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Sizzla

Emerging during the latter half of the '90s, the enormously prolific Sizzla was one of the leaders of the conscious dancehall movement. Along with Buju Banton and Capleton, he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influence of roots reggae, favoring organic productions and heavily Rastafarian subject matter. A member of the militant Bobo Ashanti sect, he sometimes courted controversy with his strict adherence to their views, particularly his aggressive condemnations of homosexuals and white Western oppressors. Yet overall, his music was generally positive, advocating faith and compassion for poor black youth, and respect for women. He remained something of an enigma to the public at large, rarely granting interviews and keeping his concert appearances to a minimum. Nonetheless, he still ranked as arguably the most popular conscious reggae artist of his time, thanks to a normally high standard of quality control -- all the more impressive given the frequency with which he recorded. A versatile singjay-style vocalist with a gruff, gravelly tone, he was capable of both rapid-fire chatting and powerful, melodic singing, and his best backing riddims were among the strongest in contemporary dancehall.

Sizzla was born Miguel Collins on April 17, 1976 and was raised in the August Town area of Kingston of devout Rastafarian parents. After honing his vocal skills, he landed a gig with the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system, where he first made a name for himself as a performer. He cut his first single for the small Zagalou label in 1995, and soon moved on to Bobby "Digital" Dixon's Digital B imprint. However, he didn't manage a break-out success until saxophonist Dean Fraser recommended him to producer Philip "Fatis" Burrell. Sizzla released a series of singles on Burrell's Xterminator label, including "Judgement Morning," "Life's Road," "Blaspheme," "We Uh Fear," "I'm Not Sure," and the Shadowman duet "The Gun." His first LP, Burning Up, appeared on Xterminator later in 1995, and he toured extensively alongside Luciano and Mikey General. Unlike kindred spirits Capleton and Buju Banton, Sizzla's early material was culturally oriented right from the start; he was able to build an audience without any of the lyrical slackness that helped establish the other two.

Creatively speaking, Sizzla really came into his own with the release of his second album, the Burrell-produced Praise Ye Jah in 1997. Widely considered one of the top conscious dancehall albums of its time, Praise Ye Jah was quickly trumped by the release of the Dixon-produced Black Woman & Child that same year. The title track was a smash hit and became something of a cultural reggae anthem. Sizzla scored several more hits during 1997, including "Like Mountain," "Babylon Cowboy," "Kings of the Earth," and the Luciano duet "Build a Better World." This hot streak kicked off an enormously productive recording binge that lasted over the next several years, with much of his output still done for Burrell.

1998's Kalonji was issued in the U.S. under the title Freedom Cry, and featured the successful singles "Love Amongst My Brethren" and "Rain Shower." No less than three albums -- Be I Strong, Good Ways, and Royal Son of Ethiopia -- appeared in 1999, with Be I Strong achieving the highest profile among them. 2000 brought three more albums: the double-CD Liberate Yourself (which featured one disc of Sizzla material and another of his protégés), Words of Truth (which featured a bonus live disc), and Bobo Ashanti, a well-received, highly spiritual set with a stronger hip-hop flavor. Refusing to slow down, Sizzla issued four more albums in 2001 -- Black History, Taking Over, Rastafari Teach I Everything, and Blaze Up the Chalwa -- and often displayed a harder edge and a willingness to embrace digital production. That approach changed in 2002, when he concentrated on softer, mellower, more romantic material, which dominated that year's albums: Ghetto Revolution and Da Real Thing. Two more albums, Light of My World and Rise to the Occasion, appeared in 2003. Soul Deep was released in 2005, with both Ain't Gonna See Us Fall and Waterhouse Redemption landing a year later. By the end of 2006, Sizzla released the high-profile The Overstanding, an album with hip-hop impresario Damon Dash as executive producer. I-Space returned the singer to his Jamaican roots in mid-2007. Welcome to the Good Life followed in 2011. A trip to Africa influenced two of his 2012 albums with The Chant focusing on his visit to Zimbabwe while In Gambia was partially recorded in its namesake country. His 2013 effort The Messiah was recorded with the Bread Back production team and marked his 70th album. The 2014 set Radical rounded up lost tracks recorded for the Xterminator label between 1992 and 2003.~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Radical

