It is very unfortunate the way societies all over the world puts an unrealistic demand on men and boys. Once little boys become adolescence they are expected to be both emotionally and physically strong, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. Furthermore, speaking about their problems are more often than not interpreted as complaining; which is an absolute no no for a ‘real man’.
That said, it is very rare to come across a grown man who openly talks about his life’s struggles. And that is why Ras Kronik‘s Rough Outa Street is so refreshing.
For those not in the know: Ras Kronik is a Jamaican born, American based Rastafarian reggae artist who has been active in the industry for the past 20 years. He is one of the few that refuses to water down his message in order to be seen on a wider scale. Earlier this year – in February – he along with his team at Pandemic Records & Entertainment released Rough Outa Street.
On the record, the Clarendonian native who left his parents house at the tender age of 17 to fend for himself, laments on how rough he had it. He talks about how difficult it was to find a home after relocating from the country. All of this brought tears to his eyes. In an attempt to put a positive spin on things, he goes on to encourage youths to seek the guidance of Jah as they journey along the harsh terrains of life. And most importantly, to never give up!
Rough Outa Street was produced by Ricky dread (from Bonafide Reggae Band), Trixx Anthony (former Trumpeter from UB40) and Ras Kronik. It was recorded at Love Bird Music Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada; and it was mixed by Ricky Dread and mastered by Othneil Campbell.