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3 STARR RISES FROM THE GULLYSIDE @one876 @bounce876 @realdjfrass @gully_c @mavado_gully @slicker25 @michieboo101 @RealGullyGadd @MavadoFans Featured

Entertainment News Written by  AKA Saturday, 31 May 2014 06:42 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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Gullyside's rising dancehall artiste 3 Starr is having a breakout year in 2014. He has become a folk hero in the war-torn community of Olympic Gardens where he grew up with his mother. But it has been a long and strange journey for this ultra-talented young man with the unusual voice.

“This has been like my best year in music so far, in terms of the quality of songs, interviews, publicity and just general promotional support through the Gullyside label. Right now, the sky is the limit,” the artiste whose real name is Ricardo Johnson, said.
Music was the path that he was destined to walk ever since he dropped out of Kingston College in third form, but 3 Starr wasn’t always fully convinced.
“From mi leave school, mi always a do music but mi never see it as a career, ah the people dem push me towards music. Mi always a walk and a sing, and people ah ask me if ah my song that, and ah dem push me fi do music. Ah street knowledge grow me, we teach we self same way because inna this world, yu caan be no eediat,” he said.
He said that growing up in Olympic Gardens gave him access to artistes such as Shabba Ranks, Derrick Irie, Josie Wales and Admiral Bailey who would usually hang out in the community.
“Mi see Shabba ah juggle football inna a yard close to where I grew up, and all these artistes motivate me same way,” he said.

In the year 2000, he performed live for the first time at a party in Constitution Hill in the Papine area. “At that time, mi used to just drink Apple J and smoke mi high grade and people used to call me ‘Ras’ and a little empress invite me fi bless up her party with a song and mi mek a brave walk and deejay a a song on the Badda Badda riddim and the way mi gwaan, ah 12 times mi haffi do it the way the people dem love the song,” he said.

At that show, he spat a wicked four bar lyric about his three star ratchet, and the crowd went crazy.
“After that, the people start ask fi the yute who sing the song bout the 3 Star, and mi just name myself that, and then inna in the intro to Wah Do Dem, mi come mek the name concrete,” he said.
He first started to gain national attention with the song, ‘In This World’ on the My Life riddim made famous by I Octane in 2010. However, he never got the immediate recognition and he continued to work, honing his craft.
3 Starr is on the verge of blowing up with a veritable armada of hit songs such as ‘Wah Do Dem’ for Truckback Records, ‘Bad Man Ova Ya So’ alongside Mavado for DJ Frass Records, ‘Dem No Bad When We Check It’ on the Gwaany Gwaany riddim and ‘Gal Yu Cute Eh’ for DJ Smurf’s ‘Headphone’ riddim.

“Right now, the ting look bright, big up Mavado and mi Chase Cross and Sha quann ” he said.

3 Starr was embroiled in controversy when Iyara attempted to ambush him at the All Star Check Thursdays in May, an incident which triggered a verbal altercation between 3 Starr and the iconic deejay Bounty Killer backstage.

"Mi no have no vindictive feelings towards Killer, mi grow up ah listen to him. him help buss nuff artistes including my general Mavado but ah Gully we represent to the fullest, and mi will send a lyrical bullet to him head. A man is just a man, if yu bring badness to me, we will step up you too," he said.
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