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In concert: Cham at the Crossroads

chamGrammy Award-nominated reggae artist Cham was on the screens of fans' camera phones at the Crossroads Club. (All photos Kyle Gustafson For The Washington Post)

By Sarah Godfrey

Bow Wow will always be called Lil Bow Wow, Jeezy will always be referred to as "Young Jeezy," and, despite a valiant effort to change his stage name, Jamaican dancehall artist Cham will forever be known as Baby Cham.

Cham ditched the "Baby" back in 2005, prior to the release of his 2006 major label debut, "Ghetto Story," but fans refuse to let go of the moniker he took back when he was the sweet-faced teenage sensation with a deep voice, flipping back and forth between hard-core dancehall, political statement and raunchy bedroom antics.

("Ghetto Story" - all versions, plus more pictures after the jump.)


It's easy to see why it's so hard to shake the "Baby": At the Crossroads on Saturday night, both the music and youthful visage of Cham appeared untouched by the years.

The dancehall deejay, who appeared with Tessanne Chin and special guest Serani, started off with some of his early hits, many of which were compiled on the 2000 release "Wow . . . The Story." "Lemme see the original Baby Cham fans . . . remember Baby Cham from 15, 16 years old," he said before launching into "Many, Many" and "Man & Man."

He also gave an extended version of "Vitamin S," complete with instructions for prepping for a night of romance. ("Take a shower: Use shower gel -- NO dishwashing liquid!")

It's hard to overstate the frenzy that occurred when Cham dropped the hard-knock-life anthem "Ghetto Story," back in 2006, and he made sure to give it its proper due, performing the album version, the Alicia Keys-aided remix and an a cappella version. But rather than ending on that note, Cham/Baby Cham closed the show with a very appropriate reggae cover of Alphaville's "Forever Young."






By David Malitz  |  April 12, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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