USA ONLINE MAGAZINE 'ONE TEN-MAG' feaures Jamaican Artiste Richie Loop!!!
man with many talents and taking the Caribbean by storm, Richie Loop is
no newbie to a growing music industry. The singer, song writer and
producer signed with Big Yard Music is on the rise and is being noticed
by audiences around the globe. Richie Loop says, “My Main Focus Is To
Work On Improving My Skills By Incorporating New Styles Of Beats (A
Fusion of Dancehall, Disco, Rock and Hip Hop) And Songs That People Will
Early of 2010, Richie Loop came out with a party track,
‘My Cupp’, which instantly caught the attention of radio stations,
DJ’s, and entertainment venues abroad. Since that initial attention
grabber, things have been on the rise for Richie.
Loop released his single, ‘What You Thinkin’ featuring Pretti Kitti,
which is already noted as a “club banger”. Also, released within the
same month, ‘Love Zone’ and ‘Gyal Yuh Body Clean’. Aside from his
recent releases, Richie Loop can be found performing for his fans and
Richie Loop is an artist that you definitely
want to be watching for if you’re not already a fan already. With
amazing beats and phenomenal lyrics, his music gives a different flavor
that is to be desired. For more information on Richie Loop you can
visit the Big Yard Music website:
Also, show your love and support and follow him in his social media endeavors!
Richie Loop's Musical Takeover - What You Thinking
Written by : D. Bell
Loop of the Big Yard Music Label / Scikron Entertainment continues his
musical takeover for 2011 by releasing not one, not two, but three new
singles within one month! These three energetic releases are “Love
Zone”, “Gyal Yuh Body Clean”, and “What You Thinking”.
Zone” is featured on the “One Away Riddim” and “Gyal Yuh Body Clean” can
be found on the “Hot Noodles Riddim”, both produced by Robert
Livingston for Big Yard Music Label / Scikron Entertainment. "Love Zone"
can also be found on the "Dancehall Rock" album released last month.
are especially high for “What You Thinking”, a scorching hot club
banger that features Pretti Kitti and is guaranteed to get revellers
moving whenever heard.
In addition to a slew of new recordings,
Richie Loop continues to perform for his fans at the highest level, and
this can be attested at the Jamaica International Kite Festival in St.
Ann which was held last Monday. Before a crowd that numbered in the
thousands, Richie Loop gave a resounded performed alongside Fambo and
Ajrenalin to the satisfaction of those in attendance.
continue to expect music and performances of the utmost standard from
Richie Loop at the highly anticipated Best of the Best Concert at
Bicentennial Park, Miami on May 29, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend).
PREE DISS with RICHIELOOP!!!
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"PreeDiss" the newest addition to local entertainment shows produced
by ace media mogul Kevin Jackson, hosted by Casmar James. This week,
episode 28 features special guest, Artist/ Producer -RichieLoop, to see
what he has been doing since since he shot to popularity, and what he
has on his agenda for 2011. Check it out his feature online via the
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Buju Banton and Friends Concert at Bayfront Park Amphitheather, January 16
By Esther Park, Mon., Jan. 17 2011 @ 11:00AM
Photo by David Muir
Buju Banton and Friends
Featuring Buju Banton, Stephen Marley, DJ Khaled, Gramps Morgan, and More
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami
Better than: Any reggae concert you've ever attended.
night was a movie of epic blockbuster proportions. Imagine if Avatar
came out with a sequel staring Will Smith and Angelina Jolie in 4D, mix
that with some Pirates of the Caribbean action and you got yourself last
night. So let's repeat: Last night was a movie!
For those of you
who've been living under a rock, reggae icon Buju Banton is free on
bail and took over Bayfront Park with a few of his closest friends. It
was a long-awaited return for this controversial artist who has been a
solid, iconic figure in the reggae community for over two decades. Now,
after 11 months behind bars, Buju is back and his stage show could not
have been better. It was clear that Buju missed performing. And if
there's any place on earth that he wishes to permanently be, it was the
But before Buju's triumphant return on stage, we cannot
forget the slew of musician friends who came out to support. And besides
the artists, let's not forget the fans. Supporters from New York,
Toronto, Kingston, London, and even as far away as Australia came to see
Buju in the flesh.
And those who weren't able to cough up a few
hundred bucks for plane tickets were able to see the concert virtually
for only $25 bucks! LIME Mobile, a new cellular phone company in the
Caribbean and proud sponsor of the show, was streaming live to all
mobile devices in Jamaica and beyond. Promoters are saying that hundreds
of thousands of reggae fans were tuning in live from across the globe
to see this concert online. An exact number is still being determined.
But we're certain that many reggae artists who wished to be present at
the concert but could not receive their Visas to travel were indeed
tuning in from home.
Back to the show ... The park was jammed
packed by 6 p.m. as up-and-comer Richie Loop took the stage, singing his
latest radio hit, "My Cup", followed by roots reggae crooner Everton
Blender who brought in his classic soul with "Ghetto People Song" and
"Lift Up Your Head." After the legendary Mr. Blender, there was former
teen sensation and longtime Buju collaborator Nadine Sutherland, who
dropped the kind of original island gyal swagger that Rihanna can only
Up next, another reggae icon, Freddie McGregor and
his "Big Ship," took over. By now, the park was overflowing with reggae
diehards and it was barely sundown. A huge roar ripped through the crowd
as surprise guest Gyptian hit the stage and sang his crossover hit
"Hold You." Then enter Wayne Wonder who got the ladies dancing to his
hit "No Letting Go."
Soon after, Black Uhuru legend Mykal Rose
brought that old-school roots rock before Morgan Heritage's own Gramps
Morgan did his bit. And keeping with the laid-back, lover's rock vibe
came Tarrus Riley, singing strictly for the ladies.
As you can
tell by now, with the laundry list of reggae artists who hit the stage,
this concert was like the Reggae Grammy's. And as if it couldn't get any
better, Mr. Dutty Rock, Sean Paul, showed up, delivering a speedy,
chart-topping set accompanied by none other than Spragga Benz. The
follow-up: Shaggy, who surprisingly did a solid 30-minute set with a
full band before introducing DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes. Within minutes,
the 10,000-plus audience was going crazy for the tag team's remix of
"All I Do Is Win."
Phew! Are we tired yet or what? But finally at
10 p.m. sharp, the lights went dim and the crowd bursted into cheers
and tears as Buju Banton walked on stage, donning a classic white dress
shirt and black pants, his dreads pinned up neatly, his leather boots
glistening. The entrance was serene as he sang an acapella version of
"Close One Yesterday." His voice was better than ever, clearer,
stronger, more refined.
After his introduction song, he thanked
his fans and supporters, something that he has so eagerly wanted to do
since his arrest. But this was a joyous occasion, a celebration, a
cathartic musical explosion. And without wasting any time, he went
straight into his classic song library with heavy tunes, such as "Not an
Easy Road," "Untold Stories," and "Wanna Be Loved."
the set, Buju took to the mic and said: "This woman I met when I was 18
years old. She said to me, 'Be careful what you say in your music
because it takes a life of its own.'" In walked reggae legend Marcia
Griffith, and the pair sang their classic duet "Closer" as well as "Live
On." After that unbelievable performance, Buju told the crowd that his
mentor, Beres Hammond, was also supposed to put in a cameo but was
unable to make the trek. But no worries, Buju quickly went into the
sweet classic Hammond classic "Who Say" as the audience sang along, word
By 11:35 p.m., strict park curfew was about to come
down. And Buju needed to move the show along if he wanted to bring in
more of his friends. Out walked longtime friend and advocate Stephen
Marley, launching into his popular hit "The Traffic Jam." As expected,
Stephen introduced baby brother Damian Marley to finish up the song. And
another major moment as Buju and the Marley brothers played their
collabo song "Jah Army" as the crowd threw their lighters and flags high
in the air.
Reaching the peak, Buju brought back his protege
Wayne Wonder for their biggest hit, "I Don't Know Why," followed by
"Forever Young." Next, "Champion" and "Driver A" got the crowd more
hyped than usual. And finally, Buju took us all to church! He welcomed
Gramps Morgan again for a gut-wrenching version of "23 Psalms," a plea
to the Lord for his mercy.
