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Album Review

Sometime during the '90s, overdubbing classic recordings with new instruments and vocals became an accepted practice, since the intent was to introduce legendary artists to a contemporary audience. Evidently, these good intentions made these albums better than, say, overdubbing strings on Hank Williams' spare recordings after his death, since that was just crass commercial pandering and this was noble missionary work. Chant Down Babylon — an attempt to refashion Bob Marley recordings as urban and hip-hop (and, in the case of "Roots, Rock, Reggae" with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, rock) for a new generation, based on the presumption that, since Marley never reached the broad African-American audience he desired during his lifetime, there was no time like 1999 to try it again — is arguably the most extreme reworking to date. Unlike many of these sort of recordings, the original musical base is not completely discarded, as the resulting vocal and instrumental overdubs are meshed with the originals. There are a few tracks, such as the Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill contributions, that work particularly well.

Customer Reviews

Chant Down Babylon - Bob Marley

Simply a great album. 5 stars. Recomend to anyone how likes reggae or hip hop. Really really good.

More Hip Hop Than Marley : (

This is definately for Hip Hop fans more than Reggae fans. Hard rap beats and to be honest weak rap lyrics make up an album to miss. It just doesn't sound right and the Hip Hop styling completely overshadows what are (in their original form) fantastic songs. Even/Especially die hard Marley fans will find this hard to swallow. Do yourself a favour, save your cash.

We jamming =]

One of the best albums I've heard, an album u can lissen all the way thru, if u like marely n hip hop, u should get this


Born: 06 February 1945 in St. Ann, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution...
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