Anthony B was part of the rasta renaissance in the mid 90’s with singers and deejays such as Luciano, Sizzla, Turbulence, Capleton and Buju Banton. His first hit song was the Richard “Bello” Bell produced Fire pon Rome, a tuned banned from the radio waves due to its controversial lyrics. It was also included on his acclaimed debut album Real Revolutionary put out in 1996.
Over these 16 years he has put out some 17 albums and also probably voiced hundreds of cuts for different producers and one riddim compilations. His latest albums have been inconsistent, but single wise he has remained strong, and one of his best releases in recent time is the skanking hip-hop inspired dancehall scorcher Dem Can’t Stop We From Talk.
The solid backing on Freedom Fighter is in the same vein as Irievibrations’ previous work – melodic, slick and powerful. Anthony B is a gifted and sharp lyricist. With his authoritative voice and militant chanting style he rails against the injustices in society.
In Born to be Free – one the album’s highlights – he chants “what is the meaning of prison reform, when every criminal turn up in a uniform, man shouldn’t be judged by the place you’re born, but by the work and the duty where you perform” and it sounds like he means it.
Anthony B should however stay away from singing. This style is a taste which I have yet to acquire.