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One of Jamaica's biggest reggae stars, Buju Banton hit the scene in the late '80s and never looked back. Over the course of his lengthy career, he's released 10 albums and countless singles. Some songs are political, some are spiritual, and some are relentlessly violent—he's probably best known for his anti-gay anthem "Boom Bye Bye." Currently incarcerated on a drug-conspiracy conviction, he remains popular in his home country, as well as in dancehall hotspots like London, New York, and Miami. The Reality of Life is the second compilation drawing from Banton's early work with Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records. A mix of straight-up roots, lovers rock, dub, and dancehall, this is a standout collection. It features collaborations with Wayne Wonder, Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, and Carol Gonzales.

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Buju is Great

I've been looking for some of these tracks for years

Mi love Buju

One of the wicked albums ever!! This is a classic must have for true reggae listeners.


Born: July 15, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Buju Banton was one of the most popular dancehall reggae artists of the '90s. Debuting with a series of popular "slack" singles, which drew criticism for their graphic sexuality and homophobia, Banton converted to Rastafarianism and revolutionized dancehall by employing the live instrumentation and social consciousness of classic roots reggae. He first adopted the approach on his 1995 classic 'Til Shiloh, which raised hopes among his fans that he would become dancehall's great international...
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