“Out in the streets they call it murder, welcome to Jamrock!” That is the chorus of Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley hit song in 2005. Since the release of the song, Jamaicans used the phrase “Welcome to Jamrock” as a salute to tourists or non-residents once they stepped their feet on the island.
Damian Marley is an international reggae artiste who has recently won his fourth Grammy award as the winner of the Best Reggae album of the year. His album called ‘Stony Hill’ is an inspiring 18-track collection, flexing authority on roots jams and dancehall bangers. An online source says that the album reads like a love letter to herbs (weed) but if one delve into the lyrics, the subject matter is versatile.
On the other hand, Chronixx’s album ‘Chronology’ was competing for the meritorious Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album of the year. Since, Marley has won the Grammy, fans and critics of Chronixx have been lambasting on Marley being the winner. Some people have commented that Damian only won because he is a “Marley.” But what does that suppose to mean? Are they saying because he has the legendary name ‘Marley’ due to the well known fact that his dad is Bob Marley, he had to win the award? I think that comment is quite demeaning. I have not listened to either albums but to make such comment about one’s work is degradable. Chronology is Chronixx first album and it was a Grammy’s nominee; that is an incredible profound work by Chronixx. A lot of artistes never got nominated in all their years in music but Chronixx’s album was recognized by a highly credible music award entity. I strongly believe that both albums were well deserving to be nominated with a high possibility of winning. Both albums are delivered in their own unique way to send a message to their particular audience.
I love Chronixx hit song “Likes” and I believe it will be an ongoing anthem for years to come. The song fundamentally speaks about one doing things that they love regardless if it will be admired. Not everyone will like you but you still have to be you, you still have do what makes you happy. You don’t need to be pretentious to get celebrated by others, just be YOU.