On July 28th, 2017, the iconic reggae group Third World dropped their new single titled “Eyes Are Up On You.” The single is our first taste of Third World’s upcoming full-length album, which was produced by Damian Marley. That album will also be released on Ghetto Youths International, the label run by Damian, Stephen, and Julian Marley.
Explaining the full circle process of recording the album, Third World bassist Richard Daley says, “I had the honor of working with Bob Marley back in the 70s doing some recording in London, and how reminiscent it is as I sit in the studio working with Damian Marley. It is the same feeling and vibe, as we record and produce songs like “Eyes Are Up On You” and others. It is a great musical moment.”
Sharing his mutual excitement, Damian Marley adds, “I’m proud to be working with my uncles!”
Over 40 years into their musical journey, Third World has amassed a large, dedicated fan base around the globe, stemming from their catalog of timeless reggae hits. The group has 10 Grammy nominations, sold out tours around the world, and directly influenced many of today’s biggest reggae acts. Third World has also worked with and toured with a seriously impressive list of musicians, including Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Santana, and Jackson 5.
According to the band, “Eyes Are Up On You” is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. The chorus harps on this idea, exclaiming, “Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you.” Third World plans on pairing the new song with it’s own lyric music video in the near future.
Artwork for the single was designed by Oakland-based artist Ras Terms. Terms, who was a key figure in Miami’s 80s & 90s graffiti scene, used inspiration from Caribbean-influenced street art to come up with the illustration.
Third World are currently touring the US, and will be including the new single in their live performances. Check out the dates below to catch Third World on tour. Also be sure to check back with The Pier for more info regarding the upcoming full-length album.
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