Marley released his debut album, Mind
Control, March 20, 2007::>>>
There are moments during this middle Marley boy's
debut album that you can drift off and imagine you're
listening to a long-lost B side from his dad.
The fourth of Bob's ten recognized children, Stephen
possesses a vocal tone that is uncannily close to
his dad's. Perhaps more important, Stephen is also
blessed with some of Bob's songwriting gift. He co-wrote
and produced most of Damian's breakthrough 2005 collection
and demonstrates an even broader range here. "Hey
Baby" features a verse from Mos Def and some
skillful light R&B production; "The Traffic
Jam" is a stripped-down dancehall romp; "Iron
Bars" -- which has the impassioned refrain "Let
me out, let me out/I'm an angry lion" -- could
be a roots-reggae classic. Mind Control does justice
to Bob Marley's legacy -- and that's saying a lot.
EVAN SERPICK - Rolling Stone
"The album is a quiet
masterpiece - easily the best effort from a Marley
progeny yet" (Interview Magazine)
Grammy winning artist and producer, and son of the
legendary Bob Marley, released his highly anticipated
solo debut album Mind
Control (Tuff Gong/ Ghetto Youths/ Universal-Republic)
on Tuesday, March 20.
The release of Mind Control represents a new stage
in Stephen's evolution, one that brings together the
genius of his production and his wise and soulful
voice with hip-hop beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard
runs. This is the sound of a man coming into full
realization of his powers-and his legacy.
His debut, which includes guest appearances from
Mos Def and Ben Harper, will showcase the
diverse range of the studio-savvy Stephen, with songs
such as the mesmerizing Chase Dem, and the
soulful serenade Hey Baby.
The album will also include the hit track The Traffic
Jam, which features Damian "Jr Gong"
Marley. The song is currently exploding onto charts
in Jamaica and England and showing early spins on
several US Rhythmic/Crossover stations. Marley recently
performed the track live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show
on Thursday, February 1.
Early press reviews on the album are beginning to
hit with Urb Magazine calling the release "irresistible
-- an impressive offering" and Spin
Magazine giving the album "4
stars" proclaiming that the "heir to reggae's
royal family honors dad's legacy - dance-hall-inflected
reggae/ hip-hop jams, carefully balancing political
fire and island-life vibe. His ease with both elements
would make his father proud."
For Stephen, 2006 was a coming-out party of sorts.
He scored his fifth Grammy award for his triumphant
co-production work on brother Damian "Jr Gong"
Marley's acclaimed RIAA certified Gold disc Welcome
To Jamrock, to date garnering him the most Grammy
awards of any Marley and more than any other Reggae
artist in history. Stephen also embarked on two U.S.
concert tours last year, including the acclaimed "Bob
Marley Roots, Rock Reggae Festival," where brothers
Stephen and Ziggy Marley joined together for the first
time ever with reggae pioneer Bunny Wailer.
Music heads have been up on Stephen's work for years,
whether for collaborations with R&B stars like
Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner
It Was Written, and especially after Chant Down
Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob
Marley tribute he produced. A veteran of the family's
fertile launching pad, Ziggy Marley and The Melody
Makers, Stephen has emerged in recent years as a pivotal
production and creative force, helping to oversee
Marley enterprises like Tuff Gong Records and its
umbrella imprint Ghetto Youths.
For more information please stay tuned to www.stephenmarleymusic.com
Control's Accolades Keep Raining In!
"It's passion and soul that sets apart your
average, competent reggae group from the likes of
a Stephen Marley, who brought a nine-piece backing
outfit - a guitarist, drummer, bassist, two keyboardists,
a percussionist, two female backup singers, and a
guy whose job it was to wave and twirl a Rasta flag
all night - plus his younger brother Damian "Junior
Gong" Marley to a very packed Showbox on Friday
night for a phenomenal and frequently transcendent
two-hour performance. Reggae's rarely sounded this
joyful and intense, at least not to my ears."
(Seattle Weekly, April 14,
2007: Review of Stephen Marley at the Showbox - April
"Mind Control is polished, assured and casually
virtuosic in a way that most premieres are raw, edgy
and ferociously single-minded. In the same way that
hip-hop producers like Timbaland and Just Blaze have
renewed rap by emphasizing the music's omnivorous
rhythmic appetites, Stephen Marley updates Jamaican
music for an era of globalized pop by tracing the
connections between local styles. "
(SFGate.com, April 15, 2007)
"The Traffic Jam, with its rubbery bassline,
is guaranteed to rock your car stereo".
(People Magazine, April
"When it comes to music royalty, it doesn't
come more important than the Marleys. The sons of
Bob Marley have been successful the world over, thanks
largely in part to the behind-the-scenes magic of
(The Hook, March 16, 2007)