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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bob Marley ft. Guru - Johnny Was (Official Remix Video)

7Grand Records once again pays homage to one of the greatest emcees who ever graced the game, GURU. This time around, you have the chance to listen to an outstanding and very rare remix from GURU and Bob Marley .

In 1999, GURU was asked to record a remix to Marley's hit song "Johnny Was", which was originally released in 1976 on Marley's album "Rastaman Vibration". GURU's version was featured on "Chant Down Babylon" (1999), a full remix album by various Hip-Hop and Rock artists covering songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

"GURU was asked by the younger Marleys to record the remix song for 'Johnny Was' from their legendary father, Bob Marley, in 1999. GURU had never done anything of that sort in his career but he had tremendous respect for Bob Marley as a historic Black man," 7 Grand Records reminds.

"GURU felt honored to be involved in the project so GURU flew to Kingston, Jamaica and met the Marley family at their compound in the city. After greeting and engaging in traditional rituals, everyone was well inspired. GURU recorded his part for 'Johnny Was' and felt it was a high point of his career and one of his most favorite works."

Almost 10 years later, in 2007, GURU linked up with Damien Marley, Bob Marley's son, also an aspiring and extremely talented musician. Both collaborated on the song "Stand Up", which was featured on GURU's "Jazzmatazz Vol. 4" (2007) project

"GURU came back to Jamaica in 2006 to record a collabo with Damien Marley titled 'Stand Up' for the 'Jazzmatazz Vol. 4' album. When we gave Damien the track, we were not sure what his response would be but he killed it. GURU was blown away at the skills of Damien on the vocals he delivered and the rest is history. GURU has often said that it was a blessing to work with the Marley family."

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