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Published on Sep 30, 2008
Junior Cat - Dead Yuh a go Dead Dancehall DJ Junior Cat is the younger brother of the superstar DJ Supercat. He was born in 1967 and grew up in the Western Kingston ghetto of Cockburn Pen. He started DJing at school concerts and hanging out on street corners. He won a local talent contest and worked on many local sound systems until he joined the mighty Killamanjaro in 1987. There he worked alongside Early B, Little Twitch, Puddy Roots and many other top dancehall stars who passed through.
He recorded his debut single "Anarexol Body" for King Jammys in 1987, which rode a cut of the then ruling Punany rhythm. This tune hit the number 3 spot in the Jamaican charts and was followed over the next few years by a whole slew of big tunes. King Jammys produced further hits like "Can't Nyam Me Out", "Clappers And Bomb", "Curve", "Dead Man", "Deportee", "Figure", "Inna Me Gun Mouth", "Funeral Bag", "Original Dog Heart", "Killing Pussy", "Make A Living", "Nah Lef It Far", "Rougher Than Rough", "Sample", "Slick Rick", "Top Dog", "Who So Ever Will May Come" and "Wickedest Gun". He also released his debut album for King Jammys in 1992 and this led to him touring the USA, Canada, England, Japan and the Caribbean.
Junior Cat was at the forefront of the bad boy style that dominated the Jamaican dancehalls in the early 1990s and other producers also wanted a piece of the action and Junior Cat also voiced other big tunes like "Come Through" and "No Crappers Boom" (for Junior Reid); "Draw Fi Mi Bible" (with Sluggy Ranks for Jah Life); "Gal Dem And Me" and "Twilight Zone" (for John John); "Make A Living" (for Donovan Germain); "Poor People Me Love" (for Skengdon) and "Woulda Let You Go" (for Bobby Digital).
In 1994, Junior Cat migrated to the USA where he signed to Supercat's Wild Apache record label. He teamed up with Supercat, Nicodemus and Junior Demus to record the very successful album "The Good The Bad The Ugly and The Crazy". Big Junior Cat hits on Wild Apache Records included "D. J. Originator", "Scalp Dem", "Second Hand Don" and "Tell Them Stop It".
Junior has voiced dubplates for every big sound system in the world and three of his tunes continue to heard at all the big sound clashes - "Killing Pussy", "Come Through" and "Dead You A Go Dead". Selectors know that having a Junior Cat special in their box can be decisive in any big battle.
He continues to be active in the Kingston recording scene, still releasing tough tunes but no longer has to flood the market due to his "veteran" status.