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General Degree

General Degree

General Degree


Born in Manchester (Jamaica) on April 28, Degree often had to hide as a child from his strict christian parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves. It was only a few years later in his early 20's, that Degree was hitting those same airwaves with his brilliant imitation of a grandmother in his first number one hit 'Granny'- his first recording for Main Street producer Danny Browne. 'Granny' reigned in the dances and charts for one year straight, and that humorous Read more on Last.fm
Born in Manchester (Jamaica) on April 28, Degree often had to hide as a child from his strict christian parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves. It was only a few years later in his early 20's, that Degree was hitting those same airwaves with his brilliant imitation of a grandmother in his first number one hit 'Granny'- his first recording for Main Street producer Danny Browne. 'Granny' reigned in the dances and charts for one year straight, and that humorous vine has thrived throughout Degree's career and is a component he naturally possesses. Degree's impressive parade of number one hits continued both at home and abroad, and lends great credence to the fact that he certainly does know what he's talking about. Tunes such as 'Granny, Brinks, Mr Dweet Nice, Bodyguard, Papa Lover, Hold Yuh Tonight, Spark plug and countless others have had fans skanking . General Degree is also renowned for his provocative lyrics that always leave just enough up to the imagination. The little they do leave, is also plenty for them not to be certified XXX-rated.

Girls crying for his 'Pianist' is the perfect example of a Degree double-entendre, that gets his earthy message across whilst leaving the censors with nothing to do. The reason why Degree's suggestiveness works so well is because of the pure invention in his work. It's a trademark that ensures no two Degree tunes sound similar, even if the subject matter might be. Always vocally ambidextrous on a rhythm, his spoken voice lingers at double bass.

Reflecting this, the 1998 smash "Bag a Tings" has become the blueprint for an almost monotone flow that has been utilized by many deejays since. 'Cartoon Character', 'Traffic Blocking', 'Boom Boom' among others, kept the artiste on the charts and satisfied his fans appetite for more of the 'Bush Baby'- which happened to be the title track of the album for which he copped a Reggae Soca Award for best dancehall album. Being often described as a "consistent" DJ, Degree has entered the 21st century with new ideas and a slew of new hits. Tracks like 'My Girls' 'Inna', 'Man Shortage', 'Bounce Somebody' and most recently 'The Specialist' have proven his consistency, and are doing well both locally and on the international market. A new album is in the works for the entertainer in 2003. So once again the wheels are turning for yet another lyrically creative production from Degree and will be an addition to his growing catalogue. Not to be outdone by the young bloods in the business, Degree has and will continue to rank among the best, and has pledged to maintain and continue contributing to the development and success of dancehall music. Read more on Last.fm.

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