To end the night, Buju brought out his
attorney David Markus as the crowd gave an overwhelming cheer. This was
Buju's homecoming. And without faith, love, and the support of friends,
family, and fans, this concert would never have happened.
Bias: Despite the many talents that graced the stage last night, no one
could have come close to the main act himself. Buju Banton's
performance was the best we've ever seen. This man gave 150 percent of
his soul at this show. For two hours straight, Buju's voice did not once
pitch. His energy was locked on level 10 and his stage presence made
you feel like you were the only person in the room. He was indeed born
Random Detail: At exactly 11:59 p.m., the park's
light went on, the sound was shut off, and raindrops started to come
down. Either it was coincidence or some divine moment ... Jah rastafari!
Overheard in the Crowd: Security was full force as not just
local but federal police agents were placed on duty for this concert.
"It's like Fort Knox backstage," said one member of an artist's
entourage. Imagine all the groupies, girlfriends, and baby mamas trying
desperately to get in! Sorry, ladies, next time.
Meet the Belgian Jessie J and the Chinese Vaccines!
great pop hope of the year has become a January tradition in the UK. But
what is the Sound Of 2011 around the world?
* Louis Pattison
* The Guardian, Saturday 15 January 2011
* Article history
Richie Loop His Cupp runneth over: rising Jamaican star Richie Loop
Richie Loop, Jamaica
Loop cut his teeth as a producer at Shaggy's Big Yard Music Group, but
it was his punch-sipping 2010 anthem My Cupp that propelled this
fresh-faced 24-year old chartwards. Slathered in Auto-Tune, it suggested
Loop has learned a few lessons from the likes of Akon, while still
boasting the sort of singalong charisma that saw Sean Kingston top the
UK charts. "Richie has an energy that is rare in Jamaican entertainers,"
says Leighton Levy, a columnist at the Jamaica Star. "He is not afraid
of being a happy, fun-loving kid. All I Really Know has that potential
to be a big club hit in the US and in the UK. It has that wild party
vibe and could be the song that makes him a truly international star
Thiago Pethit, Brazil
Thiago Pethit Photograph: Gianfranco Brice
romantics will find succour in Thiago Pethit, a young Sao Paulo gent
whose tremulous love songs and bare piano ballads couldn't be further
away from the sounds you'd expect from his home city if its maker upped
sticks to the north pole. But his 2010 debut, Berlim, Texas, won fans
including Brazil's king of tropicalia, Caetano Veloso, and it's not hard
to see these melancholic songs touching a nerve for those who swooned
to José González, et al. "He's a little of Leonard Cohen and Serge
Gainsbourg, but at the same time making his own thing," says Ana Garcia,
editor of Coquetel Molotov. "He is busy, playing all over Brazil, and
later this year he'll be playing a few festivals out of Brazil, like
Paula I Karol, Poland
Paula i Karol
Last decade, the
whimsical acoustic sound of antifolk slowly colonised the soundtracks
of indie cinema. Now, it's off to eastern Europe. Boy from North Bay,
Ontario meets a girl from Warsaw, they fall in love – but what began
with the pair messing around on guitar and violin in their kitchen
gradually gave life to fragile but uplifting ruminations on love and
life. "Paula and Karol are Poland's new superheroes. Not the tight
pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we'll
break your heart, and then we'll fix it up kind," according to Lukasz
Kaminski of Gazeta Wyborcza. New LP Overshare should warm the sternest
heart. "In Poland we never experienced the folk revolution – not in the
60s, not recently – and who knows, maybe we're on a brink of one."
couple of years back, 32-year-old hip-hop artist Baloji returned to his
native Congo with the idea of remaking his debut album, Hotel Impala,
Africa-style. The trip spawned Kinshasa Succursale, an LP recorded with
likembe group Konono No 1 and a must-see video for Karibu Ya Bintou that
features dancers in skeleton suits gyrating on the streets of Kinshasa.
Brett Johnson of veryartistical.com is a big fan. "Like Somali rapper
K'Naan and South Africa's Blk Jks, Baloji represents an exciting young
voice from the continent that is redefining what westerners typically
associate with being music from Africa. Through his mic skills, visual
style and sheer charm, he's able to seem contemporary but vintage at the
Tshetsha Boys, South America
Tshe Tsha Boys
there was the funky kwaito of DJ Mujava's 2009 hit Township Funk – then
the "zef" rap-rave of Die Antwoord. But now it's the turn of the
Tshetsha Boys. Fusing traditional Shangaan sounds to low-rent keyboard
sound set to a racing 180bpm, it's music sneered at by the metropolitan
middle classes, but beloved of cab drivers and blasted out on street
corners. Honest Jon's included a Tshetsha track on Shangaan Electro last
year, and a full album follows this year. "The Tshetsha Boys are going
on tour to New York, London and Amsterdam – so they may have quite a big
year. And they make Die Antwoord seem tame in comparison when it comes
to the costume," says Lloyd Gedye of South Africa's Mail & Guardian.
Duck Fight Goose, China
Duck Fight Goose
Chinese state is only now beginning to thaw to the idea of popular
music, so the homegrown scene is rather underdeveloped, dominated by
formulaic pop or cute pastiches of western genres (see Beijing's punk
underground). Daring to be different are Shanghai foursome Duck Fight
Goose. Debut EP Flow sets out their pitch: metronomic math-rock with
effects-twisted vocals – in places, reminiscent of Sonic Youth or
Battles, but elsewhere, stubbornly unclassifiable. "After releasing
their debut EP, DFG seem to be on a whole new mission, re-drafting their
sound into something more synth-based and 'pop'," says Dan Shapiro of
CNNGo. "They played a couple of brand-new tracks at the end of their
release show and the crowd was in awe."
23-year old rising star Richard “Richie Loop” Webb releases his
much-anticipated new single, “All I Really Know” featuring Ajrenalin.
The single is out everywhere on January 4th through Krian Music Group /
Scikron Entertainment and follows radio hit single “My Cupp.”
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Richie Loop is among the newest vibes
masters and contemporary music sensations, combining Hip Hop, Dancehall,
Pop, and R&B to build his beats. In October of 2009, Richie met
Robert Livingston at Big Yard Studios and after several meetings Robert
offered him a contract as a producer for Scikron Entertainment Label.
Richie’s writing and performing talents soon came to light and within
six months Richie jumped from behind the mixing board, straight into the
spotlight and starting releasing hit tracks – including “My Cupp,”
followed by “Party Like Its Your Birthday (feat. Busy Signal and
D-Major),” and his latest, “All I Really Know.”
Richie was watching Lil Wayne while at Big Yard Studios, when the
lyrics to “My Cupp” came to him. Soon after, Richie began creating the
soon-to-be famous beats to those lyrics. “My Cupp” has been all over
Caribbean and US radio, steadily gaining traction on the dance scene and
climbing the charts - hitting #1 on the Richie B Dancehall Charts, #3
on Caribbean Top 20, and #1 on the Fiwi/ER Charts. The official video
for “My Cupp,” directed by I.AM.THE.KRITIC, Produced by Melissa
Llewellyn and Executive Producer Robert Livingston, features members of
the Scikron Entertainment/ BigYard Family namely, D-Major, Chris Martin,
D-Lynx and Ice Man.
“All I Really Know” echoes the up-tempo, party-style beats that
Richie has become famous for both as an artist and producer. Ajrenalin,
who joins Richie on the track, adds his own mark to the single that fans
are sure to dig. The media got a an inside look at the creation of “All
I Really Know” with the premiere of a behind-the-scenes “making of”
video promo. The single is already making waves with the media, and is
anticipated to receive similar success levels as “My Cupp” at radio and
While extending his U.S. promotional tour, Richie is keeping himself
busy with RE TV-Abstinence Make Sense High School Tour, Klass FM - Stay
In School Tour and Lime Tour. Look out for upcoming dates including
shows in Antigua, Guyana and Bahamas and the UK, as well as additional
stops in the U.S. He has been, and will continue to share the stage with
the likes of Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Lady Saw, Serani, Ding Dong and
For more information, please contact Krian Music Group at 212-967-3548, or pr(at)krianmusicgroup(dot)com.
