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Buju Banton, “Mr. Mention” [Penthouse]

Mr. Lucky   8/14/2006   A Library

Before he threw away the comb Buju Banton (aka Mark Myrie) was a ragamuffin youth who exploded onto the early nineties dancehall scene like ‘dandimite?. At the time, the ranking dancehall deejay Ninjaman was the only one who could challenge Buju’s rising popularity, and even that didn’t last long (especially after the ’92 Reggae Sunsplash where Buju nearly stole the show from headlining Ninja). Armed with his deep, grating voice and clever wordplay he soon became the biggest star on the island, scoring hit after hit alongside his producer Donovan Germain (Penthouse Records). Mr. Mention is a full length that contains many of his earliest hits, including ‘How the World a Run?, the dancehall smash ‘Batty Rider?, ‘Man Fi Dead?, and his classic combo with Wayne Wonder ‘Bonafide Love?. Careful with the subject matter on the slack tune ‘Dickie?! Much of the subject matter has to do with the woman of Jamaica or being the wickedest DJ/shotta, so don’t expect much in the way of his rootsier, more spiritual songs. Germain’s production during this time may be considered his finest, and is sure to get you moving. Dancehall Queens and Rude Bwoys haffi give this a spin! -Mr. Lucky

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Bishop Ranking says

The album 'MR MENTION' contains the song 'Boom Bye Bye' but i do'nt understand why you dint make mention of it in this article/review. I think you are among those who do not want to talk about anti-gay songs like that, but i believe that 'boom bye bye' is one of Buju's greatest songs because he spoke the mind of God concerning those people. As shabba ranking sang, "If Jamaica would legalize a gun, shooting batty boy would be the greatest fun" I think we should sing more of those songs and "take the evil out of our midst" as God said to Israel. I love Boom bye bye, No mama man and Chi Chi man, those are amazingly great songs.

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Mr.Lucky says

Well first of all, this version of Mr. Mention doesn't include "Boom Bye Bye", and I don't know that it ever was included on any version of the album. As far as I know it was only available on a couple of compilations and as a single. Second, I don't know how important it is that I renew the debate on Anti-Gay lyrics in reggae, expecially if that isn't the focus of my involvement in the promotion of the genre. I personally don't support that view by any person, whether they are an artist or not. Obviously you are free to express that viewpoint all you'd like, but I won't validate your bigotry or hatred.

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bishop ranking says

I'm sorry for that mix up, i had taken 'The early years' for 'mr mention' which contained the song. But my views however they may be about the song remains the same

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Snowman says

I can't believe that Buju Banton promotes peace and non-violence, yet he promotes these hate crimes. How is this not considered violence? It is disgusting, what is it that homosexuals do to hurt other people? Nothing! Jamaicans make me sick, they are fucking hippocrites

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Nadigrl says

I don't think it's necessary to say Jamaicans as a whole make you sick because not all Jamaicans think that way. I really don't appreciate that. Don't put one musician's face on all of Jamaica, that is generalizing and that makes you just as bad as what you are talking against.

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