I am pretty burnt out on reggae these days. It might as well be the official genre of Hawai’i. My ears are constantly bombarded by it – pouring out of tricked out cars on the streets, jammed on the ‘ukulele after school hours, and played live at every block party that happens. It is a message and sound far removed from the greatness and originality of Mr. Bob Marley.
But in the midst of the drab stands Matisyahu. The Jewish reggae artist uses deep lyrics and an almost rap-like delivery of them, along with simple, but interesting instrumentation to make reggae music worth listening to again.
King Without a Crown is his biggest hit and has one of the smoothest picking rhythm parts ever. It was probably overkill to create this ‘ukulele tab in Guitar Pro 6, but I love the high-quality look and feel it provides – along with the challenge of inputting the correct note durations. One thing I didn’t attempt was to insert Matisyahu’s machine gun barrage of words into the file. You’ll have to sync the two up yourself (a feat in itself).