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Editors’ Notes

Perhaps as a response to the lovelorn celebration of Skidip, Eek-A-Mouse redoubled the intensity of his political rhetoric with 1983’s The Mouse and the Man. Kingston’s endless cycle of oppression, rebellion, and violence is captured in “Terrorists in the City”: “John Brown him dead and gone/Jah know that him history still a go on/As him dead more John Brown born/Police full him up a corn/And him friend them run and gone.” Eek uses the name John Brown to invoke both the legacy of the American abolitionist/insurrectionist and to refer to nameless black youths who die daily in violence in Jamaica. This intense yet open-ended historical impression is exactly the sort of thing in which Eek specializes. While “Sexy Girl” and “Maybe Lady” are examples of Eek’s flirtatious nature, The Mouse and the Man is best remembered for “Hitler,” a song that relives the darkest facts of the Holocaust with unwavering clarity: “All day all night me say him really provoke/Him use some of them skin and turn to soap/This is history and remember this ain’t no joke/This ain’t no joke.”

Customer Reviews

The Mouse

One of the best he put out at this time he had the dancehall on lockdown

mouse opinion

Uno de los mas grandes artistas Jamaiquino "Respet" que pena que no se le de el puesto que realmente se merece. Al igual de muchos otros como Don Carlos, por nombrar alguno.


Born: November 19, 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. He was born Ripton Hilton in 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica, and his first foray into the music world...
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