Papa San brilliantly mixes the rhythm-heavy grooves of dancehall music with the often sweeter, more melodic strains of Bob Marley and a host of his reggae forebears, laying atop it all the mile-a-minu

Papa San brilliantly mixes the rhythm-heavy grooves of dancehall music with the often sweeter, more melodic strains of Bob Marley and a host of his reggae forebears, laying atop it all the mile-a-minute raps that have made him an international star for nearly 20 years; the results are mesmerizing. "Stay Far" is driven by a chest-pounding bass guitar, masterful wordplay, and an entrancing female vocal chorus, which, as on most of the album's 12 songs, hammers home an irresistibly catchy hook. The punchy groove of "Breathe Again" wonderfully connects the dots between hip-hop/rap and dancehall, and "Can't Flee From Your Presence" is a driving statement of Papa San's faith. God & i is a bold stretch for gospel music and pure joy from start to finish.—GE

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