Razz debuts with the Razz Attack Riddim
Catch Di Riddim
POPULAR sound system selector Sean 'Razz' Cousley (half of the duo Razz and Biggy) makes his production debut with the Razz Attack 'riddim'.
The first project from his Razz Attack Muzik label, it features 10 tracks from established and upcoming acts.
"Having been a selector for such a long time, equipped me with spectacular experience. It also afforded me the ability to tell the difference of music that will be successful or unsuccessful," Razz told this column.
The Razz Attack beat was built by artiste/producer Craig 'Serani' Marsh. It was then left to Razz to assemble the artistes.
Some of the acts and songs on the Razz Attack are This a Di Best by Dexta Daps, Loyal Yute (Demarco), Print Pon Dem Face (Dean Loyal), Nuh Tek Bad Up (I Octane) and Write the Book by Lady Saw.
The 34-year-old Razz is a past student of Kingston College. He studied Land Surveying at the University of Technology.
Along with two high school friends -- Richard 'Biggy' McGrath and Kaniel 'K9' Brown -- he started the UPTEMPO sound system in 1996 and later became members of the Guardian Disco.
Cousley and McGrath are best known as Razz and Biggy, a partnership that has been intact for over 10 years.
Look out for Mr Wright
Deejay Mr Wright is promoting his latest song, Friends Dem Mi Worry Bout, produced by John 'Jon FX' Crawford.
It is a change in policy for Mr Wright, whose previous songs are self-produced.
The best known of those projects was the Spain Town 'riddim' which he released in 2006. It had songs by an all-star cast including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sizzla and Vybz Kartel.
"Some of the songs created a buzz but I soon realised that producing dancehall music was no longer lucrative, since the transition from vinyl to CDs. People no longer had to buy music on a large scale, as it was now easily reproduced an' shared via the Internet," Mr Wright explained. "The sales were dismal and we were forced to reassess the producing aspect of the business. That was when I decided to focus on my own craft."
The Kingston-born, St Elizabeth-reared artiste has lived in South Florida since his teens. It is where he first got involved in music.
In 2008 he released the single, Man a Dog, which was followed by Happy Birthday. Like producing, recording has been tough.
"Living abroad and doing dancehall music I faced a lot of challenges because all the action is centrally located in Kingston. I had a family to support and could not just up and return to Jamaica in pursuit of a career," he said. "My family was more important so I decided to stay in Florida and did what I could to stay relevant in dancehall."