"A masterpiece. Fact. I could end this review here and will still have accurately summed up this spectacular piece of work. Stephen's fourth studio album; an epic with an array of star guests really packs a punch with its eclectic genre-hopping. Not what I expected at all. Stephen "Ragga" Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legends Bob and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years-old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers.
The singer, songwriter, musician and producer has consecutively landed #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart of all of his solo albums and earned a total of eight Grammys.
The new one, produced by Stephen, is the second installment of his two-part series, following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2011). That was more a traditional reggae roots album, but The Fruit of Life really mixes it up to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip-hop.
18 new tracks, guest collaborations with Rick Ross, Pitbull, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Iggy Azalea, Waka Flocka, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busty Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzle, Carleton, Ky-Mani Marley, Jo Mersa, Cobra and more.
Marley's equivalent in impact and creative force, to Kendrick's "To Pimp A Butterfly." A ninth Grammy awaits."