Free Reggae: Marley’s Mellow Mood “Tune In Tuesdays” Series

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Marley’s Mellow Mood has come up with a new way to “free the people with music,” launching a weekly free music download series dubbed Tune in Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, this link will feature a download of a new single from a different emerging artist. Kicking off last week with “2 Feet” by Daniel Bambaata Marley, son of Ziggy Marley, this week the focus moves to another of Bob’s grandkids: Biggz General, son of Sharon. Stream Biggz’ “13 Months of Sunshine” below, and go here to download (Note: the download is only activated after you tweet) then read a brief interview with him after—and stay tuned to LargeUp for upcoming installments in the series featuring Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa, Chronix, Kabaka Pyramid and our own Martei Korley.

Describe your sound in 20 words or less…

My sound is the sound of 400 chariots charging, my sound is versatility, the fusion…my sound is unity.

What role does your heritage play in your music?

Heritage plays the most essential role. It is my identity as a physical being, the root of my structure and why I am who I am in this time, and the most important lesson to teach.

What can we expect to hear from you in the next year?

Closer to the end of this year I will be dropping my first body of work, the mixtape titled Salute Di General, a mix of reggae-influenced instrumentals over hip-hop based beats. A cool yet militant structure to present the diversity of Biggz General. Also at the beginning of 2013 in January, myself alongside Redlyte & Artikal Sound will be doing a small tour from Miami to NY and back. I have many musical collaborations currently getting ready for next year, more material for the people. [I’m] also working on some projects in the Latin/reggaeton community as well. Many works to come.

Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write this week’s featured song, “13 Months of Sunshine”?

The inspiration for this track came from the elements of the beat, to tell you the truth. It wanted me to speak of Africa and speak of a history that is not typically told, and the tactics [of] the system. Food for thought is what inspires me to teach or even just say something to spark your interest.

What are your ultimate ambitions as an artist?
I don’t really have an ambition as an artist more than just to do what comes natural [and] express my self musically. As a son of the king H.I.M., I strive to reach as many minds as possible with the teaching of oneness and love and the possibility of world unification. Ambitious efforts to be more in the likeness of the King. This way maybe more will learn by example and [we will] help create more ambitious people.