Marley offered his thoughts on the achievement: “I’m thankful that the EP reached these levels over the past year. The vinyl record release is a collector’s item to show that gratitude to the DJs and fans who supported from the start. The one thing you can’t slow down is time, so it is important to acknowledge the milestones along the way.”
The moment was amplified with the additional welcomed news of Skip’s triumphant return to stage shows after a long hiatus due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Following an electric evening in Prospect Park last month, where he lit up the Brooklyn sky with a headlining performance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Skip has now announced a string of October tour dates that include two slots at Austin City Limits on the 1st and 8th, and another visit to Brooklyn on the 21st, where he’ll join H.E.R. onstage for the Lights On Festival (curated by H.E.R.) at the world famous Barclays Center. Of his recent performance, he stated, “It was a pure joy to play music for the people again. Great vibes in Brooklyn, and we’re excited to see the fans at ACL in Austin.”
HIGHER PLACE contains wall-to-wall classics. There’s Skip’s history-making #1 global hit “Slow Down” with H.E.R.; “Make Me Feel” featuring fellow Miami hitmaker Rick Ross and Ari Lennox; and “No Love,” which Skip worked on with soul icon Betty Wright (Skip’s legendary mentor and longtime family friend) to create a gritty reggae vibe that samples Wu-Tang Clan‘s “Tearz,” a track from their seminal first LP, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The Marley family imprint is also on the record’s opening title track, “Higher Place,” a ‘virtual’ duet with the immortal King of Reggae, Bob Marley (1945-1981, Skip’s grandfather); and “That’s Not True,” a collabo featuring Damian‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (Skip’s uncle). HIGHER PLACE is now expanded to album length with the addition of two bonus track remixes: “Slow Down” (Afrobeat Remix) featuring DaVido & Oxlade; and “Make Me Feel” (Dub Mix) featuring Ari Lennox. (Please see complete track listing below.)
In spring 2020, “Slow Down,” with over 70 million global streams, became the quickest and biggest-streaming song in Marley family history, and elevated Skip to over 200 million total global artist streams. It was the first time a Jamaican-born artist reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart. At the same time, Skip became the first Jamaican-born artist inside the Top 15 on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006 with “When You Gonna Give It Up to Me”).