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At least one critic has called his “Welcome to Jamrock” the reggae song of the decade. Its namesake album is equally striking, varied both in music and mood. Damian fashions affectionate odes to women (the bouncing dancehall track “Beautiful,” the languid “There for You,” the old-school party reggae jam “All Night” with brother Stephen) while also issuing warnings of social trouble (“Pimpa’s Paradise”) and straight-up commands to dance (“Move!”).

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Neo-Purist Need Not Apply

Recognize a revolution will you please! Jr. Gong is not his father, neither is Julian. Ziggy.... maybe. But you so called reggae lovers need to understand that reggae is not just Bob Marley. Mr. Marley is roots and culture, so is Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, etc. Bounty Killer, Elephant Man are dance hall, Capelton is the educator / the prophet. Morgan Heritage are spiritual leaders, so on and so on. Jr. Gong, Mr. Broadway, Julian, Tanto and Metro, Devante, Mr. Vegas, Mr. Dutty Rock Sean Paul, These cats are lighting it up with a new sound a new fusion that takes the best of what you have to make gumbo. And if you have never had real gumbo, then miss me with that “but it’s not Bob Marley” crap! Mr. Marley is true roots and culture to never be duplicated. Do not judge to the master but add to the movement! Mo’ fire to those who regulate the sound of reggae. We must have freedom to cross all borders. Keep rockin' Jr. Gong!

Jr. Gong maturing

Danceable tunes ( Hey Girl, Move!,) solid roots reggae (We're Gonna Make It, There for You) and dancehall riddims all combine for a massively solid experience from the youngest offspring of the legendary Bob Marley. Masterful samples of papa's work (Move! Pimpa's Paradise). Lyrics and style on dancehall tunes are tasteful, contemporary and moving. Jr Gong's voice has matured as well compared to earlier works, at times the resemblance to his father is spooky. The highlight for me is All Night, a popish dance tune with a hook that will stick in your head "all night". This is the best new reggae album in a decade.

Quit Whining

First of all, to all those who trashed this album, GROW UP. Next, I think another guy said this already, Damian Marley is NOT Bob Marley, nor is he trying to be. I'd hate to be him, or any of his family trying to make my own music with every Tom, Dick and Harry telling me how I'm not my father. Don't get me wrong, I love the Tuff Gong and his righteous music, but I take it differently than I take his kids'. I also take Marilyn Manson differently than I take Tool. And to the lady who's whining about how the album is offensive, the reason he offends you is because he's trying to give us white folks an insight into how real Jamaica is, and SURPRISE, it's not that candyland resort that we go to every summer and drink pina coladas. It's a land full of crime and poverty. I think this is an excellent album and really enjoy all of his music, as well as the rest of the Marley clan. I enjoy how he throws his serious side into his albums and addresses issues that clearly weigh on him, yet he also shows that even though there's a lot of hate and crime an sadness in this world, we can all still have a good time and party it up once in while. Great album Damian! Much Respect!


Born: July 21, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons must have learned something. At the age of 13, he formed his first band, the Shepherds, which also included the son of Third World's Cat Coore and the daughter of Freddie McGregor; the group even opened up the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. By 1994, Damian was working on his own solo project, and with the help of his father's label, Tuff Gong, he recorded Mr. Marley. Also lending a familial air to the sessions was...
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