Yung J.R
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Yung J.R

Berkeley, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Berkeley, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Solo World Reggae




"Yung J.R Releases Impressive Single" - The Star

"Yung J.R Enjoying US Tour" - The Star

"Yung J.R Continues Family Legacy" - The Star

"Yung J.R Starts The Movement" - Jamaica Observer

"Yung J.R Sends a "General" Message" - The Star

"Behind The Mic: Yung J.R Starts The Movement" - Pree Jamaica

"Yung J.R Finds His Niche" - The Star

"Album Review: Start The Movement"

It's a family ting! 22-year-old Ababa Jahnoi Reid aka Yung J.R is causing a stir with his debut album entitled Start The Movement. In case his name rings a bell: yes, he is the offspring of legendary singer Junior Reid, who himself just recently came up with The Living Legend. And that's not all of the family vibe there is: Adoney Reid, Yung J.R's elder brother, signs responsible for producing the release under the wings of Just Rock Records. Others who contributed their craftsmanship are King Jammys, Andrew Bassie, Kejo, Ever Blaze Productions, Bassick Records and Flash Hit Records.

Ever so slightly, the 11 tracks tickle memories of riddims of the past, most directly felt in I Love King Selassie which is clearly an hommage to Black Uhuru, the band his father became leadsinger of in 1985. And as if to make sure we don't miss a note of the instrumental genius therein, we find a dub version of it as well at the end of the album. But back to the top.

General is an ironic portrait of area dons who think they deserve respect but in fact only spread negativity. "I say no man no better than no man. Equal rights and justice, you know. Organize, centralise, form as one!". This critical tone prevails. In Want No War, the message is clearly brought across in combination with buddy Cali P. Apart from the lyrics remindful of Junior Reid's greatest hit One Blood, the riddim itself is a revelation. Bassline, horns and exactly the right amount of skank - roots rock reggae! Revolution featuring Dre Island is a completely different affair. Roots gave way to a quite minmalistic beat here, which however leaves the more room for the singers' voices to fill the track with words of truth and an appeal to fight injustice!

Reminiscing Those Days, the next tune is a tribute to Jamaicans in general and Reggae & Dancehall artists in particular. Keida does a great job joyriding on the foundations laid out by Yung J.R, hailing "trend setters" Tenor Saw, Super Cat and Buju Banton in the process.

And then: Raggamuffin time! Out on video since 2013, you might have stumbled across this tune before, and if you did, it has propably nestled comfortably in your head (at least it did in mine). No fading away here! That he has soft notes at his command as well is proven in No Tomorrow, a tender love song for a girl who is not with him any more.

While One Way is an uplifting track well delivered vocally, Red Dress and So Blessed feel more like fillers. Even though the latter has conscious lyrics, the two of them just don't have the same splendour as the preceding tracks. Good thing we know by now that the artist can perform much better!

Indeed, with this debut, Yung J.R proves his ability to proudly carry on the torch of Reggae music. His clear voice can climb impressive heights, both in pitch and expressiveness. With uhuruian beauty, he manages to bring back trademark-sounds without just copying - especially his toasting has a unique style that we can look forward to see blossoming to its full potential over the next years. Family Reid on the rise! -


Still working on that hot first release.



Born in Kingston, Jamaica on December 7, 1992 Ababa Jahnoi Reid was destined for greatness. With his father being Reggae legend, Junior Reid, music was entrenched in his DNA. From as early as three years old, Yung J.R recalls his first instrument given to him by his father as being a toy drum set. 
Many of his childhood days were spent in the studio owned to his father and that's where he fell in love with the creation of music. 
At age seven, he began recording music at a nearby studio in Kingston 6 Mona Heights. Three years later, he, his grandmother and younger sister temporarily migrated to Africa where he was enrolled at Tot for Teens for one year. Whilst in Africa, Yung J.R was a member of a drumming crew which originated at The Edna Manley School of Arts in Jamaica. Upon his return to Jamaica and completing high school, Yung J.R migrated to America where he actively began pursuing a musical career with his stage name being Yung Jr. His traveling to different continents and countries; coupled with musical influences such as Junior Reid, Hugh Mundel, Garnet Silk and Poor Righteous Teachers allowed him to develop an appreciation for diverse genres of music. 
It was not until he released "Voices", a remix to his father's 1996 "Listen to the Voices", that Yung J.R became cemented in the hearts of his peers as a recording artiste. Since then, he has collaborated with his father as well as underground rapper, Chris Matic to release singles such as My City (2011), and High High (2012).
During his tenure as a recording artiste Yung Jr has appeared on numerous stage shows as the opening talent for his father's performances. 
Presently signed to the MGP label, Yung Jr can be found working on his soon to be released E.P "Start the Movement" with producer and brother Adoney Reid. The E.P hosts songs such as Raggamuffin and General and will feature talents such as his older brother Juju Reid.

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