As far as my musical leanings go, I’m pretty one dimensional and rarely venture off into reggae. However, all rules have exceptions. Every so often, I wake up on the wrong side of the bed and find myself popping Damian Marley and Nas’ 2005 masterpiece, “Road to Zion” in the deck.
The two musicians carry the track with God’s Son easily spitting one of his greatest politically charged sixteens and Junior Gong’s melodious verses maintain stride. The two artists show the first inklings of a considerably interconnected chemistry together, a connection that would later manifest into a full-fledged LP.
But sometimes, it’s the words that aren’t said that have the most impact.
For one, Stephen Marley’s somber, gloomy production captures the mood and sets the perfect stage for the headlining two to deliver their rhymes. But it’s the tiniest of chords that really bring the song home and make it what it is to me. The gentle, soothing humming that starts it off and then takes the passenger seat as the backdrop to the vocals absolutely hits the mark and elevates the record from great to classic.
“Road to Zion” is definitely not something that I listen to get myself out of a funk, but rather it encapsulates any negative emotion I may be feeling. Words can’t exactly explain how, but it brings me into a state of calm and helps me explore my sentiments. The youngest Marley’s smooth verses mixed in with a brilliant feature from Esco take me into a zone, while the resounding production and subtle elements give me a platform to step back and see things from an objective view.
And all these elements combine to make the Welcome To Jamrock gem one of my absolutely favorite tracks I’ve ever heard.
Damian Marley Feat. Nas - "Road To Zion" (Prod. By Stephen Marley)
Previously: <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=193832">Day 21 – A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy</a>.