Message In The Muzik
Tony Curtis
John John Records
Digital Release
August 9, 2014

Track list
  1. What's The Hurry
  2. Learn To Love Me
  3. Fancy Face
  4. Jah Is For Real
  5. Ghetto Rock
  6. Tommy
  7. Message In The Muzik
  8. Crabs In A Barrell
  9. Love You Like Music feat. Ancient Warrior
  10. Jealousy
  11. Hater's Anthem
  12. Ganja In My Brain feat. Sizzla
  13. Do It
  14. Sexy Gal
  15. Panty Wet
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Producer John John and his John John Records label continue a torrid pace for 2014 as, after releasing projects for the likes of Sizzla Kalonji, Mykal Rose and Sanchez, he's back again, this time with an album put together for sweet-voiced vocalist, Tony Curtis, "Message In The Muzik".

Born in September of 1971 in St. Catherine, Jamaica, Tony Curtis (real name Curtis Antonio O'Brien) recorded his first song "Tell Me You Will" for producer Clive Kennedy, which was released on the Aquarius label in 1988. However it lasted until 1991 when he really started to attract attention after winning a local contest as Best Singer in Ocho Rios JA. At the same contest Jigsy King was the winning deejay. Producer Courtney Cole of Roof International then suggested they record at his studios, which resulted in the successful single, "Butterfly". While with the Roof crew Curtis also recorded the haunting "Where Is The Love" in combination with Stan Ryck. n 1997, he had a Jamaican number 1 hit, "Missing You", in combination with ARP and Beenie Man. A year later, he enjoyed an international hit with "My Lady In Red", produced by Carl "Banton" Nelson. Since then he scored hits with songs such as "Faith", "18 Yards", "High Grade", "For Your Love", "My God Is Real", "Stronger", "Jah I Thank You", "Do You Want To", "Sailing", "If You Were Here" and "What A Feeling". In 1997 he became part of the star-studded vocal group L.U.S.T, which he formed together with Singing Melody, Thriller U and Lukie D. And again he enjoyed hit success with tunes like "Just As I Am", "Flex Me", "Run Free" and the critically acclaimed "Sweetness of Your Love".

Tony Curtis' 8th studio album does contain a few memorable and familiar tunes to our eyes and ears, including the very recent "Love You Like Music" alongside Ancient Warrior and even the wicked "Ganja In My Brain" done in collaboration with the aforementioned Sizzla Kalonji. As is customary, this set is flavored with Tony Curtis' traditional specialty for the ladies. And thus romantic reggae ballads like "Learn To Love Me", "Fancy Face", "Love You Like Music" and "Do It" will certainly touch the hearts of all the ladies who listen to these songs. But there's not only music for lovers featured on this album. With tracks such as the spiritual "Jah Is For Real", the cautionary "Ghetto Rock", the uplifting "Tommy", the beautiful "Crabs In A Barrel" (a song about uniting in order to elevate yourselves, but instead everyone keeps pulling each other down so that everyone remains equally miserable) and "Haters Anthem", Tony Curtis shows that he's also able to create music that eloquently advocates the heartfelt concerns of people. The album is rounded off in dancehall style with the 2003 released "Sexy Gal" on the Jammy "Jam 2" James produced "Amharic" riddim and "Panty Wet".

Although "Message In The Muzik" isn't amongst the best albums that we've heard this year, it's a decent release, ultimately and one sure to find an audience amongst the singer's consistent fans (and Tony Curtis is definitely one of the people who tend to have infinitely more of a substantial following than he's given credit for).