Damian Marley will release his 4th studio album, titled Stony Hill, early 2017. Backed by the first single Nail Pon Cross, released in August 2016.
Marley has described his music as “dancehall and reggae. I’ve noticed … people trying to separate the two of them,” he continues. “It’s Jamaican culture in general. I don’t try to classify or separate.”Distant Relatives Fused hip hop and reggae musical elements, Marley and Nas also incorporated samples from African music into the album. The album’s lyrical content heavily revolves around themes concerning Africa, from ancestry and poverty, with social commentary of the United States and Africa. The track “Count Your Blessings” reflects on the plight of Africa.
Damian Marley was nicknamed “Jr. Gong” in honour of his legendary father, Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley. His mother, Cindy Breakspeare, is a Jamaican jazz musician, former model and crowned Miss World 1976. After seeing the movie Damien: Omen II, which is about the coming of the Antichrist, one of Bob’s last requests in Germany was to have Damian’s name changed. “Damien being a devil…It was inappropriate for him as a Rastafarian to have a child with that name,” Bob said and Damian’s name was later changed.