Call him Uncle Mucks
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.”
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.