Bring­ing the Stars to Earth — Part 3


Lil Rick
Photo com­pli­ments Caribbean Music Summit

Before I ask any­thing else I have to know. How did you come up with Hypa Dawg?

[Laughs] Im not sure to be hon­est. I would say it was my way of guar­an­tee­ing the audi­ence non-​stop hype from the moment I step on the stage.Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice

Tell us a bit about the early years.

Those were some fun times. I used to love those catchy beats with a dom­i­nant bass and I would just sit and chant some lyrics over them. So peo­ple began call­ing me the Dub Chant­ing King. It was some­thing I became really good at. Then before I knew it I was 16 and open­ing for peo­ple like Bee­nie Man, Buju Ban­ton and Mad Cobra. Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice and Caribbean Music Summit

Was this the cat­a­lyst that kick started your career?

Pretty much yeah. I started col­lab­o­rat­ing with the DJ/​Music Pro­ducer Peter Cop­pin. He sug­gested to me that a career in calypso could bring me as much suc­cess as my Dub per­for­mances and he was right. Our part­ner­ship just pro­duced hit after hit after hit and just like that I was pro­pelled onto the Soca scene.Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice and Caribbean Music Summit

There were some rumors about a hint of a rivalry between you and Edwin Year­wood. Can you shed some light on that?

To be frank there is absolutely noth­ing to shed light on. There was never any rivalry between me and Edwin and I think the song we did together, Friends, totally shot down that rumor. Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice

So we hear Lil Rick is also quite the DJ.

For sure. No mat­ter what I am doing with my own Soca career I love to do DJ gigs at least on the week­ends through­out the year. Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice

Whats life like out­side of the music?

It’s great. I have four won­der­ful chil­dren that I love and I try to be the most devoted father I can be to them. Also, I have used my brand as Hypa Dawg to launch my own cloth­ing line the Hypa Dawg Cloth­ing Line. Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice

Ahh. I see why they gave you the title Chi­huahua Busi­ness Man.

[Laughs] Yup. I believe a career has to con­tin­u­ally evolve. Taken from Trini Jun­gle Juice

We know you also work on har­ness­ing the tal­ent of your chil­dren, the Hypa Kids, as well.

Most def­i­nitely. I help them with writ­ing, record­ing and devel­op­ing their stage per­for­mances. Renee, aka Undadawg made his bow as a DJ in 2009 when we did a col­labro­tra­tion called Break­away. Then in 2010 Rickara and Rinicko said they wanted to get inv­oled in music too after watch­ing their older brother in his ele­ment. So in 2010 they per­formed their first sin­gle We Ready. So its been great not only being a father but work­ing with my kids pro­fes­sion­ally as well.Taken from Caribbean Music Sum­mit and zoominfo

Tell us about the first time you per­formed Jones & Wuk Up.

Well as usual when yourre at a con­cert your nat­ural instinct is to whip out your phone or cam­era and record. But within min­utes of my per­for­mance, mem­bers of the audi­ence had it uploaded on Youtube and Face­book and before I knew it this new dance I cre­ated was all over the inter­net. It was some­thing else how it all hap­pened but also shows the impact that my music was hav­ing on peo­ple. Taken from zoominfo

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