Stephen Di Genius Celebrates Grammy Win With Damian Marley & Shakira



Dancehall producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor is celebrating more Grammy certification

Di Genius has plenty to be happy about right now after adding more Grammy certificates to his collection. The Big Ship producer did work on both Damian Marley’s Stony Hill album and Shakira’s El Dorado won Best Reggae Album and Best Latin Pop respectively at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday night. This is also his first Grammy win in the reggae category although he is traditionally a dancehall producer.

“Honored to be a part of these two Grammy winning albums today @damianmarley @shakira. Love to everyone else nominated, just to be considered is a win for all More music!! @supadups @chinomcgregor @chanelgenio @kevinadg and all of my other Grammy winning friends tonight, let’s do this again next year, shall we/” he wrote on IG.

Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor has been one of the most decorated and recognized producers in reggae/dancehall over the past decade. He started recording and producing music since his high school days growing up in a musical family. His father is none other than the legendary Freddie McGregor.

The reggae music industry is celebrating Damian Marley‘s Grammy win although some fans have mixed feelings about it. Nevertheless, Stony Hill is an impressive album worthy of a Grammy award.

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Chronixx Blast Grammys After Losing Out To Damian Marley



Chronixx is angry with the Grammys after losing out the Best Reggae Album trophy to Damian Marley.

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley won his third Grammy award last night at the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in New York City. Chronixx, as well as, four others were nominated in the Best Reggae Album category and not only did the Chronology singer not congratulate Marley for the win, he also chided the Grammys in a message posted on Instagram.

“When mi fren dem realize seh the @recordingacademy doesn’t televise the reggae category for the Grammys, they did say the revolution will not be televised,” the singer wrote. He has since deleted the post after it went viral. Some fans also see this as a grudge against Damian Marley winning the award while others support his assessment.

“Chronixx I agree with your statement about the Grammys not televising the reggae category but this seems like your a grudge against Damian,” one fan wrote. “Yes there are some biases when it comes to the Marley brand but that doesn’t mean you can’t congratulate your comrade. Even though he has the Marley name his album was actually better than yours in my opinion. Don’t let your grouses against the Grammys let you start feuding with your musical brother rastaman.”

Here is another comment from another fan.

The Recording Academy has never televised the Best Reggae Album category mainly because the category is not big enough. To be fair to them, there are several other categories that are bigger than the reggae category that are not televised. This has been a big issue for reggae fans for a long time and the awards ceremony has not moved to address it. So don’t expect to see your favorite artists in this cat accepting their award.

Do you think Chronixx should have won the Best Reggae Album Grammy. Leave your comments below.

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Damian Marley Travels To Ethiopia For “Speak Life” Video

“Speak Life” is one of those timeless songs from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

The single is featured on his Grammy-nominated album Stony Hill. The music video was directed Jerry Henry and shot in Ethiopia while Damian Marley was on the African continent for a tour last year. The video showcases clippings off ordinary citizens going about there daily lives while Jr. Gong walks through the streets. “Speak life, Live a humble and meek life / Ordinary day of the week life / Try to search and seek life / Way up keep your head up and stay up / Even when you sore and pain love / Never giving up till its game up / Keep your aim up,” Gong sings.

Damian Marley’s album Stony Hill was nominated for Best Reggae Album at this year’s 60th annual Grammy Awards. He is one of the hot favorites to take home the award with four other strong contenders, Chronixx, Morgan Heritage, Lost In Paradise, and J Boog. The reggae/dancehall legend already has three Grammys under his belt and is looking to add his fourth this year.

Watch Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley new video “Speak Life” below.

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Wins 2018 Reggae Grammy “Best Reggae Album”

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley wins the 2015 Best Reggae Album Grammy for Stony Hill.

Gong picked up his third Grammy at the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Madison Square Gardens in New York City on Sunday night. Damian Marley released the 18 track album on July 21st in 2017. The project was released under Republic Records and saw guest appearances from Stephen Marley and Major Myjah, with Stephen and Gong executive producing the project.

