Jamaican Music

Skip Marley First in Family to Make the Top 10

Skip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and grandson of Bob and Rita Marley, is the first member of the legendary family of musicians to be ranked in Rolling Stone’s Top 10 recordings. Marley’s collaboration with Katy Perry “Chained to the Rhythm” hit the Top 100 chart at Number Four. Skip Marley says he is about 80 percent finished with his debut LP, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2017. Katy Perry asked Skip to contribute a guest verse to “Chained to the Rhythm” after hearing him on “Lion,” a track he was working on with her producer and songwriting partner Max Martin. Growing up around music, Skip frequently toured with his uncles Ziggy and Stephen. At his home, he played guitar and piano, but had never sung in public until Stephen pushed him onstage during a performance in Jacksonville, Florida, where he sang part of Bob Marley’s “One Love” at the age of 14. He recognizes that his album will receive considerable scrutiny because of his family, but he doesn’t mind. It has never been a burden to be Bob Marley’s grandson, he says, telling Rolling Stone, “It’s a light because I’m carrying on his message of love and the unification of mankind, brothers and sisters stronger together, to a whole new generation.”

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