RASTA SOLDIER (NECESSARYMAYHEM)
Necessary Mayhem's first solo artist album arrives in the shape of "Rasta Soldier", from MACKA B. For two decades, MACKA B has been one of the most popular reggae artists in the UK.
He is a fine lyrical poet, honest in his vocal delivery and song writing. His occasionally controversial social and political commentary is both adored and admired by his fans and peers alike.
A chance meeting between MACKA B and Necessary Mayhem producer Curtis Lynch at Pecking's Record shop in London sparked the beginning of a musical relationship which bore first fruit with the recording of "Our Music", one of the biggest NM releases of 2011.
"Rasta Solider" is a six-track mini-album that captures MACKA B at his best, staying true to his style and telling a variety of important stories through his songs.
He defends his old fashioned style, takes on modernities such as Twitter through his humorous and intelligent expression, and deals with more troubling issues such as racism in sport and racially motivated crime.
The autobiographical "Never Leave My Culture" gives an insight into how long MACKA B has been in the industry, as well as his passion for standing up for cultural principles.
Curtis Lynch has spared nothing in production of this album. Every part of his producing skills come together.
"When working with a legend" says Lynch, "you have to raise your game".