Main Street Crew reunites, releases 'Nuttin fi Nuttin' Image

by Biko Kennedy

Reuniting after a 15-year-long split, Main Street Crew members, comprising of Red Rat, Mr G (aka Goofy), Hawkeye, General Degree, Buccaneer, and Lady G, embark on a new venture.

By  Hitting a series of shows beginning on Friday, May 3, in Nassau, The Bahamas, General Degree, explains to the Jamaica Observer that the reunion is one that is long overdue. 

"Our fans are always requesting this and I have always wanted to do this but it wasn't until last year that we met up as a crew to discuss the matter," he said. "It was kinda ticklish to get everyone together as each is doing his/her individual project but we pulled it off."

Missing from the reunion though is singer Richie Stephens and singjay Chrissy D along with the producer and creative mastermind behind Main Street's success of the 1990s, Danny Browne; whose conversion to Christianity meritoriously signalled the label's end 15 years ago.

A few of the hits Browne oozed out of Main Street in the 90's includes Goofy's Brush Yuh Teeth, Buccaneer's Bruk Out, Red Rat's Shelly-Anne and Nuh Live Nuh Weh with Chrissy D, General Degree's Hold You Tonight, Traffic Blocking and Granny as well as Arrest Mi Officer by Hawkeye.

Let's turn back the hands of time for a bit and reminisce on a few crews from the 1990's that arguably brought Dancehall's sound and image to an international platform.

Main Street: Producer Danny Browne assembled a cast of deejays and singers who rocked the charts during the mid to late 1990s. Richie Stephens, Red Rat, Hawkeye, Buccaneer, Chrissie D, Chico and Degree were the big names.

Penthouse: Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond and Tony Rebel worked wonders for producer Donovan Germain.

Roof International: Producer Courtney Cole and his team quietly did their thing in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Tony Curtis, Jigsy King and Future Troubles were some of the Roof acts.

Monster Shack: Ghost, Round Head and General B comprised this ghoulish trio.

Mad House: Dave Kelly was the man in charge here. Baby Cham, Louie Culture, Wayne Wonder and Daddy Screw had monster hits for one of the period's most creative crews.

Xterminator: Rootsman skanking with producer Phillip 'Fattis' Burrell, whose roster of acts included Luciano, Sizzla and Mikey General.

Flames: Tony Rebel kept it positive at his production company with a slate of 'roots' acts, such as Deuteronomy, Sugar Black, Lebanculah and Ras Shiloh.

Shocking Vibes: Beenie Man was at the helm of this bunch which originated in Craig Town. Snagga Puss, Little Kirk, Tanto Metro and Devonte were also members of, arguably, dancehall's most successful crew.  

Listen to the Main Street Crew's new single Nuttin fi Nuttin here

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