Album-Review: Macka B - Change The World


by Karl Pearson


Macka B, the popular, gravel voiced veteran UK MC is back with the new self produced album Change The World, the follow up to 2008’s More Knowledge.

He was recently interviewed by Angus Taylor [read it here] where he spoke about his concept for the album which covers a wide variety of topics from Rastafarian ideology to the scourge of gang violence, the barbarity of slavery and a lack of compensation for it using the clever metaphor of personal injury lawyers to make his point. and of course good old fashioned love.

In fact the whole album is well written with poignant and meaningful lyrics that effectively convey each song's message, be it a strong cry for unity and how this strength through unity can be used to Change The World or the light heartedness of Medical Marijuana, a tale about how he needs a card to allow him to smoke Marijuana legally for medicinal purposes like those in America. This song also rides along perfectly on a vintage riddim used on the Toots and the Maytals number Hold On. Other songs that make good use of classic Studio One riddims, that have been re-edited and remixed by George 'Peckings' Price son Chris, are ‘Good Woman’ (Queen Of The Minstrels) and aptly ‘Never Played A 45’ (Boops) that encourages DJ’s to keep faith with this format and mix it in with their CDs and MP3s.

The remaining songs are built on a backbone of new riddims from Ironfirst Productions that have managed to preserve that feel of the classic riddims with their pulsating bass lines and bustling horns, yet kept them contemporary and fresh.

If you are fortunate enough to catch Macka B at one of his festival appearances this summer then I’m sure many of these new songs will go down well for as he says there is “something about the feel and the vibe” (Never Played A 45) of this album that many will enjoy.





Macka B - Change The World


Release date: 6/15/2012


01. Change The World feat Luciano & David Hinds
02. Nuclear Energy
03. Medical Marijuana
04. Never Played A 45
05. Make A Claim
06. Reggae Daddy
07. Golden Pen feat Earl 16
08. Jah Will Provide
09. Cant Sleep
10. Postcode War
11. You Could Be Wrong
12. I Return
13. Enemies feat Lloyd Brown
14. Good Woman
15. Bless U Mama
16. Still A Seh Rasta

Featured artists: Luciano, Lloyd Brown, Earl Sixteen

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