Stephen Marley premieres new track, “Rock Stone”, via WSJ’s Speakeasy

03.31.2014

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After Stephen “Ragga” Marley explored his musical origins on his Grammy-winning 2012 album “Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life,” the reggae singer branches out on a new album, “Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life,” due this summer. Marley premieres “Rock Stone” from the upcoming LP today on Speakeasy.

With guest spots from Capleton and Sizzla, the song at first doesn’t stray too far from a deep roots-reggae sound that is identifiably Marley’s, with an easy backbeat pushed forward by a circling bassline. Then a burst of synthesizers and shuddering electronic beats slashes in about three-quarters of the way through the song—an indication, Marley said, of the far-reaching influence of reggae.

“The new album is a collaborative project that blends all genres from hip-hop to even EDM (as seen on this track), but its foundation is reggae music, and this meeting of the minds between Sizzla, Capleton and myself is living proof that Jamaican music is a force to be reckoned with,” Marley said.

“Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life” is due this summer on Ghetto Youths International (which Stephen co-owns with his brothers Damian and Julian), with contributions from Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean and Marley’s brothers, Damian and Ky-Mani Marley. Before that, though, the singer is set for an extensive U.S. tour that begins April 12 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and winds its way across the country before wrapping up June 29 in Rothbury, Mich. For his complete itinerary, click here.

What do you think of “Rock Stone?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.

– Article originally from Eric R. Danton via the Wall Street Journal

  • http://www.soulrebels.org Christian

    It sadden me when I see these names associated with the Marley family. I whish that Stephen would better choose the collaboration for his music. I presonally dont appreciate when artists that I like team up with artists that promote hatered and violence. Sizzla and Capleton have a long history of fueling hatered towards the gay community. And Sizzla even performed ‘Boom Bye Bye’ last year, so clearly not maturing. In a country where gays and lesbians are often beaten and sometimes killed, artists have a social duty to not fuel hatered, whatever their stands may be on one topic. There is a big difference between ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘hate speach’. Capleton seems to have departed from that type of lyrics for the past year or two. Time will tell if he really moved forward. Sizzla and Capleton have tarnished the image of reggae worldwide to a point where it’s difficult for contemporary reggae artists to tour and live from their art.

  • Tmath

    Amazing talents teaming up to tell a story of ghetto life in Jamaica which transends to all struggling peoples. I love this song regardless od who is used to carry the message the job is done…Hail King Salasie I the conquering Lion!

  • RasJahfari

    Why sissyboys so concerned with reggae music, this is and always will be REVOLUTIONARY music!this modern day shitstem want to push this anti natural lifestyle in our face and down our throats we want no parts in it and shall never submit on the issue. If you want that happy feel go listen to elton john , liberace or george michael . we shall never sugarcoat words to make the nature naughty’s feel comfortable, Seen True African minded haven’t lost sight that we still at war, and only the silly don’t realize that this music is the vehicle in gathering the warriors….

  • Thomas Kwame ZabKubila

    Hmmm there is nothing we can do I hope ur brothers n sisters will stop the killing n hating the gay n the lesbian jah will take care of them who are we to judge them Bob said no one can stop them now no use if we read ur bible it tell us in the last days all this will happen n we are living in the last days why are we jah people hating n killing now have we heard about the new world order will soon u can’t kill them the law will protect them just watch n pray brethren n sisters things are going bad just us the bible tell us shalom to all i am Ghana ba thank u all