b. Jamaica, West Indies. Ultimate Warrior was born in the mid-60s and prefers to keep his real name a mystery. His early influence was Peter Tosh whom he has since stated was an eternal inspiration. In 1978, Warrior began chanting on the local sound systems and by 1983 he entered and won the celebrated Tastee Talent contest. The competition has introduced many of Jamaica’s finest artists including, Yellowman, Nadine Sutherland and Paul Emerson Blake of the Bloodfire Posse. The competition led to his debut release, ‘Worries In Jamaica’, produced by Blackbeard, followed by the favoured King Tubby production ‘Down Inna South Africa’. In 1984, Warrior competed and won a national competition to find Jamaica’s top DJ. A notable runner-up was the celebrated comic DJ Professor Nuts. Warrior became the resident DJ on the El Ringo High Power sound system in 1985 where he performed alongside Tippa Lee. In 1988, the UK-based Saxon sound system toured Jamaica and Ultimate Warrior joined forces with them. His cousin Mikey MacLean, who introduced the DJ to Dennis Rowe, initiated the affiliation and he remained with the sound system until 1992. The association led Warrior to the UK where he recorded with Wayne Marshall and Blacka Dread. The resulting ‘Galdelero’ subsequently faltered, which according to Warrior was owing to poor promotion. While with Saxon the DJ was introduced to Mykey Simpson through Daddy Colonel, which signalled the DJ’s burgeoning career. The hits commenced with two classic combination tunes alongside the Colonel, ‘Blak To Basics’ and ‘Daddy Fe Dem’. While as a soloist Ultimate Warrior released ‘Stop Shoot Up The Dance’ a vitriolic condemnation of the escalating violence in the dancehall. The DJ also recorded in combination with MacLean (‘Cocaine’). Other hits included ‘Poochilou’, ‘Me Tarzan’ and ‘International Gangster’. He became known and distinguished as the Ashanti Guerrilla the original OFS (Original Field Slave).
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