Five Classic Reggae Artists That Influenced Snoop Lion

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While he may be better known as Snoop Dogg, the artist now called Snoop Lion has flipped the reggae world upside down with his new album, Reincarnated. Finding inspiration in classic reggae artists like Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff, Snoop has paired with producer Diplo to define his own take on the genre.

Reggae has had a strong influence on modern music since its rise from the streets of Kingston decades ago. From classic artists like The Clash and The Rolling Stones to newer pop stars like Bruno Mars and Rihanna, the music has maintained a hold on all kinds of artists. We’ve brought together some of the classic reggae artists that acted as inspiration for the Snoop Lion album. Check ‘em out below!

Bob Marley and The Wailers “Duppy Conqueror”

Aside from inspiring the name of our earbuds, the Conqueror in-ear headphones, Bob Marley’s classic reggae song features an uplifting take on living freely. Marley wrote “The bars could not hold me / Force could not control me / They tried to keep me down / But Jah put I around.”   

Gregory Isaacs “Night Nurse”

The influence of the signature synthesizer sound on Gregory Isaacs’ “Night Nurse” is particularly apparent in Diplo’s production work for Reincarnated. As an early example of mixing electronic music and live instrumentation, “Night Nurse” set a precedent for the entire Snoop Lion project.

The Abyssians “Satta Massagana”

With “Satta Massagana,” The Abyssians went beyond creating a pop hit and wrote a classic hymnal. Widely sang during Rastafarian services in Jamaica, the song shows a connection between religion and reggae, which has been an inspiration for generations of artists.

Jimmy Cliff “You Can Get It If You Really Want”

In learning more about Jamaican culture, listeners will discover the uplifting spirit behind most reggae songs. While many artists have sung about making their lives better, no one has done it better than Jimmy Cliff.

Prince Far I “Survival”

Before producing Reincarnated, Diplo became known for making mix tapes featuring classic reggae artists. From his compilation for VP Records titled Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves, the world-famous producer selected Prince Far I’s classic “Survival” as his grand finale track.

DayCation Pt. 1 With Izzy Guttuso

Izzy Guttuso is a freelance photographer from Florida who lives for sunshine, sandy beaches, skating and surfing. Capturing photography of her adventures is a part of everyday life for Izzy, but now she is sharing her experiences with the House of Marley. Check out Izzy’s first DayCation below and stay tuned for new updates from the road, the beach and her home.

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DayCation Pt. 1

Leading an organic life is something I focus on every single day. I started this morning off with a hot cup of plum tea and a fruit salad on my patio surrounded by plants and my big cat Gizmo.

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Living two minutes from the Atlantic Ocean has its perks. There isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t touch the sand. Right after breakfast, I was longboarding towards the coast with a surfboard in one hand and a beach blanket in the other. After the surf died out, I fell asleep on my blanket while listening to music.

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After imbibing in some beach and sun, I headed over to a skate demo going on and took some photos from the deck of the mini-ramp. Taking pictures on the ramp is a thrilling experience, as the skaters express so much raw emotion in their technique.

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InEarHeadphones8When the sun started to set, I headed back to the beach to watch the darkness overcome the ocean. It’s a beautiful experience. This is what life is like for my friends and me. We hit the beach from morning until night, and it never gets old. I mean, how could it get old? Especially when you are with friends around a bonfire, hanging out and talking until we are too tired to talk anymore.

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 Photography/Words by Izzy Guttuso 

House of Marley Approved: The Empowerment Plan

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Located in Southwest Detroit, The Empowerment Plan is working tirelessly to clothe the city’s homeless population. Made by women from local shelters, the group’s MPWR coat is a hybrid jacket/sleeping bag. These wind/water resistant pieces of clothing have become the livelihood for seven local families and are protecting many more from freezing temperatures.

The Inspiration Behind Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry”

Dive deeper into your Bob Marley records! Feel the grooves of the vinyl and look closer at the labels. Notice anything weird? Here… Take a look:

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Bob Marley is known for his unmatched songwriting, but who is Vincent Ford? How did his name make it onto a Wailers record? Did he really write “No Woman, No Cry?” The answers can be found within Marley history.

Improving the lives of others was constantly on Bob Marley’s mind, a lesson he learned from Vincent Ford. Finding a refuge in Ford’s soup kitchen, Marley discovered how charity worked firsthand from his Kingston mentor.

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Nicknamed “Ta Ta,” Ford did more than just feed local kids. He taught them to pick up guitars and write about the world that surrounded them. Looking around the Jamaican streets, Marley found inspiration during a conversation with “Ta Ta” one day. He strummed and sang:

“I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba, ob-serving the hypocrites
As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have had, oh good friends we’ve lost along the way
In this bright future you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears I say

No woman, no cry”

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When the song was released, Bob Marley gave Ford credit for writing “No Woman No Cry.” By giving away his songwriting royalties to his mentor, Marley ensured that generations of Kingston children would be able to eat.

This story is the birth of the #LiveMarley movement. How are you making a difference in your community? What actions are you taking to create a better tomorrow? The House of Marley wants to hear all about it. Head to our Facebook page, click on the “Share Your Story!” tab and tell us how you are making a positive impact on the world that surrounds you.

 

 

 

Exploring With a Backpack Survival Kit

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The world is our playground — It’s time to explore it. Create your own backpack survival kit and take the path less traveled.

Carabiner Water Bottle
Unlike your house, nature’s water isn’t filtered. In fact, it can be straight up nasty. You never know when you’ll be around clean water again. Pack a carabiner water bottle and purification tablets to make your supply last.

Headphones
Keep your pack light by using small items that are worth more than their weight. Our in-ear headphones will keep you moving with musical inspiration, but won’t make for a heavy load.

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Lighter
It wouldn’t be called a backpack survival kit if it had a bunch of things you didn’t need inside. Buy a lighter. You’re going to use it.

Compass
At some point in any journey, you will get lost. No matter how gnarly a mountain or forest is, the old school technology of a compass always works.

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Notebook
Feeling inspired? Having a notebook with you to record your thoughts, sketches and directions is essential to any journey. If you carve it into tree, your never going to see it again.

Lively Up Bags
Perfect for any hike, nature walk or urban exploring trip, our Earth-friendly bags are necessary for any new adventure. With roomy pockets, straps to hang water bottles from and a padded laptop sleeve, it’s meant for making a backpack survival kit.

To do is to live. Explore, scavenge and create new expeditions for yourself. After all, no one else is going to live your life for you.

Photography: Carl Zoch