Ten years later, Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie) has moved on, candy be damned. Within the dance-hall community, Banton is still a powerful figure. He also appears to have grown spiritually, artistically and personally.
Friends for Life, his new 18-track collection, is literally all over the reggae-music map, containing a mixture of dance-hall anthems, old-school R&B, ska and ballads. "Every new work to me is a step above my previous one," he says. "We titled the album Friends for Life because of the great people I've gotten to know over the years in this business and the countless fans. My fans are my friends for life, and I love my friends."