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Richie Spice Still Making Music For The Street
reggaewire | December 8, 2008 at 03:01 pmby
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Emerging in the mid nineties, Richie followed the footsteps of his siblings Mikey Spice and Spanner Banner and made his mark on the local music industry with tracks such as “Killing A Sound” and Shine.
In 1999 his critically acclaimed debut album “Living Ain’t Easy” for Chris Blackwell’s Island Jamaica Records spawned a slew of international hits including the widely known “Grooving My Girl”, the anthemic “Earth A Run Red” and the title track “Living ain’t Easy”, featuring his younger sibling Snatcher Dogg. The album propelled the young star into the European Reggae circuit and blazed such a trail it ignited a underground demand in North America which was met by Massachusetts based HeartBeat Records, who re-issued the disc under the title “Universal” in 2000.
For nearly four years, Spice toured the world, covering continents and feeding fans his unique lyrical reasonings before dropping his highly anticipated 2004 full length release, “Spice In Your Life”, on the Fifth Element imprint. By the time the album was re-issued in 2006 by Reggae giant VP Records, Richie Spice had cemented himself in the Soundscape of Reggae, and earned himself a reputation as one of the genre’s most consistent artist of his time.
Under the auspices of Fifth Element producer Devon Wheatley, Richie Spice released 2007’s limited edition disc, “In the Streets of Africa”. However the disc’s promotional effort was severely hampered by the untimely closure of Fifth Element Records and was eventually released by VP Records.
In 2008 he released his fifth full length album entitled “Gideon Boot” from which the single “De Plane Land” was a byproduct.
With 2009 on the rise, Richie Spice is still going strong after nearly a decade in the fragile and fickle business called Reggae Music.
He has re-established the Family business with his brothers and sister Bridgett who has helmed the family oriented Bonner Productions for years.
Earlier this year he launched Bonner Cornerstone Music, a publishing, production and management company that oversees the careers and fortune of his stable of artists which include Mikey Spice, Spanner Banner and Snatcher Dogg.
“Me still de pon a musical journey” he quipped, “Still watching the streets and making music for the people of the streets. Still touring and bringing a message to people worldwide, cause is a mission and jah guide de works.” He stated by telephone in the midst of rehearsing for a gig in St. Lucia.
His latest single on Sonny Spoon’s “Chemistry” riddim, is aptly titled “Street Life”, and reflects his mantra braced by his strong belief in the Rastafarian faith and levity.
Check Out His Latest Single “Street Life”
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