Richie Loop closes year on a high!
Each year some new young star emerges into the spotlight.
In 2010, Richie Loop was that was one such star.
Loop, born Richard Webb, didn’t enter with a bang. He kind of eased
onto the stage in 2009 with his first song ‘She Wants it Good’ on the
Brainstorm Rhythm and ‘Gyal Whine’ on the Sweat Shop Rhythm. Both songs
were well received but were like relative gentle taps on the shoulder of
the listening public announcing his arrival and preparing Jamaica for
what was to come next.
His third single, My Cupp, produced by
Robert Livingston for ScikronEnt/ Krian Music Group, immediately struck a
chord racking up chart and video successes. My Cupp became one of the
anthems of the summer and topped a number of singles and video charts
locally and then internationally as the year progressed.
single’s success created opportunities for Richie Loop to break into
regional and international markets. Soon ventures into the Caribbean
followed, as well as radio promotional tours to the eastern United
My Cupp’s success was so rapid that mere months after the
song was released Richie Loop was booked to perform on Jamaica’s
premier musical festival Reggae Sumfest’s International Night. He was
also sought out to perform during the celebration of Jamaica’s
Independence at the Grand Gala ceremony at the National Stadium.
in 2010, Richie Loop’s surge to stardom saw him sharing the stage with a
wide variety of internationally acclaimed acts including Shaggy, Chris
Brown at Reggae Sumfest; Souljah Boy and Olivia in New York; Beenie Man
and Jah Cure in Antigua and Guyana; Lady Saw, Ce’cile, Gyptian, Serani,
Busy Signal, Christopher Martin, I- Octane, Ding Dong, Stacious, and
D-Major in the United States.
He even hosted events along with some
of the USA’s finest disc jockeys Mister Cee, DJ Norie, DJ Pup Dawg, DJ
Stephen, Jabba and Bobby Konders .
Despite his sudden rise to
fame Richie Loop has not forgotten his values. He endorsed and was an
ambassador for the LIME School Aid Campaign and Smirnoff. He was also
active in the ‘Stay In School’ and ‘Abstinence’ School Tours
demonstrating that community and culture are as important to him as is
his own personal ambitions.
After releasing My Cupp, Richie Loop
released a number of other songs that are also doing extremely well.
These include Cupp Cupp (the follow up to My Cupp), Mi Want Mi Own, and
Party Time, which is currently experiencing chart success in the USA.
Then there was Party Like its your Birthday featuring Busy Signal and
D-Major, a single which many feel will have as much success as My Cupp;
and All I Really Know featuring. Ajernaline which has already surpassed
100 urban spins on radio in the US.
Richie Loop closes the year
on the Kingston Waterfront in Downtown Kingston during an annual event
showcasing national pride and spirit as well as an incredible display of
This was at the request of the Ministry of Youth and
Culture, an invitation which he eagerly accepted, “I always jump at the
opportunity to perform at home. Sumfest was great, Grand Gala was
amazing, so I am thanking my fans, friends, family and my team….this is
my first year and entire experience is still just not real yet, so this
December 31, 2010 my call of duty will be at the Waterfront getting
ready to party with my fans, ringing in the New Year,”and this he did.
Song of the Year — Hold You - Gyptian/Honourable Mention — My Cupp Richie Loop
Song of the Year — Hold You - Gyptian
Friday, December 31, 2010
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Singjay Wendel Beneto Edwards enjoyed a successful year in 2010. He
scored big time with the single Hold Yuh copping the MOBO (Music of
Black Origin) and Soul Train Awards for it. The single also made it on
the Billboard hot R&B Hip Hop chart.
The artiste might have
been denied the added recognition of earning a nod in the Reggae
category of the Grammy Award, but his track record this year still
Honourable Mention — My Cupp Richie Loop
the first part of 2010 Richie Loop's My Cupp was like an anthem in the
dancehall. The single wormed its way on the top radio stations enjoying
major rotations across the board. It was on the lips of every dancehall
loving teen and it was the norm to hear it blaring as ringtones. My Cupp
ensured Richie Loop got to 'drink' from a lot of major events this year
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Song-of-the-Year---Hold-You---Gyptian_8262202#ixzz19inw6Cxs
East Coast clamours for 'Party Like it's Your Birthday'
Leighton Levy, Star Writer
( l - r ) Richie Loops, Busy Signal, D-Major - File
hit Party Like It's Your Birthday blew up here in Jamaica but according
to word out of the United States (US), the song is heating up in
Atlanta as well.
The song - a collaboration by Richie Loop,
D-Major and Busy Signal - was released in June and has been on the
playlists of several major radio stations here. It is also played in the
clubs and the music video gets lots of love on entertainment channels
like Hype TV.
But according to Jah Prince, a veteran
Atlanta-based disc jockey, the song is on the verge of making a big
impact on the US east coast.
Jah Prince has shows on Da Flava
Radio, Atlanta's first Caribbean-based internet radio station - Love
Ultra an R&B Mix Show and the Sunsplash Mix Show - and has vast
knowledge of Caribbean and Vibe shows in the Caribbean and Europe. He
told THE STAR that over the past few weeks Party Like Its YourBirthday
has been getting an increasing number of rotations on several mix shows
along the eastern seaboard.
The song, he said, is also being
pushed hard by disc jocks like DJ Drama, famous for his 2006 Gangsta
Grillz mixtape; DJ Marz and DJ Doc, all respected names in the business.
The deejays, he said, are playing it in the clubs and on their
respective Internet radio sites.
According to Jah Prince, it is
no surprise that the song has been getting all this love from the disc
jockeys because it had been picking up momentum for a while.
He explained that at clubs like Manchin and Compound, the song is a fixture on the playlists.
"It usually comes right after Trey Songz' Say Ah and usually the deejays pick it from when D-Major comes in."
explains that the introduction done by Busy Signal is too low and as a
result there is not much interest there. "They're just waiting on the
bridge and the lyrics," he said.
Jah Prince even went as far as
to advise Big Yard to release an instrumental version of the song in
time for Martin Luther King's birthday next month. This, he feels, would
help the song 'blow up' big time in the US mainstream market.http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20101220/ent/ent2.html
“The experience has been and continues to wow
me” says Richie Loop, who in just under a year has been reaping success
not just in his home soil Jamaica, but has been founding favor in the
ears of fans all over the world. Such is the fact that his original
radio promo tour has kept growing as his fans base kept increasing in
areas he had only heard of. “I am humbled by this opportunity, being
able to not only communicate to them but also to entertain them ....the
feeling is an experience” he continues “at 23 years old I am now able to
not only act as a musical ambassador not only for Jamaica but push my
creativity and self actualization.”
November and December kept
him working active, by engaging in promotional events such as RE
TV-Abstinence Make Sense High School Tour, Klas FM-Stay In School Tour
and Lime Tour as well as an up coming performances in Guyana and
Bahamas, well as additional stops within the U.S.A. He will get the
opportunity to join Beenie Man, Little Hero and Jah Cure in Antigua. The
United Kingdom is one stop Richie Loop is eager to make, as his fans on
that side of the globe has been continuos in expressing desires to have
With the popularity of his new releases growing,
namely-‘Party Like Your Birthday’ ft. Busy Signal and D-Major, and
‘Drink Drink’ ft. Future Fambo as well as ‘All I Really Know,’ show
casing new talent Ajrenalin, he anticipates that 2011 will only continue
to shower blessings and additional success.
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SCIKRON ENTERTAINMENT unleashes FUSION RIDDIM
SCIKRON ENTERTAINMENT was entertainment central Tuesday night as the media was given access to the first ever triple behind-the-scene making of several upcoming the singles. The media got a an inside look at the creation of singles 'All I Really Know' by Richie Loop ft Ajrenalin and Drink Drink by Richie Loop & Future Fambo, on the Fusion Riddim. Both projects were produced by Richie Loop.
