Junior Reid, Yung JR and One Blood Band
Culture Yard Productions doing it again with JUNIOR REID in Seattle!! Live with the One Blood Band and featuring his talented son, YUNG JR at the Red Lounge.
Reggae Dancehall Artiste Junior Reid - born Delroy Reid on June 6, 1963 - is a singing reggae legend with an illustrious history. He grew in the gritty Waterhouse community of Kingston, Jamaica. There, during the politically turbulent late 1970s, he recorded his first-ever single Speak the Truth at the age of 13 for his friend and mentor, the late Hugh Mundell. The track, released in Jamaica on Augustus Pablos Rockers International label, made popular as an import single in the United Kingdom, was followed by Know Myself in 1981 on UK label Greensleeves Records. Reid later went on to form his own band, the Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with Mini-Bus Driver the group scored local success with an album of the same name.
By the early 80s, Reid was commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minotts Youth Promotion label, enjoying considerable popularity with tracks such as Human Nature (produced by Junior Reid), A1 Lover (produced by Sugar Minnott), and the evergreen Foreign Mind, an uplifting anthem of pride for ghetto youths whom Reid increasingly championed. Junior Reid transferred his talents to King Jammys studio where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. Boom Shacka Lacka was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album, after a number of fine singles which included: Youthman, Bank Clerk, Sufferation, Give Thanks and Praises and Higgler Move. Reid then launched his label Jr Productions with his first single Settle Down by Barrington Levy.
His opportunity to reach a wider international audience came with the offer to be the lead singer in Black Uhuru. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Reid took the group to another level. Three of the singles he did with Black Uhuru Pain, Nah Get Rich and Switch, and Let us Pray were released on Junior Reids label JR Productions. The collaboration (which collaboration???) on his first Black Uhuru album, the Grammy-nominated Brutal, in 1986, was well received. With Black Uhuru, Reid toured Europe, the UK, the USA, Canada and Bermuda. In 1988, as a solo artiste Reid had a number 21 hit in the UK with the collaboration with Coldcut, Stop This Crazy Thing. He had an even bigger hit in 1990, with Im Free, recorded with The Soup and Bermuda. In 1988, as a solo artiste Reid had a number 21 hit in the UK with the collaboration with Coldcut, Stop This Crazy Thing. He had an even bigger hit in 1990, with Im Free, recorded with The Soup Dragons, and reaching number 5. Two years,no US visa and three albums later, Reids interest to produce material for himself, and desire to regain his domestic popularity drove him into the solo arena and to launch the One Blood Recording Studio while focusing on his label JR Productions. Reid has produced for Dancehall artist Ninjaman on many occasions since the early 1990s. Reid produced two songs on Snows second album, Murder Love, released in 1995. He has also produced for Mighty Diamond, Big Youth, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs.
1989s One Blood saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. One Blood immediately became an anthem for family and unity in America and around the world. Reids vocals have since been used widely in hip hop with more collaborations with international acts than any other reggae/dancehall artiste. Such collaborations include One Blood Under W and Jah World from The W album by the Wu-Tang Clan, which was released in November 2000. His next collaboration with Guru on the song Mashing Up the World on the album Jaz Mattaz. In 2006, he collaborated with West Coast hip hop artist Game on the song Its Okay (One Blood) which samples Reids 1989 single One Blood. The song hit the top of the billboard chart and was also included in included in the video game Def Jam: Icon for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The song was then remixed again and the official remix was released in November 2006 featuring 25 hip-hop artists including The Game.
Reid appeared on the Blackout remix of Mims This Is Why Im Hot from his debut album M.I.M.S. (Music Is My Savior). This was one of the more popular remixes in 2007. He did a song with Jim Jones, Max B and Mel Matrix called What A Gwan, featuring a sample from Barrington Levys Black Roses. Reid is on Fabolous album From Nothin to Somethin on the track Gangsta Dont Play and he has collaborated with Fat Joe on the track More Money. He appeared on the remix of Smittys song Died In Your Arms also featuring Rick Ross and T-Pain. In late 2007 he performed in the Freedom Concert in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and also went on to record the remix version of Free with De Indispensables, a Nigerian hip hop duo. Reid was also featured on the track Fire from San Francisco-based DJ and deep house producer Miguel Migs 2007 album Those Things.
In 2007, Reid performed alongside Alicia Keys at the American Music Awards. Reid is featured on a remix version of Alicia Keys single No One. He also did a song with Lil Wayne called Ghetto Youths Rock. In 2008, Reid was featured on Bun Bs song If It Was Up II Me off his album II Trill. In 2009 Reid sparred with fellow reggae artiste Jah Cure on Hot Long Time and later in 2011 recorded the track Respect with French reggae artiste Alborosie. Also in 2011, Junior Reid teamed up with Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Bun B, Game, Twista, Jadakiss, Waka Flocka Flame, Fat Joe, Ace Hood & Birdman in the remix of Dj Khaleds Welcome To My Hood. Welcome To My Hood (featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & Plies) is the lead single off Dj Khaleds 5th studio album We The Best Forever.
Other Junior Reid collaborations include: Lil Waynes Rappa Pom Pom (2006) and Still Standing (2008), Inner Circles Blood A Run (2007), DMXs Bad Boy (2008), Cool & Dres Dont Play Me Dirty (2008) Cassidys Im So Crazy, Busta Rhymes & Bounty Killers Change Like The Weather, Sean Ps Good Look,, Nino Brown Who Waan Test (2012) and more.
In May 2013 Reid performed as a headliner at the Reggae On the Hills festival in Barbados. The festival had over 60,000 people in attendance, the largest crowd in their history. Reid also released a mixtape in 2013 called Kingston Firehouse as a lead up to his album Junior Reid The Living Legend which was released in 2015. In June 2016 Junior Reid performed in the UK for the first time in 10 years shortly after Reids brother Thrilly died of natural cause months earlier in April 2016. Another of Reids brothers, Grammy was murdered in Waterhouse many years earlier in 1999. A number of Reids sons have followed his musical footsteps namely Andrew and Wada Blood, Yung JR, Juju Reid and Adoney Reid.
Yirim Seck - Seattle's own wordsmith MC known for his searing lyricism and impassioned performance, opens with his own set.
DOORS OPEN 9 PM
Warm up with DJ Gaxi and Selecta Matsui
Yirrim Seck 10 PM
Red Lounge (View)
1212 E Jefferson st,
Seattle, WA 98122
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