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Welcome to Jamrock is a Grammy-winning reggae album by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. The album was released on September 12, 2005 in the United Kingdom and September 13, 2005 in the United States.

Welcome to Jamrock
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ReleasedSeptember 12, 2005
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Genre
Length62:54
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Producer
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley chronology
Halfway Tree
(2001)
Welcome to Jamrock
(2005)
Distant Relatives
(2010)

Marley won two 2006 Grammy Awards for the album, Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance (for the track "Welcome to Jamrock"). Guests on the album include Stephen Marley, Black Thought, Bobby Brown and Nas. The executive producers of the album were Stephen Marley and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.

RecordingEdit

Production of the album was handled by Damian and his brother Stephen Marley, the pair had frequently collaborated with Damian wanting to utilise the professionals already in his family.[1] The album's title track was inspired by the side of Jamaica that the world doesn't see and the media doesn't show, it was inspired by the everyday citizens. The title was a play on from a song entitled "Welcome to Atlanta", which discussed the dark side of Atlanta. Inspired by this Marley wanted showcase what it was like to live in a "third world country."[2]

ReceptionEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
The Guardian     [4]
Robert ChristgauA−[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Spin7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media7.7/10[8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
Mojo     [10]

The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, and sold 86,000 copies, during its first week of release in the United States.[11] As of August 23, 2006, Welcome to Jamrock has sold 539,000 recognized copies in the United States.[12]

The Title-track peaked at number 55 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100, but did better on the R&B and rap charts, peaking at numbers 18 and 12, respectively. It also did well in the UK, peaking at number 13.

Critical receptionEdit

Steve Yates, in The Observer, gave the album five stars out of five, concluding that "Like his father, Damian is tucked in well behind the cutting edge of digital production, but this fine collection of songs outshines the ephemeral delights of modern day dancehall. The Jr Gong is banging. Get it on."[4]

David Jeffries, writing for AllMusic, gave the album four stars out of five, saying "Besides the fantastic single, this album has "legs," with a bulging lyric sheet filled with vivid and crafty lines that offer plenty to focus on once all the sonic brilliance has sunk in. A career-defining moment that lives up to a huge hit, Welcome to Jamrock is a tremendous achievement."[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Confrontation" (featuring spoken introduction from Bunny Wailer)
  2. "There for You"
  3. "Welcome to Jamrock"
  4. "The Master Has Come Back" (Scratches by Corey Chase)
  5. "All Night" (featuring Stephen Marley)
  6. "Beautiful" (featuring Bobby Brown)
  7. "Pimpa's Paradise" (featuring Stephen Marley and Black Thought)
  8. "Move!"
  9. "For the Babies" (featuring Stephen Marley)
  10. "Hey Girl" (featuring Stephen Marley and Rovleta Fraser)
  11. "Road to Zion" (featuring Nas)
  12. "We're Gonna Make It"
  13. "In 2 Deep"
  14. "Khaki Suit" (featuring Bounty Killer and Eek-a-Mouse)
  15. "Carnal Mind" (Bonus track) (featuring Chew Stick)

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[13]

