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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

535 Ratings

535 Ratings

Welcome to Jamrock...rocks

Chris350

Welcome to Jamrock is the best album that Damian Marley has out yet. He keeps you up with all the best lyrics and moves you inside. He really give a good image to as what he is saying. 5 stars to this cd. Damian, I will see you at your concert in time square.

Chris

Nice!

nymike

Love this! Good swing..just saw the vid on IMF and was surprised to see it here. I get a little fatigued by his delivery at times but over all a killer toon!

I haven't been this excited about a reggae plate since I was first intro'd to BM 20 years ago

Welcome to jamrock is off the meat rack

the coman

This album is knarly! I listened to Damian before Welcome to Jamrock and introduced him to my friends but I never thought he would come out with any beats this killer. I would just like to say its a knar album and Jr. Gong is crazy.

About Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons had music deeply imprinted in his DNA. 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. His debut solo release ‘School Controversy’ faltered, although his lineage led to the track being featured on Epic Record’s Positively Reggae: An All Family Musical Celebration. In 1993, performing as Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, he toured alongside Shabba Ranks on the ragga DJ’s World Unity Concert. In 1995 the Marley genealogy led to a partnership with Julian Marley, who joined him at performances on the Reggae Sunsplash and Sumfest festivals. The success of their performance led to an international tour supporting Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers that covered South, Central and North America and culminated in the Marley Magic: A Marley Family Reunion in New York’s Central Park.

Thanks to his success as a live performer, Tuff Gong subsidiary Ghetto Youths International signed him and in 1996, released his first solo album, Mr. Marley. The sessions were co-produced by his brother Stephen and featured Damian’s unique dancehall-meets-hip-hop DJ style. His next album, 2001's Halfway Tree, earned a Grammy nomination, but the public generally overlooked the ambitious album. Not so for the reggae-meets-hip-hop single "Welcome to Jamrock," which became an urban phenomenon soon after its summer 2005 release. Street-level mixtapes began featuring it, radio couldn't get enough of it, and remixes -- both legal and not so legal -- began appearing at a fast pace. The well-rounded album Welcome to Jamrock delivered on the promise of the single that same year, reaching the Top Ten and eventually winning a Best Reggae album Grammy. It featured a wide range of guests, from Bobby Brown to Bunny Wailer, as it blended hip-hop, classic reggae, dancehall and modern R&B.

In the years that followed, Marley kept up a busy schedule of guest appearances on albums by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey and his brother Stephen. In 2010, he teamed with Nas on the Africa-themed album Distant Relatives, that made even more clear Marley's link to the hip-hop community. The next few years saw Marley back as a featured player on albums by Bruno Mars, Joss Stone, Sean Paul, and Shaggy, and releasing a single with Skrillex in 2012, all while touring and working slowly on a new album. The long-awaited Stony Hill was issued by Island Records in 2017, the same year he guested on Jay Z's 4:44 album. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Kingston, Jamaica
  • GENRE
    Reggae
  • BORN
    July 21, 1978

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