The 8 Year Affair
Label: Don Corleon Records
A year without the love Protoje wants to “Come My Way” is like “a room full of weed and don’t give me no light,” the reggae star croons on his second album. That line, reggae-cliche as it is, homes in on the core nugget of Protoje’s appeal: He draws deeply off rasta-lite rhetoric but pulls it off with sexy charm and general adorableness. He litters tracks with pop hooks (“Shot by Love” with Toi could be a Rihanna hit) and quirky beats (“Who Dem a Program”) but tempers them with tunes that actively participate in shaping his genre. In short, he’s a perfect ambassador for modern reggae.