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Jesse Royal – Royal [Album Review]

Written by on July 11, 2021

( – Since his debut as one of the members of the Reggae Revival Movement, one of the most influential groups of artists in Reggae music, Jesse Royal has set his own path in the Music industry.

He’s captured the hearts of many fans with hit songs like “Modern Day Judas” (2014) which warns of the modern day back stabbers, “Finally” (2015) which expresses the joy of being able to finally smoke Marijuana without persecution, or ridicule since the decriminalization of Marijuana in Jamaica in 2015, and “LionOrder” (2019) a track that expresses the love brotherly love within the circle of Rastafarian male lions, at the same time warning of those who to keep out of your circle.

Speed up to 2021 to the release of the highly anticipated sophomore LP “Royal”. “Hide Tide or Low” is Reggae Gospel featuring Samory-I. The track speaks of a never ending love for the creator of us all. The track also features a very R&B / Soul beat which makes it more appealing those mainstream listeners.On Dirty money Jesse Royal teams up with Stonebwoy on a uptempo Afrobeat track which exposes the acts of dirty politicians to gain wealth while the people continue to suffer but as Jesse speaks in the song God is watching. The two also bring us the truth that many of us know of based on experience. Politicians are always very visible during election time, but when election time ends they are nowhere to be found.

We are all reassured of the real love between the Empress, and the King on the track “Natty Dread”. Jesse Royal reiterates in the song no matter how lovers may quarrel everything can work out and the love continues to strive.
“Home” is a very heartfelt track that reflects on the time on the road doing Jah works most artist deal with when they reach certain levels in the music industry which requires travel to do performances. Jesse Royal gives some comforting lyrics of love, and reassurance that when Daddys’ not home, and you feel alone don’t worry because Jah love surrounds us.

I think the biggest track on the whole release is “Rich forever“ which is heavy digitally composed Reggae track that features one of Dancehall Reggae’s most popular stars Vybz Kartel. The track addresses the fact that having a loving family, good health, and having dreams and strategies are the real riches in this life.

The tale of the great “Natty Pablo” is a track that tells the story of how Natty Pablo juggles Marijuana to take care of the less fortunate, while traveling around with contraband in his cargo. Love the mention of Dr. Sebi’s name. People need to know about Dr. Sebi so they can learn from what he has taught us all.

The track “Black” is another African descendants anthem. Proud to be black this is track to be added to the playlist. I loved the instrumentation, and arrangements.

The closing statement is very strong on the track “Strongest Link” which states do your best and Jah will do the rest. It also mentions “it’s funny how money turns friends into foes”. Kumar is featured brings his very melodic sound to compliment Jesse Royal’s uniqueness is his voice.

Reggae Vibe Rating: IIIIIIIIII 9.5

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