The Fusion Riddim which was produced in October 2009, but all the tracks on the rhythm have finally been completed to be released on Scikron Entertainment Label. Those tracks include Gentleman and Christopher Martin -To The Top, which sits atop the Itunes Charts in Europe and has facilitated Christopher's most successful musical international recognition to date. It also features tracks by D-Major, Cecile, Voicemail, Iceman, Red Fox, Sanjay, D-Lynx, DjLiquid and Richie Loop ft Fambo.
The afternoon which commenced with the featuring of the musical process and chemistry between rising young artist Richie Loop, his fellow Scikron mates Christopher Martin, D-Major, Iceman, Cecile, and a host of entertainment personalities not included in the project but who came to show their support of the Big Yard family, they included Beenie Man, Gyptain, Seanizzle, Chi Ching Ching, Daseca Family, Big Ship Family, Pretti-Kitty, Ras Penco and Black Queen. The evening not only brought out fellow artist but producers, Dj's and dancers alike - Unga Notice, DjLytes Supah Hype, Rolex, Boom Boom, as well as dancers Shelly Belly, Sadiki and M.O.B. The atmosphere soon reflected the very purpose of the rhythm the spirits of everyone present into a high energy party vibe hosted by 007- Upt sound system and Dj Kat, who facilitated hours of dance offs between onlookers, artists and various dance squads.
Both 'All I Really Know' and 'Fusion Riddim' are expected to hit the airwaves, clubs and streets within the week. The Scikron team headed by executive producer and C.E.O. Robert Livingston, is excited about the projects.
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Richie Loop to drop new tunes
Leighton Levy, Star Writer
Richie Loop is still riding high on his hit song My
Cupp, and is about to unleash two new tracks that seem set to make his
star burn even brighter.
Since the release of My Cupp in February, Richie Loop has released a few songs including Party Time, Party Cupp and Party like It's Your Birthday, a collaboration with Busy Signal and D-Major.
The songs have done well but have not matched the magnitude of My Cupp's
ascendancy. His next two releases could change all that. According to
Livingston, by late next week Richie Loop's next two releases - Do It and All I Really Know - two up-tempo party-style songs, will hit the streets. The latter features the talents of up and coming entertainer Ajrenalin.
Livingston describes the sound on the songs as the kind of "fusion coming of Jamaica that people are really into".
"We are stepping up the thing in terms of sound," he says.
My Cupp was released in February and brought the
producer/singer a significant amount of recognition locally and across
the region. Richie Loop's songs have found themselves on music charts in
places like Belize where My Cupp is a major hit. The entertainer
has even begun to make forays into the US market. Recently, Richie Loop
embarked on promotional tours along the eastern seaboard where his songs have gradually been gaining traction.
"He has grown but this is where the challenge lies to see if he
can absorb what he sees and improve upon himself, and find out if he has
what it takes to become an international artiste," says Big
Yard/Scikron CEO Robert Livingston.
As usual, Richie Loop continues to build on his growing
reputation as a producer and entertainer. He is in studio working on
several other songs with different artistes, and he is currently
constructing a 'girls tune' that is yet to be titled but that will
certainly add quality to his discography.
Meanwhile, Richie Loop's recent promotional tours have begun to
reap results. Following recent visits to Orlando, New York, and
Connecticut, Livingston revealed that audiences have been pleased with
Richie Loop's performances. "People are thinking this guy is something
special," said Livingston, who added there has been a significant
increase in the number of requests for interviews with Richie Loop from
all over the world.
One look at him isn’t enough – you must look again as Richie Loop
with his cool dark chocolate brown complexion, sharply cut silken curled
hairstyle, hint of baby-soft side burns, and the dark glasses he sports
makes you want to place him among the Jackson 5 clan, except he’s years
younger and always donning a broad grin.
His animated character reminds you of Michael Jackson, the superstar and
the dancer he was. Yet although Raquesh “Richie Loop” Welsh claims that
he was a bad, bad, bad dancer during his earlier years at school, his
recent rise as a star had almost nothing to do with dancing.
Richie Loop, the dancer? SCIKRON ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO
He says he was respected and well known as a dancer at an earlier age, but it was his recent hit single “My Cupp”
that made him an overnight success, copping top spots of at least 3
international charts in less than a year, and just a few weeks after it
On any given day, he is kind-hearted and just as playful as ever, and
with an unassuming character he prompts one to wonder about his
mysteries with lyrics like “What’s in My Cupp, stays in My Cupp.”
As a producer at Big Yard, Richie was watching Lil Wayne playing with a
cup, “as he always does,” during an interview in the Big Yard Studio one
day, and lyrics just rushed to Loop’s mind, about the cup, he admits
with a smile. Soon after he was creating a beat to cushion his lyrics,
and to dance to, but instead his combo became a hit in open public.
That aside, he’s more than a rising star claiming to keep “what’s in his
cup, is in his cup.” The song is for everyone worldwide. It is about
keeping personal what’s in your cup when you’re out, regardless of who
you are and regardless of what you are drinking – whether Hennessey,
coffee, tea or just water. Then he says one must also read between the
lines, as well as keep one’s cup, be it granny cup, baby cup, party cup
or otherwise personal.
However, being well connected with the culture of his people, he has no
qualms to speak about himself, starting with the fact that he drinks
very little socially. It’s no secret about his age, as its commonly
known that he was born on December 23, 1986. He’s young, unmarried for
now, and admires varied artistes for their individual strength. For
example he admires the energy of Elephant Man, and the dancing
performances of Shaggy.
Represented by Scikron Entertainment, he has four other popular singles being aired namely “Gal Whine,” “Party Like It’s Your Birthday”, “Party Time”, “CuppCupp”
all popular. His writing team includes Iceman. His songs blend
contemporary forms – “It’s really a mix of pop, R&B, hip hop and
dancehall”, he says.
A graduate of Clarendon College, EXED, and schools in Jones Town he
loved art and craft which, along with accounts and IT, was among the six
subjects he passed at CXC level.
His biggest show to date is locally at Sumfest, and offshore at the
Labour Day parade in NY, NY, where others such as Spragga, Ding Dong,
Elephant Man participated.
Managed by Scikron Entertainment, he remains thankful to Robert
Livingston who hired him as a producer at Big Yard which shares the same
The challenges he observes for artistes include what must
be done to “get a buss”. Its hard work to get one’s song played on the
radio in Jamaica… in the States it is easier, much easier.
What are his views on the current dancehall scene with it’s interruptions.
Loop believes situations will change for the music form as he also observes that more doors are opening.
“Dancehall is getting happier and back to more party vibes. It’s about
to turn,” says the youth who claims to still be a “baad, baad, baad
dancer myself,” and had a few moves even while sitting, to prove it.
Judging from the tones of Richie Loop just might have raw culinary
skills and the foods he loves include dumpling, mackerel run dung and
with callaloo. “The dumplings must have corn meal” he warns in true
The polite young gent, a mannerly, humble Jamaican artiste, is a thinker
with an uncanny sense of humour and is proud to have a mother, a
hairdresser, who is good at dancing and says his father is a carpenter.
Family is very important and Loop’s ongoing wish is that more Jamaicans
will place more priority on family life.
At the end of the recent interview, he rises to do a jig, as for his final words he says “Follow Me On Twitter … You Tube.”
He’s on his way to making Jamaicans proud, keeping everyone happy, motivated, happy and “bouncing.”
Cupp of skills overflow
Who Really is Richie Loop?
My Cupp kept clean
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He’s got vibes, and his cup overflows with skills, lyrics and goodness.
Richard Raquesh “Richie Loop” Webb is among the newest vibes masters and
contemporary music sensation. He’s little known, at least in his adult
years as a dancer.. but well known as a singer, composer having risen to
fame just months after the release of his single “My Cupp”.
He combines hip hop, dancehall, pop, and R&B to keep his crowd going, and cups raised.
Here are the lyrics:
“I got my swagg up high, gonna party till I touch tha sky,
So I, got the ‘ac on the Henny on the table, (table)
And am filling my cup from the table,
My drink kinda got me unstable, amma need a driver because am unable,
Thank God a left my keys wid Keeble, (Keeble)
Am feeling little bit feeble.
