1992

Buju Banton breaks Bob Marley's record for #1 singles in a calendar year

2003

Bounty Killer wins a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Hey Baby" with No Dobut

1976

The year Sizzla was born to devout Rasta parents

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What you will learn from this book

Now, in The Reasonings of Buju Banton, Bounty Killer & Sizzla, the 8th book in the series, you can get inside the minds of some of the most important artists who have made their mark on Reggae music for generations to come.

Why do people believe in Buju Banton?

What did Buju Banton see when he visited planet Bujumania?

What really happened behind the scenes when Bounty Killer and No Doubt clashed in the midst of "Hey Baby"?

Which of Bounty Killer's beefs are true which are fraud?

What is on Sizzla's mind when he is creating?

Who is Sizzla the man? What is his essence?

Book trailer

Bujumania speaks on democracy vs demonocracy, Bounty Killer goes in on the barrier of patois vs english, and Sizzla takes it straight to the heart of the people.

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Excerpts of The Reasonings of Buju Banton, Bounty Killer & Sizzla

The Reasonings of Buju Banton, Bounty Killer & Sizzla is a rare treat. It captures the thoughts and hopes of artists who have made it their lives to bring one of the most popular forms of music to a much wider audience.


Chapter 1

Where does Buju fit into the whole scheme of things?
Buju Banton:
I see myself as a spoke in this wheel which has many spokes. But, I am the spoke who continue to turn, never bent, never break, never bow, and take a solemn vow to deliver the people no matter how long.

Jamaica is a very culture rich and righteous island and as they say where there is good there is also evil in equal amounts to balance it off, correct?
Buju Banton:
Well, in every scenario there will be good and there will be evil. There will be rich and there will be poor. There will be justice and injustice. But one must find common ground in all of this, finally. A way where we can communicate and get rid of the negativity that is holding us back.

There are those who say music is from the Devil.
Buju Banton:
I don’t want to talk about that because I don’t want nothing to do with the Devil.

Chapter 1

Where does Buju fit into the whole scheme of things?
Buju Banton:
I see myself as a spoke in this wheel which has many spokes. But, I am the spoke who continue to turn, never bent, never break, never bow, and take a solemn vow to deliver the people no matter how long.

Jamaica is a very culture rich and righteous island and as they say where there is good there is also evil in equal amounts to balance it off, correct?
Buju Banton:
Well, in every scenario there will be good and there will be evil. There will be rich and there will be poor. There will be justice and injustice. But one must find common ground in all of this, finally. A way where we can communicate and get rid of the negativity that is holding us back.

There are those who say music is from the Devil.
Buju Banton:
I don’t want to talk about that because I don’t want nothing to do with the Devil.

Chapter 2

Elephant Man won entertainer of the year for the last two years. He’s tight with you and a member of Scare Dem, who you put on. What if he comes for the number one position?
Bounty Killer:
No problem. The number one position is for everybody. Everybody has to be number one. The number one position was not made for one person. So, whatever the people wish or whatever the almighty permits we have to just work with it. It’s not my ply or my cry to say I’m number one or to be number one. It’s just nature. So, I bring Elephant and he’s a talented kid. I hope him the best and I know he has it, so if he’s to be number one he’s bound for that.

How have you been able to hold on to number one for so long?
Bounty Killer:
I don’t even know because tell you what. I don’t intentionally strive to hold number one. I just become number one. I guess what I do is so rated or it’s so appreciated people say it’s number one but I never intentionally try to be number one. I just try to be the best of my ability and artistically, and it happens to be number one. So, I think it’s me being true to my skills and myself because what I do from early stages of my career I continue to do. I keep my fan base from the early stage. I’m not one who keeps lost in time. I’m one who builds most times. My fan base kept growing. So, I guess that’s what has kept me as number one because the root is there with the branch.

Chapter 3

Were you chosen?
Sizzla:
Based upon the knowledge of the people. The people decide whatsoever they want to say, and whatsoever they want to do, you know? Speaking for myself, I must be chosen to be speaking the words of God unto the people.
Yes, of course, we are chosen because it’s life, and praise the living God I’m living.

You’ve put out many messages over the years. I’ll leave it at that.
Sizzla:
No, no, no, man. Finish it, man.

Some of it is positive. Some of it is construed by others as negative but you say you’re always about positivity.
Sizzla:
Okay. It’s all good. Words get its meaning according to how it is being used. If you have something good to say, say it, and if you’re going to bash against something that’s bad, you got to say it. You got to speak the word.
Man born ruler. Man is literally ruler. The woman she follow and take the orders of the man. So they tell you we are King. We’re from Church and State, from Africa. That’s our prophecies, that’s our life, our philosophies, our culture, our tradition. Principles from Solomon lines go straight up. Me a man! Me have fi rule over my house. I have a Church, Kolada. My family is the last of the Kolada. The world I see I say that’s how the world is gonna be around I. So I always try to maintain it on a clean level, and you still got to be in judgment where your own family know they mustn’t really cross over the bounds, because crossing over my bounds is not just only my bounds you are crossing. You’re crossing over a family’s bounds with principles and you might not know, so you’ve got to maintain a humility.

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Chapter Overviews

An inside look at The Reasonings of Buju Banton, Bounty Killer & Sizzla

Each chapter will unravel tall tales and give you new insight. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn what really happened.

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Buju Banton

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Buju Banton

The day after the 2003 edition of Sting, we entered Buju Banton’s Axum compound, the home of Gargamel Recording Studio. We found him relaxing with a few friends and received a warm welcome. One of our crew blessed him with a new pure-breed dog and he was truly touched by the offering. He gave us a personal tour of the studio, and then we sat outside in the yard as Buju Banton engaged us with his rather celestial revelations.

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Bounty Killer

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Bounty Killer

2002 was, without a doubt, the height of Bounty Killer’s career when He shared the stage with No Doubt at the Super Bowl half-time show for his guest shot on their multi-platinum hit, “Hey Baby”. The song went on to earn a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 45th Annual Awards show on February 23, 2003. However, it did not come without controversy and incidents, and Bounty Killer goes into detail on his behind the music tales here.

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Sizzla

The Practices, Principles, Philosophy & Reasonings of Sizzla

Even in Jamaica, where ten youths from each Parish are running their own lyrics factory from home, that’s no small feat. But many of Sizzla’s good deeds have gone largely, if not totally, unnoticed by a global market that went deaf to any natural mystic in the air after Bob Marley’s passing marked the end of their Reggae golden age. They say the message has changed. Sizzla proclaims that the word is still the same.

The Reasonings of Buju Banton, Bounty Killer & Sizzla

It will come as no surprise to their legion of fans and those who grew up listening to them dominate the international Dancehall, where they toiled at the top of the charts and on the tip of everyone’s tongue for decades, that each is raw and candid with absolutely no filter.

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About the Author

Who is Harris Rosen?

Father. Son. Brother.

Author career and biography

HARRIS ROSEN grew up and resides in Toronto, Canada. For twenty years he self-published the national lifestyle magazine Peace! in Canada. He has interviewed hundreds of composers, artists, actors and athletes, including the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Daft Punk, Eminem, Derek Jeter, Georges St. Pierre, Nirvana, Metallica, Chris Rock, Buju Banton, Beastie Boys, Kiss, Destiny's Child and Aaliyah to list a select few. He has traveled to six continents and was in the midst of a whirlwind of multiple musical cultural revolutions that occurred throughout the 90's and 2000's, while compiling a true and honest archive of audio, images and video.