The Apostle

Toots Hibbert gave reggae its name. Now he wants to save its soul.

"It just fly out my mouth": Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert
"It just fly out my mouth": Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert

Yet in classic Hibbert fashion, the song held out the possibility of redemption even for the oppressor: The lyric "When it drops, oh, you going to feel it/All that you was doing is wrong" might be a damnation, but the sheer joyfulness of the vocals suggests amazing grace. Hearing it today, any resident of Babylon who thinks he might escape the implications of that "you" should think about what he has done, if anything, to alter the fate of the sufferah. Spend an evening with the question. Words always come out in the morning.

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