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It’s been 30 years since his death and Bob Marley is not only still popular, but his influence is alive and well in hip-pop music. When you think about it, Marley’s music broke barriers, so it only makes sense that new artists would not only want to rival his career longevity, but add some of his inspiration to their sound.

From the start, Marley was always in his own lane. His dedication to his Rastafarian faith and his home country spoke to the “flower power” era full of free love and free thinking. There’s no real formula behind how a young singer from Jamaica managed to spread his message across the world picking up fans from Switzerland to Africa, to everywhere in between, but all that matters is that he left a lasting impression.

Marley was an innovator not only in his music, but his physical appearance. His long dreadlocks made the perfect blueprint for the likes of Lauryn Hill, who also proudly rocked her locks at the height of her solo fame. His love for a certain green substance paved the way for rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa to be open about their weed obsessions; and his music brought reggae to the mainstream, opening the door for Rihanna and Beyonce to add a little island flavor to their singles.

While there’s no telling where his career would be if he were alive today, since his death in 1981, Marley has received several posthumous honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In an era when music crazes change like the weather, Marley still remains a pertinent figure in music history and it’s all because he marched (and made fans dance) to the beat of his own drum.

Take a listen to some artists who have been influenced by Marley’s reggae stylings after the jump.


The Fugees: “Fu-gee-La”

When the Fugees hit the scene back in 1996, they changed the sound of hip-hop music. Group members Wyclef Jean and Pras’ West Indian backgrounds were loud and clear while a young Miss Lauryn Hill stole the show with her lyrical flow and vocals. She had the whole world singing “ooh la la la.”


Lauryn Hill: “Turn Your Lights Down Low”

Deep into her solo-career Lauryn Hill united with her would be father-in-law remaking his class ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low,’ by mixing her aptitude for rapping and singing in this track which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie “The Best Man.”


Rihanna: “Rude Boy”

Rihanna loves to shake those hips and in this video she means business! The Bajan beauty turned up the heat representing her West Indian culture to the fullest in this colorful, tawdry track.


Beyonce: “Baby Boy”

Mrs. Carter showed that she can get a little “irie” bringing Sean Paul along for the ride in this sexy single.  


Drake: “Find Your Love”

Drizzy may be Canadian, but he couldn’t help but show some love to the island of Jamaica, showcasing the non-vacation spots that you may not necessarily see on a brochure in the video for this track. 


Jazmine Sullivan: “I Need You Bad”

Jazmine Sullivan broke out with the perfect broken hearted single to kick-off her career. The Missy Elliot -produced track is as urgent as it is alluring, but the best part about it is that given the reggae sample, you can even dance to it!


Nas: “The Warrior Song”

In 2002, Nas paid tribute to his mother with this island inspired single, featuring Alicia Keys. The continual drum beat is a non-conventional ode to reggae music and perhaps a predecessor to the Queens emcee’s decision to join forces with Marley’s son, Damian.


Lumidee: “Never Leave (Uh Oh)”

In 2003, Lumidee brought reggae to Spanish Harlem in her lead single that owned the summer.