Red Rat

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Wallace Wilson (born January 17, 1978), better known by the stage name Red Rat, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae recording and performing artist.[1] He was born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.[1] He is known for his up-beat music, comical style, and signature catch phrase "Oh, No!".

Wilson's father was the guitarist for Byron Lee & the Dragonaires and two of his older brothers were professional musicians before him.[1]

Red Rat's debut album, Oh, No.. It's Red Rat (1997) featured songs such as "Shelly Ann", "Dwayne", "Tight-up Skirt", "Cruise" (featured in the movie The Big Hit), and "Big Man, Little Yute". It became one of the best selling records from Greensleeves Records.[citation needed]

His second album, I’m a Big Kid Now, followed in 2000,[1] with yet more hits and critical acclaim. His musical diversity and mainstream popularity led to a series of collaborations with artists such as Treach of Naughty by Nature, Kele Le Roc, Renee from Zhane, NEXT, British icons Groove Armada and his cousin, Canadian hip-hop artist, Dan-e-o. Recently, Red Rat has emerged back in the media with his new hit, "Rise up Zimbabwe" which was a joint project with ABRA (African Bread Recording Artists). The song was released in April of 2010 and immediately saw popularity in the music fans of Zimbabwe.

Discography[edit]

  • Oh, No.. It's Red Rat (1997), Greensleeves
  • I'm a Big Kid Now (2000), Greensleeves
  • Monsters of Dancehall (2008), Greensleeves

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kellman, Andy "Red Rat Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-02-15

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