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After two straight years of setting the Jamaican dancehall scene on fire, Buju Banton released his major-label debut, Voice of Jamaica. The sound is professional and polished, giving Banton a new gravitas that was missing from his precocious independent releases. He carries himself as a king, with the utmost control and authority over his craft. The blueprint is the same as in years past, but the luxurious production design makes Banton’s music more elegant and timeless. He delves into all types of songs, from bombastic dancehall (“Red Rose,” “Gone a Lead,” “Deportess (Things Change)”) and tough slow-churning riddims (“No Respect,” “If Loving Was a Crime,” “Him Take Off”) to moments of almost delirious sweetness (“A Little More Time,” “Make My Day”). The influence of American R&B and rap is more prominent than in years past, and Banton even turns in a convincing slice of New York–style hip-hop with “Wicked Act.” Though fans seemed to love his gruffness most when it was contrasted with softly sugarcoated tunes, Banton never changed his tune. Regardless of its setting, his voice was as precise as it was rugged, an instrument of jubilant fury.

Customer Reviews

Love de Banton

First CD I ever bought and still one of the best. If you went to High School in the late 90's in Booklyn, you couldn't help but to hear everyone jamming these tunes. His best album to date. Pure dancehall

dancehall classic

Your in the presense of greatness. Pure Reggae dancehall genius. Just as real and raw in person as he is on wax. This album is a dancehall classic. Its up there with Bob Marley Legend

Greatest dancehall of the 90s!

This is one of the most significant albums of the 90s. It set the highest bar for quality mash-ups/fusion that would last for the next 20+ years. Before then it was mostly basic switching form genre to genre from verse to verse but this was beautifully integrated. A work that will live forever, if more people actually get to the chance to hear, considering some people don't know Buju before Till Shiloh.

Biography

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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