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    Welcome To Jamrock

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     Set Up Shop

     Ain’t the Same

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Birth Name Damian Robert Nesta Marley
Born July 21, 1978
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Dancehall, Lover’s Rock
Years active 1996 – Present

Damian Marley Biography

Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley (born July 21, 1978), also known as “Gong Zilla“, is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian marley is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was two years old when his father, Bob Marley, died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Marley has been performing since the age of 13. 

Damian Marley has described his music as “dancehall and reggae. I’ve noticed … people trying to separate the two of them,” he continues. “It’s Jamaican culture in general. I don’t try to classify or separate.”[2] At age 13, he formed a musical group by the name of the Shephards, which included the daughter of Freddie McGregor and son of Third World’s Cat Core.

The group opened the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. The band fell apart in the early 1990s and Damian Marley started his solo career. With the backing of his father’s label, Tuff Gong, he released his 1996 debut album Mr. Marley which surprised many who were unaccustomed to hearing a Marley deejaying rather than singing. Damian’s brother, Stephen Marley, was a producer and co-author for this album. His second album, Halfway Tree was released in 2001. The cover of Halfway Tree depicts him standing under the clock at halfway tree.

This is an embodiment of his parent’s different social origins with his mother from uptown and his father from the ghetto. In Kingston, Jamaica the Halfway Tree was used as a shady halfway point for farmers and vendors who would pass the tree on their route to transport their goods to the downtown market. It brought him much recognition, remaining on the Billboard top reggae albums chart for 158 weeks, and winning the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

His third album, Welcome to Jamrock was released in September 2005, named after the hugely successful song of the same name. The lyrics to the single “Welcome to Jamrock”, which was performed over a riddim produced by Sly and Robbie for Ini Kamoze some 20 years earlier, centered around poverty, politics and crime in Jamaica. While the single was controversial at home over its perceived negative viewpoint of the island, many praised the content of the song.

Dr. Clinton Hutton, professor at the University of the West Indies, said of the single, “‘Jamrock’ uses the icon of the inner city, of alienation, of despair, of prejudice, but of hope, of Jamaican identity, to remind us of the fire of frustration, the fire of creativity, the fire of warning to open up our eyes and look within to the life we are living. And still some of us don’t want to hear and to look and say enough is enough.” The single reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart and #55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also #100 on the Top 100 Songs of the Decade listing by Rolling Stone.

At the 2009 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock. He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. The album sold 86,000 copies in its first week of release, and was eventually certified gold after selling 500,000 copies in the United States.

Other notable singles from the album include “The Master Has Come Back”, “Road to Zion” featuring Nas, and “Khaki Suit” featuring Bounty Killer and Eek-A-Mouse. On May 17, 2010, Marley released Distant Relatives, a collaborative album with Nas. The album title refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. 

They have previously collaborated on “Road to Zion”, on Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock album. The album joins two different flavors of music with Marley’s dub-rock aesthetic and Nas’ flow. Damian and Stephen produced much of the album. The proceeds of this album will go to building schools in the Congo. In a 2011 interview on Tim Westwood, Damian Marley revealed he had started work on a new album. His street single, released in Jamaica was titled “Just Aint The Same”. He has also joined Mick Jagger’s musical project SuperHeavy with Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and A.R. Rahman. Their debut single “Miracle Worker” was released on June 6, 2011, with the album scheduled for a September 2011 release. Damian Marley also worked with electronic artist Skrillex on a song called “Make It Bun Dem” in 2012. This song also appears in the 2012 game Far Cry 3.

  1. 10,000 Chariots
  2. All Night
  3. Beautiful
  4. Born To Be Wild
  5. Bounty Killer – no pardon
  6. Brothers Keeper (feat Ziggy Marley)
  7. Buju Banton – Love Haffi Request
  8. Capleton – Yuh Nah Hear
  9. Carnal Mind
  10. Catch A Fire
  11. Confrontation
  12. Could You Be Loved / and Be Loved
  13. Could You Be Loved (Remix)
  14. Daddigan – babylon a gwaan so
  15. Damian Marley ‘Jr. Gong’ – Educated Fools feat. Treach, Bunny Wailer, & Bounty Killer
  16. Day By Day (feat Ziggy Marley)
  17. Educated Fools
  18. For The Babies
  19. Ganja Bus (feat Cypress Hill)
  20. Get a Light (feat Snoop Dogg)
  21. Girlz ‘Round Da World (feat Morgan Heritage)
  22. Give Dem Some Way
  23. Halfway Tree
  24. Harder (Interlude)
  25. Hey Girl
  26. In 2 Deep
  27. Inner Circle (feat Stephen Marley)
  28. [introduction]
  29. [introduction to Educated Fools]
  30. It Was Written
  31. Jr. Gong $ Bounty Killer –
  32. Jr. Gong the Dreadful
  33. Julie
  34. Kaya (feat Julian Marley)
  35. Keep On Grooving
  36. Khaki Suit
  37. Kingston 12
  38. Kymani marley & spragga – set it off
  39. Love And Inity
  40. Love and Unity
  41. Lyrical .44
  42. Master Blaster (feat BROTHERS)
  43. Me Name Jr. Gong
  44. Me Name Jr. Gong / Crazy Baldheads
  45. Mi Blenda
  46. Mojo & LMS – Put On Da Pressure
  47. More Justice
  48. Move!
  49. Mr. Marley
  50. Na Na Na Na (feat One Twelve, Spragga Benz)
  51. No More Weapons (feat Steel Pulse)
  52. No, No, No (feat Eve)
  53. Now That You Got It (feat Gwen Stefani)
  54. Old War Chant
  55. One More Cup Of Coffee
  56. [outro]
  57. Paradise Child
  58. Party Time
  59. Pimpa’s Paradise
  60. Pimpass Paradise
  61. Revolution (feat Stephen Marley, Krazie Bone)
  62. Road to Zion
  63. Searching (So Much Bubble)
  64. Set Up Shop
  65. She Needs My Love
  66. Something For You (Gang War Riddim)
  67. Stand A Chance
  68. Still Searchin’ (feat. Stephen Marley & Yami Bolo)
  69. Still Searchin (feat Yami Bolo)
  70. Still Searching
  71. Stuck In Between
  72. The Dreadful
  73. The Master Has Come Back
  74. The Traffic Jam (feat Buju Banton, Stephen Marley)
  75. There for You
  76. Trouble
  77. War / No More Trouble
  78. We’re Gonna Make It
  79. Welcome to Jamerock (dirty version)
  80. Welcome to Jamerock (instrumental)
  81. Welcome to Jamrock
  82. Where Is The Love
  83. Yami Bolo – Love Can Save Human Race
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