Ghetto Youths International – Set Up Shop, Vol. 3 [Album]

Posted on February 15, 2016 by

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Ghetto Youths International – the independent record label owned and operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen – releases the third installment of Set Up Shop. The compliation series stands true to GYI ethos of making messgae music. Hence, the opening track “The Message,” which sets the precedent for the album. The song by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is passionate forward-thinking song fights for the souls of our youth and future generation.

The compilation continues with thought-provoking material. Damian Marley revamps Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s anthem “Hey Baby” (feat. Mos Def) into a stellar one drop remix. Stephen also addresses the ongoing cycle of youth violence on his most recent single Ghetto Boy (feat. Bounty Killer & Cobra), while Julian Marley proclaims “Lemme Go” in light of the recent ganja decriminilazation laws in Jamaica, off the popular On The Corner riddim (produced by Damian Marley). Reggae’s rising star Kabaka Pyramid also voices over the the riddim, addressing all the crooked polticians on this powerful open letter to the gatekeepers.

Ghetto Youths labelmates, like Jo Mersa featured on Morgan Heritage’s “Light It Up,” Black-Am-I on new solo singles “Vessel” and “Living Dread” and Christopher Ellis on “Glory,” all shine on the collection. Newcomer Skip Marley also delivers on his latest hit “Cry To Me,” while reggae legends Third World pave new ground on “YinMasGan.” “Rude Bwoy” is a powerhouse collaboration featuring the GYI massive ( Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa, Julian Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall) plus more (Determine) that will have reggae purists rewinding and pulling up until early morning.

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