Great Expectation is the first North American release from the legendary Jamaican band the Jolly Boys in 20 years. Mento is the original sound of Jamaica and a forerunner to reggae and ska, the two genres of music Jamaica is most known for.
Great Expectation is produced by Baker, founder of Gee Street Records, the seminal UK hip hop label that first brought the likes of the Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, PM Dawn and RZA to the attention of the British public. Instead of relying on mento classics of times gone by, the sessions called upon classic and contemporary rock/pop music, interpreting songs that resonate with mento's raucous history. The tracks draw from a full spectrum of artists like The Clash, Johnny Cash and Amy Winehouse.