Sizzla is one of Jamaica’s most unrivalled musical talents, producing classic albums like Black Woman and Child, Praise Ye Jah, Good Ways and many more. Now the musical titan is back with another body of work. This exciting new single titled “Crown on Your Head” available on all streaming platforms, is a word of advice and encouragement to the public in dark times.
On this new track, distributed by OneRPM, we can hear Sizzla juggling a range of his dynamic styles from deejaying, singing, and even rapping. It’s an uplifting ballad accompanied by tasteful, inspirational, lyrical, and salient messaging. The people who might find the most value in Kalonji’s latest musical offering, are those on the precipice of starting a new life amidst the new normal.
Ever since the release of his debut album Burning up, Sizzla has always strived for and managed to achieve a higher level of quality and success with each effort. That work ethic has only increased over the years as recognition for the irreplaceable contributions to music has increased. From as early as 1998, he’s been awarded such honors as; Best International Reggae Artist of the Year by the MOBO Awards, A Grammy nomination for his 2014 album The Messiah, not to mention the Reggae Icon Awards for contribution to the development of the music industry by the Government of Jamaica in 2019. Sizzla is a decorated icon and staple in Jamaican music, and his musical return in 2021 is highly anticipated.
“Crown on Your Head” boasts an easy-going string and drum combination that is rhythmically reminiscent of a dancehall reggae mash up. This smooth new sound from Kalonji is also indicating a bold new direction for the album. Yet the subject matter, which is thoughtful and inspirational, is atypical of Kalonji. For as long as we have known this highly skilled artist, he’s been a huge motivator and proponent of positivity and inspiration for the people of Jamaica and the world. “Just One of Those Days”, “Rise to The Occasion”, and “Take Myself Away”, are just a few hits which are clear examples of his agenda to motivate the poor, the marginalized people within society.
Known for being blunt, honest, and straightforward in his lyrics, “Crown on Your Head” features some of Kalonji’s most recent messages of truth. Sizzla can be heard reminding us that we can’t run to institutions for help since they themselves are seeking help. He instead reflects on its ineptitude “how to trust the system it’s so defective”