TOPPA TOP 10: THE BEST REGGAE SINGLES OF 2017*

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December 21, 2017

8. Damian โ€œJr. Gongโ€ Marley, โ€œLiving It Upโ€


Photo by Martei Korley

A fan favorite from Jr. Gongโ€™s Grammy-nominated Stony Hill album, “Living It Up” is not in any sense a traditional reggae song. It borrows lyrics from Will Smithโ€™s Fresh Prince theme (!) over a rhythm thatโ€™s more funk than roots. It secures a spot on our reggae countdown this year on the strength of its ridiculously infectious vibe. A hopeful tune that posits anyone can be somebody, and a good life is the reward for those who consciously elevate themselves “out of the ghetto,” it’s got that universal people appeal we’ve come to expect from the Marley family over the years. โ€”ย Kadene Pitter