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February 4, 2014
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Emotionally charged 'Lighters up' a hit

Ricky Teetz - File

Montego Bay-based dancehall artiste Rickey Teetz has made a big impact on the street dance scene and on FM radio with his latest release, Lighters Up.

The song has racked up more than 10,000 hits on YouTube and is getting regular rotation at street dances such as 'All Star Thursdays' and 'Uptown Mondays.'

Teetz is particularly pleased with Lighters Up, a soul-stirring song that anyone who has been bereaved would appreciate. The song is semi-autobiographical as Teetz has experienced crippling emotional loss in his personal life. He lost his mother years ago and stepped in to raise his younger siblings and financed their education.

Tragedy struck again in 2006 when he lost one of his brothers, a stunning loss that hurt him deeply, especially since it came quickly on the heels of the death of his parents.

"The song is for anyone who has lost a loved one. I have my own experiences, having lost my brother plus my father and mother, so this song has a lot of meaning for me. Things have been rough, but music got me through everything. Music healed me and it keeps me going today," he said.

The song has been in steady rotation on IRIE FM, HITZ FM, LINKS, and BESS FM. Teetz plans to shoot a video for the project this month,

"I swear that this song is getting the biggest reaction in the dances and in any social gathering in Kingston and Montego Bay. I get a lot of tweets and Facebook messages about the song, and the requests for dubs have been coming in from Costa Rica, Europe, and Mexico. Lighters Up looks like it strikes a chord with the people," he said.

Teetz is known for his brilliant wordplay, offbeat metaphors, and undeniable swag, which have made him a popular figure out west. His songs are semi-autobiographical, telling interesting anecdotes about his background and the hardships he had to endure to become the man he is today.

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