For many years UK reggae artists have been criticizing the state of society with targets such as Thatcherism, racism and general economic and social policy. Back in the 80’s it was groups and artists such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Steel Pulse and Aswad. One of the more contemporary social commentators is Ipswich son Mark Hull, better known as YT, a play with words to take a head-on approach dealing with his skin color.
YT has been in the music game since 1988 and in 1992 – after being on the sound system circuit for a while – he went into the studio for the first time with Dennis Rootical, a session resulting in his debut recording Cris Biscuit Girl.
Over the past 20 years YT has managed to drop two albums, start the Sativa label and score a chart topper with England Story as well as performing at Jamaican annual dancehall festival Sting, probably the most competitive festival in the world with a notoriously hard to please crowd.
His third and latest album Revolution Time sees him in fine form chatting, chanting and singing tongue twisters over one drop, bashment, dubstep and dancehall riddims produced by Dub Akom, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Peckings, Nucleus Roots and Firehouse. Guest artists include Mr. Williamz, Solo Banton, Spragga Benz and Joe Lickshot.
Revolution Time is mostly a conscious affair dealing with the state of the world in World News and his skepticism towards politicians and the system in general in What Dem Selling. He also finds to time to give parenting advice in the bouncy Never Gonna and declares his love for reggae music in Save Mi Life over the 54-46 (aka Boops) riddim.
This third album is a step in a more conscious direction and is a heavyweight collection of revolutionary anthems.
The CD and digital download version of Revolution Time holds 16 tracks, whereas the LP version collects eight tunes.