Hail the King is a promising debut from a Jamaican artist who helped bring roots music back to the dancehall. Much in the spirit of the Maroons-the formerly enslaved Africans, who in the 1700s successfully defeated the British colonialists near his St. Elizabeth hometown-Fantan speaks with revolutionary zeal about oppression on tracks like “Corruption” and “Murderer.” On his first single, “Hungry,” which topped the Jamaican charts, Fantan voices the sufferers‘ plight over the Invasion riddim, a clever reworking of The Tennors‘ 1967 Studio One classic “Pressure and Slide.” Fans of Capleton and Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd will definitely appreciate Fantan‘s melodic sound and righteous fury.