Since the legendary Bob Marley, the Marley family has established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the global music front. Now his grandson Skip Marley is continuing the tradition with his latest track with R&B star H.E.R “Slow Down” topping the Billboard Adult R&B and Mediabase Urban Adult Contemporary charts. The hit single marks the first time that a Jamaican-born artist has ever achieved this feat.
“Skip not only continues to build on the success of the Marley legacy but has carved out a unique lane for himself in this business,” says Darcus Beese, President/CEO of Island Records. “As the first Jamaican artist to reach #1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, his Island Records family couldn’t be prouder.”
Watch Skip Marley and H.E.R. “Slow Down
With over 44 million global streams, the song is also the quickest-streaming song in the history of the Marley family. Additionally, Skip is the first Jamaican-born lead musician to be on the Top 15 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in almost 15 years. The last time was in 2006 when Sean Paul Keyshia Cole’s “When You Gonna Give it Up to Me” made the chart.
The “Slow Down” video was shot in Harlem, New York and has now garnered over 12 million views on YouTube. Skip and H.E.R. have also given live performances of the song on several occasions, debuting on TV at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” as well as performing at the February-held 2020 NAACP Image Awards.
Skip’s an accomplishment is very timely, as Island Records celebrates the 75th anniversary of the birth and life of the reggae icon Bob Marley, Skip’s much-loved grandfather.
“I never set my sights on a chart position when we recorded the song, but I give praise and thanks to the almighty that the music can reach these heights and connect to a wider audience,” shares Ship. “Ever proud to represent Jamaica achieving new levels in any endeavour. We appreciate all the DJs, programmers, and stations who supported. It takes an army of Jah soldiers to make this type of noise. Maximum respect to H.E.R. for lifting the track with her heavenly vocals and much love to Wale for blessing the remix.”