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Review: Damian Marley Keeps Family Legacy Alive on ‘Stony Hill’

Between LPs with Nas and Mick Jagger, and morerecent tracks with Jay-Z (4:44‘s “Bam”) and Skrillex (“Make ItBun Dem”), Damian Marley (a.k.a. Jr. Gong) has been his late father’srangiest ambassador. His first solo album in a decade is an inspiring 18-trackcollection, flexing authority on roots jams and dancehall bangers, politicalmeditations (“Walking home a youth gets killed/Police free to shoot atwill,” he sings on “Slave Mill,” with his dad’s indomitableruefulness) and come-ons (the Drake-ian “Grown and Sexy”). It’s areminder that reggae remains a potent pop force, especially when it’s in the handsof a master.

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