Welcome to Jamrock is arguably DM’s most successful single to date. In a considerable line of Marley successors, have we found the one? Has Damian grown into his father’s legacy and begun producing music that will delight fans of daddy? The answer is, I Dunno. However, when you consider the enormous task of equaling the great Bob Marley (even if he is your father) coming close is pretty darn good. That’s what Damian does on Welcome to Jamrock.
Marley infuses modern sampling and even shades of hip-hop to build his sound which does, many times, sound identical to his father. It is not a modern dancehall reggae album. This is Roots. Rock. Reggae. Pure and simple. Here’s some skinny on the man-
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley was born on July 21, 1978. Damian was two years old when his father died, and is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname is Junior Gong which is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13. He shares with most of the Marley family a full-time career in music. Unlike his brothers and sisters, however, his musical specialty is “toasting“, a Jamaican style of rapping.
::Thanks to Wikipedia for some of that info::
In a time of American Idol types longing for 15 minutes of manufactured fame, it’s good to see something pure and fist-pumping out there on the shelves. If you’d like to spice up your musical palette, I suggest grabbing Welcome To JAMROCK. Even for the single alone, it will be well worth it.