(JAMAICA STAR) — Six months after Buju Banton permanently banned ‘ Boom Bye Bye’ from his catalogue, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced the reggae icon’s 1995 album, ‘ Til Shiloh’, as gold, certified.
Among them is Bobby Digital, who produced ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest, the album’s second track.
“With all the animosity back then, yuh understand, there were people who tried to keep the artistes out of the marketplace,” Bobby Digital told THE STAR.
For artistes like Buju Banton, who faced a great amount of backlash for Boom Bye Bye, he added, “All those things come into play. It was like a punishment – trying to make a mark in the earlier days when there was stigma on popular songs (and the genre).”
“He is out of the woods now and putting himself back on the global map, which has also seen changes,” he said.
Bobby Digital, a producer for more than 35 years, has contributed to other gold-certified projects by artistes like Shabba Ranks, Gentleman, Shaggy, and Akon.
He explained that in the ’80s and ’90s, the audience was limited for dancehall and reggae.
He said that ‘ Til Shiloh’s RIAA gold certification was long overdue but that part of the wait was because many of the lyrics and messages were not easily understood by the US market.
“The songs he (Buju Banton) did over the years have grown on the people, suh dem seh, ‘Cho, can’t hold him back nuh longer’. So now dem start listening to the words, dem saying, ‘Yo a dat him did a try fi seh’ and fly di gate, suh a just full time now,” he said.