Wats in My Cupp
Stays in My Cupp
In My Cupp stays in My Cupp
My drink is.. In My Cupp,
In My Cupp.. Is in My Cup
My Cuuppp ‘Hey’ … ‘Heey’
Wats in My Cupp …Stays in My Cupp
So put ur cupps to the ceiling if u feeling wat am feeling..
Inna di club Hey!
Inna the streets Hey!
Not inna u caaaarrrr!!!
Seems right to keep what’s in your cup your personal thing, is what
the young vibes master echoes, and guess what by the reaction of many,
it’s a common theme.
So whether it’s coffee, water, milk, tea or Hennessey – What’s in your cup, Stays in your Cupp!
Like the energy god, ‘Elephant Man’ he admires, Richard Raquesh
“Richie Loop” Webb is all that and more in creating an alarming buzz
with his single My Cupp. He’s hot, full of talent and
burning with a desire to do good for Jamaica musically, yet he remains
an humble soul, even as he quickens the pulses of others. No worries, in
true Jamaican style the five-plus-footer is full of creative energy and
skilled, qualified to represent Jamaica in the arts and culture well.
He did well at the recent LIME roadshow of the Fashion Night Out (FNO) in Jamaica.
While still signed on with Big Yard as a producer, Richie managed to
Loop top spots on at least three international music charts in recent
months, creating yet another career path equal in success. A path he is
not about to abandon any time soon, and just maybe he’ll be dancing
again as he did as a child to win some more. He already has travelled
“all over the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean” and now his paths wind
towards US shores. He’s slated to perform in Boston NY, Miami and
Orlando by year end.
In a recent interview, the cheery youth, born December 23, 1986 speaks on the recent hit, My Cupp, while outlining notes on his other four singles also being aired, with enthusiasm. Gal Whine, Party Like It’s Your Birthday, Party Time, CuppCupp are also popular.
My Cupp at the time of the interview, in early
September, was at number one in St Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. The
song says Loop is all about keeping what’s in one’s cup personal, and to
ensure one’s cup whether a granny cup, baby’s cup, party cup or
otherwise remains their personal cup. “No one needs to know what’s in
your cup, whether its water, Hennessy, milk or coffee – it’s just your
business what you want to drink whenever you’re out”, says Loop who
himself drinks moderately while out. He claims not to be a social
Inspiration for the song came as he watched Lil Wayne playing with his
cup while being interviewed in the Big Yard studio. It’s really a mix of
pop, R&B, hip hop and dancehall. There is no obligation to share
with anyone else, and it’s a song for anyone and everyone, regardless of
what’s being put, or kept in one’s cup, Loop said as he mused on the
varied beverages hot or cold consumed across the world. He also adds
though that one can read between the lines too.
[My Cupp kept clean: see lyrics]
Youth between 2-18 years of age are the ones mostly echoing about My Cupp, and
the catchy line “What’s In my Cupp, stays in My Cupp” has become a
popular tagline for event promoters of dances and drink offs.
At the recent Grand Gala finale of Jamaica’s 2010 Independence
Celebrations, hundreds of youthful Jamaicans after their own
performances, in a flash returned to filling every available space
onstage as the artiste emerged to perform. He loved every minute though
and in the recent interview quickly responded “Wow! Ah di wickedest
experience – mih love it”, when asked about the crowd’s reaction then.
It’s almost a one-one-one message, yet the interpersonal lyrics have
proven to be a hit creating rippling effects when aired. With repeated
bounces, each one passes on the tune “What’s in My Cupp” infectiously.
Will it win at least one local award – perhaps the EMC as already it has
claimed top spots on the Richie B charts at least 3 times since entry.
CHARTS REPORTS FOR RICHIE LOOP at July 19: SEE CHART LISTING.
Want to know more about Richie Loop? Stay connected for more on this
multiskilled artiste on this site. What do Ding Dong, Gee Whiz and
Richie Loop have in common – are they just average Jamaican men? Find
out when you hang with the write lovers of arts, creativity and culture
on this site.
Kingston, Jamaica:- Richie Loop is
riding an encouraging wave of excitement following his recent
performance at the Independence Gala and Street Parade in Kingston.
The artiste performed before thousands
of people who crammed into the National Stadium to celebrate Jamaica’s
48th birthday. Richie Loop remains elated about the event and considered
it an honour to be selected to present his music on such an official
“The opportunity is indeed my most
interesting to this date, given that I was able to share in and
contribute to national pride, and in one of the most historical venues
in Jamaica The National Stadium, I am unsure if I could top this
locally,” remarked Richie Loop.
He admitted that this was his first
performance in the National Stadium, and probably the biggest audience
to which he has performed in his quickly blossoming career. “If I am not
mistaken yes it is (biggest crowd). Reggae Sumfest was large but I
think the stadium was full so yes! …it was amazing to hear the stadium
welcome me, and listened,” he continued.
Richie loopRichie Loop performed his new single Party Time, before going into the mega-hit and extremely loved party tune My Cupp.
“What was most intriguing was the fact
that when My Cupp started all the kids who took part in the parade
started to rush the stage… It was alarming at first, but then I thought
it is because they love the song, so I enjoyed the entire experience.”
This is one of a string of commendable
performances by Richie Loop, and he mentioned that his work is just
beginning. He has a few dates on his schedule both locally and
internationally, but fans can keep close eyes on his social network
pages for exact dates and location.
Richie is also armed for these tour dates with his second single Party Time, which has been getting good reviews in the entertainment circle.
“The second single is just two weeks
old, and they (Disc Jockeys) are still focusing on Party Likes it Your
Birthday which features myself, Busy Signal, and D-Major. However Party
Time is creeping, the DJ’s are saying good stuff, so I am happy.”
Richie Loop has created an amazing buzz
about himself since his launch in the business. His infectious single My
Cup and the official re-mix are creating mayhem on radio chart lists
and in sessions island wide.
Jamaica :- Today marks 48 years since the Island of Jamaica gained her
independence and there is no better way to celebrate this great occasion
than to see great performances, especially one that comes with a cup.
the many performances at today's Independence Day Grand Gala at the
National Stadium in Kingston, popular star Richie Loop is expected to be
one sure to have the crowd dancing and skipping in celebration.
asked why Richie Loop was chosen as one of the artistes to headline the
grand event, representative of Rose and Company, Alvin Campbell stated
that Richie Loop has come to be one of the biggest names in dancehall
music this year. "His music epitomizes what the Jamaican culture is all
about, he is a family entertainer and the Grand Gala is a family event".
Campbell has no doubt that Richie's performance will be a memorable one
as he believes Richie's name alone can excite the National Stadium
audience. "Even if Richie goes and stage and doesn't say a word, the
crowd would still be excited and elated to see him so I have no doubt he
will mash it up," Campbell said.
Loop first exploded on the dancehall scene this year with his smash
club hit My Cup which took the streets by storm and had everyone
swinging with a cup. His silky smooth lyrics and clean cut look
captivates his audience everywhere he goes. His follow-up hits Party
Time, Party like it your Birthday featuring Busy Signal and D Major are
currently riding the airwaves and persons can look out for the video for
the My Cup remix Cup Cup which will be released within the next week.
for Richie Loop, he is very excited about the performance as this is a
monumental occasion for him. "I am very elated to have been considered
to be a part of tomorrow festivities. This date means so much to our
nation and at this young age and stage in my career for me to be getting
an opportunity to share in it, words can't express. I think this maybe
one of my most memorable events to come - knowing the power and value of
this event to me as a Jamaican and the entire population", Richie Loop
Patrons in the National Stadium can
expect a vibrant performance with great choreography from Richie Loop.
"I am planning to ensure that all in attendance, as well as the viewers
at home, will have as much fun as I will in celebrating our nation's
independence." The Independence Day Grand Gala begins at 5pm tomorrow at
the National Stadium and it is expected to be one Jamaicans will never
Richie Loop - Contributed
Stage Name: Richie Loops
Real Name: Richard Webb
Birth Month: December
How did you get started in the business?
I started off by dancing, then I moved on from that to building beats
at my home, then to studios like Gumption, then back to studios in
Clarendon, and from there to Big Yard.
