Generation Next by Prezident Brown on Apple Music

20 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

While only 14, Prezident Brown began working the microphone for local soundsystems in his hometown of Clarendon, Jamaica. Within a few years he was under the tutelage of U Brown, a foundation deejay of the roots era and the man from whom Prezident Brown would adopt both his name and rough-hewn delivery style. Though Prezident Brown’s Rasta-inspired lyricism and continued concern with political and social issues made him a much-beloved presence on the soundsystem scene, he seldom released full-length albums, preferring to record quick single releases with producers like Bobby Digital and Lloyd James Jr. By the time Brown released Generation Next in 2003, he'd been recording for almost two decades, but despite his seasoned professionalism the album was only his third. Fortunately, it was something of a creative and commercial triumph for Brown. His smooth, roots-inflected remake of William Devaughn’s socially conscious funk anthem “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got” helped propel the album into the public eye, but the entirety of its sprawling 20 tracks deserves listeners’ attention.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While only 14, Prezident Brown began working the microphone for local soundsystems in his hometown of Clarendon, Jamaica. Within a few years he was under the tutelage of U Brown, a foundation deejay of the roots era and the man from whom Prezident Brown would adopt both his name and rough-hewn delivery style. Though Prezident Brown’s Rasta-inspired lyricism and continued concern with political and social issues made him a much-beloved presence on the soundsystem scene, he seldom released full-length albums, preferring to record quick single releases with producers like Bobby Digital and Lloyd James Jr. By the time Brown released Generation Next in 2003, he'd been recording for almost two decades, but despite his seasoned professionalism the album was only his third. Fortunately, it was something of a creative and commercial triumph for Brown. His smooth, roots-inflected remake of William Devaughn’s socially conscious funk anthem “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got” helped propel the album into the public eye, but the entirety of its sprawling 20 tracks deserves listeners’ attention.

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About Prezident Brown

Prezident Brown (born Fitz Albert Cotterell) has been called "one of the most interesting cultural dee jays since U-Roy." Emphasizing positive messages, Brown has continued to pioneer his own direction, developing his own approach to dee jaying that he calls "the chanting stylee." Born to a Seventh Day Adventist family in Colonel Ridge, Clarendon, Brown grew up in St. Mary, a small town in the the north coast resort city of Ocrabessa. Although he showed potential as an artist, as a youngster he was forced to leave school in order to support his mother and three sisters after the death of his father. Brown launched his musical career at the age of 14, when he began dee jaying for the Sound King Stereo Mix at the Bamboo lounge. Initially known as Junior Ranking, Brown was dubbed "Slim Brown" by dee jay Nicodemus. When he recorded his debut single, a duet with Chinna, in 1988, Brown was named "Dancehall Doctor." The title "Prezident" was bestowed upon him by the late Jack Ruby, producer of Burning Spear's albums, ""Marcus Garvey," and "Man in the Hills". With Ruby overseeing his recordings, Brown enjoyed such hits as "Rough Road," "Brain Food," and "Roots in the Music." Following Ruby's death in 1988, Brown became involved with producers Delroy Collins, Barry O'Hare, and Stephen Stewart of Grove Music. He switched to Cole's label, Roof International, shortly afterwards, and began performing and emceeing at the Rooftop Club. His most successful period came after resuming his partnership with O'Hare in 1989. In 1995, Brown toured the United Kingdom, promoting his debut album Big, Bad & Talented. ~ Craig Harris

  • ORIGIN
    Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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