‘Inflation’ impacts economic, health, and corruption issues. Warrior King unpacks a few issues affecting the daily lives of Jamaicans into the chorus of ‘Inflation’, a new release featuring Alien Jackson, who doubles as producer on this heavy root’s reggae track.
Musically, his tenor vocal cadence provides the listener with a strong deliverance of lyrics, music arrangements, and harmonic melodies. While the song’s title identifies a crucial topic of rising prices, he notes other commodities have gone too far up when singing the melody with rhythmic deejaying style:
“Gas price gone up,
Food price gone up,
These politicians are so damn corrupt,
And the people are so fed up
Light bill gone up
School fees gone up
Mama pressure gone up
Papa lose him wuk
Poor people have had enough”
Warrior King is consistent with his traditional style of writing quality lyrics. For him nothing has changed with over two decades of delivering unique powerful vocals. The quality of his voice remains as strong as when he first appeared on the Reggae scene.
The issues are timely and not restricted to Jamaica – inflation has skyrocketed making Warrior King’s timely rhythmic reflection on the situation immediately relevant. With Alien Jackson’s reference to the Ukraine conflict, schoolroom shootings in the USA and ozone layer depletion into his verse of ‘Inflation’.
Warrior King’s reggae releases for 2023 are a breath of fresh air for the traditional reggae listener. Another of Warrior King’s six releases in 2023 is ‘Cherish’ a venture into soulful R&B. Other tracks include ‘Ethiopia’, ‘Ragga Ragga’, ‘I-niversal Light’ and ‘United Africa’ which features South African artist, Emperor Blazer. His new releases add to Warrior King’s valuable catalogue which included the classic hit from 2001 single and title track for his 2002 debut album, ‘Virtuous Woman’ at its core and the impressive 18-track set with VP Records included the enduring ‘Never Go Where Pagans Go’, ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ and ‘Power to Chant’. Full length sets ‘Hold the Faith’ (2005), ‘Tell Me How Me Sound’ (2011) and ‘The Rootz Warrior’ (2016) were among those which continued to build Warrior King’s faithful reggae stock.
Warrior King’s international appeal has been underscored by receiving the Caribbean Afro Music Awards (CAMA) nomination for Best Reggae Act in the 2023. The CAMA organization in based in London, England. The public voting is now closed, and the awards ceremony will be held in London, in October 2023.
The crowd pleaser June performances include sparkling form dressed in fully red clad at the One Blood Family Fest which celebrated reggae singer Junior Reid’s 60th birthday at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Prior, St. Ann. The Reggae celebrities that attended were Fredlocks, Stephen and Julian Marley, Louie Culture, Sizzla, Big Youth and Sister Carol.
Warrior King continues to bring his passion and fire to the stage with a stellar performance on June 18, 2023, at the Reggae for Breakfast, a musical celebration for honoring Father’ Day at the Hope Gardens in St. Andrew. Other top performers on stage were Duane Stephenson, Yellowman and Queen Ifrica.
With the number quality of songs, he has released so far this year, and with more to come Warrior King shares his thoughts,
“I’m looking forward to the second half of 2023, I am satisfied that in Jamaica and much of the world, we’d emerged from COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, in good musical shape and I am now fully equipped with six new recordings and two-decade worth of catalogue to reconnect in person with my fans and music listeners again.”