Aug 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Impressions: 2014 Winter Music Massive

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Samuel Rivas

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You Rate It: Wayne Marshall, Assassin + Damian Marley Connect On “Stupid Money”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Rick Ross, the master of using food as a metaphor for the trappings of success, would approve of how Wayne Marshall begins his verse on his trappings-of-success-themed “Stupid Money”: Cheddar cheddar, genuine leather/From bully beef to lobster bruschetta.

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Top Honors: Ini Kamoze

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Many know Ini Kamoze from “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” the massive reggae/hip-hop crossover single from 1994. Others may recognize his as the voice sampled by Damian Marley (“Out in the streets they call it merther!”) on “Welcome To Jamrock.” In 1984, when he released his first music for Chris Blackwell’s Island and Mango labels, Kamoze (real name Cecil Campbell) was considered by some to be the future of reggae.

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You Rate It: Damian Marley + Sean Paul’s “Riot”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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With electronic dance music’s influence on dancehall growing considerably lately, two of the earliest adopters of the trend, Sean Paul and Damian Marley, have gotten back on the train with their latest, “Riot.” (Sean’s last LP Tomahawk Technique was geared more towards European clubs than the dancehall; Damian’s 2012 collaboration with Skrillex, “Make It Bun Dem,” is perhaps the most visible fusion of dubstep and dancehall)

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LargeUp Premiere: Stephen Marley feat. Spragga Benz and Damian Marley, “Bongo Nyah”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Sure, we love our culture tunes and badman tunes but, as any sound man (or gyal) knows, the most lighter-worthy, forward-inducing reggae/dancehall tunes are those that blur the lines between—and transcend— these two categories. A Bongo nyah is an age-old term describing a Rasta man who is also a gangster man, so you know with any song that uses it, you’re getting a little bit of both and, most likely, a big, big chune.

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TRU Music: Hear Wayne Marshall’s Jr. Gong-Produced Single, “I Know”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you didn’t know, Wayne Marshall is officially a part of the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International family. Marshall’s single “Go Hard” appeared on the Ghetto Youths LP Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 earlier this year, and his new album TRU Colors is set to drop via the label later this summer. The deejay will also hit the road this summer with the Ghetto Youths crew which, besides him (that’s Wayne, second from right at the top), currently includes (clockwise from top left) Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa, Stephen Marley and Damian Marley.

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