When it comes to senseless gun violence, newly converted reggae artist Snoop Lion says enough is enough. But instead of just speaking about his views on the importance of non-violence in today's society, the Doggfather is backing it up by doing what he does best: making rap songs that matter.
On his latest single "No Guns Allowed" from his upcoming album,Reincarnated, Snoop channels the late Bob Marley with some impressive patois singing, delivering a poignant and inspiring message about unity, peace and a call to action against gun violence with the line, "No more gunplay, when the bodies hit the ground, there's nothing left to say."
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The Harder They Come (1973) was the movie and soundtrack that launched reggae into prominence, especially in the USA.
Reggae was generally overshadowed in the USA by other Caribbean music such as calypso. Then in 1968 Desmond Dekkerscored a Top Ten hit with “Israelites.” AfterJohnny Nash reached #1 with the reggae-infused pop single “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1972, American interest expanded dramatically. However, The Harder They Come soundtrack was a UK hit for almost a year before being released in the USA.
Jimmy Cliff, the movie’s lead actor, composed and performed the album’s most popular songs: “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “The Harder They Come.” But all the performers deliver great music, especially Dekker (“Shanty Town”), The Maytals (“Pressure Drop”), and The Slickers (“Johnny Too Bad”).
Several hit tracks also inspired hit covers: “Sitting In Limbo” (Cliff) by The Neville Brothers, and “Rivers of Babylon” (The Melodians) by Boney M. Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” has inspired dozens of covers.
This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
In 2003 The Harder They Come was reissued with a bonus disc. It includes Jimmy Cliff’s first hits, “Wonderful World, Beautiful People,” and “Vietnam.” It also includes “Israelites,” and “I Can See Clearly Now.” Cliff performs a marvelous cover of Nash’s classic on another soundtrack: Cool Runnings.
The Bomber by Sly and Robbie of The BlackWood Dub Album
Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare have been the ‘go to’ team for anyone needing a rhythm section for years and a quick look at their discography leaves you in no doubt about the quality of their bosses but their personal products haven’t been as great – the last thing I had was the execrable ‘Rhythm Killers’.
This, on the other hand, is a superb release.
Their #1 engineer from their own Mixing Lab, Alberto ‘Burur’ Blackwood, called them up to record for him and he has produced this together with Gilroy ‘Rolex’ Stewart Sly & Robbie loved the idea of recording a dub album for the first time in years and got together with some of their favourite partners – Mikey Mao Chung & Dalton Browne on guitars, Ansel Collins on keyboards and Sticky & Skully on percussion. They headed out to the Harry J Studios and called up the Compass Point Allstars and laid down a simply stunning album.
The thing here that sets them apart from almost anyone else is the confidence of the playing and production. Everything is where it needs to be and the album has the feel of being played straight through – if you can imagine a ‘Live’ dub album.
Robbie Shakespeare’s bass is, as you would expect, the fulcrum around which the whole album turns with Sly’s drums generating the counterpoint and the work around these two creates a huge and dark maze of sound.
Frankly, this shows the rest how it should be done, setting a new marker for the youngsters coming through.
Listen to it once and it sounds powerful and fine, listen again and you can hear the finer detail and the third time it all comes together in a symphony of dub.
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