Voice of Jamaica

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Voice of Jamaica
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 3, 1993 (1993-08-03)
Genre
Length1:01:40
Label
Producer
Buju Banton chronology
Mr. Mention
(1993)
Voice of Jamaica
(1993)
'Til Shiloh
(1995)
Singles from Voice of Jamaica
  1. "Operation Ardent"
    Released: April 26, 1993
  2. "Deportees"
    Released: July 6, 1993
  3. "Make My Day"
    Released: August 2, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [2]
Robert Christgau Five Pointed Star Solid.svg [3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [4]

Voice of Jamaica is the third studio album by Jamaican dancehall reggae artist Buju Banton. It was released on August 3, 1993 via Mercury Records/PolyGram and was his international debut. Its remastered and expanded edition was released in 2002 with additional tracks.

Contents

Production was handled by Donovan Germain, Steely & Clevie, Dave Kelly, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Busta Rhymes, Mikey Bennett and Sly Dunbar. It features guest appearances from Beres Hammond, Brian and Tony Gold, Busta Rhymes, Terry Ganzie, Tony Rebel and Wayne Wonder. The album peaked at number 159 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Searching" Sly Dunbar 4:14
2."Red Rose"
Donovan Germain 3:55
3."Commitment" (featuring Wayne Wonder)
  • Myrie
  • Charles
  • Kelly
Dave Kelly 3:18
4."Deportees (Things Change)"
  • Myrie
  • Charles
  • Germain
  • Kelly
Donovan Germain3:54
5."No Respect"
  • Myrie
  • Cleveland Browne
  • Wycliffe Johnson
Steely & Clevie 3:59
6."If Loving Was a Crime" (featuring Brian and Tony Gold) Mikey Bennett 4:53
7."Good Body" Bobby "Digital" Dixon 3:52
8."Wicked Act" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Busta Rhymes 3:52
9."Tribal War" (featuring Tony Rebel and Terry Ganzie)
Donovan Germain3:48
10."A Little More Time" (featuring Beres Hammond)
Donovan Germain3:53
11."Him Take Off"
  • Myrie
  • C. Browne
  • Johnson
Steely & Clevie3:38
12."Willy (Don't Be Silly)"
  • Myrie
  • Dunbar
Donovan Germain4:54
13."Gone a Lead"
  • Myrie
  • C. Browne
  • Johnson
Steely & Clevie3:41
14."Make My Day"
  • Myrie
  • Kelly
Dave Kelly5:05
15."Operation Ardent"
  • Myrie
  • Germain
  • Dunbar
  • H. Browne
Donovan Germain3:54
Total length:1:01:40
2002 rerelease tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
16."Vigilante"
  • Myrie
  • Clemente Dodd
4:01
17."Deportees (Things Change)" (Tan So Back Haul Up Mix)
  • Myrie
  • Charles
  • Germain
  • Kelly
4:01
Total length:1:08:52

Charts

Chart (1993–94)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [5] 159
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [6] 29
US Reggae Albums (Billboard) [7] 6
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [8] 5

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