A month after Buju Banton announced the impending arrival of his new album Upside Down 2020, the reggae superstar revealed Friday that his first LP in 10 years will be released June 26th.
Banton also shared his new single “Blessed” from Upside Down 2020, which marks Banton’s first full-length album since his prison release in December 2018 following a seven-year stint on U.S Federal drug charges John Legend, Pharrell, Stephen Marley and Stefflon Don are among the album’s guests.
The dancehall star last released Before the Dawn in 2010. A decade later, Banton gets ready to unleash Upside Down 2020 amid a backdrop of a worldwide pandemic and continued protests against police brutality.
“As we approach this shift in time, in ages, in the consciousness of man, many things can be said but who is really listening? So much trouble in our world, yet are we aware? The battle lines have been drawn and it’s simple. Good versus evil,” Banton said in a lengthy statement.
He continued, “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.”
Upside Down 2020 will feature 20 tracks, including, “Blessed” and the 2019 release “Steppa” doubling the tracklist of 2010’s Before the Dawn.
Check out Buju Banton’s listening party below