DON’T SAY that Stephen Marley isn’t versatile. With his new album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, boasting collaborations with acts including reggae star Shaggy, hip-hop hero Black Thought and Australian rapstress Iggy Azalea, it’s clear that Bob Marley’s second son knows how to mix and blend musical styles.
“We had a concept,” Stephen says of his latest offering. “This album is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was [the 2011 album] Revelation Part 1: The Root Of Life. And this is Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.
“The plan this time was to cross-pollinate other genres with reggae music, in order to produce a colourful album. So there’s a little jazz, a little hip-hop, a little dance – it’s like a fruit basket. You know, you can have grapes today, you can have an orange tomorrow, you can have a mango on Sunday – and so on!”