Nearly two decades after his death, Bob Marley's mystique has grown only stronger. Now, with the arrival of CHANT DOWN BABYLON, expect Marley's mass appeal to grow ever larger. Originally titled A REBEL'S DREAM, the new disc aims to bridge the gap that Marley perceived between American R&B fans and his music by using studio trickery to create "duets" between Marley and hip-hop stars such as Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and others. While the technique (deployed on works by Patsy Cline and Nat King Cole) may seem ghoulish, reggae, which revels in technological tinkering, is the natural home for such studio "versioning" and the mixing of past and present. At any rate, the tracks here, produced by Marley's son Stephen, are uniformly excellent. From the retro organ bark of "No More Trouble," the younger Marley proves to be a tasteful and innovative remixer, wrapping his father's voice around Badu's harmonies, creating vocal ad libs, and retaining a vintage, soulful feel amid the street beats. Emcees like Guru, Rakim, and Chuck D draw fire from Marley's rebel legend, igniting "Johnny Was," "Concrete Jungle," and "Survivors," and Busta puts his Jamaican heritage to good use with a patois delivery that only he could get away with. Only "Roots, Rock, Reggae" with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, comes off forced, and Lauryn Hill's beautiful way with "Turn Your Lights Down Low" would have made a better ballad than a Mary J. Blige-style hip-hop-soul jam. Of all the directions CHANT DOWN BABYLON could have taken -- the sterile crooner/rapper "combinations" of current dancehall reggae, or Marley karaoke -- Stephen Marley's picked the winner. Equal parts rap and reggae, new and old, CHANT DOWN BABYLON fulfills a rebel's dream after all. Somewhere, Bob is smiling down at Babylon.
Performance CreditsBob Marley Primary Artist
MC Lyte Track Performer
Busta Rhymes Track Performer
Chuck D Track Performer
Rakim Track Performer
Roots Track Performer
Lost Boyz Track Performer
Erykah Badu Track Performer
Lauryn Hill Track Performer
Black Thought Track Performer
Krayzie Bone Track Performer
Flipmode Squad Track Performer
Cheeks Track Performer
Marley Brothers Track Performer
Ghetto Youths Crew Track Performer
Technical CreditsJoe Perry Producer
Bonzai Jim Caruso Engineer
Stephen Marley Executive Producer
Steven Tyler Producer
Maxine Stowe Executive Producer
John Platt Executive Producer
Amy Guip Collage
Marley Boyz Producer
Comissioner Gordon Producer,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chant Down Babylon based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
this album is by far the best gathering of amazing artists, that have remixed and interpented bob marley classics!!! EVERY song is outstanding!
I want to say that chant down babylon is the most fattest music in the face of earth.
This cd is mixed exceptionally well, It is an amazing mesh of bob's souls, talent, and piercing voice, with new artists and all done with the signature of approval of tuff gong and the marley family. This cd is incredible, thats all there is to it, best cd in the world, and I am not biased it is incredible