Though he is from the first family of reggae, Skip Marley has never limited his music --- whether recording or listening. 'Slow Down', his latest song, is proof of that.
The funky mix of pop and reggae was released on November 8 by Tuff Gong International and Island Records. It features American singer H.E.R., one of contemporary R&B’s hottest acts.
Marley, 23, said he recorded the song solo this year but was keen to add a female voice. He jumped at the suggestion to work with H.E.R. who won two Grammy Awards this year.
In this June 24, 2018 file photo, H.E.R. performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
“She added her part and it made things complete,” said Marley.
Skip is the grandson of reggae king Bob Marley and son of Cedella Marley, Bob and his wife Rita’s first child. He began recording four years ago with 'Cry to Me' being his debut song.
Since then, he has released a batch of singles, the most successful being 'Chained to The Rhythm', with pop star Katy Perry. That song was a massive international hit, reaching as far as number four on the Billboard pop chart.
Inevitably, being the grandson of Bob Marley comes with high expectations. Skip’s uncles, Ziggy, Stephen and Damian are all Grammy winners.
Born in Kingston and raised in South Florida, Skip says he never felt burdened by his impressive lineage. Nor does he see the need to do roots-reggae songs just because he is a Marley.
“People going to tag you where them want. Still, I don’t watch that, I don’t really limit myself to one box. My music comes from reggae but the inspiration can carry you somewhere else like blues, funk and jazz,” he reasoned.
While he counts his grandfather as his biggest musical inspiration, Skip is big into the blues. His playlist includes guitar icons Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Muddy Waters, as well as singer/guitarist John Mayer.