The Best Reggae Album category saw some strong contenders this year with Morgan Heritage, Chronixx, J Boog, and Lost In Paradise all getting nominations after putting out some well received albums. Chronixx’s Chronology LP was one of the hot favorites to win the award, but Damian Marley edged him out in the end. Chronixx lead the online polling leading up the the award ceremony with 29% of responding giving him the edge to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy.

Stony Hill peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart last year and spend a few weeks there. The album sold 18,000 copies in the United States alone up until the time of this publication.

Damian Marley previously won the Best Reggae Album Grammy award in 2002 for his Halfway Tree album. He won his second Grammy in 2006 for his landmark album Welcome To Jamrock.

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Chronixx and Morgan Heritage Leads Reggae Grammy Poll

Chronixx and Morgan Heritage are neck on neck in a new reggae Grammy poll.

The Grammy awards is less than a week away and there is a lot of attention placed on the award for Best Reggae Album this year because of some strong contenders including three local acts, Chronixx, Morgan Heritage and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The Chronology singer and Gong are the hot favorites to take home the Grammy, but in a new online poll, Morgan Heritage might just cause an upset.

Chronixx and Heritage lead the poll with 29 percent of the votes each, while Damian Marley trails the two with 20 percent of the votes. Hawaiian singers Common Kings and J Boog each came in with thirteen and eight percent respectively. A few days ago, the same poll shows Morgan Heritage leading Chronixx by a single percentage, so its safe to give the royal family the edge in the race for the 2018 Reggae Grammy.

There is no clear indication about on how voters will vote for the real Grammy and it could go anywhere. Traditionally, once a Marley is in the lineup it’s almost safe to say they will win, but this year the other acts in the category all released strong albums last year. This is the first Grammy nomination for Chronixx who’s Chronology album was well received. The young singer has made a name for himself in roots reggae music as one of the brightest young voices of this generation. He is the new face of authentic Jamaican reggae and he is getting a lot of praises for his work both locally and internationally.

Morgan Heritage won a Grammy in 2016 and is looking to add a second trophy to their shelf this year for their new album Avrakedabra. Damian Marley already has three trophies under his belt so for him this may just be another nomination. Nevertheless, he is looking to win the Grammy to add to his accolades.

Damian Marley Says He Is A Fan Of Chronixx Music

Damian Marley says he is a big fan of Chronixx music.

Both Junior Gong and the Chronology singer are nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 60th Grammy Awards set to take place next month. The two reggae stars released two dope albums this year with Gong Dropping Stony Hill in July and Chronixx dropping his album that same month. Both albums were well received by reggae fans globally.

Gong says that he is deeply honored to have gotten a Grammy nomination for his latest project and also praises Chronixx for his latest body of work. “Some good albums are in the category this year,” Damian Marley said. “Chronixx put out a really nice album, which I listen to as a fan. I like that album a whole heap. Morgan Heritage, who are close family friends of mine, they have a good album out too, likewise J Boog. I am not so familiar with Common Kings, but everybody else I kinda know them music and we are all friends.”

Morgan Heritage, Common Kings, and J Boog, are the other three artists who received a Grammy nomination in the reggae category. Damian Marley and Chronixx were also nominated in the reggae category for the 2017 MOBO Awards which Gong won last week.

Damian Marley Wins Best Reggae Act MOBO Award

Damian Marley picked up the 2017 MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

A day after getting a Grammy nomination for his new album Stony Hill for Best Reggae Album, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley picked up another prestigious award at Wednesday night’s awards show for Music of Black Origin in the UK. Gong beat out stiff competition from the likes of Chronixx, Popcaan, Alkaline, and Aidonia, who have all had a great year in reggae/dancehall.

