The reggae star plans to infuse more hip hop into his upcoming LPs.
By Brooklyne Gipson

Reggae singer/songwriter/producer Stephen Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, is currently in the studio crafting a two-part album series that will likely feature a strong infusion of hip hop.

Stephen’s third studio album, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life, which is set for release in the spring, will feature 14 eclectic tracks that will serve as a backdrop to his conscious message. The sequel, Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, is slated to hit stores in the fall and will offer a more universal sound.

“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Stephen Marley told in a statement. “The Fruit of Life will be [a] more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious, good music that you can always take something positive from.”

Stephen has worked closely with his brother Damian Marley over the years, producing the majority of the tracks on Damian’s three solo albums, most notably 2005’s Grammy-winning Welcome to Jamrock. Stephen also produced three tracks on Damian’s 2010 compilation album with Nas, Distant Relatives.

The Miami-based star has also put in studio time with The Fugees, Eve, Dead Prez, Nelly and Mr. Cheeks.

Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life hits store shelves May 24.

(Photo:Roger Williams/Landov)

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