Reggae Revival 2014

2014 was an amazing year for many new and upcoming reggae artists from Jamaica and the U.S.  There’s been a catchphrase running rampant amongst reggae fans, calling it a Reggae Revival!

Young and revolutionary musicians with a conscious and social message are going against the grain of speaking out on social injustice, hypocrisy, historical lawless colonization and even the benefits of steaming marijuana!   What stands out to me is not the controversial issues, but the recurring theme of being thankful, thinking positively, overcoming obstacles, remaining hopeful and taking control of one’s own destiny without apology.

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree

Artists like Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, are just a few of the artists heralding the way for keeping positive reggae music relevant and in the forefront of music coming out of Jamaica.  Reggae veterans like Sizzla and Capleton collaborate seamlessly with the younger artists and bring their unique and confrontational sing-jay style, demanding you to listen and take heed to their words.  These Rasta elders are still burning a fire metaphorically against immorality and the Babylon system.

Tessane Chin the winner of the Voice in Season 5 in 2013, belts out a passionate call to never give up with “Anything’s Possible” on the Rising Sun Riddim.  One lesser known and upcoming artist from the U.S. but originally from Jamaica with Guyanese heritage is Vybrid.  Vybrid is another young and versatile artist who can sing inspiring songs giving thanks, still spit fiery lyrics about street life but keep the ladies wining & reeling over infectious dancehall riddims (rhythms).

Chronixx sends the warning with the first single called “Here Comes Trouble” and the mix ends with Teflon and Capleton in a more melancholy mood with “Same Struggle”, but by this time you’ve realized some things may never change but we should still hold our heads high and remain hopeful no matter the circumstances.

This mix is for Promo Use Only.

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Y-Dread’s Roots and Culture Reggae Mix Playlist

Y-Dread Intro – Chronixx/Here Comes Trouble (Dub)

Here Comes Trouble – Chronixx

Modern Day Judas – Jesse Royal

Rock Stone – Stephen Marley ft. Capleton & Sizzla

Who Knows – Protojé & Chronixx

A Yah We Deh – I-Octane ft. Kymani Marley

Call Angola – Jah Bouks

Capture Land – Chronixx

Territory – Jah Cure

2 Resist Not Evil – Protojé

Preying On The Weak – Jesse Royal

 The Perfect Tree – Chronixx

Selassie Souljahz – Chronixx, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Sizzla

Why Dem Come Around – Morgan Heritage

Spirulina – Chronixx

Life Sweet – Vybrid

Life We Live – Jah Cure

Everything Gonna be Alright – Gappy Ranks & Levi Esco

Anything is Possible – Tessane Chin

My Day – Tarrus Riley

Mi Alright – Chronixx & Kabaka Pyramid

Better Way – Jah Cure

Thank You Jah – Vybrid

Wake Up – Jah Cure

Same Struggle – Teflon & Capleton