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Damian Marley Names Alkaline As Next Big Jamaican Artist, Talks JAY-Z and New Album “Stony Hill”

Damian Marley names Alkaline among the next big acts coming out of Jamaica, but just how big is the Vendetta deejay right now and how big will he get.

The reggae/dancehall legend sat down with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee on Thursday for an interview on The Breakfast Club where he opened up about new acts in dancehall, his new album Stony Hill, JAY-Z’s recent visit to Jamaica and collaboration on the single “Bam” featured on the rapper’s landmark album 4:44.

“You have youths like Alkaline and then set of youths who are popular right now,” Damian “Jr Gong” Marley said. “Am kind of more working with some of the more conscious younger artists. Kabaka Pyramid is one of them who I am working with personally. Chronixx just released his new album which was a pretty good effort also but there are a lot of young talent from Jamaica coming up right now.”

On JAY-Z visiting Jamaica to shoot the video for “Bam,” Damian Marley said that the single was actually recorded in Los Angeles. “We did the recording in Los Angeles and then after doing the recording he said that he wanted to come down and do some visuals,” Jr Gong said. “It was cool because that was the first time I’ve spent so much time around him, he is very down to earth brethren and we had some cool conversations. I also get to show him around Trench Town which is where my father grew up as a young man. I just get to show him a lot of family history.”