In 2009 Jamaican deejay and Grammy winner Buju Banton dropped the album Rasta Got Soul, an album marketed as being the follow-up to his widely acclaimed and hugely influential set ‘Til Shiloh, released in 1995.
The same year he was caught with cocaine in the U.S. and two years later he was convicted and sentenced to ten years in jail.
Buju Banton’s latest album Before the Dawn, more or less made up from material from the same sessions as Rasta Got Soul, was put out in 2010, and since then it has been rather silent from one of Jamaica’s most loved and notable reggae artists.
But if you have been thirsting for his intense and abyss deep chanting VP Records has something to quench your thirst – a compilation collecting 15 cultural tunes recorded mostly for Donovan Germain and his Penthouse label.
The Early Years Vol. 2 (The Reality of Life) collects an impressive line up of conscious gems. Several of these are non-album exclusives and include guest team-ups with Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder and a couple more.
Several of the riddims are relicks, mostly from original Studio One riddims, and have that dark 90’s sparse and computerized feeling to them.
The Early Years Vol. 2 (The Reality of Life) hits the streets as CD and digital download and is now available in the UK, while it can be found in Germany on August 17 and in France on August 20.
And also – The Early Years Vol. 1 was put out in 2001 on Penthouse and collected mostly hardcore dancehall gems.