Call him Un­cle Mucks

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

Most dance­hall lis­ten­ers would be more fa­mil­iar with Ja­van ‘Kid Ku­rup’ Rod­ney as that dee­jay who did ‘Sake A Dat Gal’ that was fea­tured on the ‘Eqyp­tian’ Rhythm in 2003. But the en­ter­tainer is de­ter­mined to make ‘Un­cle Mucks’ his new stage iden­tity.

“It’s just the right time to drop the ‘kid’,” Un­cle Mucks told THE STAR.

“Peo­ple will al­ways be used to call­ing me by that name (Kid Ku­rup), and I still an­swer to it, but it was some­thing that fit when I was grow­ing up and start­ing to learn the busi­ness – a young­ster,” he added.

The name Kid Ku­rup was all part of the im­age the en­ter­tainer said that he was try­ing to use to get to an­other level in dance­hall.

“The use of the word is a generic thing and even more pop­u­lar among per­sons on the rap mu­sic scene. It is used so much it is ac­cept­able, but en­ter­tain­ers should al­ways con­sider the ti­tle they give them­selves,” he said. “At the end of the day, it is up to the per­son wear­ing the name to de­ter­mine the way it is in­ter­preted.”

MIX­TAPE SE­RIES

In con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to pub­li­cise the name change, the en­ter­tainer will be re­leas­ing the first mix­tape of a se­ries of three pro­duc­tions to be com­piled over the next cou­ple of months.

It is ap­pro­pri­ately named From Then Till Now since it fea­tures some of his ear­lier works, in­clud­ing the Rock U remix with Tami Chynn, Sake A Dat Gal and Sean Paul’s Change The Game on which he is fea­tured. The orig­i­nal songs have been remixed and re­mas­tered; flow­ing into a con­stant jug­gling mix, not sin­gle tracks.

The dee­jay de­scribed the mix­tape as “an ex­per­i­ment of ideas”, stat­ing that it is the way to get in with the new wave of artistes and rein­tro­duce him­self.

“It is a whole new vibe, born out of pick­ing at ideas through­out the process of work­ing with pro­duc­ers, some of whom I am work­ing with for the first time,” he said. “Some of the tracks have never been heard by the pub­lic, and while it is true that the that older songs get a lot of ap­pre­ci­a­tion, those rep­re­sent a cer­tain era and play in spe­cific seg­ments.”

Two of his lat­est sin­gles as Un­cle Mucks, Ques­tions, pro­duced by Caspa Pro­duc­tions, and Columbia by a pro­ducer in the Latin Amer­i­can coun­try, are also placed in the mix to cre­ate a buzz be­fore their of­fi­cial re­lease.

Kid Ku­rup

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