What has been your greatest challenge in the business yet?
Richie Loops: Getting someone to believe in me and I found that person.
What have you been up to lately?
Richie Loops: I've been doing some singles like All I Already Know and Party Time.
Do you look up to any specific artiste and why?
Lil Wayne, cause he's just crazy, Busy (Signal) too, cause his meds is
just different, Lady Gaga who is also crazy; I just like crazy people
Are you happy with the way things are going for your musical career right now?
Richie Loops: Definitely, couldn't be more blessed, and I have to thank God cause he makes it possible.
Do you have any advice for young artistes coming up?
Yeah! work hard, don't give up, don't make no one demotivate you, find
some real people, don't listen to your friends who are gonna tell yuh it
bad. Talk to people who know what the song needs.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Richie Loops: I see myself as one of Jamaica's biggest artistes, maybe the world's too, just to move towards that.
Richie Loop psyched by Sumfest performance
Leighton Levy, Star Writer
Richie Loop - file
As he prepares for appearances as a Smirnoff ambassador for
this coming Dream Weekend, Richie Loop was this week still savouring his
break-out performance on Reggae Sumfest, dancehall's biggest stage.
From all accounts the rapidly rising entertainer did nothing
to hurt his cause when he performed on International Night. This during
the same week when his hit song, My Cupp, was named the Hot Pick
of the Week on the Heineken World Charts show. In short, the past few
days have been especially good for Scikron/Big Yard's newest shining
"The impression I got for Sumfest was, wow," Loop said, as he
prepared to start working on a new rhythm in his 'lab' at Big Yard on
Tuesday night. "Seeing that I am not that experienced at performing, I
got remarkable feedback," he said.
In what has been described as a very good debut performance Richie Loop performed his hit song My Cupp, Cupp Cupp, Party Time, All I Really Know, Gal Whine and Me Want Me Own, creating a party atmosphere for the thousands in attendance. Richie said when he left the stage he went in search of Livingston (his manager) eager to find out how well he did. He was pleased with the critique. "Good one," he said Livingston told him.
But his manager's
words weren't the only words of praise he received. "Members of the
media and others from other countries expressed an interest in having me
perform overseas," he said, his tired eyes brightening at the
recollection. "People were handing me cards telling me they wanted me to
perform in Canada, Cayman, Trinidad and other countries."
Richie Loop believes his Sumfest performance
now sets the bar for his performances from this point on. "Every time
you step on stage you have to make sure you entertain the crowd. Me, at
Sumfest was me just being myself, enjoying myself and entertaining the
crowd," he said, adding that he was thankful to the promoters for giving
him the opportunity as well as his support team who helped him do so
He also believes his performance will show people that there is
much more to him than meets the eye. "I want people to know that I am
not a one-hit wonder or just a laid back guy who doesn't know how to
work a stage. I am a fun guy at the studio and on the stage and I just
want people to enjoy the music," he said. "It will only get better from
Once again we are gathered here to be one-on-one with our artistes. I am your girl Shani and this column is all aboutRichie Loop today. Although not a stranger to the music industry, Richie Loop is a new performing artiste who has seemingly over taken Jamaica overnight with his hit single MY CUPP. My Cupp has been a blasting the radio waves and has been enjoying success on both local and international charts. OutARoad had to get up close and personal with him to see how he feels about his current success as well as his plans for the future.
Setting: In the studio of Scikron Entertainment/Big Yard Music Label
OutARoad: What’s your real name?
Richie Loop: Richard Raquish Webb
OutARoad: How old are you?
Richie Loop: 23 years old.
OutARoad: What got you started in the business?
Richie Loop: I started out a dancer, however after watching some friends
making beats, I decided to try, so eventually I started producing and
writing..and today I am an artist/producer.
OutARoad: Which song do you think gave you that big break and had RICHIE LOOP on every body’s lips?
Richie Loop: Well I had two singles on the Scikron Entertainment out
called ‘She wants it good’ on the Brainstorm Riddim, and ‘Gal Whine’ on
the ‘Sweat Shop Riddim,’ however it was my first single ‘My Cupp’ that
garnered me local and international spotlight.
OutARoad: With that said, how long have you been in the business?
Richie Loop: Well I have been doing music for seven years as composer
/producer, however I have professionally been pursuing music for three
OutARoad: If you were not RICHIE LOOP and was just RICHARD WEBB, what would you be doing?
Richie Loop: I think I would be designing cars, it was my dream to ….so I think I would be an Automotive designer.
OutARoad: Were you a bookworm in school?
Richie Loop: No I wasn’t. Even though my high school alias was nerd, it
had nothing to with my intellectual exploits, but the fact that I was
different and focused on other things than most.
OutARoad: Lol lol… Any regrets?
Richie Loop: No … because I was one of the most popular pupil and
coolest nerd at Clarendon College. I was a ‘ladies man,’ but for the
Nerds out there, just be who you are and be confident with it.
OutARoad: What’s your advice to young artistes out there?
Richie Loop: Work hard, find somebody that believes in you, never stop
and strive for success, despite any challenges you may face.
OutARoad: What do you dislike about the music business?
Richie Loop: What I dislike most is that its hard for most artistes to
get the break they truly want. I was a producer before becoming an
artist and I have worked with lots of young artistes, I know how
difficult it is for them to get where I am today, especially if the
don’t have the financial backing to market and promote their singles.
OutARoad: What’s your take on the ungrateful persons?
Richie Loop: A person shouldn’t be ungrateful no matter what, we have so
much to be grateful for; life, family and friends……So I will not want
to surround my self with individuals who are, and for persons who I know
are, I try to keep contact at minimum.
OutARoad: What’s your philosophy?
Richie Loop: Well to be honest I never really had a philosophy in life,
but one guiding factor or phrase I have come to appreciate and believe
is that, “Once their is a will their is a way.”
Dominic Bell Observer TEENage writer UWI
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
What makes a hit? Is it the lyrics, the artiste, the hype at the time?
Is it 'something special' about the voice or rhythm? The TEENage Hitlist
pinpoints the hits and the misses as soon as we hear both local and
Local Hit of the Week
Party Like It's Your Birthday by Richie Loop ft Busy Signal &
With one massive hit single already under his belt, Scikron
Entertainment Group/Big Yard Music newcomer Richie Loop has released his
follow up to Party Cupp, titled Party Like It's Your Birthday.
Party Like It's Your Birthday is a dancefloor record aimed towards the
type of ladies that attract and are desired by the song's three featured
The song's chorus is courtesy of Richie Loop's label-mate D-Major, who
provides a melodious delivery that is sure to have people singing along.
Richie Loop sticks to the script with verses relevant to the song's
theme, and Busy Signal provides his usual lyrical prowess in his
Production wise, Party Like It's Your Birthday is the
latest dancehall song to be fused with hip-hop and R&B elements,
which gives the track crossover appeal, much like its predecessor Party
Cupp. The song's production includes sharp drums reminiscent of Busta
Rhymes' Touch It throughout the verses, blended with electronic
synthesizers and moderately auto-tuned vocals.
TEENage Hitlist believes that Party Like It's Your Birthday is a solid
follow up to Party Cupp, and is sure to earn a place in speakers
throughout the summer.
International Hit of the Week
Deuces by Chris Brown & Tyga Ft Kevin McCall
In May, R&B crooner Chris Brown and Lil' Wayne-led, Young Money
Records rapper Tyga released a collaborative mixtape titled Fan of a
Fan. Deuces was a stand-out track that garnered enough acclaim by fans
on the Internet for the duo to shoot a video for online promotion
But its demand increased substantially to become the New Joint of the
Day on BET's 106 & Park recently.
Deuces is about ending a problem plagued relationship that is destined
for peril. The song plays on the term "deuces," an American slang term
that means goodbye.
Chris Brown sings an emotionally driven verse filled with contempt
towards his unappreciative and confrontational partner whom he
eventually leaves, while also doing the song's chorus duties.
Tyga provides a solemn verse that speaks of regret and emotional
vulnerability, a rarity in the hip-hop genre.
