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May 30, 2014
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3 Starr making steady strides in music

3 Starr

Gullyside's rising dancehall artiste 3 Starr is having a breakout year in 2014.

He has become a folk hero in the war-torn community of Olympic Gardens where he grew up with his mother.It has been a long and strange journey for this ultra-talented young man with an unusual voice.

"This has been like my best year in music, so far, in terms of the quality of songs, interviews, publicity and just general promotional support, through the Gullyside label. Right now, the sky is the limit," said the artiste, whose real name is Ricardo Johnson.

Music was the path he was destined to walk ever since he dropped out of Kingston College in third form, but 3 Starr wasn't always fully convinced.

He said growing up in Olympic Gardens gave him access to artistes such as Shabba Ranks, Derrick Irie, Josie Wales and Admiral Bailey, who would usually hang out in the community. In 2000, he performed live for the first time at a party in Constitution Hill, St Andrew. At that show, he spat a wicked four-bar lyric about his three star ratchet, and the crowd went crazy.

He started to gain national attention with the song, In This World on the 'My Life' rhythm made famous by I Octane in 2010. However, he never got the immediate recognition and continued to work, honing his craft.

3 Starr is on the verge of blowing up with a veritable armada of hit songs such as Wah Do Dem,for Truckback Records; Bad Man Ova Ya So, alongside Mavado, for DJ Frass Records, Dem No Bad When We Check It, on the 'Gwaany Gwaany' rhythm; and Gal Yu Cute Eh, for DJ Smurf's 'Headphone' rhythm.

"Right now, the ting look bright. big up Mavado and mi Chase Cross and Sha quann" he said.

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