The single which was released in February of 2019 is already gaining traction on local FM radio stations.
Tourist Life is produced by Yootie B on his Ati Music label. Distributed by Zojak Worldwide.
Anthony Aikens, more widely known as Yootie B (Born 9th April) is an English-Jamaican Reggae Dancehall recording artist, producer (ATi Music), radio presenter and sound system selector on Capricorn Sound Station.
Yootie was born in Whalley Range, Manchester (England) and is of Jamaican and Cuban parentage. Music seems to form part of Yootie's DNA.
His Father used to own a Sound System in the 70's and his grandfather was the first person to bring amplified music to the district of Wood Hall, Clarendon (Jamaica). The Aikens' surname is one that is highly regarded as well as respected throughout the parish of Clarendon and various parts of Jamaica.
A relative latecomer to the music industry, despite writing songs since the age of 16, Yootie only made his recording debut in 2006 with a song called 'Different' on his self-produced 'Iron Plate Riddim' which was premiered by 2005 'Winner Takes All' champions 'XTAC 4x4' on www.hot92.net.
Yootie went on to achieve further recognition via local radio and social media with songs such as 'Welcome to Birmingham', 'Number One' (Immortal Music), 'Perfectly Wrong' and 'Snidy Cow', a song which was re-recorded twice (2011, 2018).
In 2007, Yootie was a key contributor of the formation of local Birmingham based music group 'Da Federation'. Their first performance was at 'Bobby Noodles Birthday Bash' where they performed with other local artists such as Archa General, Dan Peshie, Poppa Biggie, Italo Skarcha, and also top Jamaican Dancehall superstar Harry Toddler.
This performance led to the group being featured on various talent showcases including the 'Angels Fraternity Showcase' with shows in Gloucester and Bilston (West Midlands).
In 2008, Yootie launched his very own music production company, ATi Music, which later went on to become his Record Label. This was also the catalyst for resuming his solo career as a music professional. After recording songs like 'Don't Drink & Drive' for X-ILL-ENT G Music and 'Bad 2 Di Bone' for Immortal Music, Yootie started putting plans in motion for the creation of what was originally intended to be an EP.
In 2011, he released a 28 track double album called 'Two Sides of The Same Mind' with all tracks produced by himself. This project was his first work to be distributed online and proved to be a success with Yootie selling all physical units of his album. This project is still available on all digital platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.
In 2012, Yootie focussed on his talents as a producer and unleashed the widely acclaimed 'Roll Out Riddim' his song 'Beat Dem Bad was popular amongst dancehall fans worldwide and secured heavy rotation on Radio including BBC 1Xtra and Hot 97 (New York).
The compilation included the likes of Chino, Laden, Singing Sweet, Bramma (all Big Ship at the time), Narro, 3 Star (both Wyldlife), Flexx, Aisha Davis and Kibaki. It also featured local artists such as Yootie's brother 'El Dre' (Snipes Man/SMTA), Poppa Biggie, Archa General, Dan Peshie, Brakka General, Dedayy and Swizzle to name a few.
Although the project had huge potential and despite being signed up for distribution by 21st Hapilos, the distribution company shelved the project citing the compilations lack of Headline artists as its main reason.
Vowing to learn from this mistake, Yootie launched the 'Shankz Riddim' a modern interpretation of the legendary 'Shank I Sheck Riddim' which was officially released in 2014 and had it distributed via Zojak Worldwide who is now his main choice for online distribution.
In addition to artists like Singing Sweet and Kibaki, the compilation also included Hollow Point, Kemmikal, Cee Gee, and Frisco Kid. ATi Music have also made contributions to works featuring Macka Diamond, Beenie Man, Konshens, Sizzla, Singer J and Sean Paul.
In 2014, Yootie B took a break from being an artist and a producer to focus on his involvement as a selector as a member of the widely respected Capricorn Sound Station.
With a UK based team including DJ Kammo and Mr Cross, Capricorn Sound went on to achieve success, becoming the 2014 Warring Sundays Champion and also featuring in competitions such as Capital Invasion, Cash Clash, and London Cup Clash in 2016.
In addition to this, Yootie B's voicing of Custom Dub Plates for Capricorn Sound for all their clashes, in addition to those he has voiced for GI Road Show for 'Battle of the Dub Plates' at the 'One Love Festival' resulted in his lyrical word play and ruthlessness being widely regarded in global Sound System Culture.
His further voicings for Immortal Sound, XTAC 4x4 and Platinum Cartel for the 2017 'UK Rumble' has cemented his self-made title as a 'Customs Dub Plate King'.
In 2018, Yootie B has refocused his attention as a recording artist. His latest single "Rich One Day' is his first official single release and has already been revered by many in Musical circles as his best work to date.