Buju Banton has released his thirteenth studio album, his first since his return to Jamaica.
Featuring appearances from Pharrell, Stefflon Don, Stephen Marley, and John Legend, Upside Down 2020 is his first project since his release from prison in 2018. Featuring the previously released singles “Steppa,” “Memories,” and “Trust,” the record sees Banton in top form as though he never left. Blending sounds both modern and throwback, it’s a refreshing reintroduction to an artist who has undoubtedly influenced countless musicians during his career.
When Buju announced the album, he explained the relevance to these trying times in a lengthy statement.
“As we approach this shift in time, in ages, in the consciousness of man, many things can be said, but who is really listening?” Buju wrote.
“So much trouble in our world, yet are we aware? The battle lines have been drawn and it’s simple. Good vs. evil. I am not here to tell you the side you should be on, rather my offering of music is meant to inspire, uplift, educate and eradicate negativity from the minds of the masses.”
Born Mark Anthony Myrie, Banton, 47, has seen his career spike and spiral through the years. In February 2011 he won his first Grammy for Best Reggae Album, Before the Dawn—but one day later, his trial began.
Here’s the Upside Down 2020 Track List
- Lamb Of God
- Yes Mi Friend – feat. Stephen Marley
- Buried Alive
- Memories – feat. John Legend
- Lovely State Of Mind
- Cherry Pie – feat. Pharrell Williams
- Beat The Bath
- Good time girl
- Call Me – feat. Stefflon Don
- Moonlight Love
- The World Is Changing
- 400 Years
- Rising Up
- Helping hand
Stream the Upside Down 2020 Album from the reggae connoisseur Buju Banton below: