HipHop and Dancehall Reggae Artist Double DDee!
Double DDee, whose real name is Debbie Duran, was born and raised in Allman Town, Kingston Jamaica. She migrated to the United States in the early 2000s as a young adult to Martinsburg, West Virginia. Within just a few years, she moved to New York City, one of the biggest cities in the world known for its richness in finance, arts and entertainment.
In New York, Double DDee immediately sought out music opportunities, performing at places like Club Demerara and Soul Café (owned by Malik Yoba) in Manhattan. During one of her performances, Double DDee was approached by a record label scout who used to visit the bars to hear new talents perform. Like many young excited artists, she signed her life away in a very complex contract with language that she thought she understood. Upon further examination of the contract she signed prematurely by her newly appointed attorney, it was determined that she would have no control and possession of her songs. A situation that did not sit well with Double DDee. As a result, she decided to quit music, but it came at a price. Quitting the label did not prove to be a viable option because it did not release her from her contract. The contract she signed prevented her from performing or signing with any other record label for over six years.
Reggae Artist Mackey Solo.
Mackey Solo was born in Kingston, Jamaica W.I on July 14th. He has always enjoyed singing and listening to soft and conscious reggae music. Some of his musical influences includes Jah Cure, Sizzla and the late legendary Bob Marley. He began writing poems and later decided to pursue his passion for singing and song writing. Mackey sang in churches and outside neighborhoods in Jamaica to get an early start. As he continued to gain confidence, he performed at open mic lounges and galleries such as Annie’s Art Gallery, Busboys and Poets, Twelve Lounge and Pure Poetry. Mackey has also showcased his talent at various events and was the January 2012 winner of the Hype Life song competition held in Queens, New York. Winning the Hype Life competition helped launched his first official music video “Creep Up Pon Har”, featured on Hype Life TV and on YouTube. The next music video followed was “Hear Me”. His third official music video “Take My Breath Away” is also doing well. Mackey Solo knows the importance of being consistent. He has three singles on iTunes (Hot Gal Run with Rush Dem, Someday, and Take My Breath Away). His music is also available on Amazon.com.
#Reggae Artist Rush Dem.
Rashad Andre Payne AKA LiL R.A.P. aka Rush Dem was born in Takoma Park MD. He was raised between Northwest Washington DC on Delafield Rd and Prince George’s county in Hyattsville MD. Rush blends personal life accounts with lyrically witty lines and smooth reggae charged melodies. Some of his musical influences include his cousin Edley Shine of Born Jamericans, Bob Marley, Sizzla, Scarface, Nas and Jay-Z.
Xyclone, (born Roje Roman Robinson, November 2, 1987) is a Jamaican Reggae / Dancehall recording artist from Waterford, St. Catherine. Though doing music for over a decade, Xyclone got his big break when he was introduced to the world by his mentor Spragga Benz at a show in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States. From there Xyclone proceeded to tour the USA as a member of Spragga Benz’s label Red Square Productions; doing shows in over 42 of Americas 50 United States.
Xyclone’s first official single was “Back it Up” on the Audacity Riddim in 2011. Xyclone then signed a management deal with Survivor Slim of Tropical Heat Productions. Operating as one entity, Red Square Tropical Heat Production a.k.a. RSQTHP Music Group. Xyclone’s First single on the label was “Top Shottas Anthem”, a track dedicated to Spragga Benz, which features former Portmore Empire artist Deva Bratt. Later that year (2012) Xyclone released "Back Pocket Rag" which was quickly and heavily receive by the dancehall fans all over the world! Back Pocket Rag was later remixed by Grammy winning artist Beenie Man and his protege Cee Gee! Rsqthp also released successful songs from Xyclone such as "Woiii" and “It’s On” feat Kevin Lyttle, Red Rat, Delly Ranx and Deva Bratt which were all distributed by VPAL a subsidiary of VP Records.
In August 2015 Xyclone released his first studio album entitled The Xyclone LP which peaked at 13 on iTunes reggae charts. It featured Spragga Benz, Beenie man, Cee Gee, Gappy Ranks, and Red Rat among others, which was distributed by VPAL music .
In 2016 Xyclone released his highly anticipated album "From the Basement to the Big Leagues" on December 16, 2016. It debuted at number 6 on the iTunes reggae charts and peaked at 5 later that week. A week after it was released, the album debuted number 14 on the Billboard reggae charts and later peaked at number 12. The album featured chart topping songs such as "Tell The Truth" ft. Star Cole and "How Yuh Bad Suh" which have received millions of downloads and views on social media.
Xyclone delivers his 6th #1 Billboard Album (The Sounds of South America) and opens at #46 on the Top 200 Albums in the US on October 15, 2021. He also delivered a #4 Album on the Reggae UK billboard.
Having secured a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance, Xyclone has shown himself a full-rounded person who can achieve great things away from the microphone. With his resume’ boasting several commendable accomplishments, Xyclone looks to continue his run towards superstardom.