  • Chris Athens – Mastering
  • Cristy Barber – A&R
  • Black Thought – Composer, Guest Artist, Primary Artist
  • Bounty Killer – Guest Artist, Primary Artist
  • Bobby Brown – Guest Artist, Primary Artist
  • Errol Brown – Mixing
  • Jill Capone – Product Manager
  • James "Bonzai" Caruso – Engineer, Keyboards, Mixing
  • Commissioner Gordon – Mixing
  • Shiah Coore – Bass, Keyboards
  • Gary Corbett – Keyboards
  • Noel Davey – Organ (Hammond), Piano
  • Sean Diedrick – Keyboards
  • Eek-A-Mouse – Guest Artist, Primary Artist
  • Paul Fakhourie – Bass, Clavinet, Keyboards
  • Dean Fraser – Saxophone
  • Rovleta Fraser – Primary Artist, Vocals (Background)
  • R. "Eek-A-Mouse" Hylton – Composer
  • Deron D. James – Cover Design
  • Jazzwad – Bass, Drum Programming, Drums, Keyboards
  • Joanne "Joey" Joseph – A&R
  • King Swamp – Vocals
  • Kevin Law – A&R
  • Marc Stephen Lee – Engineer
  • Bob Marley – Composer
  • Damian Marley – Composer, Drum Programming, Executive Producer, Keyboards, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Julian Marley – Organ (Hammond)
  • Stephen Marley – Bass, Composer, Executive Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer
  • Roland McDermott – Engineer
  • Gregory J. Morris – Engineer
  • Nas – Guest Artist, Primary Artist
  • Stephen "Asher" Noel – Bass, Guitar
  • Alfredo Oliva – Concert Master
  • R. Price – Composer
  • Ras Kass – Concept Graphics
  • Don Reid – A&R
  • Owen Reid – Bass
  • The Roots – Guest Artist
  • Kenneth Roxborough – Vocals (Background)
  • R. Russell – Composer
  • Keith Tamashiro – Art Direction
  • Craig "Niteman" Taylor – Drum Fills, Drums
  • Franklin Thompson – Vocals (Background)
  • Uziah "Sticky" Thompson – Percussion
  • Dan Warner – Guitar
  • Larry Warrilow – String Arrangements
  • Roselyn Williams – Vocals (Background)

SamplesEdit

  • "Confrontation" contains spoken-word samples from speeches made by Haile Selassie I and Marcus Garvey. The music is a sample of the entrance music of former WCW wrestler Bill Goldberg.
  • "Road to Zion" contains a sample from "Russian Lullaby" by Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Move!" contains a sample from "Exodus" by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • "Welcome to Jamrock" contains a sample from "World a Music" by Ini Kamoze
  • "The Master Has Come Back" contains a sample from "Bide Up" by Bunny Wailer.
  • "All Night" contains the sample from "Nimrod" by The Skatalites.
  • "There for You" contains a sample from "Heartbreak Hotel" by the Jacksons.
  • "Khaki Suit" contains a sample from "For Hire and Removal" by Eek-A-Mouse .

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[14] 58
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 188
US Billboard 200[16] 7
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
US Reggae Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Simpson, Dave (July 19, 2012). "30 minutes with … Damian Marley" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ "Interview with Damian Marley".
  3. ^ a b AllMusic review
  4. ^ a b Yates, Steve (18 September 2005). "At last, cheers Steve Yates, a scion of Zion shows real talent". The Guardian. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley".
  6. ^ "Welcome to Jamrock - EW.com".
  7. ^ "Damian Marley, 'Welcome To Jamrock' (Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youth/Universal) - SPIN". 1 November 2005.
  8. ^ "Damian Marley: Welcome to Jamrock Album Review - Pitchfork".
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review".
  10. ^ Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[O]n tougher cuts 'In 2 Deep' and 'Confrontation' he's lyrically and musically most adept....He's following in the footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron and Linton Kwesi Johnson."
  11. ^ Whitmire, Margo (2005-09-21). "Wall Emerges As Billboard 200 'Champ'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  12. ^ "Top 200 SoundScan Album Sales (08/23/2006)". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley | Credits". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "Jr.+Gong"+Marley&titel=Welcome+to+Jamrock&cat=a "Dutchcharts.nl – Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley – Welcome to Jamrock" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Jr.+Gong"+Marley&titel=Welcome+to+Jamrock&cat=a "Lescharts.com – Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley – Welcome to Jamrock". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Top 200 Albums | Billboard". Billboard. October 1, 2005. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  17. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums | Billboard". Billboard. October 1, 2005. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "Reggae Music: Top Reggae Albums & Songs | Billboard". Billboard. October 1, 2005. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock". Music Canada.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Welcome to Jamrock in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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