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Onstage, Bob Marley’s second son, Stephen, seems content to preside over an old-school reggae party, delivering boisterous, roots-heavy sets that mix his originals with a generous supply of his father’s favorites. His sterling re-creation of the classic Marley sound — Bob’s voice and all — is spot-on and spellbinding, if not a bit eerie. On his debut album, however, Stephen Marley broadens his scope, utilizing aspects of roots reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B. The opening “Mind Control” stays firmly grounded on roots turf, but “Hey Baby,” featuring rapper Mos Def, has a bit of neo-soul sheen. “Iron Bars” adroitly blends funk, reggae, and hip-hop, while “The Traffic Jam,” with toasting by younger brother Damian “Jr Gong,” is straight dancehall ragga. Marley’s haunting original “Inna Di Red” (with Ben Harper on guitar) and a sharp cover of the Doc Pomus chestnut “Lonely Avenue” stick closer to his father’s style, where Stephen seems most comfortable. Though Mind Control is his first solo effort, Marley has been playing and producing music for most of his life, and while he sometimes drifts too far afield, his ability and assuredness usually save the day.

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Raggamuffin Rasta - A Maverick Achievment by Middle-Child Marley

Stephen Marley is one of the busiest and most talented men in reggae music, if not the music industry in general. MIND CONTROL is Stephen in a new light, in the forefront while still commanding a presence wearing producer hat. This effort was a long time coming, but slow and steady has won the race to a glorious sound of rasta music and catchy modern reggae rap vibes. Each of Bob Marley's sons who are singers (there are some who are not) have a distinct sound that reminds you of Bob's vocal originality. For me, Stephen's rootsy and sultry low tones harken back to CATHCH A FIRE or even RASTAMAN VIBRATION. However, it is high time Stephen 'Raggamuffin' Marley earned the right to sound like himself while still knowing where he came from. I love every song, but my favorites include Hey Baby and Chase Dem, also the topical Mind Control deserves a good hard listen. Traffic Jam is a great ringtone as well! A Ragga Fan, Doree For all reggae fans, this is a welcome addition to any collection.

Mind Control

This is an incredibly sexy album.

And the hits just keep on coming

Great mix of tunes and beats with quality collaborations. There's definitely a hip-hop influenced sound, but it's a perfect blend with the reggae feel. This is definitely one you can put on and let run all the way through.


Born: April 20, 1972

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bob Marley's second son, Stephen Marley, first appeared on record in 1979, when he was only six years old. With his brother Ziggy, the young Stephen recorded the single "Children Playing in the Streets," a charity single with the profits going to the United Nations to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child. The single would also mark the beginnings of the Ziggy-fronted Melody Makers, a band that included Stephen's other siblings. Stephen played a supportive role in the Melody...
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