Damian Marley Deserves Grammy Reggae Industry Pundits Weighs In

Damian Marley is deserving of his Grammy win on Sunday night and almost all of the reggae/dancehall community agrees.

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley picked up his third Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Gardens on Sunday night. Reggae fans have been reacting with mixed feelings but an overwhelming number agrees that his album Stony Hill is deserving of the trophy. Some folks believe that Chronixx is deserving of the award and Gong won solely because of the Marley name.

Reggae icon Freddie McGregor is one of those who weighed in on Damian Marley Grammy win and he applauded the artist for his work. “I really celebrate the win because Jr Gong did not win because his surname was Marley but because he had a really strong album,” McGregor said. “The Grammy is not just about the album but also the technical sides and Gong is a very seasoned artiste.”

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Chronixx also deserves some credit for releasing a strong album, Chronology, last year, but Marley’s Stony Hill is clearly a better project. McGregor sees this as a win for the “Likes” singer although he didn’t take home the Grammy. “It is truly a win for Chronixx as he did do a lot in such a little time,” he explains. “He is young and I am really looking forward to seeing him making a lot more great albums in the future but cheers to Jr Gong. No one can complain about him winning because he was a Marley.”

Chronixx made some eyebrow-raising comments on Sunday night when he criticized the Grammys for not televising the reggae category live. Some fans pushed back asking him why he did not congratulate his comrade Damian Marley but instead chooses to criticize the Recording Academy. Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas also weighed in on that issue saying that he doesn’t agree with the criticism Chronixx laid out against the awards ceremony.

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“There are many categories that do not come on live,” Mr. Vegas laments. “I did not know this until I met with a team from the committee. It is a four-hour show, and lots of awards to give. Give the Grammy credit. We have no reggae category in the other major award shows that happen yearly. The Grammys started in 1958, and added the reggae category in 1985. To date it is the only major music award in the USA that acknowledges reggae artistes.”

Mr. Vegas makes a strong point. There is currently no other major awards show in the United States that recognized reggae artists the way the Grammy does, but still yet we are criticizing the Grammy’s and not the other award shows.

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Wins 2018 Reggae Grammy “Best Reggae Album”

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley wins the 2015 Best Reggae Album Grammy for Stony Hill.

Gong picked up his third Grammy at the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Madison Square Gardens in New York City on Sunday night. Damian Marley released the 18 track album on July 21st in 2017. The project was released under Republic Records and saw guest appearances from Stephen Marley and Major Myjah, with Stephen and Gong executive producing the project.

The Best Reggae Album category saw some strong contenders this year with Morgan Heritage, Chronixx, J Boog, and Lost In Paradise all getting nominations after putting out some well received albums. Chronixx’s Chronology LP was one of the hot favorites to win the award, but Damian Marley edged him out in the end. Chronixx lead the online polling leading up the the award ceremony with 29% of responding giving him the edge to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy.

Stony Hill peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart last year and spend a few weeks there. The album sold 18,000 copies in the United States alone up until the time of this publication.

Damian Marley previously won the Best Reggae Album Grammy award in 2002 for his Halfway Tree album. He won his second Grammy in 2006 for his landmark album Welcome To Jamrock.

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Damian Marley Ft. Major Myjah – upholstery Lyrics

(Intro)
Hooo , howei

(Verse 1)
Baby love I think the texture of your skin
Will complement the leather
When you’re stretching out upon my plush upholstery
Think my tone of voice would complement your ear
When I tell you to come here
And I hold you closely

Spirulina for the girls when dem feelin’ thirsty
Think a sweet boy me bitter like cerasee
Lovin’ she ah gi me when she reimburse me
In a middle day she wah fi night nurse me
Fa shizzle ma nizzle only god have mercy
Style weh mi gi har newer dan jersey
Several time a day like we ah ‘pon a nursery
Every other day is like a anniversary
All you body set away me nah guh lie it urge me
To give you all my love an’ all of my energy
Memba a nuh any and everybody deserve me
A me guh the journey

(Chorus)
So when you’re ready
My love won’t let you down
And if you come my way
I’ll be at your service
And so ride with me, until the wheels fall off
So I can be all that you’re dreaming of

Quit playing hard to get girl
It’s me that you won’t forget girl
It’s too hard to find the next girl
I don’t pamper neither pet girl, hey yo

(Verse 2)
Baby love me, love you bad nobody naffi force me
Sorry baby, didn’t mean to dj coastly
Your body boasi’
Your spirit is a blessin’, I’m so glad you chose me
So listen closely

Woman yuh lovin’ good mi seh it never yet fail
Supmn weh yuh have so fat, it pop down scale
Mi blood start rush me supmn tougher dan nail
One touch an’ she blush, me nuh coward and frail
Big up raggamuffin, you a the girl dem sperm whale
Man a rudeboy we nuh run down skirt tail
No deviation to the plan or curtail
Some a seh dem a don, and a living mermale
Tell dem man a gyalis from we inna first grade
We no shoot an’ miss any woman we persuade
You star the screenplay, you affi replay
Woman yuh somethin’ good me nah fi wear no blue suede
Hell an’ powder house, the big ship set sail
Woman a feel we up like when the blind a read braille
Loving is a mission of precision and detail
Steer ‘pon track that a nuh train, nuh derail

(Repeat Chorus)

Me rough like sandpaper texture
Bend up your face and vex girl
Soon I might find a next girl
But for now you got my attention

So when you’re ready
My love won’t let you down
And if you come my way
I’ll be at your service
And so ride with me, until the wheels fall off
So I can be all that you’re dreaming of

(Repeat Chorus)

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Mar 14, Queen Ifrica – Trueversation ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Lyrics

Yeaahhh, now all the lovers dem rock and comein’

Oooooohoooohoooo
Lets have a chat
One of this kinky reggae night
I’m inviting you over
Looking forward to the true posession
Yeah..one on one
Still the best way to communicate
Eger to see you
Don’t have to be inside
We could chill out in the yard

Damian’Jr. Gong’ Marley
From the Sun start set
And reasons till Sun risen
I know that i’ve heard
A more love to listen
Captivate by your word like a sentence to prison
And every bar in every verse
No detail nuh missin

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea
Some how you always seems to know what is the right subject
The Trueversation last fi hours
Time is no object
Every seconds invest build up more interest
Empress I love the beauty of your thought process
Cause I can see your mind
And I know I am yours
Your voice is so devine
Your topic so deverse
You value more in coin
Than they can hold inna you purse
Your discription so define
That I get so emerse

Queen Ifrica
Sit up

with the I a sip a coconut
A so me sum it up
More than the nuff vibes a flow between the two of us
True friendship nuh need more than a little trust
Crystal clear no parables

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea

Queen Ifrica
Caught up in the essence of the reasonings
Beyond the arms of nature suppose to smarkle in the evenings
Air is gill with meaning
Don’t every wants this moment to end
So we pay no attention to the night getting older
No worries we got each other shoulder
Good to get together just to talk about whatever.. yeah

I will bring the topic dem weh we fi talk bout
I admire say the I nuh walk bout
Reasoning tight and nothing nuh drawn out
Plus a few other thing that I would love to find out

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea