“The Theory of Reggaetivity is my musical study of the principles of reggae music. What makes reggae … reggae? What are the birth marks, the unique, distinguishing characteristics of the music? I like the idea of a theory because it's a supposition, therefore it leaves room for improvements and amendments. Like with all learning it does not propose that one knows all there is to know on the subject and leaves room for expansion,” says Assassin.
The album's title, a play on words, makes a nod to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Setting the tone of the album, the title track and "Reggae Origin," examine the birth of reggae beyond its pioneers. Assassin's description is more scientific because he questions the possibilities of reggae playing a role in the Big Bang and the vibration of weather patterns as the building blocks of the genre, which inherently are building blocks of life.
Given reggae's reputation of being by the people and for the people, he carries the tradition of a messenger by reaching people on a human level, incorporating more live instrumentation and harmonizing than he has done on any of his previous material. Assassin portrays the genre as a complex subject that is not just a medium of expression, but also a soundtrack of motivation ("J-O-B”), struggle (“No Slave” feat. Chronixx), achievement ("Stronger"), love (“Crazy” feat. Elesia Iimura) and celebration ("Feel Highrie"). Assassin, who got his name by annihilating any competition with his lyrical wordplay, also stays true to his crafty lyricism - evident on the album’s first single “Mix Up” off of Ranch Entertainment’s Heaven Bless riddim.
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The Theory of Reggaetivity Track Listing
- Theory of Reggaetivity
- What Is Reggae (feat. AC, LC & JC)
- Reggae Origin
- Health and Wealth (Kingston Mix)
- LC Intro (feat. LC)
- Feel Highrie
- Mix Up
- Crazy (feat. Elesia Limura)
- J-O-B (Skit)
- No Slave (feat. Chronixx)
- Day in Day Out
- Country Bus