The name Harry Toddler is today one of the most talked about on the dancehall circuit, but over a decade ago he was only a whisper in a crowd.
Born Patrick Jackson, Harry Toddler grew up in Waltham Park area of Kingston but spent most of his time hanging out in the Seaview Gardens community, where he would often see deejay Shabba Ranks ‘chatting’ some of the hardest lyrics he had ever heard.
Inspired by the works of his Grammy winning icon, Toddler, who has being deejaying from age nine (9) decided to go professional with his craft.
He went to the King Jammy’s studio, where he subsequently recorded “Gal Yuh A Lead” in 1990, which did fairly well in the dancehall. After recording numerous songs as a solo act Harry Toddler hooked up with deejays Elephant Man and Boom Dandimite and singer Nitty Kutchie to form the Scare Dem Crew. This dynamic quartet recorded a string of hits, including “Bay Gal Want Mi”, “Many Many”, “Don’t Care For You” and their first number one, “Badman Nuh Dress Like Girl”.
Scare Dem Crew, with the help of Deejay Bounty Killer, soared to become the hottest group in Dancehall music, but differences between members caused a breakup and he once again was on his own. But the creative deejay didn’t stop there, instead he hit back hard with “Certain Bwoy” and “Hand Me The Fire”, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Gracing the stages of the top stage shows which include Sting, Sumfest and Fully Loaded, and performing in countries such as Germany, the US,several countries in the Carribbean and the UK, it’s no wonder why Harry Toddler is still hot today, spitting out the hits, “Angel”, “Yuh See I” and “Drive By” being his latest. Harry Toddler, Dawsy, Doom Doom, Jahtem, a voice, a style, a flavour unlike any other.
But what’s been happening in the past 12 months is as follows: I’m Sorry on the Invasion Riddim, Love her Forever on the Sweet Sop Riddim, Nu Afraid of Dem, Simmer Down on The Sammy Riddim, Gal Clown pe Riddim all from DownSound; Carry Man Name, No Stray and Outta Road produced by Fire Links, It Seems Like for Stelie & Cleavie on the Sleepy Dog Riddim, My Mobile on the Twice My Age Riddim for Stelie & Cleavie again, Sell Off on the Mighty Mike Riddim called Sell Off, Sure A De Walk on the Baddest Riddim produced by Birch Hill, Dat Dem A’Say, and I’m From Jamaica on Mista Wills Music, We Huh Inna Whe Dem Inna, Jah is My Everything, Galpre, Carribbean Link Up featuring Bongee Garland all on Chuck Back Records.
Harry Toddler, A.K.A, Blond Ras won’t ever stop abd when he gets his US Visa the world will change for better. “Geeze,” “However”,”Lord God”, “NA NA NA”, “Jah Jah Jah,”, “JahTem”, “Taeish” and today “Sell Off”, “Buck Dem Heavens”, “Take It Past Dem”
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