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While it wasn't, strictly speaking, his first album, Wa-Do-Dem is generally considered Eek-A-Mouse's coming-out party. Eek presented a wholly original style. His half-sung, half-spoken vocals can be playful and ghostly in turns, and his ability to turn nonsense syllables into otherworldly incantations is a sign of his genius. Eek’s eccentricities complemented the rock-solid rhythms of The Roots Radics, which recorded these tracks under the supervision of Henry “Junjo” Lawes. The musicians were obviously inspired by Eek’s peculiarity, as “Lonesome Journey” and “One Hot Summer” include wonderfully atypical touches, like harmonica. While Eek’s vocal style immediately set him apart from the crowd, he was equally bold when it came to subject matter. “Ganja Smuggling” is a rueful narrative about a poor boy’s initiation into the drug trade. Likewise, the narrative of “Operation Eradication” grew from another deeply personal experience: the death of Eek’s close friend and fellow reggae toaster Errol Shorter (not to be confused with the still-living Errol Scorcher, another of Eek’s contemporaries).

Biography

Born: 19 November 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ludicrous, bizarre, and uniquely original, few DJs have made such a splash in the dancehall scene than Eek-A-Mouse. An artist who in any other country would have been a one-hit wonder, in Jamaica became a household name having invented a whole new vocal style, sing-jay, flooding the airwaves with his catch phrases and going on to become a respected toaster. Eek-A-Mouse didn't start out as a novelty act....
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