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Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels
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At A Glance
Junior Reid had a tough upbringing in West Kingston's Waterhouse district, notorious for being one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. It was there in the politically turbulent mid-'70's that he recorded his first-ever single "Know Myself" at the age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell, released in the U.K. by Greensleeves. He then went on to form his own band, the Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with "Mini-Bus Driver" the group scored local success with an album of the same name. By the early 80's, commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minott's Youth Promotion Label, enjoying considerable popularity with tracks such as "Human Nature", "A1 Lover", and the evergreen "See How Me Black See How Me Shine", an uplifting and proud statement which became an anthem to the ghetto youth whom Junior increasingly championed. Junior moved on transferring his talents to King Jammy's studio on St. Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. "Boom Shacka Lacka" was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album. After a number of fine singles - which included "Youthman", "Bank Clerk", "Sufferation", "Give Thanks and Praises" and "Higgler Move" - his chance of a wider audience came with the offer of replacing Michael Rose in Black Uhuru. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Junior slipped into Rose's shoes with ease and the collaboration on his first Uhuru-period album "Brutal" was well received by all. Two years and two albums later Junior's interest to produce material for himself drove him back into the solo arena and back to King Jammy's Studio where he recorded and released this title in the early '90s. Reid was involved in the 1983 shooting death of Mundell in the car they were travelling in together. Production work As a producer, Reid has his own production company; JR Productions. He produced much of Snow's second album, Murder Love, released in 1995. Reid has collaborated and produced for Dancehall artist Ninjaman, on many occasions since the early 90's. He has also produced for Reggae legends such as Dennis Brown and Gregory Issacs. Recent work His vocals have been used in the hip hop scene, which first debut as a sample in the "One Blood Under W" track from the The W album by the Wu-Tang Clan, which was released in November 21, 2000. He has recently collaborated with West Coast hip hop rapper The Game on the song "It's Okay (One Blood)". The song samples Junior Reid's 1990's single "One Blood". Recently Reid appeared on MIMS' "This Is Why I'm Hot Remix" from his debut album M.I.M.S. (Music Is My Savior). This is one of the more popular remixes made in the year 2007, mixing West Indian culture with the culture of New York City. He recently did a song with Jim Jones, Max B & Mel Matrix called "What A Gwan". Reid is also on Fabolous's new album From Nothin' to Somethin' on the track "Gangstas Don't Play" and he has colaborted with Fat Joe on the track "More Money". He recently appeared on the remix of Smitty's song "Died In Your Arms" also featuring Rick Ross and T-Pain.
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