Hear It First: Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley's 'The Living Breed'

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Bob Marley’s sons – Damian, Julian, and Stephen – are prepping the release of a new compilation, Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2, on their Ghetto Youths International label. The 15-track set is due out on December 23.

Fans can preview Damian’s song “The Living Breed” featuring Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa, and Illestr8 & Biggz General exclusively on Yahoo Music.

The song’s powerful tribal energy shines through the melodic harmonies, handclaps, ukulele strumming and message. From the first verse, the proud lyrics champion freedom at any cost. Damian sings, “We are the last of a dying breed / And a first of a new generation / Who refuses to die in need / And want of compensation.”

photo: B+ Mochilla.com
photo: B+ Mochilla.com

Vol. 1, released in February 2013, peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart.

Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 track listing:

1. Hard Work - Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
2. The Living Breed - Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Biggz General, Jo Mersa & Illestr8
3. On The Corner - Wayne Marshall
4. Roller Coaster - Christopher Ellis
5. Bongo Nyah - Stephen “Ragga” Marley feat. Spragga Benz & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley,
6. Is It Worth It? (Gunman World) - Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
7. In The Ghetto - Black-Am-I
8. Sunshine - Jo Mersa
9. Better Than Love Remix - Christopher Ellis feat. Irie Love
10. Never Too Ruff - Julian Marley & Junior Reid
11. Rock and Swing - Jo Mersa
12. Sh@t - Cham
13. Strike Hard - Stephen “Ragga” Marley & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
14. Nah Give Up - Wayne Marshall feat. Tarrus Riley
15. Dwelling - Black-Am-I

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