The son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder, Julian Marley grew up away from his half-brothers Ziggy and Damian, having been raised in England with his mother. He still visited his father and Rita Marley in Jamaica, and by 1989 became involved in Ziggy and Stephen Marley’s production company Ghetto Youth International. Stephen executive produced Julian’s debut album Lion in the Morning, released by Tuff Gong in 1996. In 2003 he dropped A Time & Place, and then in 2009 he released Awake, which featured tracks with both Stephen and Damian. ~ David Jeffries | iTunes
Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons had music deeply imprinted in his DNA. At the age of 13, he formed his first band, the Shepherds, which also included the son of Third World’s Cat Coore and the daughter of Freddie McGregor; the group even opened up the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. His debut solo release ‘S… More @ iTunes
Gold embellishes the aspect of Marley’s career often overlooked by listeners who only go by Legend. Specifically, it balances his unparalleled talent for crossover songwriting with his devotion to ghetto reggae in its deepest darkest form. “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” “Positive Vibration,” and “Crazy Baldhead” are the songs that spoke to the Kingston dancehalls.
Shabba Ranks is possibly the world’s first dancehall superstar. After the release of his critically acclaimed ’91 album As Raw As Ever, he would attract worldwide attention, bringing the genre to American audiences with a string of radio and MTV hits. While careful to credit the artists who came before him, the deejay’s unabashed nature, distinctive voice, and perfectly balanced content have made him one of Jamaica’s biggest musical exports.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has simultaneously embraced his family’s legacy while fighting his way out of its massive shadow. Inspired by his elder siblings, Marley began deejaying as a pre-teen, and his ’96 debut Mr. Marley showed a raw 18-year-old focused on teaching and uplifting through music. His 2005 release Welcome to Jamrock, a critical and commercial success, finally pushed Marley to stardom. The reggae artist also went on to join forces with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, and A. R. Rahman to form the short-lived supergroup SuperHeavy.