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EDITORS’ NOTES

Few reggae performers can command respect from both modern dancehall audiences and older generations of roots stalwarts like gruff-voiced chanter Anthony B, who demonstrates an old-fashioned lyrical concern with social and political injustice while retaining a firebrand delivery that lets him compete with the most riotous contemporary dancehall DJs. Toward the end of the ‘00s, Anthony B began to move away from the more minimal roots and dancehall riddims of efforts like 2003’s Street Knowledge toward the more ornate, R&B-flavored productions of 2010’s Encore. Rasta Love more or less continues this trend, featuring heavily embellished productions and guest spots from newcomers like dancehall crooner Gyptian and roots veterans like George Nooks and Peter Tosh. Perhaps the most compelling items here are those that directly address the Jamaican sovereign debt crisis, most particularly the righteous denunciations of “White Collar Criminal” and Anthony B’s clever reworking of The Maytones' 1977 classic “Money Worries.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few reggae performers can command respect from both modern dancehall audiences and older generations of roots stalwarts like gruff-voiced chanter Anthony B, who demonstrates an old-fashioned lyrical concern with social and political injustice while retaining a firebrand delivery that lets him compete with the most riotous contemporary dancehall DJs. Toward the end of the ‘00s, Anthony B began to move away from the more minimal roots and dancehall riddims of efforts like 2003’s Street Knowledge toward the more ornate, R&B-flavored productions of 2010’s Encore. Rasta Love more or less continues this trend, featuring heavily embellished productions and guest spots from newcomers like dancehall crooner Gyptian and roots veterans like George Nooks and Peter Tosh. Perhaps the most compelling items here are those that directly address the Jamaican sovereign debt crisis, most particularly the righteous denunciations of “White Collar Criminal” and Anthony B’s clever reworking of The Maytones' 1977 classic “Money Worries.”

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About Anthony B

Reggae singer Anthony B was born Keith Blair in Clarks Town, Jamaica; after performing with church and school choirs throughout his youth, he made his debut as a DJ with the local sound system Shaggy Hi-Power. Relocating to Portmore in 1988, he befriended fellow aspiring DJs including Determine, Mega Banton, and Ricky General, issuing his debut single "The Living Is Hard" in 1993. Teaming with producer Richard "Bello" Bell, Anthony B notched a series of hits including "Repentance Time," "Fire pon Rome," "Rumour," and "Raid di Barn" before releasing his first full-length effort, Real Revolutionary, in 1996. Universal Struggle followed in 1997, with the single "Nah Vote Again" viewed as a key factor in preserving peace at the national elections later that year. In 1999, Anthony B returned with Seven Seals. More Love followed two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Clarks Town, Jamaica
  • BORN
    Mar 31, 1976

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