Jacob Miller is without a doubt one of the most iconic Reggae artists of all times. He was the lead singer of "Inner Circle" and stared in the brilliant movie "Rockers" alongside many other musicians including Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and Burning Spear.
He was born on 4 May 1952 in Mandeville, Jamaica and died way too early on 23 March 1980 in a tragic car accident on Hope road in Kingston, Jamaica, just reaching 27 years of age. Until today goes his Christmas Album on heavy rotation during the season in Jamaica and through his work and personality he left a big impression on the genre and influenced countless artists coming after him.
Jacob "Killer" Miller worked in the late 60s and early 70s with Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Augustus Pablo and his songs "False Rasta", "Who Say Jah No Dread" and "Each One Teach One" became classics with King Tubby dubs on their B-sides.
In 1974 he became the permanent vocalist of "Inner Circle" and created unforgetable hits as "Tenement Yard" and "I'm a Rastaman". At his peak only Bob Marley was more popular in Jamaica than Miller, and as a live act nobody equaled their popularity.
Shortly before his death in 1980, after recording his last album "Mixed Up Moods", he was preparing for an American tour with Bob Marley and the Wailers, which died just little more then one year later.
Jacob Miller : I am Natty
I'm a Rastaman - not a dreadlock. Said I'm a living man and I've got Jah to praise.
Jacob Miller : We are Rockers
Live in Paris 1979 :Jacob Miller and Inner Circle.
Jacob Miller : Tenement Yard
Performance with Inner Circle in the legendary Rockers movie
Chronixx : Tenement Yard (feat.: Jacob Miller & Inner Circle )
Dreadlocks can't live in a tenement yard. Too much su-su su-su su-su, too much watchie watch you
Jacob Miller : Tired Fe Lick Weed
Tired fe lick weed in a bush, Tired fe lick pipe in a gully. We want to come out in the open where the breeze can blow it so far away
Jacob Miller : All Night Till Daylight
I nah jester, I a go at a Jenny and her sister, it was all night, till daylight