Reggae crooner Jah Cure is celebrating his 43rd birthday today, October 11, but spent it unfortunately in a Dutch detention facility. Last week, he was remanded after appearing in an Amsterdam court to answer charges of attempted murder and assault—which stemmed from a September 29th altercation with a show promoter.
His penultimate release You Can’t See My Soul coincidentally explains his recent tribulations in deep, reflective lyrics, according to Reggae Vibes Music, an American-based roots label.
The song appears on the label’s thirteen-track compilation dubbed the Rock All Riddim. The album includes other Reggae pioneers like Richie Spice, Snatcha Lion and Fiyaneer, who are all from Rock Hall district in the hills of St. Andrew, which inspired the name of the compilation, and also symbolizes that Reggae music is for all people.
In the new song, Jah Cure acknowledges that he was proud of his growth, but laments about his past tribulations. According to Reggae Vibes Music, “it is prompting people to call out similarities with the song and incidents in the singer’s past years, leading up to his most recent accusations.”
He chorales in the hook, “You can see my clothes / but you can’t see my soul / Let he who is without sin / cast the first stone / He who feels it knows / I’m proud of all my growth”
In 1998, Jah Cure was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint. He served 8 years and during the last leg of his sentence, the singer’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of his hit singles Longing For (2005), and Love Is (2005)—which he recently admitted were recorded illegally—and True Reflection (Prison Walls) (2007).
For You Can’t See My Soul, Cure rehashes a similar hook from True Reflection (Prison Walls). The lyrics “just wanna be a better man / not better than anybody else” are synonymous to the very pensive lyrics he bemoaned in Prison Walls: “I swear if I can be a better man”.
In other parts of the song, the Longing For singer alludes to his past with the lyrics, “Grew up in a struggle life / Had to realize / I could save myself / but I couldn’t be someone else.”
Last month, Cure announced that he was adding the final touches to a new album, titled Undeniable, which he believed to be worthy of Grammy consideration.
Since You Can’t See My Soul‘s release on August 29, Jah Cure has put out another track under the VP Records label titled Welcome To Jamaica. Listen below.