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Genres: Reggae / World / Hip Hop

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Jr Gong has been honing his skills—not so quietly—for some time. He made noise early on with 1996's Mr Marley, and his major label debut Halfway Tree showcased a unique gift for blending hard-hitting reality rhymes and an uncommonly eclectic musicality; with a classic reggae sensibility at its core and run through with streams of hip-hop, r&b and dancehall, the album resonated with urban tastemakers and won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2001. ("A Grammy in reggae is good," he observes. "But it will be great to see reggae win Album Of The Year…it's not about one man shut off from the rest of the crabs in the barrel." So while slow-burners like "It was Written" and "Educated Fools" became club classics, Jr Gong was laying the groundwork for the tracks that would become Welcome To Jamrock—an album that was ultimately several years in the making. Hear the album and you instantly understand it to be the work of a perfectionist; Jr Gong is not focused on overnight success. "Some songs just come. 'Jamrock' was like that," he explains. "But other songs take a lot longer. This is street music, and the streets have to feel it."

He can be sure the streets will. Following the path blazed by its title track, Welcome To Jamrock opens with the devastating attack of "Confrontation"—this is Jr Gong at his best, rhyming with the conviction of a street preacher and the intellect of a university economist. That essence is spread throughout the album, even when he switches pace and explores different riddims. "It's like going to war. Sometimes you have to wear camouflage to really get in there," says Jr Gong of the diverse appeal of the album. "Dancehall, r&b, hip-hop…it's more about feelings. We're not just trying to do a segment of the mix. We're trying to do the whole mix." This is that mix—never content to deliver a straightforward "reggae" album, Jr Gong touches on various sides or urban life as we live it today, from the smoky spiritual love ballad "There For You" to the nostalgic throwback jam "The Master Has Come Back". Hip-hop fans will bump to "Pimpa's Paradise" featuring Stephen Marley and Black Thought of the Roots as Nas rips his verse on "Road to Zion", while classic reggae heads will spark to the rugged sound of "Khaki Suit" which features the combo of Bounty Killer and Eek-A-Mouse. Taken together the songs on Welcome To Jamrock convey a consciousness that's framed by the song "For The Babies", which Jr Gong says was inspired by the idea that "we raise our children with the same lies we were told."

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"…reggae song of the year" -- New York Times

"A" -- Entertainment Weekly

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  • TheDread said:
    http://www.purevolume.com/TheDread84622 Nov 07
  • hampaslupa said:
    in the half of uncle bob marley...lets so roll!.. Jun 29
  • Dwayne Dickey said:
    big fan of your music it would be an honor to hear some feedback on some of my songs from an artist like yourself if you have the time checkout some of my music and tell me what you think http://www.purevolume.com/DReal Jun 06
  • Raven said:
    Ja mon, I'm feelin dat, mon. LUV it!!!! (ړײ) May 13
  • EchoTango said:
    HEY MON... last year in mid-September, I saw you and Nas on youtube at the Austin City Limits Festival. Some dude onstage was waving the Rasta colors flag. I was sick that day, but that performance was all irie vibes. Happy New Year!! Jan 04
  • Matt Beer said:
    hey guys! :) I'm matt beer, 17 years old from new jersey. I'm an acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist. check out my songs here: http://www.purevolume.com/MattBeerMusic Aug 14
  • bambanheru said:
    JAH NUH DEAD May 03
  • Money Mel said:
    Jr Gong is the truth....Hip-Hop artists looking to gain exposure like The Hip Hop Debate’s facebook page, and post your music/video : http://facebook.com/thehiphopdebate or email mcartwright@thehiphopdebate.com for more information on how to be on our website . Mar 26
  • Selling_Urself_Short said:
    one love to you! *seattle,washington* saw u in concert for distant relatives..i love them speaker beats! Lyric's...incredible!!! Jah Bless my rASTA friend. Oct 30
  • elsnermike said:
    i like you^_^ Oct 18
  • bory's said:
    blow to the head Jun 26
  • pallax said:
    mantab.... Jun 08
  • Uka, said:
    i love you Jun 02
  • Christian said:
    Welcome To Jamrock is such a good song to roll around to. Windows down...hell yeah. Apr 28
  • Andre Walker said:
    Rastafari Haile Selassie would be proud and so would Bob! Keep on doing your thang Damian, I enjoy seeing you in concert (last time was in Bolder, Colorado). You’re an incredible artist, Stephen, Julian, Rohan and Ziggy are great (and I love their music too) but your incredible. “It Was Written” and that whole album I would buy fifteen billion times if it proved how much I appreciate your music. I look forward to seeing you Colorado sometime, Jah Bless! Apr 25
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