LargeUp Audio: Stephen Marley's "Rock Stone"--The Beginning Of A Musical Movement?
A month or two back Stephen Marley released a track with The Roots’ own Black Thought called “Thorn Or A Rose” on the occasion of Bob Marley’s 69th birthday. That was our first of his forthcoming album Revelations Part 2: The Fruit Of Life–and now we get our second as Marley has leaked another track from the album called “Rock Stone” featuring reggae champs Capleton and Sizzla. The energetic track is just a taste of what Marley is offering on his latest creative endeavor. Due out this summer on family-owned label Ghetto Youths International, Revelations Part 2 will boast tracks featuring Rick Ross, Rakim, DJ Khaled, dead prez, Wyclef Jean, Bounty Killer and Shaggy.
On his 2012 Grammy Award winning album Revelations Part I: The Root Of Life, Marley defended his reggae roots. The sounds on the album were inspired by the origins of reggae music and African heritage. While having a deep connection to his father’s music, Marley brings a new wave of musical movements to the people. He says “A movement is not one person” and through his exploration of various genres as a producer and his history of working with popular artists (Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Steven Tyler, Wale, Snoop Dogg) Marley’s newest venture is one born out of collaboration. As well as hitting the sweet spot between hip-hop and reggae (as he usually does), Marley will also be throwing EDM into the mix.
“The new album is a collaborative project that blends all genres from hip-hop to even EDM (as seen on this track), but its foundation is reggae music, and this meeting of the minds between Sizzla, Capleton and myself is living proof that Jamaican music is a force to be reckoned with,” Marley said.
Reggae and EDM are no strangers to one another. In 2012, Stephen’s brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley released the track “Make It Bun Dem” with EDM producer Skrillex. In 2013 Stephen was the executive producer on Legend: Remixed – a modern reinterpretation of Bob Marley and The Wailers greatest hits (production by Pretty Lights, Z-Trip and Jason Bentley). Pressing forward on his musical movement, Marley will embark on a multi-leg tour with Ghetto Youths International.