Boom Shots: Celebrating Bob Marley & The Future He Left Us [Pg. 2]

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Vibe / May 11, 2011

“I grow around the Gong, the ultimate fighting machine,” says Stephen, who has become an accomplished producer with a distinctive sound that infuses reggae and dancehall with a dose of hip-hop and soul. Stephen’s third solo album, this year’s Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, features collaborations with Melanie Fiona and Buju Banton on the remix to “Jah Army.” And Stephen doesn’t just talk a good game of brotherly love—he put up his Florida house as collateral to secure Buju’s bail last November. “We grow with that kind of purpose. This music is nah no joke thing. Y’understand. It a liberate the people.”

Bob’s youngest son, Damian, was just 2 years old when his father passed away. As a teenager, he was known as “Junior Gong,” ripping stages alongside dancehallDistant Relatives, his critically acclaimed collaborative album with Nas; plans to tour Africa are being solidified. Jr. Gong also appears on the Bruno Mars song “Liquor Store Blues” and recently put out the Jam 2-produced “Things Just Ain’t the Same,” which dares to delve into touchy topics, like the extradition of alleged drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke. “For the most part, me really just make inspiration flow naturally,” he says. “Ah really Jah give you the tune—so you can’t really force it.” stars like Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra. The title track of his third album, 2005’s Welcome to Jamrock, cemented his fame in hip-hop circles. He’s still dropping singles from last year’s

“What music does—the right music—it revolutionize your mind first… Bob Marley
do it,” adds firstborn Marley son Ziggy, who’s releasing his reefer-celebrating Wild
and Free LP this spring and graphic novel Medicine Man later this year. “Revolutionize the mind, then the revolution fulfill itself through our action.” —Rob Kenner