Production wise, Kevin McCall provides a slightly Arabian themed
instrumentation that consists of a blend of light drums, hand claps,
piano keys and violin strings, all of which were timed and sequenced
accurately. He also raps a verse that compliments the song's theme.
TEENage Hitlist believes that Deuces is a relatable heartbreak anthem
that will continue to creep in popularity to become a mainstream hit.
DJ liquid Fresh to Death Count Do
Zj Liquid (left), Richie D (right) and a fan at 'Alternative', a
party in Miami on Memorial weekend.
Push It: Demarco featuring CeCile (Starcut Records) - This
is the follow up single to Demarco's smash hit Show It, featuring
Craig of Voicemail. This combination with Demarco and CeCile works well
for both artistes. The single has an 'Island pop' vibe and is fresh
because of Demarco's cross-over appeal and CeCile's sexy vibe.
Party Like Its Your Birthday: Richie Loops
featuring D Major and Busy Signal (Big Yard) - Richie Loop follow up to
his hit In My Cup. Busy Signal finds a crazy flow on this track
and the melodies are
well done by D. Major. This is another party anthem by Richie Loop which
is about taking out the girls and showing them a good time.
Dark Skin Girl: Romain Virgo (Penthouse) - This
song is taken from Virgo's debut album. It is a nice composition
complimenting and showing respect to dark skin girls/African queens. The
lyrics are well put together and delivered well. This song shows his
maturity and growth since winning Rising Stars.
Wuda Know: Dehdeh (New Artiste) (Truckback
Production) - Dehdeh wishes he could see the future, knowing that if he
could, he wouldn't have made some of the mistakes he made, or did some
of the things he did; he would know where to walk, the things to talk,
who to befriend and how to move. He delivers many people's wish of being
a prophet in his creative way. People can relate to this song and it
says what many of us express everyday- "if me did know"
Fresh To Death: Tami, Timberlee, Tifa, Stacious and
Natalie Storm (UIM) - The ladies give us their version and
interpretation of Fresh to Death. This is a song which gives strength to
'girl power' by showing that you can be fresh in the way you dress and
carry yourself - your swag. This song definitely represents for the
ladies and should make them feel confident and sexy. This song is Fresh
To Death literally!
FRESH TO DEATH RIDDIMS:
Runway Swag -
Red Dirt - Clueless Production (Young Producers)
Blue Gem - Sounique Production
Raw Soul - 3 Dimension
Brit Jam - Brit Jam Production
Bank Robber Rhythm - Vendetta
Infanity Rhythm - Equiknoxx Productions
City Life Rhythm - 2 Hard Records
God Always Be There - Bounty Killer
Rave We A Rave - Chino/Konshens
'FAVA LIKA SEH' rooted in deep
rural Jamaica that has been around long time but it 'come back in style'
and means 'It looks like' or 'Obviously'(Only the real country accent
can catch this talk good! So FRESH it had to be featured again - CATCH
Fresh spot to catch ZJ Liquid:
IKANDI - This and every Tuesday night at Club Privilege
2. Wavz Beach (Portmore) - Saturday June 19
3. Fiction nightclub - Saturday June 19
Remember to take a picture with
you and ZJ Liquid and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your
chance to appear on this page!
Also remember to catch Fresh to Death Wednesday on ZIP103 2
p.m. - 6 p.m. to catch these Fresh Tunes.
Listen ZJ Liquid Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays,
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
D-Major, Busy Signal and Richie Loop have collaborated on a
tune that seems set to take Jamaica by storm this summer. Party Like
It's Your Birthday was released to radio yesterday on the Scikron
Entertainment/Big Yard label and everyone involved believes the song is
destined for great things.
"To me, this one is a magic tune,
you know. I feel confident in this one," says D-Major, who sings lead
vocals on the song that was written and produced by Richard 'Richie
While working with Richie Loop is a daily but special experience,
D-Major said he was pleased he got the chance to work with Busy Signal.
"He is one of the few local artistes that I really wanted to work
with. He is creative, he's different, he dares to be different and I
wanted to experience that vibe, so it's like a blessing. He just came
around in the days and we were here 'vibing' and see it de, magic," he
"I think the song is going to be great," Busy Signal said in
response. "It's a party song, people will enjoy themselves. Every day is
somebody's birthday, so I came up with the idea and called Richie
He said the song has international appeal because it's a subject
that anyone can relate to. "All over the world, party like it's your
birthday, it doesn't even have to be your birthday for you to party," he
reasoned. "It's a party song for people to enjoy themselves and uplift
Richie Loop, whose hit song My Cupp is dominating singles
charts locally and abroad, not only wrote and produced the song but lent
his vocal skills to the project as well. He was very animated when
talking about this latest project.
"It's a crazy vibe," he said about working with D-Major
and Busy Signal on the song. "The vibe was good. We were there (at Big
Yard) vibing until Major walked in. We went into the studio and we said,
'Major see if you can shot de part ya' because we know he is the smooth
sailor and we needed that little thing and Major went in and shot it
They sent the finished product to Scikron/Big Yard CEO Robert
Livingston who immediately gave it the green light. "It was the icing on
the cake," Richie Loop said.
June 16, 2010
There are many 'wicked' songs blasting through the airwaves but these
tunes are undeniably on everyone's lips. We did the honor of putting
them all together for you.
My cup - Richie Loop
Even if you live under a rock (and we're hoping you don't) we're
sure you must have heard the very ants humming this tune. With its
catchy lyrics, hip-hop beat and laid-back vibe it's easy to understand
why this song is such a party favourite. We bet your cups won't be
overflowing anytime soon.
All I do is win, DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross
and Snoop Dogg
With hit-maker T-Pain on the hook and an all-star lineup how could
this song be anything but a 'winner'?
Hold Yuh (remix),Gyptian featuring Nicki Minaj
After quite a hiatus reggae crooner Gyptian is back with another hit
and having Young Money Records 'it girl' Nicki Minaj on board was
definitely a good choice.
Turn me life around, T'Nez
Uwi student Tristan 'T' Nez' Barnes certainly proved himself as one
to watch in the music business with this deep but catchy tune that has
us all singing along.
With the release of this hot track we saw everybody's Facebook and
messenger statuses change to "What am I doing? Oh yeah, that's right I'm
Find Your Love, Drake featuring Mavado
Definitely the of-the-moment artiste, Drake is having a good month
with his Find Your Love, the video featuring 'Gully God' is all the
Richie Loop drops 'My Cupp'
Leighton Levy, Star Writer
Richie Loop shoots 'My Cupp' video. - Contributed
With Richie Loop's My Cupp well on its way to becoming a
major local hit, the eagerly awaited accompanying video was recently
shot at several locations across Kingston.
It is hoped the
video will propel the song to even higher heights. Since the song was
late February, it has steadily gained momentum, thrusting the
23-year-old singer/producer into the spotlight, earning him interviews
in both local and international media.
Directed by 'I am the Critic' and produced by Mellissa Llewellyn,
the My Cupp video was shot in Norbrook, Cherry Gardens and
It was the young entertainer's first video shoot and he was very
excited and totally enjoyed the experience.
"The video shoot was two days of fun. I knew I was working but at
the same time I enjoyed myself both on and off camera," Richie Loop
said. "For my first video, the experience was great and the
production team was wonderful."
The concept of the video involved a house party with patrons
having fun. There was an incredible party vibe, insiders told THE
STAR with approximately 50 people including extras participating in
the project. "It was great that lots of my friends came and the people
were energetic," Richie Loop said.
Insiders also told THE STAR
that fans are going to be in for a surprise when they see the video, as
they witness how the director captured the true meaning of the song that
is doing well on several local charts as well as on reggae charts in
The singer, who is working on new songs at the Scikron/Big Yard
label, said he can't wait to see how the two days of shooting turned
out. "I am just as anxious as everyone to see the final
product," he said.
On the set with Richie Loops
Reneece Francis & Kimberley Sherlock
Observer TEENage writer UWI & Utech
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Last week, TEENage was chilling On The Set of Richie Loops' My Cup
video. With its house party setting, the shoot was held in Cherry
Gardens with scenes featuring various areas of the modern, spacious and
well designed residence.
