About Eek-A-Mouse

While his take on reggae and dub retains much of the soulful intensity of his contemporaries, Eek-a-Mouse (born Ripton Hylton in 1957) was the first artist to realize the genre’s capacity for humor. Half Lee Perry and half Slick Rick, Eek-a-Mouse pioneered the “singjaying” style of toasting--an expressive mixture of scat, gibberish, melodic riffs, and rapping--that has influenced MCs from Sean Paul to Snoop Doggy Dogg. After a breakout performance at the 1981 Reggae Sunsplash Festival, the Kingston, Jamaica-born artist enjoyed a career of impressive longevity, prolific output, and consistently high quality.

    Kingston, Jamaica
  • BORN
    November 19, 1957

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