Some fans on social media are saying that Chronixx deserves to win both the MOBO and the upcoming Grammy Awards for the reggae category. The roots reggae star released his critically-acclaimed debut album Chronology in July of this year. The project has been well received and even made Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of 2017.

Damian Marley’s new album Stony Hill is also well received this year and rightfully earned him a Grammy nomination. Hardcore dancehall acts, Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline have all had a great year despite not releasing albums this year. Those three acts are responsible for a large portion of the biggest dancehall songs this year.

This is Damian Marley’s second MOBO Award after winning another MOBO in 2005.

Damian Marley Talks JAY-Z Singing Jacob Miller On “BAM” Demo

Damian Marley got a chance to be a part of history when JAY-Z contacted him to be a part of his landmark “4:44” album.

The dancehall legend appeared on the single “BAM” which sampled Sister Nancy classic dancehall banger “Bam Bam” and Jacob Miller’s classic “Tenement Yard.” Speaking with VLAD, Junior Gong said when JAY-Z played him the hook he didn’t even know it was him. “Jay has the hook already he knew what he wanted for it, his voice was the demo,” Marley said. “I didn’t even realize it was him because I was like who is that and he said it’s me and I was like really.”

He did admit that JAY-Z is definitely not a singer but he was impressed. Damian Marley also said that Hov played the entire “4:44” album for him in the studio and he was very impressed just like the rest of the hip hop community was when the project finally dropped. The two music legends then went to Jamaica to shoot the visuals for the single and Damian Marley detailed how JAY-Z sent a private jet to him in Africa to fly him back to Kingston for the video.

“We did the song out in Los Angeles and then, of course, he wanted visuals to support it,” Gong added. “I was actually in Africa on tour, I was in Ethiopia and he actually sent a plane to come get and fly me straight from Ethiopia to Jamaica, so that was kind of cook. It was a great experience I had fun showing him around we were in Jamaica for two days really showing him around Trench Town, took him to Hellshire Beach and we spent an evening at Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica so it was cool.”

Damian Marley said the people in Trench Town where his father Bob Marley grew up loved JAY-Z. Junior Gong new album Stony Hill is currently available.

Mar 14, Queen Ifrica – Trueversation ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Lyrics

Yeaahhh, now all the lovers dem rock and comein’

Oooooohoooohoooo
Lets have a chat
One of this kinky reggae night
I’m inviting you over
Looking forward to the true posession
Yeah..one on one
Still the best way to communicate
Eger to see you
Don’t have to be inside
We could chill out in the yard

Damian’Jr. Gong’ Marley
From the Sun start set
And reasons till Sun risen
I know that i’ve heard
A more love to listen
Captivate by your word like a sentence to prison
And every bar in every verse
No detail nuh missin

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea
Some how you always seems to know what is the right subject
The Trueversation last fi hours
Time is no object
Every seconds invest build up more interest
Empress I love the beauty of your thought process
Cause I can see your mind
And I know I am yours
Your voice is so devine
Your topic so deverse
You value more in coin
Than they can hold inna you purse
Your discription so define
That I get so emerse

Queen Ifrica
Sit up

with the I a sip a coconut
A so me sum it up
More than the nuff vibes a flow between the two of us
True friendship nuh need more than a little trust
Crystal clear no parables

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea

Queen Ifrica
Caught up in the essence of the reasonings
Beyond the arms of nature suppose to smarkle in the evenings
Air is gill with meaning
Don’t every wants this moment to end
So we pay no attention to the night getting older
No worries we got each other shoulder
Good to get together just to talk about whatever.. yeah

I will bring the topic dem weh we fi talk bout
I admire say the I nuh walk bout
Reasoning tight and nothing nuh drawn out
Plus a few other thing that I would love to find out

Queen Ifrica
Action speaks louder than words not in all cases
Words can take you to very high places
Verbal simulations, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Damian Marley
Intelletual attractions awakens the right senses
So I love it when we talk like this
Hollistic seduction, yea