Today (December 23, 2014), Ghetto Youths International – the record label owned and operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen – will release the brand new compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2.
The 15-track set follows Volume 1 that was released in February 2013 and peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. The latest installment is produced primarily by the Grammy-winning brothers Stephen and Damian Marley and features new material from the entire Ghetto Youths International roster.
Stephen “Ragga” Marley tells Billboard “on this album, my brothers and I share our new music and also showcase a range of new talent that is uprising in reggae. My son Jo Mersa represents the next generation and has a universal sound — blending different genres of music with reggae and dancehall. London-based singer Christopher Ellis inherited elements from his father Alton Ellis’ Jamaican rocksteady era, while mixing it with modern day soul, R&B and reggae. Dancehall vet Wayne Marshall is so versatile and can deejay or sing on any track or riddim, and reggae newcomer Black-Am-I sings from the heart of St. Ann where my father hails from making some of realest roots music. We represent the full spectrum of reggae.”
For compilation’s lead single “Is It Worth It (Gunman World),” Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley teams up with with Francesco Carrozzini and Nabil Elderkin – the world-renowned director for the likes of Skrillex, FKA Twigs, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Seal and more – to create a short film music video featuring actor Saai Taghmaoui (American Hustle, La Haine and Three Kings), who takes on the role of a hitman-for-hire in the streets of Morocco.