1. Protect My Life

2. Radical

3. What's Wrong With The Picture?

4. Sad Mistake

5. Burn Dem Schism

6. Hardcore

7. Golden Rule

8. It's A Rocky Road

9. Everybody Has To Live

10. Groove With Me

11. That's Why I Love You

12. All Da Time

13. Best Thing In My Life

14. I'm A Winner

15. Fly High Fly Low

16. I Am No Better

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Track List: The Messiah

1. Psalm 121

2. Look How Many Years

3. Center of Attraction

4. No Wicked Man

5. The Messiah

6. Chant Dem Down

7. Dem Nuh Business

8. Suffer So Much

9. Good Love

10. One Life

11. Children Bless

12. May di Powerz

13. Need You Right Now

14. What a Joy

15. Better Come Out

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Track List: In Gambia

1. Welcome To Africa

2. Blackman Rise

3. Woman Of Creation

4. Nothing Can Wrong

5. Feed The Children

6. Too Much War

7. Make A Visit

8. Let It Grow

9. Gambian Girls

10. Planet In Peril

11. Where Is The Love

12. Branded African

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Track List: Rastafari

1. Worldwide Love

2. Love The Life

3. Cut & Clear

4. Just Mi Love

5. Clip Pan Dem

6. Black Woman Lovin

7. Define Yourself

8. Just Like

9. Trust & Love

10. Rastafari

11. It Goes Like This

12. We Black People

13. Azanldo

14. Handling

15. Bless

16. Don't Be Disappointed

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Track List: Addicted

1. Someone To Love

2. Addicted

3. So Much For Love

4. Love Is Forever

5. True Love

6. The One You Love

7. Excess Of Love

8. Hottest Girl

9. Take It Off

10. Don't Be Fed Up

11. Ganja

12. Frigg Ya

13. Number One

14. Come Home

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Track List: I-Space

1. Really And Truly

2. Irresistible

3. Long Live The Kings Of Kings

4. Make Me Yours

5. Chant Dem Down

6. Show Some Love

7. Talk About

8. Stop All The Violence

9. Only Jah Alone

10. The Woman In My Life

11. Jah Protect My Life

12. Rock My World

13. Be Careful

14. Nothing But Love

15. Put The People Interest First

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Track List: The Over Standing (Explicit)

1. Take Myself Away

2. Break Free

3. Pay To Learn

4. Solid As A Rock

5. I Love You Baby

6. Give Me A Try

7. Cost Of Living

8. Black Woman & Child

9. Smoke Marijuana

10. Beautiful Day

12. Just One Of Those Days

13. Thank You For Loving Me

14. Take Myself Away

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Track List: Waterhouse Redemption

1. One Love

2. Play Me Some Music

3. It's Possible

4. Thanks And Praise

5. Someone Love You

6. A Better Way

7. Love Is The Way

8. Everything Is Alright

9. Lately I've Been Thinking

10. Right Day

11. Let Me Love You

12. Ganja In My Brain

13. Stay Above

14. Street Be Calling

15. Peace

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Track List: Da Real Live Thing

1. Mash Dem Down

2. Simplicity

3. Solid As A Rock

4. Rejoice

5. Thank U Mamma

6. Woman I Need You

7. Bless Up

8. Why Should I?

9. Got It Right Here

10. Just One Of Those Days

11. Trod Mt. Zion

12. It's Amazing

13. She's So Loving

14. Boom & Go Through

15. Touch Me (feat. Rochelle)

16. Bright Sunshine

17. Be Still (Live)

18. Just One Of Those Days (Acoustic Mix)

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Track List: Soul Deep

1. Good Morning

2. Where Are You Running To

3. Girl Come To See Me

4. All I Want (feat. Morgan Heritage)

5. Nothing Bothers Me

6. Mount Zion

7. Good To Know

8. Love You More

9. Show Me

10. Be Strong

11. Why

12. Love Me

13. Push & Shove

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Track List: life

1. Things Will Be Better

2. Mortal Man (feat. Thriller U)

3. Marijauna

4. Haven't Told You

5. We Got The Love

6. Jah Works

7. Ain't That Nice

8. Jah Love

9. Greater One

10. Stay In Tune

11. When Nature Calls

12. Born & Raised

13. Life

14. Perfect Lover

15. One & Only

16. One In My Life

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Track List: Speak Of Jah

1. Fight Against The Youth

2. Give Thanks To Jah

3. Teach The Little Children

4. Speak Of Jah

5. Somehow

6. Dem Ago Suffer

7. Vision

8. Love And Affection

9. The Girls Dem

10. Freedom

11. Somehow Remix

12. Right Road

13. Couldn't Come Among Us

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Track List: Rise To The Occasion

1. Rise To The Occasion

2. All Is Well

3. Give Me A Try

4. Give Praises

5. The One

6. Don't Trouble Us

7. I Was Born

8. It's Burning

9. Nice & Lovely

10. Know Yourself

11. In The Mood

12. Come On

13. These Are The Days

14. Fire Blaze

15. Hype

16. True Love

17. All I Need

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Track List: The Best Of Sizzla: The Story Unfolds

Disc 1

1. No White God

2. Explain To The Almighty

3. I Wonder

4. Love Is Always There

5. No Other Like Jah

6. Praise Ye Jah

7. Do You Ever?

8. Like Mountain

9. Dem Ah Wonder

10. Kings Of The Earth

11. Holding Firm

12. Mek Dem Secure

13. Dem Ah Gaze

14. One Away

15. Give Dem Ah Ride

Disc 2

1. Words Of Devine

2. Juvenile

3. Dem Ah Try Ah Thing

5. Black Woman & Child

6. Brutality For Love

7. Clean Up Your Heart

8. Babylon Ah Listen

9. Good Ways

10. Azanido

11. Jah Blessing

12. Show Us The Way

13. Blaze Fire Blaze

14. Taking Over

15. To The Point

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Track List: 876

1. Longing For

2. Leave My Ganja Alone

3. Street Life

4. Beautiful Place

5. Show Them The Way

6. Breath Of Life

7. Love Me

8. Never Ending Love

9. You Belong To Me (Feat. Samira Taylor)

10. Bad Mind (Feat. Jah Cure)

11. High Grade

12. Babylon Kingdom Fall

13. Watch Over You

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Track List: Blum Blam (Single)

