3 Starr earns his stripes
DEEJAY 3 Starr remembers seeing dancehall giants like Josie Wales, Admiral Bailey and Shabba Ranks pass through his hometown of Olympic Gardens when he was a boy.
With some well-received songs on the market, he too is becoming a folk hero in his troubled community.
His current songs include Wah Do Dem for Truckback Records, Bad Man Ova Ya So (with Mavado) for DJ Frass Records, Dem No Bad When We Check It and Gal Yu Cute Eh on DJ Smurf's Headphone beat.
"This has been like my best year in music so far, in terms of the quality of songs, publicity and
just general promotional support through the Gullyside label. Right now, the sky is the limit," said 28-year-old 3 Starr,
whose real name is Ricardo Johnson.
A past student of Kingston College, 3 Starr has been in music since 2000 when he began performing on shows in Kingston and St Andrew.
It was not until 2010 that he came to the attention of dancehall fans with the song In This World on the My Life 'riddim'.
His link with the prolific Truckback Records and collaboration may just provide 3 Starr with the national breakthrough.