Triple Grammy award-winning artiste, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, has entered 2012 with hit after hit including his collaborations. Adding to his booming catalogue of musical partnerships, the young Marley partnered with popular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal in Busy’s Kingston Town Remix. The singers, on Wednesday, July 11, released a fitting video via the popular site, YouTube.
The video has images of a Down Town setting, bringing various scenarios to life. The screenplay shows an appreciation for one of Jamaica’s many subcultures; a very chill yet hardcore vibe amid the frustrations of the time. It does not spare the viewer and accomplishes its intention; to bring a very ‘real’ aspect of the society to the forefront to educate viewers in addition to the already telling lyrics of the song.
Dameon Gayle directed the well-produced, high-quality video. The video goes so well with the song that listeners have to be reminded that the video was not shot during the voicing as it switches between the artistes and others in the studio, to live scenarios that bring the lyrics to life.
Remixing Alborosie’s song, Kingston Town, the two artistes give the song a slightly faster rhythm merged with two styles to complete a very ‘conscious’ song. The remix is a social commentary, as expressed when the young Marley sings, “Dem a war ova turf like nothing else matters, pity them nuh know life has much more to offer.” The song is also included on the track list of Reggae Gold 2012.
While the video creates a great amount of imagery, it also showcases a very amicable and equally laid back interaction between Busy Signal and Jr. Gong. Both performers present the opposite of the hardcore artistes they have portrayed themselves as through their music. The merge of the distinct talent of the Tik Tik Tok singer, Busy Signal, and the Affairs of the Heart singer, Damian Marley, has seen a pleasant merge of two unique styles. The track keeps in line with Damian Marley's hard-hitting reputation of doing songs and videos that tackle societal issues.
Damian Marley has had a busy schedule to match the recent barrage of hits added to the artiste’s repertoire. He has voiced alongside artistes like Cypress Hill and also International producer, Skrillex. His Reggae Sumfest performance lit up the stage on his birthday, Saturday, July 21, and followed by a performance at O2 in London Thursday, July 26.
The artiste has also been working closely with his family from Ghetto Youths International which boasts a collection of revolutionary artistes like Julian and Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa, Black Am I and Christopher Ellis. Since the start of the year, the label added reggae superstar, Wayne Marshall, to the collection of artistes.
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley has been stirring up the reggae music airways since the release of his debut album, Mr. Marley, in 1996. The artiste is best known for his timeless hits It Was Written, Half Way Tree, Welcome to Jamrock, Road to Zion, The Mission, and others.