SHAGGY AND STING — 44/876

Release date: April 20, 2018

Well, its 4/20 ya’ll. There are definitely tons of pot shops around Seattle with mega-good deals, but, honestly, what better way to celebrate than listening to a reggae collaborative album between Sting and Shaggy?

In honor of being transparent, I want to preface this piece by saying that, unless you count my hundreds of streams of Sean Paul in early high school, I have absolutely no knowledge of reggae. That said, I felt as though I would be doing myself, Sting and Shaggy, and the greater public a disservice by not reviewing this album, so here I am.

I might be more excited by this album than by the seven grams of 9# Hammer I got for $15. Let’s just take a gander at the cover:

Sting looks so incredibly silly on that motorcycle. I’m sure he actually rides, but Shaggy looks so effortlessly cool, and Sting looks like he should be riding a Vespa with a chihuahua riding in the sidecar through the streets of Italy. I knew this album would be great just by looking at the cover.

I just have so many questions: how did they meet? How did this album come to be? Did they purposefully release it on 4/20? Whose idea was this???

Knowing nothing about this genre, I’m not sure I can accurately critique 44/876, but it seems like a solid effort. The album clocks in at 56 minutes, but it doesn’t feel that way. The songs, while nothing too far-reaching by any means, are easy, fun, and free-flowing. The bass lines are unique; the drumming is straight island vibes. The lyrics seems to jive well with the here’s-the-deal-ness of reggae: “nothing wrong with waiting a little bit / you know this is more to me than just hitting it.” (Honestly surprising lyrics from the man who forgot he gave his girlfriend an extra key and the man who equates love with stalking.)

Moral of the story: go get high and listen to this album and pray to the 4/20 gods that they release a yearly collaboration.

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