1. Blum Blam

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Track List: Born A King

1. Born A King

2. Champion Sound

3. Blessed

4. Interlude

5. I'm Living

6. Set It Off

7. Big Man Ting

8. Got What It Takes

9. Why Does The World Cry

10. The Formula

11. Cold War

12. Champion Sound (Remix)

13. Give Jah Praise

14. Got What It Takes (Acoustic)

15. I'm Living (Acoustic)

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Track List: Gangsta (Single)

1. Gangsta

2. Gangsta

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Track List: Kalonji

1. Lovely Morning

2. Til It Somemore

3. Rainshowers

4. Ancient Memories

5. Mother Nature

6. Saturated

7. Real

8. Long Journey Bad Storm

9. Freedom Cry

10. Define Yourself

11. Dem A Try A Ting

12. Confuse City

13. Made Of...

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Track List: Mama Pain (Single)

1. Mama Pain

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Track List: Nuh Worry Unu Self

1. Reach For Your Goals

2. Nuh Worry Unu Self

3. What's Wrong

4. Look A Wuk

5. Keep Out Of Corruption

6. Thanks And Praise

7. Burn The Herbs

8. Come On

9. Squeeze Me Tight

10. Got It Going

11. Tell Me The Reason

12. Put Down The Gun

13. Shake Dem Down

14. Suffering Mass

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Track List: Re-Birth Riddim

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Track List: Sizzla Choices

1. Love Connection

2. Vision

3. All My Love

4. Clean Heart

5. Dem Ago Suffer

6. Freedom

7. Right Road

8. Peace And Love

9. Burn It Down

10. Love And Affection

11. Fight Against The Youth

12. Give Thanks To Jah

13. Blessing Us

14. Jah Love

15. Teach The Little Children

16. Burn It Down In Dub

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Track List: Sizzla In Dub

1. Vision (In Dub)

2. Burn It Down (In Dub)

3. One Day (In Dub)

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Track List: The Chant

1. Chanting Rastaman

2. Jah Made It Possible

3. How Come

4. Put Away The Weapons

5. Zimbabwe

6. Hungry Children

7. System Crash

8. Look Wath's Happening

9. Smoke Marijuana

10. Love Selassie I More

11. A She Mi Love

12. Something Special

13. Chant

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Classic
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He know fah party!!!
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Nuff respect gwan big up nah
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Praise up preach lion!!
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Amazing
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I love music like this
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Be strait up and real
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Come correct in your preaching. If only people did half of what they say!
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Real artist kalonji bless up.
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Blaze up the Kalonji....n u f f love!
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toyamiami
Large up to sizzla...mor e fire...
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Yeaaah DADA
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Rewind & run tune.... Nuff respect from GT chap.....!
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Give thanks and praise for the music.
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andrea52cole
One Love & nuff raspect
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JAH
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One sizzla best hits. Positivity.
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Reminds me of the white church parties only 617knos bout that
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Takes me back to win I used to live up Bronx
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natashawrigh t 6 1
Must be love ,big up to a real Rasta, Sizzla
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Love this song!!!
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give thanks and praise to the creator above all things life is greater, big up sizzla kalongi
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#jahcuragain
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Bless up
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One of my favorite songs! ��
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Bahamas With it !! Big Tuneee!!!
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Bless up
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Love this song...
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Sizzla, Da Man! Jah Rastafari. No man is an Island, no man stands alone!! I stand with U, sizzla!!! Your brother, Rasil.
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You afi have good ways purge before you enter Zion gates true words Sizzla
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Top pon the world
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Stop The Violence: Good song.
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Good song,beautif u l lyrics, yes we have to be thankful for all the for all the. Pain that our mothers went to have us love this song:):)
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jamaicanblac k b a b e
Where is the "LOVE" button
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Yes man
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Big ups to my dude Sizzla!
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love love love this song
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big up to sizzla
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Top man Sizzla, true rasta...
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Sizzle
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~MOE FIYAH~
*JAH BLESS*
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Raspect!!!
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Who is the person who sings 1,2,3,1,2,3, 1 , 2 , 3 ?
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Respect
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Another son of the Almighty,Siz z l a the prophet,than k you very much for spreading the message,let him be praise.
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Tune!!!!
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Good music from" Sizzla, l love it ,!!!!
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When your done press f6 in the comment section, your lover's name will come in big letters. This is scary because ot actually works
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God doesn't teach anything wrong
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