Radio: Ky-Mani Marley


01. I’m Back Feat. Louie Rankin, Young Buck
02. The March
03. Slow Roll
04. One Time
05. Hustler
06. The Conversation Feat. Tessane Chin
07. Royal Vibes
08. I Got You Feat. Mya
09. Jezebel
10. So Hot
11. Ghetto Soldie Feat. Louie Ranking, Maintain
12. Breakdown
13. I Pray
14. The March (Vox Spanish Version)

The Marley family has kept the tradition of good music for over 30 years. Kymani Marley brings a different vibe than the other siblings. The Actor/Musician delivers his new album titled Radio. Born in Jamaica but raised in Dade County, Florida. Radio has Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B throughout the Album. This amalgam of genres shows the different influences that Kymani had while making this album.

I’m Back features his Shottas co-star Louie Rankin and G-Unit soldier Young Buck. The trumpets accompany Kymani’s voice. The set up for this album is energy filled. Young Buck spits with the hunger he had the first time out. The March keeps the energy going. “Your Left, Your Left….” Kymani commands as he shows his lyrical skill. Its a welcomed surprise to hear him spit. Slow Roll is for the ladies. A melodic beat with undertones of sexual inuendo. The vibe between two lover blended with chronic smoke.

One Time uses the title various ways throughout the hook. Kymani’s sing song rap flow goes with the track. Hustler is a cool track about the “gone til november” worker. The Conversation is an attempt at what I feel he had with Erykah Badu. It’s okay but I can’t see myself bumping this one over and over. Royal Vibes is a love song, ragga muffin style. His flow sounds reminds me of his brother Junior Gong. I Got You is forced some ways. Each element separate is cool but put together it doesn’t work. Mya lends her vocals to the track, and although she does her thing it lacks. Jezebel is a tale of a woman who’s hurt and hurts. Its another one of those songs that don’t stick.

So Hot finds myself wondering if they decided to put all the strong tracks at the beginning of the album. Louie Rankin aka “OX” shout his bumbobloodclaat on Ghetto Soldier. The energy of the track coupled with the bass and guitar riffs makes for good music. Miami Native Maintain features on the track laying 16 bars. Dude reminds me of Willie Da Kid. Breakdown melds blues with hip hop. Ky-Mani spits his strongest 16 on this one. The combination of hip hop lyrics over a beat B.B. King would jam to is something to witness. Kymani takes time to have a one on one with the maker on I Pray. Song is cool and personal but it doesn’t push me to reflection. For all my Latino brothers and sisters there is a Spanish mix for The March.

Ky-Mani Marley opted for a different route musically than his siblings. He chose to use numerous genres for Radio. It’s a feat I can respect. I feel there are holes in this effort. I feel the next time around a classic just might emerge from him.

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