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Buju Banton - Voice of Jamaica (2002) Retail CD
With the dancehall electro-beats, obsession with violence, and homophobia that characterised his earliest releases, the then-teenaged Buju Banton (born Mark Myrie of Salt Lane, Kingston) couldn't escape troubling parallels with some of his early 90s American hip-hop counterparts. But a conversion to the popular Jamaican cult of Rastafarianism--and crucially, Voice of Jamaica--seemed to mark a dramatic turning point for both Banton's soul and music. Indeed, he quickly turned from the gay-bashing "Boom Boom Bye Bye" to promoting AIDS awareness and condoms on this 1993 album's groundbreaking "Willymore… (Don't Be Silly)". But it takes considerably more than a (shrewdly?) reformed social conscience to make great reggae. Still leaning on the electro-heavy production of early 90s dancehall and relying on a repetitive, growling delivery that doesn't exactly break new ground for either rhythm or rhyme, Banton bullies his way through heart-on-the-sleeve consciousness raisin! g ("Deportees", "Willy", "No Respect", "Wicked Act"), more typical boasts ("Good Body"), and romance ("Red Rose", "Make My Day", "Commitment") alike. Still, listen closely and you'll hear some more organic elements (and pop consciousness) seeping through the bluster, harbingers of his groundbreaking 1995 Til Shiloh. This remastered reissue features two bonus tracks ("Vigilante" and a dub-heavy remix of "Deportees") originally available as a promotional-only single. --Jerry McCulley
|4||Deportees (Things Change)|
|6||If Loving Was A Crime - Buju Banton & Brian/Tony Gold|
|10||Little More Time|
|11||Him Take Off|
|12||Willy (Don't Be Silly)|
|13||Gone A Lead|
|14||Make My Day|
|17||Deportees (Things Change)|
- Buju Banton - Voice of Jamaica (2002) Retail CD
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