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Prophecy Review

by M.F. DiBella

Rude boy-turned-Rastafarian Capleton proclaims his redemption on Prophecy. In his signature militant yet melodious style, he rhythmically extols the wisdom of the Rastafarian forefathers, former King of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, and Marcus Garvey, throughout the album. Dancehall legends Sly & Robbie, Steely & Clevie and Stuart Brown provide the majority of the sonic landscape for his philosophical and spiritual meditations. "Heathen Reign," "Don't Dis the Trinity," and "Babylon Judgement" show him at his most melodic and prophetic. Prophecy attempts to make him more universally palatable by fusing a few hip-hop remixes, laid down by Lil Jon & Paul, into the dancehall. The smash hit remix of "Tour" lifts a sample from the Slick Rick classic "Children's Story," and Def Jam labelmate Method Man teams up with Capleton on the remix of "Wings of the Morning," fueled by a sample from Marley Marl's "The Symphony." Capleton's preaching on Prophecy is substantial and highly repetitive, but he does so without sacrificing the musical elements, making the album quite enjoyable overall.

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