YRush balancing musical duties
After releasing the 2017 single, 'Tell Me Weh Fi Meet You', that features incarcerated dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, local disc jockey and producer YRush decided to take a step further to his career as a recording artiste.
"I decided on dropping a body of work instead of singles one by one. The EP was almost done but my focus changed right around the time it was to be released," YRush told THE WEEKEND STAR.
He had developed a strategy to release at least one track each year to remain on the scene but with his production responsibilities, he began managing an upcoming artiste, Jakal.
YRush knew it was important as a manager to start promotion of his artiste.
"It wasn't a planned thing to do things in that order, but everything just happened so fast," he said.
The first single to be released for 2018 is titled Ruff It Up, featuring hardcore singjay Macka Diamond. It was recorded on the Rough Rider rhythm produced by Jermaine 'Tu Finga' Parchment of DeadLine Recordz.
"Tu Finga and I did some work together co-producing the Mavado remix called Slap It Up. After it was done, I penned some lyrics to the track, voiced it and he loved it. We discussed who would fit the hook and he suggested Macka Diamond," said YRush.
YRush actually writes his own songs, builds the beats, and mixes and records in a studio he owns. Like his stage name, he does not plan to rush the recording artiste career.
The next single he is working on is scheduled for release in April - a collaboration with him and Jakal.
"The artiste thing is serious," he said. "But I also want to be a Swizz Beatz, a Puffy, a producer/artiste that works with my own team and collaborating with my artistes as opposed to just voicing on other peoples' beats."
Nonetheless, YRush has no plans to retire his profession as a disc jockey.
"Being a disc jock on a popular radio station has its advantage because I always know what people want to hear by profession; knowing all the hits of all genres keep me current," said YRush.