Welcome To Jamrock (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Damian Marley

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 64007818
UPC 602498851258
UPC 14 00602498851258
Format CD
Release Date 9/13/2005
Author Damian Marley
Associated Artist/Work Rusko
Artist Influence Barrington Levy
Artist Influence Big Youth
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Bunny Wailer
Artist Influence Charlie Chaplin (Reggae)
Artist Influence Dennis Alcapone
Artist Influence Dillinger
Artist Influence Eek-A-Mouse
Artist Influence Horace Andy
Artist Influence Laurel Aitken
Artist Influence Peter Tosh
Artist Influence Prince Buster
Artist Influence U-Roy
Artist Influence Ziggy Marley
Artist Contemporary Bounty Killer
Artist Contemporary Buju Banton
Artist Contemporary Capleton
Artist Contemporary Garnett Silk
Artist Contemporary Lauryn Hill
Artist Contemporary Lovindeer
Artist Contemporary Morgan Heritage
Artist Contemporary Mos Def
Artist Contemporary Sean Paul
Artist Contemporary Shaggy
Artist Contemporary Stephen Marley (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Wyclef Jean
Technical Info
Producer Stephen Marley; Damian Marley
CatalogID 000541602
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 09/13/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 06024988512588
Musical Guests
Black Thought
The Roots
Bobby Brown
Bounty Killer
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (programming); Dan Warner (guitar); Stephen Marley (keyboards); Shiah Coore, Paul Fakhourie (bass guitar); Jazzwad, Craig "Niteman" Taylor, Willburn "Squidley" Cole (drums); Eek-A-Mouse, Nas, Black Thought, Bobby Brown , Rovleta Fraser, Sean Diedrick, Owen "Dready" Reid, Noel Davey, Bounty Killer.
The huge success of "Welcome to Jamrock," released as a single early in the summer of 2005, raised expectations for Damien Marley's same-titled full-length. Fortunately, everything--from the progressive blend of reggae, hip-hop, trip-hop, pop, and roots within, to the crisp production from brother Stephen Marley--lives up to the hype. While it would be an easy commercial move for Damien to replicate the positive roots vibe of his father's reggae, he instead builds on the consciousness of that music and updates the sound for the 21st century.
Tinged with overtones of dancehall ("Khaki Suit") and urban contemporary R&B (the silky smooth "Beautiful," which features a cameo from Bobby Brown), WELCOME TO JAMROCK is a melting pot of an album, one as well suited to the streets of Brooklyn as the neighborhoods of Kingston. The cover image--which depicts Marley in militaristic garb surrounded by corrugated metal fences--indicates that Marley means business, a fact confirmed by this fresh, edgy music.
Artist Overview
Damian Marley is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Nicknamed "Junior Gong" as a tribute to his father's "Tuff Gong" moniker, Marley began performing at the age of 13. He released his debut full-length, MR. MARLEY, in 1996 to limited success. HALFWAY TREE followed in 2001, and, focusing more on Marley's dancehall- and hip-hop-inspired toasting style, earned the singer a Grammy. His skills came to full fruition with the release of 2005's WELCOME TO JAMROCK, which proved to be a huge success on both the reggae and the R&B charts. In an apparent effort to keep it in the family, Marley's first three albums have all been produced by half-brother Stephen Marley.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 984, p.150) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[A] perfectly hazy blend of king-size bass lines, echo-chamber drums, air-horn blasts and a dope Ini Kamoze sample..."
Spin (p.61) - Ranked #27 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[T]he title track, a classic tribal-war lament, is the inescapable one, excoriating murderers with a groove calculated to kill."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 840, p.85) - "...[Marley] has a dazzling command of styles..." - Grade: A-
The Wire (p.72) - "[T]his packs a lot more power, dealing in the now rather than the past."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[O]n tougher cuts 'In 2 Deep' and 'Confrontation' he's lyrically and musically most adept....He's following in the footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron and Linton Kwesi Johnson."
Disc 1
1 Confrontation - (Patois)
2 There For You - (Patois)
3 Welcome to Jamrock - (Patois)
4 Master Has Come Back, The - (Patois)
5 All Night - (Patois, with Stephen Marley)
6 Beautiful - (Patois, with Bobby Brown)
7 Pimpa's Paradise - (with Black Thought)
8 Move! - (Patois)
9 For The Babies - (with Stephen Marley)
10 Hey Girl - (Patois, with Rovleta Fraser)
11 Road to Zion - (Patois, with Nas)
12 We're Gonna Make It - (Patois)
13 In 2 Deep - (Patois)
14 Khaki Suit - (Patois, with Eek-A-Mouse)
Product Attributes
Artist Marley,Damian
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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