What if Bob Marley had been a rapper? Glimpses of what he would have sounded like are heard through Ky-Mani Marley. Existing in some interesting, undefined space between roots, rock ’n’ roll, reggae, soul and rap, this mostly sturdy collection shows Ky-Mani exploring new levels of personal creation.
Regal horns and a plucking acoustic guitar accompany the diamond-fist-in-a-velvet-glove punch of One Time, and Rastaman tradition returns repeatedly on the deeper album cuts. Mya is stuck in her pre-millennial tone, somewhat tarnishing a decent love song, and So Hot is clichéd, but ultimately, the reluctant Marley’s new album would make his father proud.