11 May 2009
Bob Marley died on this day in 1981, and I thought that it was worth mentioning. Bob died as a result of cancer that spread throughout his body which may or may not have been put there by the white man. While I may try to wax poetic on such an anniversary its a safe bet that I can't do Bob the justice he deserves, but at the same time I think it is important to give the man some props. When it comes to reggae music there are few that are better then Robert Nesta Marley. Even the most seasoned reggae fan can attest that Bob was among the best. The reason that this is not more apparent is because of assholes. Assholes who market the shit out of Bob and his legacy. Assholes who blindly buy shit with Bob's picture and likeness on it while they shop at Hot Topic. Assholes who use Bob's songs to hawk vacations in the Caribbean. Assholes at your high school who wore lots of tye dye, and as a result automatically assumed that they liked Bob Marley. Assholes, assholes, and more assholes. Assholes are dragging Bob's name through the dirt. But despite this injustice, Bob Marley is still totally cool. He made fantastic reggae music for years all while serving as some sort of figurehead for a country that was teetering on the verge of civil war. The reason his music became so popular is because it was reggae but more then that it was reggae done extremely well. There are always going to be purists who argue for the merits of Israel Vibration, but at the end of the day there is still only one Bob. Is it any wonder why there hasn't been another reggae superstar since he died? Besides the fact that Sean Paul totally sucks, the reason still remains that Bob kicked ass and no one else can even hold a candle to him. Just thought that that was worth mentioning...well that and the fact that the Capitals just won and forced a Game 7 to be played Wednesday night in D.C.