Stephen Marley, Bob Marley and Rita Marley‘s second oldest son, has embraced the power of collaborations and experimentation on his upcoming fourth album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. The Fruit of Life follows Stephen’s 2012 Best Reggae Album Grammy winner Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, with the eight-time Grammy winner building upon his reggae foundation with rap collabs and electronic sounds.
On the breezy, heartfelt love song “So Strong,” Marley teams up with reggae singer Shaggy. “He certainly has the ear for reggae music, but I think in this album being a more crossover album,” Shaggy says. “People will get to see that he has not just the ear for reggae music but the ear for music in general.”
“Music in general,” for Marley, means the dance-inspired, dynamic “Tonight (It’s A Party)” featuring DJ Khaled, Iggy Azalea and Waka Flocka, and the dance-meets-reggae sound of “When She Dances” featuring Pitbull.
But don’t assume Marley’s abandoned the sonic staples and political passion of the reggae genre; Marley and Wyclef Jean give listeners a harrowing history lesson on “Father of the Man,” while rappers Rakim and Kardinal Offishall rail against social inequalities on reggae track “So Unjust.”
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life drops July 22 on the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International label.