1st single "These Streets," an airy acoustic guitar track, Tanya
pleads with her thug-love to realize that "these streets don't
love you like I do." Paying respect to the masters, Tanya
borrows some rhythmic ideas on songs like "Dirty Thoughts,"
where listeners will instantly recognize Bob Marley's "Mr.
Brown" riddim, and "To the Limit," which draws on a classic
Burning Spear riddim. The song currently burning up the radio
in Jamaica "Rescue," produced by Irie FM's Big A, is a reworking
of Bunny Wailer's "Ballroom Floor" Riddim. On this, her 4th LP,
Tanya is poised to reach even greater international acclaim and
finally be recognized by the masses as one of the great talents
to emerge from Jamaica. Rebelution features the musings of a
songbird who is vulnerable enough to feel the pain, but tough
enough to live through it.
With a militant swagger, Rebelution is an edgy narrative of a street smart guerilla poet who continues to break the stereotype of what a female Jamaican artist should sound like. Smart and sexy, jagged and cunning, the lyrics flow out of the speakers and attack the unfortunate victims of her sharp tongue. This is not a passive listener's record, nor is it a record for the weak hearted. It screams and bites in the gentlest way possible, with back handed compliments and sometimes less-than-reaffirming opinions. Armed with a fervent voice and classy demeanor Tanya tells her truth the way she sees it, uncompromising and uncensored. The evolution from the love scorned "Gangsta Blues" is apparent, but does not stray from the autobiographical, if anything Rebelution is the next chapter in her story. Already a cult hero in her native Jamaica, this album has Tanya Stephens crying from the hills and streets of Kingston… "Viva La Rebelution!"