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Radio

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I'm Back
Artist: Ky-mani Marley featuring Louie Rankin, Young Buck
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The March
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Slow Roll
Artist: Ky-mani Marley featuring Gail Gotti
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One Time
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Hustler
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The Conversation
Artist: Ky-mani Marley featuring Tessanne Chin
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Royal Vibes
4:38
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I Got You
Artist: Ky-mani Marley featuring Mya
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Jezebel
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So Hot
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Ghetto Soldier
Artist: Ky-mani Marley featuring Louie Rankin, Maintain
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Breakdown
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I Pray
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The March (Bonus Track - Vox Spanish Remix)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 57:03

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The Voice is as potent as his fathers.

emjayvee

First off, Really well produced. The Band and Dj backing Ky-mani is top level. This is such an open and honest album you need to accept it for what it is, and it is diverse and expressive with emotion, strength and beats. Its not all about Caribbean sunshine sometimes and Ky-mani doesn't shy from casting light on the shadows. Face it and you'll dig this.

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Love! Love! Love! It!

Mrs.Honey

For the one who appreciates music how could u not love how many different ways this album takes you. So many directions. Clearly there is something here every album needs something for a mixed generation, and culture,how can u hate on it? I wish more people were aware of this album around my way it is what we move to. Its like I'm putting them on something new, they say never heard of him, he's hot!

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Radio

MNTNMN

Deep down we are all looking for a balance between the darkness and the light. Ky-mani does it well on this album and his father has gangsta roots as well. I love a musician who is not afraid to step outside of a role they have been type-cast in. Here's hoping all the Marleys continue to expand our horizons.

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Disappointing

Dreadi

I loved Ky-Mani's previous albums - they were a nice blend of reggae and hip hop, with the occasional nod to mainstream pop. The blend worked very well then, but while this album still has all of those elements, it seems much less imaginative and leans far too much towards the mainstream. It's basically straight commercial r&b and hip hop styled for the masses. Also, it has maybe one tune that could legitimately be called reggae, which is sad because he can do it so well. I love real hip hop, and this ain't it. I love real reggae, and this ain't that either. I even dig the occasional pop/r&b tune, but not these. Like I said, disappointing to me.

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Six years passed since Ky-Mani Marley released his sophomore set, Many More Roads, but the Marley name’s cachet in the reggae scene hadn’t yet dissipated, and with the strength of his previous sets, Radio debuted at the top of the reggae chart. This is quite a feat, since Radio is not a reggae album, with its only link guesting singer Tessanne Chin hot off her hit “Hide Away.” None of Marley’s half-siblings appears, no veteran reggae musicians wave the black, green, and gold, and there’s not even a single dancehall producer to boost Ky-Mani’s Jamaican cred. There is, however, “The Hustler,” which is obviously aimed at a world audience, and catchy enough to take the clubs and airwaves by storm. But that infectious roots reggae number is the exception to the record’s rule of straight-up hip-hop and R&B. But because Marley is a Marley, one can tease out reggae elements, all of which would go unremarked if delivered by any other artist. Radio’s atmospheres are overwhelmingly introspective, if not outright brooding, its auras shadowed, at times gloomy, with the bluesy “Breakdown” pushing toward the gothic; the inspiration could be dread roots, but not necessarily. Some of the basslines would work well in a reggae context, a few of the brass passages too, but at this point, one’s really stretching. Several of the themes are a better fit, notably the heartfelt plea for Jah’s mercy “I Pray” and the militant “The March,” wherein Marley girds himself for life and Armageddon. Of course, deceitful women are a universal affliction, but only someone raised in the reggae world would call theirs “Jezebel.” And much of the set revolves around relationships, from the slack “Slow Roll” to the fiery “So Hot,” and on to such romantic numbers as “Royal Vibes,” “Conversation,” and “I Got You.” But Marley isn’t merely a loverman; he’s also a “Ghetto Soldier,” but one who still feels the need to establish his street cred, as he does on this powerful, part-autobiographical/part-bring-it-on number. That’s the toughest of the set, though the defiant and exuberant “I’m Back” runs it a close second, as Marley announces his return with style, with his posse, rappers Young Buck and Louie Rankin, watching his back. It’s one of five combo numbers within; others feature guest rappers Maintain and Gail Gotti, and R&B star Mya. All told, Radio is an incredibly potent album, with a great flow, minimalistic in feel but thick with atmosphere, the lyrics personal, often thoughtful, and delivered with all the power and emotion Marley possesses. A hip-hop powerhouse parading as a reggae set, the album will blow your socks off, even if you were expecting a one-drop set. – Jo-Ann Greene

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