Following his release from prison in 2018, the legendary Buju Banton has returned with his first new album since 2010's Before The Dawn. Featuring appearances from Stephen Marley, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, and Stefflon Don, Buju's Upside Down 2020 is a lengthy reminder of what the reggae star is capable of. Off the bat, Buju sets things off on an emotionally powerful note, with "Lamb Of God" feeling like a harmoniously rich gospel record. From there, the spirit comes alive on the bouncy "Yes Mi Friend," a polished jam alive with the spirit of Jamaica.
Even when he switches the style up, Buju never strays far from his roots, giving Upside Down 2020 a classic sound while still sounding decidedly modern. Songs like the Stefflon Don assisted "Call Me" are more designed for the dance floor, while "Steppa" showcases his formidable vocal style over a slippery bassline. And of course, there's the triumphant call for "Unity," a theme that has driven countless reggae anthems for generations. Be sure to check out Buju Banton's return to form right now, released via Gargamel Music Co and Roc Nation.