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Famous for his profound, prolific lyrics and versatile, fluid flows, dancehall artist Stein
emanates the sounds of the streets, the people, and the true essence of dancehall music, in
Stein was born Jermaine Mevil Lee-King on April 8, 1983 in St. Thomas, Jamaica. His
mixed heritage pays tribute to his Kingston-born father of Chinese and Afro-Caribbean
descent, and his Portland-born mother of Afro-Caribbean ancestry. He was first
nicknamed Einstein by a female cousin, after she saw his undone hair in a local
barbershop and noted the resemblance to Albert Einstein. The nickname caught on within
the entire community, and once he transitioned into a dancehall artist, the teenager could
not get away from it as local crowds hailed him as ‘Einstein,’ whenever he hit the stage.
As he has matured into a dancehall deejay, singjay (singer), and songwriter, the artist’s
music has evolved and so has his name.
Stein, first performing at the tender age of seven, finessed his sound and his lyrical
content for years. He eventually gained prominence in the dancehall scene in 2007, with
his breakout hit “Rise Di Machine (Caliber)” on the Power Cut Riddim, produced by
Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. Stein secured a number of hits over the years through
chemistry in the lab with McGregor and other notable dancehall producers, including
Chimney Records (Jordan McClure), Cashflow Records, Big Yard (Robert Livingston),
and UTP 007 Records (Supa Hype).
Melodies aside, what sets Stein apart is his indelible talent for crafting hardcore, gritty,
sexy dancehall lyrics to perfectly accompany any riddim presented to him. His musical
process can be challenging because he often has so many lyrics in hand, it is difficult to
choose in which direction to take the track. His knack for lyrics also brings substance to
his music, as fans are able to party to his songs in the dance halls, but can leave, listen to
his music in their car or at home, and be able to take something away from each tune.
This has granted Stein the opportunity to loop his lyrics into the sounds of other
dancehall icons, penning several hit tracks or Bounty Killer and Beenie Man.
Expanding his repertoire as an entertainer has placed Stein on stages across Europe, the
United States and the Caribbean. Career highlights include a 2008 European tour, where
Stein was elated at the reception he received from fans in Germany, France, Belgium and
Italy. Having relished notoriety as a predominantly underground artist in Jamaica until
then, the tour exposed Stein’s music to an international fan base, which he currently
The year 2012 sees Stein putting his stamp on the global map with four singles garnering
airplay throughout Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. With current hits
such as “Shell Dung The Party,” “Summer Time Again,” “Visa Buddy” and “Again &
Again,” Stein is determined to bring his brand of dancehall to the worldwide audience,
and spread the sounds of the Caribbean beyond all borders.