Friends for Life (Buju Banton album)

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Friends for Life
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)
  • The Room for Black Shadow Records
  • Area 39 Recording Studio
  • Askum Recording Studio
  • Penthouse Recording Studio
  • King Jammy's Recording Studio
Genre Dancehall [1]
Label VP Music Group
Buju Banton chronology
Unchained Spirit
Friends for Life
Too Bad
Singles from Friends for Life
  1. "Paid Not Played"
    Released: 2002

Friends for Life is the seventh studio album by Jamaican recording artist Buju Banton. It was released on March 11, 2003 through VP Music Group with exclusive distribution via Atlantic Records. Production was primarily handled by Donovan Germain and Buju Banton, along with Cool & Dre, Jammy "Jamz" James, Sheldon Stewart, Sly Dunbar, Steely & Clevie, Steven "Lenky" Marsden. It features guest appearances from Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Fat Joe, Nadine Sutherland, Sons & Daughters Choir and Wayne Wonder. The album peaked at number 198 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, [2] but lost to Sean Paul's Dutty Rock . The album was supported with charted single "Paid Not Played", which peaked at number 84 on the Official Singles Chart Top 100 in the UK.


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rick Anderson of AllMusic said that "This is not his best album by a long shot, but it does demonstrate his clear superiority to most of the dancehall pack". [1] Dave Simpson, reviewer of The Guardian , saw the album as the biggest escalation of his positive side of music, saying: "Since 1995's well-regarded 'Til Shiloh, he has become known as Mr Positivity, and this album is the upper and worst example of that trite and withdrawn imagery", ending the review saying: "after a strong and rousing beginnings, Friends for Life gets lost in slush". [3]

Track listing

1."Paid Not Played"
2."Tra La La" Steven "Lenky" Marsden 3:24
3."Teaser" (featuring Bounty Killer)
Steely & Clevie 3:48
4."Excerpt of a Speech by Marcus Mosiah Garvey"  0:56
5."Up Ye Mighty Race"Myrie Buju Banton 4:02
6."All Will Be Fine" (featuring Sons and Daughters Choir)
Donovan Germain 5:33
7."Maybe We Are"
  • Myrie
  • Burt
  • Lyn
  • Chung
Donovan Germain6:20
8."Mama Africa" Peter Tosh Donovan Germain4:47
9."Hooked on the Love"
  • Myrie
  • Browne
  • Johnson
Donovan Germain3:58
10."Get It On" (featuring Wayne Wonder)Buju Banton3:30
11."Friend for Life"Buju Banton3:51
12."Good Times" (featuring Beres Hammond and Fat Joe)
Donovan Germain4:24
  • Myrie
  • Andre Lyon
  • Marcello Valenzano
Cool & Dre 4:20
14."La Da De Da"
  • Myrie
  • Marsden
Buju Banton3:22
15."Feeling Groovy"
Donovan Germain3:14
16."Pensive Mood"MyrieBuju Banton4:25
17."Spectacular"MyrieJammy "Jamz" James3:49
18."What Am I Gonna Do" (featuring Nadine Sutherland)
19."Mr. Nine"Sheldon Stewart3:36
Total length:1:15:23


Chart (2003)Peak
US Billboard 200 [5] 198
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [6] 44
US Reggae Albums (Billboard) [7] 3
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [8] 14

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