Cuban Cohiba & Shabba Ranks


Written by Ardie "Cuban Cohiba" Wallace, "Enuf Is  Enough           r reflects his community’s helpless frustration and anguish over the senseless gun violence that plagues its streets. 

Produced by Wallace,  Capsicum's CEO Roger Meltzer, and Osborne "Ifield" Joseph the song captures the repetitive and numbing impact in a fusion of dancehall reggae with an A-Kon-influenced r&b/hip-hop ballad feel in the midst of a New Orleans jazz funeral processsion, its beat punctuated by bursts of automatic weapons, squealing tires, condolence calls and its all too timely message reinforced by the commentary of the inimitable Shabba Ranks

Added at the last minute to Capsicum's inaugural "Reggae-in-Fusion Album #1,"“Enuf Is Enough” gained a surge of airplay in Jamaica when civil unrest and a subsequent national state of emergency erupted in Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston in the spring of 2010. 

"But it's not true that his song was written in response to that event,” said  Meltzer.  “The song had been released in February of 2010 and had been playing on Jamaican radio stations for three months prior to Tivoli. The song was actually inspired by the fatal 2009 shooting of an infant in the crossfire of rival drug gangs during the Caribbean Independence Day Parade in Hartford CT in the US. Cuban brought me the song two days later, and we spent considerable time building a track that reflected the tragic feel and sounds of this all-too-familiar bloodshed on our streets.”

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