people then assign those characteristics to who you are and then come to a perception as to who you are,” says Chambers.
In the case of Dixon, whose mother, a Christian woman, was the executive producer of his first 45, and who he says is a source of strength and motivation for him, a name change might be a welcome change.
One is left to wonder what inspired a Rastafarian man, who took the faith seriously, fresh out of high school over 20 years ago, and who says he is all about righteousness, to name himself Rated R.
Dixon simply sees it as him choosing a name that was an abbreviated version of how he wanted to be seen by his fans, Rated R for ‘righteous’.
Dixon declares himself in songs like Jah is the Master, reminding listeners that, “as mighty as you think you are or as inferior as you might be, there is no one greater than Haile Selassie”, and in the song, Style, where he announces, “I’ve got style, I’ve got peace like a river, but not because mi humble you can jump inna mi face”.
Dixon, who is looking forward to taking his passion for music and delivering righteous music to the world, is no stranger to the up side and down side of the industry as he has had his share of experiences with sly producers and promoters delivering empty promises. However, he intends to forge on as he sings in his song Jah Army, saying: “We are soldiers/the more they fight I the stronger I get/on the evilous workers, I have no more time to waste”.
A 20-year music veteran and Manchester native who migrated to the to be with his family and to seek out opportunities for his craft, Dixon says he has a lot to share and plans to do so with a 14-song album set for release this month.