Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, the youngest son of the great Robert Nesta Marley has been the go-to ambassador, helping to rebuild the bridge between Hip-Hop, and its grandfather, reggae. Unless you’re a millennial who is completely unfamiliar with the two genres — cut from the same cloth — it’s a well known fact that Hip-Hop culture, especially deejaying and emceeing, can be attributed to the legendary soundclashes of the early 60s and 70s.
After an amazing appearance on JAY-Z’s 4:44, Damian Marley now has his eyes set on the release of his next album Stony Hill, due out on July 21.
Following a visual for “Medication” with brother Stephen Marley, Damian drops by with his latest single (and video) for “R.O.A.R.”
Speaking to The Fader, Damian touched on the concept of the new song:
“R.O.A.R.” is really speaking about how, in Jamaica, what we call rudeboys always had a responsibility to the community. They would be the safekeepers — the people who keep the community safe from other areas or within itself. That’s kind of changed over the years, especially with younger kids growing up without elders. This song is about reminding them of those values.
Stream the single and watch the TIDAL exclusive video below.