Welcome To Jamrock
Released: September 2005
Marley won two 2006 Grammy Awards for the album, Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance (for the track “Welcome to Jamrock“). Guests on the album include Stephen Marley, Black Thought, Bobby Brown and Nas. The executive producers of the album were Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, and sold 86,000 copies, during its first week of release in the United States. As of August 23, 2006, Welcome to Jamrock has sold 539,000 recognized copies in the United States.
The Title-track peaked at number 55 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100, but did better on the R&B and rap charts, peaking at numbers 18 and 12, respectively. It also did well in the UK, peaking at number 13.
Steve Yates, in The Observer, gave the album five stars out of five, concluding that “Like his father, Damian is tucked in well behind the cutting edge of digital production, but this fine collection of songs outshines the ephemeral delights of modern day dancehall. The Jr Gong is banging. Get it on.”
David Jeffries, writing for AllMusic, gave the album four starts out of five, saying “Besides the fantastic single, this album has “legs,” with a bulging lyric sheet filled with vivid and crafty lines that offer plenty to focus on once all the sonic brilliance has sunk in. A career-defining moment that lives up to a huge hit, Welcome to Jamrock is a tremendous achievement.”