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Damian Marley jumps on Rootsman riddim (same as Chroixx "Here Comes Trouble)

This is a big moment. Damian Marley has only been on three songs another artist cut a song on since Welcome To Jamrock fame. Not sure he was on many before. 2 of the 3 times ("One Loaf of Bread" and "The Mission"), his versions were the first out the gate so potentially scheduled as single projects. Both arguably overshadowed by the uprising star at the time, Mavado ("Me and My Dawgs" and "On The Rock" respectively). Third time he featured on a riddim was the remix of Mykal Rose's streets anthem "Shoot Out" on the riddim of the same name. Mavado took that one for me too ("Life of a G").

The difference here is Rootsman riddim is almost a year old, so him jumping on an already established riddim hasn't happened at all (if my memory serves me correctly). It's also one step closer to the leader of this current generation acknowledging the reggae revival movement which has been talk of the genre for a good moment now.

Damian Marley - "Gun Man World"

Credit to WorldAReggae

As with anybody who jumps on a riddim, your piece is pitched against others. This isn't better than Chronixx "Here Comes Trouble" nor Jesse Royal "Modern Day Judas". While it isn't as good as I hoped (lacklustre delivery), I definitely want to see more of this kind of action and some collaborations. It's been added to 1Xtra's playlist on sight.

Overstand's new riddim, Militancy, has some fire on there. My favourite is by an artist I'm keeping my eye on this year, Dre Island. He sounds a lot like a long lost Marley, but don't let that effect your judgement - he's still a good artist.


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