Anthony B

Voice of Jamaica, Vol. 2

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Militant truth and rights chanter Anthony B. issued his first single ("The Living Is Hard") in 1993, and since then he has been an active force on the Jamaican dancehall scene, releasing ten CDs, over 500 singles, and has appeared as a guest on some 100 albums. This collection of previously released singles from a variety of producers doesn't stray from Anthony B.'s usual brand of conscious dancehall, and as the proclaimed "soul of Peter Tosh," Anthony delivers several poignant rants against social injustice. Highlights include the lead track "Better Way"; the lovely "Chant a Prayer"; the driving, relentless "Dance Time"; and "Ghetto Man Do That," which rides effectively on its "Money in My Pocket" rhythm. Anthony B.'s debut album, So Many Things, remains the place to start to sample this conscious DJ, but Voice of Jamaica, Vol. 2, has a remarkable cohesiveness in tone that makes it a worthy purchase.

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