Best known for his wuk up performance, a Bajan term used to describe his enviable pelvic gyration, Lil Rick has undisputedly earned himself the infamous title as the Hypa Dawg. Guaranteeing his fans non-stop hype from the moment he enters the stage, they watch in awe as he commands crowds of screaming fans to attempt his well choreographed movements.
Since the release of well known tracks Bumper Inspector and Hard Wine in 1997 which marked his entrance onto the soca scene, he has released hit after hit and copped several titles throughout Barbados Crop Over festival. In 1998 he won the Party Monarch Title with Down Behind the Truck and in 2002 and 2003 he won both the Party Monarch and Road March Titles with hit singles Hypa Dawg and Mash Up & Buy Back respectively. Throughout the years, Lil Rick has collaborated with the likes of soca diva Alison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood, Keann and Madd together with Trinidadian soca stars Machel Montano and Iwer George.
In 2005, his album Spontaneous was one of the most anticipated releases for the Crop Over festival demonstrating his prowess as a songwriter. He shocked fans with his rendition of the romantic ragga soca Be My Girl and his collaboration with Edwin Yearwood on the track Friends dispelled any rumors that there was any rivalry with his equally loved contemporary.
Together with the immensely popular Do Fuh Do which won him the Ragga Soca Monarch title (2005) and the soca chart topping Til Morning Come which features on the Madness Rhythm, this years album remains Ricks most heavily rotated to date.
Lil Ricks fan base extends beyond the soca arena into the deejay and dancehall culture. Fans are guaranteed to find him deejaying across the island every weekend throughout the entire year irrespective of his involvement in the Crop Over festival.
Before entering the soca arena, Rick was the reigning dub king in Barbados. All he needed was a catchy beat with a dominant bass line and he would chant a rhyme over it, much to the delight of his audience. At the age of 16, he had honed and fine tuned his chanting act to the point where he was opening for enormously successful reggae acts like Beenie Man. After a particularly impressive performance opening for reggae superstars Buju Banton and Mad Cobra it was his collaboration with well known producer Peter Coppin which produced a string of hits and propelled him into the soca arena and established him as a lyrical force in the music industry.
With four albums to his name- Challenge (1997), We Surviving (1999), More Hype (2003) and Spontaneous (2005) the majority of the music from this devoted father of four can be found on compilations executive produced by Monstapiece Entertainment.
In January, 2006 Lil Rick was nominated in four categories for the 1st Annual Barbados Music Awards : Songwriter of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Selling Male Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He was also awarded the Cornerstorne award for his stellar contribution to the development of the Barbados music industry. He has maintained the Guinness ambassadorship for over 5 years and is presently the host of the most listened to radio show - the Guinness Rush Hour, every Saturday on HOTT 95.3 FM.
More recently, Lil Rick was chosen from amongst Barbados leading entertainers to perform at the launch of MTV Tempo in Barbados captivating audiences across the world with his impressive waistline movements.
With the recent launch of the Hypa Dawg clothing line, Rick has once again demonstrated why he earned the name Chihuahua Business Man. Whether in the dub, on stage or off stage and with a career that continues to expand and evolve Lil Rick a.k.a. The Hypa Dawg a.k.a Chihuahua Business Man remains the most popular entertainer Barbados has ever seen.
Pyramid Entertainment Management, Inc
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