘Natural Breeze” riddimand “Watch Dem,” on the “Moonwalk” Riddim. Esco has also been recording with Gang 5 Music and has two current releases “Highest Of Di Highest” and “More To Life” -- both spiritual in nature and already connecting with fans and DJs worldwide, .along with “Wow” from Natural Bridge Records’ Sea Breeze” riddim.


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