Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed
THE PROCESS and GHETTO PRIEST, RELEASE "THE LION OF JUDAH HATH PREVAILED" A New seven track EP from Detroit's premier Reggae Rock band and London's Sublime and Enigmatic Vocalist GHETTO PRIEST. It was three years ago, on a January morning, when the seeds of "The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed" were sown. In London, Ghetto Priest, always one to embrace and explore new collaborative possibilities, approached THE PROCESS vocalist and writer David Asher, with an idea to work together. Considering the exciting proposition, Asher sent Ghetto Priest a video link to 'The Footsteps of The Emperor," a British film about Ethiopian Emperor Halie Selassie, "The Lion of Judah," who, in the 1930s, was exiled to England, where he escaped the forces of fascist Italy who had occupied his country. Inspired by Selassie's story, Ghetto Priest emailed his "Lion of Judah" vision to Asher. Ghetto Priest saw 'The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed' as a musical tribute to The Ethiopian Emperor's courage and unwavering faith that God's spirit would always prevail over the forces of evil. Less than two weeks later, Asher received a first "THE LION OF JUDAH" mix from Ghetto Priest, who was inviting Asher to add his own verses to the composition. With the help of PROCESS bandmates, Garrick Owen, Bill Hefflefinger, Gabe Gonzalez and Seth Payton, Asher and the band made a series of demo tracks with Asher singing all the vocal parts. Now, with a number of assembled tracks in hand, the group recruited Billboard Charting Producer Gee Pierce to cut a first full version of "THE LION OF JUDAH," which was immediately sent back to London for Ghetto Priest's review. Joining Ghetto Priest in the ON-U SOUND studio, were guitarist/vocalist SKIP 'LITTLE AXE' MCDONALD (formerly of the Original Sugar Hill Records house band) and MIKKI SOUND, who arranged and sang backing vocals. Pleased with the song's continued evolution, McDonald asked to do the next re-mix himself, re-cutting all the instruments, and adding his inventive interpretation to the song. Reconvening in Flint Michigan, with Platinum Producer Bernard Terry, and the London sessions vocals, THE PROCESS then mixed it's version of the track. At the same time celebrated British electronic music producer DAVID HARROW, now based in Los Angeles, remixed a wicked "Dub-step" version of "Lion" for inclusion on the release. The final pieces of "THE LION OF JUDAH" puzzle came together when Dub producer ADRIAN SHERWOOD brought in bassist GEORGE OBAN, and Junglest CONGO NATTY (A.K.A. REBEL MC) and mixed three alternative "THE LION OF JUDAH" tracks. Using elements of both THE PROCESS, LITTLE AXE, and CONGO NATTY, SHERWOOD brought another creative perspective to "THE LION OF JUDAH" party, resulting in a Vocal Mix, a Congo Natty "Toast," and a Trippy-Dub version of the tune. The EP (extended play) also contains a bonus track, 'Ghetto Life' from Ghetto Priest's forthcoming 'Sacred Ground', his full-length album produced by Adrian Sherwood for On-U SOUND. So now, let us present: The Process meets Ghetto Priest, Featuring Skip "Little Axe" McDonald, Adrian Sherwood, David Harrow, and Congo Natty ... A statement to all who hear, friend or foe, that Emperor Haile Selassie I Hath Prevailed. -Dave Hogarty.