The father of modern reggae music, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, is still pushing musical boundaries and inciting controversy 28 years after his death. In a break with his promotion of Rastafarian beliefs, a newly released single entitled “You Know You’re a Nigga” reveals his support of underground gangster rap years before its inception.
“This is some crazy shit,” said Jesse Weaver of Jive Records, the label responsible for the song’s release.
Weaver and a crew of PR agents held a press conference earlier today to discuss the song. In attendance was Rita Marley, the sole owner of her husband’s work and long-time holdout to the song’s release.
“I’m not going to lie–I listen to this song every day,” said Marley. “I finally decided it was time the public see my husband in a new light.”
“We’re proud to be putting out this track,” said Weaver. “It makes me look at his entire catalog with a gangsta lean,” said Weaver.
Marley went on to describe her husband as a “complex, multi-faceted man” who at one point “really did shoot a sheriff.”
“It wasn’t just peace and hugs,” she said. “It was also his piece and thugs.”
In only one day of sales, “You Know You’re a Nigga” has topped sales charts and received nearly continuous air play.
“We’re confident this will cement Bob’s legacy as an early gangster rap crossover artist,” said Weaver.
The new single has generated controversy as well, due largely to its repeated use of the N-word. Several major retailers have pulled the album from their shelves due to complaints and petitions from angry parents and church groups.
Weaver was incredulous when questioned about the push-back.
“How many times must a brother in America have his album pulled? I mean, this is so hot, so hot,” he said.
“So hot, so hot,” added Marley.