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Welcome to Jamrock

Damian MarleyAudio CD
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listen  1. Confrontation [feat. Bunny Wailer] 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Welcome To Jamrock (Clean) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Master Has Come Back 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. All Night [feat. Stephen Marley] 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beautiful [feat. Bobby Brown] 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pimpa's Paradise [feat. Stephen Marley, Black Thought] 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Move! 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. For The Babies 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hey Girl [feat. Stephen Marley, Rovleta Fraser] 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Road To Zion [feat. Nas] 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. We're Gonna Make It 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Khaki Suit [feat. Bounty Killer, Eek-A-Mouse] 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Grammy winner (for 2001's Halfway Tree) Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, the youngest singing son of the immortal Bob and brother of Ziggy, Julian, Stephen and Ky-mani, has made a major splash in the family business. The confrontational title track of his third album (which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at Number 7, the biggest opening week ever for a reggae artist), deals with vacationing "haves" partying on the backs of increasingly desperate "have-nots." It has fomented a storm of protest from corporate entities who claim that Marley has presented his homeland (or more accurately, their interests) in a negative light. Another high point is "Pimpa's Paradise," a heartbreaker about drugs leading to prostitution, backed by a vulnerable-sounding acoustic guitar. Produced by Damian and Stephen Marley, it's an eclectic, sophisticated mix, constructed over treacherous rhythmic undercurrents, illuminated by empathy, courage and soul. A shifting kaleidoscope of classic and cutting-edge Jamaican grooves spars with R&B and hip-hop, references to Marcus Garvey, Eek-A-Mouse, and Exodus, plus guest stints from Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Bobby Brown, Black Thought and Nas. --Christina Roden

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Welcome to Jamrock is the smash hit of the summer. Produced by Stephen Marley & Damian Marley, album features cuts with Nas, Black Thought/Roots, Bobby Brown, Bounty Killer & Eek-A-Mouse. Universal. 2005.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jr. Gong rings loud and true October 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The youngest son of the one and only Bob Marley, Damian (Jr. Gong) Marley takes his nickname from his dad's "Tuff Gong" moniker, and has been strutting his talented genes since he was 13 years old. This is his third album, after Mr. Marley (1996) and the Grammy award winning "Halfway Tree" (2001).

The first single "Welcome to Jamrock" stormed the charts on release, with its blaring air horn and Ine Kamoze sample, causing much controversy in his homeland of Jamaica with its hard hitting, critical lyrics about poverty and politics:

"Come on let's face it, a ghetto education's basic

A most a the youths them waste it

And when they waste it, that's when they take the guns and replace it

Then them don't stand a chance at all"

The album is an expose of the side of Jamaica the tourists don't see, and music wise is a fusion of reggae, dancehall, R&B and even Hip Hop, starring his brother Stephen, with a guest list that includes Bobby Brown, Nas, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton and others. He even includes a part of a Marcus Garvey speech in the opening track.

Songs to watch are "Move", which samples his dad's "Exodus"; "Khaki Suit", a true dancehall treasure with Bounty Killer; "Pimpa's Paradise", a sad tale of drugs and prostitution; "All Night", and "In 2 Deep", but there are others worth a listen. An unusual and exciting album for fans of Reggae and Caribbean music.

Amanda Richards, October 7, 2005
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior Gong is de saddest October 23, 2005
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People have said they like Damian Marley's music for its beats and its hooks, but I think Damian's true talent lies elsewhere. This fellow's music is nothing short of the modern "chattin" equivalent to the Wailer's deep, magical and legendary tunes. With his infinite flow techniques, Damian shows us in this album that he also deserves the title his father's still-selling album was dubbed with - "Legend". Yes, I said it. Damian is no ordinary dee-jay. Each song of this spectacular album reminds you of the "royal" blood that flows through his veins. xUnlike his contemporaries and chat-jay counterparts, Sean Paul and Elephant man, Damian is very intelligent. His music is always to-the-point and it always has a point. He does not dedicate hours to singing the praises of marijuana, or to the description of dances (yes, Elephant Man does do that).

"Welcome to Jamrock is really welcomin yuh to de lives of Jamaican citizens, as opposed to what de tourists come and experience in Jamaica. Jamaica itself has a whole heap o beauty and a whole heap o love, yuh know, but de people still livin in a struggle. So survival calls fuh drastic measures sometimes."

