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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.

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