Blair grew up in rural Clarks Town in the northwestern parish of Trelawny. His deeply religious family life (his mother was a Seventh-day Adventist and his grandmother a Revivalist) imbued him with a profound spirituality. During his youth, his favorite singers were reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer, musicians who strongly influenced his own style. Peter Tosh's influence can definitely be heard in Anthony B's vocal delivery and revolutionary stance.
Anthony B adopted Rastafarian beliefs as a teenager, a decision which was not well-received by his family. The stubborn and determined Anthony B refused to give up his new religion and his dreadlocks and moved to the home of his aunt and uncle in the Kingston suburb, Portmore.
While attending high school, Anthony B debuted as a deejay for the local sound system, Shaggy Hi-Power. In 1988, he befriended reggae artists such as Determine, Mega Banton, Ricky General and Terror Fabulous.
At this point in the reggae industry, singing "slack" songs about women was the popular thing to do. Anthony B did not believe in degrading women and chose to pen politically-slanted songs rather than so-called "gyal chunes." He hooked up with Little Devon the Half Pint sound-a-like singer he made his debut single "The Living is Hard" on the Wizard label in 1993. Anthony B tried many different producers but found that none of them fit his style of music. Finally, Anthony B teamed up with Richard "Bello" Bell, creating hits such as Fire Pon Rome, Raid Di Barn, Rumour, and Repentance Time. Anthony B's 1996 debut album Real Revolutionary was highly acclaimed in the reggae community. In late 1997, Anthony B released Universal Struggle which showed that Anthony B had a consistent, high-calibre talent. Anthony B has released a large number of albums since that time including 1999's Seven Seals and 2004's Untouchable which featured collaborations with artists including Wyclef Jean.
Anthony B tours extensively in Europe and North America and is known for his fiery, high-energy performances.
Anthony B is a member of the Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafarian movement. "Bobo Dreads", as they are known, are recognizable by their long robes and turbans. The strong Afrocentric pride and the other Rastafarian beliefs (or "overstandings" as Rastafarians prefer to call them) which Anthony B holds are reflected in his songs.
* Predator & Prey (1996, Alpha Enterprises)
* Real Revolutionary / So Many Things (1996, Greensleeves)
* Universal Struggle (1997, VP Records)
* Seven Seals (1999, VP Records)
* That's Life (2001, VP Records)
* More Love (2001, AO ! Records)
* Live On The Battlefield (2002, Jahmin' Records)
* Reggae Max (2002, Jet Star)
* Street Knowledge (2003, Nocturne)
* Judgment Time (2003, 2B1 Records)
* Smoke Free (2003, Bogalusa Records)
* Voice Of Jamaica vol. 2 (2003, Nocturne)
* Wise Man Chant (2004, Black Scorpio)
* Justice Fight (2004, Nocturne)
* Untouchable (2004, Togetherness Records)
* Power Of Creation (2004, Nocturne)
* Black Star (2005, Greensleeves)
* My Hope (2005, AL.TA.FA.AN. / Minor 7 Flat 5)
How Do You Feel
Anthony B Lyrics
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Emperor Selassie I
Jah Jah is the only way
Nobody wannu plant the corn
Everybody want to raid the barn
Who yuh a guh blame it on
Well yuh wrong
Nobody wannu plant the corn
Everybody want to raid the barn
Haffi sing yuh owna song
Can't compete with careless John
I was looking a start, just a little ease off
Noone would help me push that old had caart
Dem a laugh, never tak mi serious
So many goals and thoughts and potholes
I pass everyday My Lord, I have to pray on my way
Dem never realise with a little cooperation
Wi coulda unify releive the frustration
Instead dem want to ride upon dem bredda back
No tears or cares if him even did stop or drop
I feel please, when a tek a litte ease
From a long hard day of work
A sense of achieving, to know I'm contributing
Doing my part, oooowi dis is my comfort
I know there is a reward for every trying man
Who walk this land with an intention
To do good for hiself and everyman
Just a meditation
Well Ive been up from early this morning
Never drink nuh tea, mi never eat nuh fry dumpling
Never see noone to strengthen me on mi journey
Now mi mek a change di whole a dem waan fi fren mi
Waan fi take it all, nuh mind ef mi stall
Dem nuh business if mi back gainst the wall
Dis yah living sometime mek mi ball
Seems like there aint no love afterall
The lyrics of "How Do You Feel" by Anthony B highlight the struggles of a man who faces different challenges in life as he tries to achieve his dreams. He invokes the name of Emperor Selassie I and Jah Jah as the only way to show his faith in God, and also demonstrates his frustration with people who do not want to work hard and instead seek to take advantage of others. The first verse talks about his struggles in getting help with a task that seems impossible for him to do alone. He speaks about facing obstacles every day but also acknowledging the need for prayers to keep him going. The second verse describes his satisfaction and sense of achievement after completing tasks and contributing to society. He recognizes the importance of hard work and the rewards that come with it. The final verse highlights the difficulties and disappointments that he experiences while trying to make a living. He feels as though people do not care about him, and many only seek to exploit him without offering any assistance.
The song "How Do You Feel" was released in 1996 as part of Anthony B's second studio album titled "Real Revolutionary." This album helped him gain popularity and was a commercial success. The song was produced by Richard Bell, who was famous for producing reggae hits for artists like Burning Spear and Bob Marley. Bell created a unique sound by blending Rastafarian drumbeats and electronic music, which was unusual at the time.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the song:
Note: This section uses generative AI, which can be inaccurate.
1. The song was an immediate hit and became a popular track on many reggae radio stations worldwide.
2. The song's message resonated well with young people in Jamaica who were seeking a different view of life.
3. The music video for the song was directed by Ras Kassa and featured Anthony B performing in various locations, including a farm and a studio.
4. The song's lyrics were a reflection of Anthony B's own personal experiences, growing up in Trelawny, Jamaica.
5. The song has been covered by various artists, including Luciano, Midnite, and Slightly Stoopid.
6. In 1996, Anthony B performed the song "How Do You Feel" at the Reggae Sunsplash festival, which was one of the biggest music events in Jamaica.
7. The song has been featured in various movies, television shows, and commercials, including the film "Dancehall Queen" and the TV series "Weeds."
8. In 2018, Anthony B released a new version of the song titled "How Them Come," which had updated lyrics and a modern reggae sound.
9. Anthony B was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019, which recognized his contribution to the reggae music industry.
10. The song's lyrics have inspired many young people around the world to seek positive change and pursue their dreams.
The chords for "How Do You Feel" are C Major, G Major, and D Major.
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Contributed by Addison S. Suggest a correction in the comments below.