Very few conscious dancehall artistes can say that their music has stood the test of time and is still requested in certain circles but one such stalwart, Anthony B, surely can. As he continues to make music that fans respond positively to, he’s announced the launch of his 20th studio album.
In a press release, it was stated that: “Many artistes have their respective milestones and Reggae artiste Anthony B releasing his 20th studio album is definitely one of them.”
The album titled King In My Castle has 19 tracks and was officially released on May 1, 2020. It is co-produced by Bon Fire Music and Zojak World Wide. His press team has said that the album is already making an impact on the world charts.
“It comes as no surprise that the album has already earned its spot on the charts – it has gone global with impressive placements on the iTunes charts in Poland, the USA, Italy and South Africa. The single “Talk Talk Talk” featuring Zamunda peaked at number one on the Finland charts.”
There are several well-known names in conscious that feature on the album, including some international ones. The album also features a track with artiste Collie Buddz called “Chill Out,” which will be featured on the Collie Rootz Riddim and an accompanying video will follow soon after the track’s release.
“Several high profile stars grace the album as guests, namely Zamunda, Bramma, Vision, Rasta Kerry, Shantal, Pressure and Japanese (from South America).”
The album has been described by his team as a classic Reggae album with Dancehall vibes and Reggaeton influences. They further stated the tracks cover a range of topics such as women empowerment, consciousness, loyalty, love and political concerns. “The whole album is about empowerment. I am a king, you’re a king and you’re a queen. You can wake up and listen to this album and see that there is hope,” the artiste expressed.
It was also revealed that the album took three years to create and tries to focus on introducing the younger generation to his brand of music. “We spent the time to get it to this level, something that will reflect with us and the people. It is a landmark for us to accomplish this album. The whole aim is to introduce Anthony B to a new generation and also to give my fans something that they have been waiting for from Anthony B.”
In what is an amazing testament to Anthony B’s longevity is that “King In My Castle” comes 25 years after the release of the artiste’s first studio album, “Real Revolutionary”.
“Reggae music needs an album like this, the world needs role models. In my time, we had more inspirational people that we could look up to. Nowadays, kids are giving kids advice and that is why we have lost our way,” the artiste opined.
The team said that they intend to launch a competition to engage fans and give them a chance to be part of a single off the album called Jail Bird.
“Fans can also become a part of the Anthony B experience with his upcoming song “Jail Bird.” A competition where entrants can submit a verse for the song will result in the winner being added as a feature to the finished product.”
Anthony B began his career in his teens and persevered until he became a well-known conscious artiste. He’s now 44-years-old and has served up many hits like Fire pon Rome and Mr. Heartless. He is a member of the Bobo Ashanti branch of the movement.
It will definitely be interesting to take in the veteran’s album and to see how he’s adapted his music to modern times.