“For The Babies” – Damian Marley ft. Stephen Marley
Here we are again. It’s Sunday, reggae day, and we’re listening to yet another Marley. Two of them, actually.
However, I can’t apologize. We have discussed Stephen Marley’s achievements before if you are interested, but Damian actually overshadows his older brothers commercial success.
Damian has been performing since he was just 13 years old, when he formed a musical group by the name of the Shephards. The band was short lived when Damian decided to begin a solo career. His first album, Mr. Marley, was quite successful in the US, reaching #2 on the Reggae charts.
Marley’s 2nd album, Halfway Tree, was Damians true coming out. On the album cover Marley is pictured standing under the clock at Halfway Tree. This is an embodiment of his parent’s different social origins with his mother (former model and Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare) from uptown and his father from the ghetto. In Kingston the Halfway Tree was used as a shady halfway point for farmers and vendors who would pass the tree on their route to transport their goods to the downtown market. The album showed the US what Damian was truly made of, remaining on the Billboard top reggae albums chart for 158 weeks,and winning the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Marley has been steadily releasing albums ever since, all to great acclaim and success. “For The Babies” is a fantastic example of Marley’s commitment to a wholesome message. The song discusses the widespread problem of teenage pregnancy and poor family planning, along with a number of examples in which kids can be placed in poor home environments. The song is heavy on alliteration, creating rhymes that last up to 6 lines. A beautiful song from another fantastically talented Marley, enjoy!