After releasing a slew of singles to make up for lost time, dancehall/reggae veteran Buju Banton will finally release his full-length project on June 26.
Dubbed Upside Down 2020, the album is his first LP in 10 years and will double the tracklist of his 2010 Grammy-winning album , Before the Dawn.
“This album comprises 20 tracks. 2020 has a deeper understanding in my mind. It resonates with a clear vision and seeing things for what it is. And another reason, after a 10-year absence, we try to give the people some music for that missing time,” he told Silverstar-NRG Radio.
Elaborating further in an official album announcement video, Banton said: “So much trouble in our world, yet are we aware? The battle lines have been drawn and it’s simple. Good vs. evil. I am not here to tell you the side you should be on, rather my offering of music is meant to guide, inspire, uplift, educate and eradicate negativity from the minds of the masses.”
The album was first scheduled for release in April before it was pushed back. The project will feature American singer-songwriter and pianist John Legend, Pharrell, Stephen Marley and hard-hitting British rapper Stefflon Don, among other top A-listers.
Since his release from prison in December 2018, Buju Banton has released several chart-topping singles, among them Murda She Wrote – ‘Bad Boys For Life’ movie soundtrack and Steppa; Holy Mountain, a collaborative effort with established stars – Mavado, Sizzla and 070 Shake.