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Wayne Marshall highlights his tru colors

WAYNE-MARSHALL-TRU-COLORS-cover-op-color-font-44More than ten years has passed since Wayne Marshall dropped his debut album Marshall Law. Now he’s back with a second set on a new label – the Marley owned Ghetto Youths International. But that’s not the only Marley connection. Damian Marley has also produced most of the tracks and he also makes a guest appearance on the club anthem Go Hard, a cut that also features Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Aidonia and Bounty Killer. Did someone say prominent guest artists?

Well, we’re not done yet. Not nearly. Tarrus Riley, Cham, Capleton and Stephen Marley is on board, so is Tessanne Chin, this season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice and Marshall’s sister-in-law. Hip-hop artists Ace Hood and Waka Flocka also join the party.

On album opener It’s On Now, Wayne Marshall sets the rules for the album and states that Tru Colors represents his growth over the years. It has come down to this. A mature and contemporary reggae album spiced with hip-hop, R&B, gospel and electronic dance music.

Wayne Marshall is a multi-faceted artist, equally at home with singing and singjaying. I prefer the latter, even though he makes a strong singing effort on a version of R.E.M’s mega smash Losing My Religion. Marshall’s take is called On the Corner and is about the choices people make in life, choices essential to the fate – “that’s me in the school yard, that’s you in the school fight trying to please your ego… That’s me in the studio, that’s you on the crack pipe searching for the answers and still hiding form the light”. Listen kids – these choices are crucial and might have an significant impact on what happens in life.

Other important issues discussed is child molesting and missing children on Be on the Alert, honesty on Tru Colors, struggle on Nah Give Up and aspiration on Stupid Money.

Tru Colors certainly covers a diverse range of moods, styles and topics and Wayne Marsall shows that he is a clever lyricist with a feel for memorable melodies.

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Wayne Marshall shows his true colors on new EP

Wayne_Marshall_True_colors_ep_304x304Damian Marley is one of the most talented reggae artists today and now it’s also clear that he’s just as gifted as a producer. Last week he showcased his production skills on Christopher Ellis’ vintage flavoured debut EP Better Than Love and now Damian Marley boasts another EP. This one is however a completely different affair.

Wayne Marshall’s five track EP Tru Colors is a rowdy dancehall and hip-hop oriented affair with slamming beats and grinding grooves. Wayne Marshall has previously worked a lot with Bounty Killer and Ward 21 and he certainly knows how to carry the swing, both as a singer and as a deejay.

The set features the bouncy Go Harder, a tough remix of Wayne Marshall’s 2012 hit song Go Hard featuring dancehall star Cham and rappers Ace Hood and Waka Flocka. In addition, the effort also includes the Agent Sasco combination Stupid Money, complete with a driving piano and a children sung chorus, the more reggae oriented I Know and two tracks taken from his older repertoire, To the Bank and Good Ole Wife. The latter is a cut on the popular Matrimony riddim.

On January 21 Wayne Marshall drops his second album in ten years – it carries the same title as the EP – and if that one is anywhere near the EP it will be a certified scorcher.

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