Halfway Tree

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Halfway Tree
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Studio album by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Released September 11, 2001 (U.S)
October 15, 2001 (U.K)
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre Reggae, Reggae fusion, Dancehall
Label Motown
Producer Stephen Marley
Damian Marley
Swizz Beatz
Gorilla Tek
Kid Nyce
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley chronology
Mr. Marley
Halfway Tree
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
PopMatters Favourable [2]

Halfway Tree is the second album by Jamaican reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. The name "Halfway Tree" comes from his mother, Cindy Breakspeare, being from the rich part of town, and his father, Bob Marley, coming from the poor part of town, thus him being "a tree halfway in between the 'rich' world and 'poor' world." [3] Additionally, Halfway Tree is a well-known landmark that marks the cultural center of Half-Way-Tree, the clock tower that stands where the historical eponymous cotton tree once stood is featured prominently behind Marley on the cover of the album. The album was released on September 11, 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. It was co-produced by Damian Marley and his brother Stephen Marley. There is a hidden track on the end of "Stand a Chance" at – 5:08. It is called "And You Be Loved".


Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums, and sold 2,000 copies, during its first week of release in the United States.[4] As of September 21, 2005, Halfway Tree has sold 91,000 recognized copies in the United States.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Educated Fools" (featuring Bounty Killer and Treach from Naughty by Nature and spoken introduction from Bunny Wailer) and Kidnyce (Musician)
  2. "More Justice"
  3. "It Was Written" (featuring Stephen Marley, Capleton and Drag-On)
  4. "Catch a Fire" (featuring Stephen Marley)
  5. "Still Searchin'" (featuring Stephen Marley and Yami Bolo)
  6. "She Needs My Love" (featuring Yami Bolo and Sabor)
  7. "Mi Blenda"
  8. "Where Is the Love" (featuring Eve)
  9. "Harder" (Interlude)
  10. "Born to be Wild"
  11. "Give Dem Some Way" (featuring Daddigan)
  12. "Half Way Tree" (Interlude)
  13. "Paradise Child" (featuring Mr. Cheeks and Jimmy Cozier)
  14. "Stuck in Between"
  15. "Half Way Tree"
  16. "Stand a Chance" (featuring Yami Bolo and Treach)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Reggae Albums (Billboard)[6] 2

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Halfway Tree at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  2. ^ Jason MacNeil 23 May 2002. "Damian Marley: Halfway Tree < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Damian Jr. Gong Marley the Afiwi Interview". Afiwi.com. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  4. ^ Whitmire, Margo (2005-09-21). "Wall Emerges As Billboard 200 'Champ'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  5. ^ Whitmire, Margo (2005-09-21). "Wall Emerges As Billboard 200 'Champ'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Reggae Music: Top Reggae Albums & Songs | Billboard". Billboard. October 20, 2001. Retrieved February 22, 2017.