Ky-mani Marley Radio
Published Feb 20, 2008Back from a six-year break that saw Bobs youngest son endear himself to film fans with his role as good-natured gangster Biggs in Shottas, Ky-manis new album shows off more of his American street smarts than his Jamaican pedigree. While not as cerebral as brother Stephens work, as musically diverse as Ziggys or as stunningly zeitgeist-defining as Damians best, Radio is a solid hip-hop album nonetheless. What stands out here is Ky-manis determination to shed his "privileged kid stereotype and, with a few street tough tales and aggressive beats, Radio may well earn Ky-mani the designation of the bad-assed Marley. For instance, "Im Back (with fellow Shottas alumni Louie Rankin), "The March, "One Time and "Ghetto Soldier all find Ky-mani waxing lyrical about glocks, poverty and inner city life. Its part character, no doubt, but with lyrics like, "My papa was a legend but let me tell you something about me, I was raised up poor, Ky-mani is obviously polishing the chip on his shoulder. Elsewhere, Ky-mani has girls (both good and bad) on his mind and turns in a few fairly colourless R&B numbers ("Royal Vibes and "I Got You), but manages a charming duet with Tessanne Chin on "The Conversation.