Screecha Nice

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b. Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. In his youth Screecha Nice emigrated to Toronto, Canada where he completed his education and performed on local sound systems. He walked with a pronounced limp, owing…
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b. Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. In his youth Screecha Nice emigrated to Toronto, Canada where he completed his education and performed on local sound systems. He walked with a pronounced limp, owing to a bullet being lodged in his hip, but turned his infliction to his advantage and his style of walking became known as the ‘walk and skank’. Along with his ‘ dancehall twang’ lyricism, Jamaican artists began to emulate Screecha’s style. The release of ‘Hot Bubble Gum’ by Ranking Toyan is possibly the first Screecha-styled lyric, although Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Four Wheel Wheelie’, was released around the same time. In 1983, Sugar Minott, and later Tonto Irie, acknowledged Screecha’s influence on record. Although accredited as being influential, Screecha’s own recorded output had been limited to specials but by 1984 he had begun recording in earnest. He returned to Jamaica where he stayed with King Jammy at his house in Elma Crescent. Screecha Nice was also invited to perform alongside Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion crew where he recorded ‘Get Flat’ in the style of Samuel ‘Jackie Knockshot’ Hamilton. While with Youth Promotion he performed alongside artists including, Yammie Bolo, Tenor Saw, Colourman and DJ veteran Jah Stitch in his guise as Major Stitch. King Jammy also featured Screecha Nice on his second Sleng Teng Extravaganza release and licensed ‘Ghost Rider’ to Greensleeves Records in the UK. By 1985 Screecha Nice had returned to Toronto where he featured on Canadian radio in the Reggae Showcase and pursued a low-key recording career. Highlights of his return include ‘Big Soup A Talk’ and ‘Back And Belly’.