U.S. Virgin Islands reggae ambassador Pressure, aka Pressure Busspipe, returns Nov. 8 with his second album for renowned St. Croix label I Grade Records, Rebel With a Cause. The 14-track LP, released in conjunction with his own Busspipe Records, pairs Pressure once more with ace reggae production outfit Zion I Kings, sonic architects of his acclaimed 2014 album The Sound.
Featuring appearances from reggae all-stars Sizzla, Protoje, Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Anthony B and Akae Beka, as well as rap icon Redman and Virgin Islands hitmakers R. City, Rebel With A Cause incorporates a broad palette of sounds from dub and sample-driven hip-hop to soul and jazz, taking listeners on a meditative journey through topics from spirituality and romance to personal health. In addition to the core Zion I Kings team of Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Andrew “Moon” Bain and David “Jah David” Goldfine, the album features additional production from Romain “Teflon Zincfence” Arnett (Chronixx), Winta James (Damian Marley, Protoje) and Dean Pond.
Pressure today shares “Streets Keep Calling,” a hard-hitting reggae x hip-hop anthem featuring fellow Rock City (St. Thomas, USVI) natives R. City, produced by Winta James.
Pressure Busspipe – Rebel With a Cause tracklist:
01. King Selassie First
02. Wake Up Stay Up
03. Streets Keep Calling feat. R City
04. War is Ugly feat. Sizzla
05. Burn Down feat. Reemah
06. Rebel With a Cause feat. Redman
07. Jah is Real feat. Protoje
08. Can You Feel Love
10. It Red
11. Peace and Love feat. Anthony B
12. The System feat. Akae Beka
13. Lion is a Lion Remix feat. Kabaka Pyramid
14. Seek Jah First
Born and raised on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pressure came to international prominence in 2007 with the Don Corleon-produced “Love and Affection,” one of that decade’s biggest reggae singles. Across seven albums, he has established himself as one of the genre’s most steadfast voices, moving freely between Rastafari consciousness, tender love songs, hard-hitting lyrical exercises and soca, a genre he conquered this year with “Do It & Done,” winner of the Road March title at this year’s Virgin Islands Carnival. In 2013, his single “Virgin Islands Nice” inspired the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s “VI Nice” marketing campaign, appearing in ads across North America.