Sunday, January 4, 2015

'Set Up Shop' by Ghetto Youths International Tops Billboard Reggae Albums Chart

One week after it's release The Marley Brothers, 'Set Up Shop' Volume 2 album on their Ghetto Youths International label has claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard Reggae Albums chart unseating the popular "Admid The Noise and Haste ' album by SOJA. The American reggae band, base in California, is enjoying 20 weeks on the Billboard chart for this their sixth studio album that has been listed among Billboard's best selling albums of 2014, sold over 22,000 copies to date and nominated for a Grammy Award. 

The first volume released in early 2013 included the theme song Set Up Shop that emphasizes the cultivation of various, scaled income streams.  

Set Up Shop is a compilation album featuring various artistes.  As mentioned in it's album review on Reggaeville dot com, the moral standards "set up shop" with no offensive language or questionable arguments made, it's like a love letter to Marcus Garvey, and a tribute to the "Black Lives Matter" movement rolled up in one big grabba-wrapped spliff. And, what strikes the listener about both Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis on these particular songs is the use of auto-tune.  What is missing is the rawness, the heights that the live show and analog style recording can reach musically without the use of modulation or using auto tune to expand on reggae vocals rather than turn them into something like pop.

Artistes featured includes Black Am I, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa Marley, Spragga Benz, Julian Marley, Junior Reid and Tarrus Riley.  Set Up Shop Volume 2 on the Ghetto Youths International label was released December 23, 2014.

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