I for one do not envision the mind of ELephant Man producing a song that is so impacting and sensible, and yet so "vibable". People might assume, because of the sing-jay, chattah nature of Damian's music, that there is no substance beneath the songs. These people either do not understand the words, or they do not understand how the Caribbean really is.

If you want good music, with good lyrics and a rhyming ability comparable to the old-school rappers of the early 90's, check out Damian. Dis, ma boi is de thing fuh yuh.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Jamrock October 11, 2005
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I have only listened to Welcome to Jamrock so far.


encapsulates the history

pulsates with vivid imagery

expresses the cold blooded violence

through use of dialectic utterances

epitome of true 'dancehall stylee'

emanating the sound of Barrington Levy

From the first time I heard it on 95.7 FM The Beat, Tampa Bay, FL, I knew that I had to purchase the music and learn the lyrics.

This is the most Jamaican sounding music I've heard in a long time. It is profoundly powerful in its delivery. The sound of it is reminiscent of the style of reggae rap, which originated in the late 70's and proliferated in the eighties. In terms of art, this cut is the peak of what Jamaican reggae rap is. It is a poetic reflection of the reality of living in Jamaica. This piece is wonderfully arranged.

It explores politics, gang violence, and a drug atmosphere, which a tourist wouldn't understand. Damian's father, Bob Marley, was a victim of the gang warfare. He was shot while performing at a concert for peace. The lyrics are true to the experiences of ghetto life in Kingston.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great "modern" reggae album February 9, 2006
By Travis
Format:Audio CD
While very few would ever question the greatness of Bob, his youngest son Damian arguably still has a lot of work to do to reach such legendary status. This album certainly goes a long way towards proving that Damian is one of the premiere reggae artists of this generation. This album is a proper mix of classic, roots-oriented, soulful reggae with the modern hip-hop oriented reggae that currently pervades the genre.

Welcome to Jamrock starts out strong with "Confrontation," a political song throughout which resonates the political ideals made famous by father Bob. Though the content reflects the modern political climate, Damiam certainly seems to view the world through the same lense that his father did. "Welcome to Jamrock," "We're Gonna Make It," and "Khaki Suit" (among others) certainly capture the dancehall crowd. "Move" follows Damian's trend of borrowing melodies and lyrics from Bob, as the melody and lyrics of "Exodus" flow throughout the song. "For the Babies" is a great song (if you can get past the distortion effect on Jr. Gong's voice) which portrays the pain and anguish caused by dysfunctional families (something I can definitely relate to, as many of us can). The song mixes in enough words of praise and hope to keep it from reaching a depressing level, though. Other notable songs include "Pimpa's Paradise" (featuring Black Thought of The Roots) and "Road to Zion (featuring Nas). These are my favorite songs from this classic album, and if you're into meaningful tracks, then these songs will hit a vein with you.

In all, Damiam creates his best album to date, and he mixes well tunes of the old with rhythms of the new. Further, he mixes soulful, meaningful songs with classic dancehall rhythms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my best CD's. Great! I've listened to it over a hundred times.
Published 2 days ago by Sylvia Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good beats, but the songs get repetitive.
Published 5 days ago by Chana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Published 15 days ago by D. B.One
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good cd
I love Damian Marley, and this album is among the best! You should buy it today, and jam out forever
Published 2 months ago by Elaine R Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Reggae at its best, One of his best albums to date. You have to love dedicated artists. Try it you will be thoroughly entertained!
Published 2 months ago by Shawn Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
This album was just well put together all songs are worth listening to. Damian Marley is a reputable artistand he continues to wow me each album he put out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mihavitmalakai
4.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family
From Kymani to Stephen to Ziggy to the sisters, they all have talent. This is one of my favorite Reggae albums. Great beats and love the hip-hop influence. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nicholas Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
Really love Jr. Gong, Track after track with out having to skip through any and also had a lot of throwback samples from his dad's songs and other reggae greats
Published 10 months ago by I keep buying stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Jam
Great album full of awesome dance , work-out and chillaxin music. I am very pleased with my purchase. The auto rip feature is an incredible deal. Thanks Amazon!
Published 10 months ago by Katie Mayfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved on August 7th
Thank you so much for the CD. The case had a small scratch in the front but its ok. I am a satasfied customer thanks again
Published 11 months ago by Venessa Brown
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welcome to jamrock
It was from INI Kamoze, song title "World a Reggae".......(Out in the street they call it murder)

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