Produced by Melissa Lewyn and Robert Livingston, CEO and owner of
Serikon Entertainment, the popular party song came on the scene earlier
this year. Now getting heavy rotation at home and abroad, the team
decided it was time to get a video out. When asked about the inspiration
for the video's concept, TEENage was told that it was Livingston who
thought of the house party idea, while Richie's laid back personality
helped to keep it real. Note that the shoot was more than just a video
shoot, and continued throughout the night as guests and crew partied
Richie Loops shoots
a scene of the video with his’ leading lady’.
Make-up artiste Jody-Ann Plummer, kept everyone
looking perfect while members of the crew offered refreshments. Keeping
in the theme of the house party, director and editor Kritik, aims to use
the video to give more fun and pop to the popular song.
On the set, TEENage noted cameos from a number of artistes and dancers
including members of the BigYaad family D-Major, Chris Martin and Ice
Man; as well as Dancing Dynamite's Card Unit, guest DJ Creep Chromatic
from Chromatic and editor and director of RD Studios Ruption.
Already looking at a remix for the song, fans are asked to stay tune for
what Richie has in store next. Be sure to look out for not only the
video, which is set to be out by the end of this month, but also look
out for Richie's album, tours and special appearances this summer.
Richie Loops on the set of the video shoot
New singing sensation, Richie
Loops recently shot the music video for his hot new summer
sound track My Cupp.
The video, which takes the format of a major
house party hosted by Richie loops, was shot in the upscale community
of Cherry Gardens with major support
from the Big Yard family and fans on
The video, the video also features recording
artiste Ishawna, Chris Martin,
D-Major, Ice-Man and other industry players as well as
top dance groups such as Card Unit,
contestants in this year’s Dancing Dynamites.
The video is set to be released soon.
What's In Your Cupp
By Shanz Hill
As summer approaches with blazing speed, the influx of new party
singles increases at almost every radio library throughout the world.
However, disc jocks search frantically through emails, for the sole
mission of either finding the new anthem for the summer, or a new artist
with the right song to endorse. Such is the balance of 'Richie
Loop' (Born Richard Webb) of Scikron Entertainment/Big
Yard Music Label, and his hot new Single 'My Cupp.'
The 'Party Cup' revolution is not a new concept
locally or internationally, but one in which Richie Loop
has refreshed with a new energy, melody and 'swagg.' With a flip side, 'My
Cupp' has all the characteristics of being simply 'that song'
catchy, infectious and one that as soon as it begins to play, you simply
have to move. With just a slimming five weeks of its official release, My
Cupp has injected it self as a staple on both airwaves and
social events play list.
At 23 years old, one of the newest rising artist Richard
‘Richie Loop’ Webb, has begun to make his audience sit up and
take notice as he makes strides toward solidifying his name in the music
industry. With a budding catalogue, the singer, songwriter, composer
and producer, who already has three singles in rotation on radio within
the Caribbean and internationally aspire to do much
Born in Kingston and
raise in the parish of Clarendon, Richie Loop attended Clarendon
College but has always had a love affair with music and all
that it embodies. Richie Loop describes his experiences
with Robert Livingston"In my daily musical walk, I am
able to learn from one of the greatest manager/producer of all time and I
hope to continue the legacy of Scikron Entertainment.
My main focus is to work on improving my skills by incorporating new
style of beats (a fusion of dancehall, disco, rock and hip hop) and
songs that people will enjoy." as a critical learning process
in his career. He goes on to say,
My Cupp is not a single in which most music critics
would consider lyrically endowed, but most if not all would agree at
best, that three vital characteristics are satisfied, that of:
1. It implores individuals to be financially
independent as it reduces embarrassment, and increases self reliance,
self worth and confidence..eg. Buying your own drink, or not leaving
your drink unattended, this prevents predators from tampering with the
contents of your beverage.
2. It encourages and re-enforces the desires for
party goers to be socially responsible. E.g. Not pouring their drink on
the ground, which can result in an accident and result in bodily
injuries. What is most important, he addressed lyrically the issue of
drinking and driving, by either leaving your keys with a trusted driver
(e.g.Keeble) or not drinking and driving, as he stressed -Not inna u
3. He reminds the patrons of the real purpose of
socialiing, by saying "Are you ready to party ...are you ready to
dance?" A requirement to having a good time, is to forget about your
possible worries and stress of the day or week, and just join in
wholesome responsible fun.
Hence as Richie Loop says 'What’s in My Cupp -
stays in My Cupp' the aim should be not to compete to drink, but to have
a good time.
It's not Akon's Cupp, it's Richie Loop's
By Yasmine Peru
Friday, April 23, 2010The single called My Cupp (yes, two P's) definitely has its swagger on.
It is the latest club banger with a world of possibilities. And,
contrary to popular belief, it's not done by Akon or any other foreign
international act. The voice is that of 23-year-old, Richard 'Richie
Loop' Webb, one of the newest artistes out of Robert Livingstone's
Scikron/Big Yard outfit.
LOOP... I always
dabbled in singing but what I did was just stuff for my friendsto listen
Richie Loop and
Richie Loop, simply put, is on the cusp of getting
"hotta dan 10 fireside" and he is genuinely savouring every second as he
shoots towards stardom. Richie has a song that is ready to 'shot' on
Billboard, he has the right image and he has a story.
It was in October of last year that he linked up with Livingstone and
joined Big Yard -- not as an aspiring artiste, but as a man who sits in
the studio, makes the beats and produces tracks. But less than six
months later, Richie Loop has made that quantum leap from the anonymity
of behind the mixing board, straight into the spotlight with a single so
hot that he can barely cup it in his hands.
"I always dabbled in singing but what I did was just stuff for my
friends to listen to. I never really saw myself on stage as a performing
artiste," the quick-to-smile youngster told Splash. "But I guess life
had something else planned for me. All I can say is what is destined for
you is destined for you," he added philosophically.
Actually, it was while listening to a Lil Wayne interview on the topic
of cups that Destiny came a-calling. "I said to myself that I should
really write something about cups and the hook just came to me. I
started writing the song and making the beat simultaneously - right
there and then," Richie Loop recalled.
He knew he was onto something good when other Scikron/Big Yard artistes
including Iceman and D-Major gave a listen and passed it with flying
colours. Robert Livingstone then gave it the real listen, made a few
essential changes and endorsed the Cupp.
Like a true student of Robert, Richie Loops is quick to spread the glory
associated with the single, rather than claiming it all for himself.
"It's a team effort," he emphasised. "It was really Robert who
encouraged me to start voicing. He heard me singing the chorus for the
D-Lynxx Question tune, 'Wha you come a mi yaad fa?' and said that since I
could write and make beats then I should really consider voicing some
songs. And ... the rest is history."
The team is now in the process of doing the treatment for the video. "We
had a treatment already, but someone else went out and did something
similar, so we went back to the drawing board," an excited Richie Loops
A person who clearly doesn't put himself in a box -- or even in a cup
for that matter -- this artiste describes himself as a singer, deejay,
rapper and singjay. "And if I can talk words over the beats and people
like it, I will do it," he declared, while a member of his 'Yard' added
trying to keep a straight face, "You have to understand that Richie is
really Lady Gaga's brother."
The almost overnight success of My Cupp -- which has seen quite a bit of
chart activity locally, #3 on FiWi Choice, # 10 on Richie B Countdown, #
15 on Re and # 17 in Toronto, and is poised to take off overseas -- has
sent Big Yard's promotional plan in a tizzy. The calls from radio
stations here in Jamaica and in places such as California, Georgia,
Germany, Japan, Dubai wanting the single and interviews are tumbling
over each other and Richie has also found himself on a couple stages
locally in recent times.
"It's been a lot of coaching regarding how to do interviews -- what to
say, what not to say -- how to perform, use up the stage, get the crowd
involved. And the team is an important part of this process, watching
and giving their criticism," Richie Loop said.
The practise, he feels has been paying off, as he is comfortable on
stage, and his only obstacle was at the recent kite festival when he was
performing and tried repeatedly to put up his foot on the monitor at
the front of the stage, but it just wouldn't happen. Hopefully,
practise, will indeed make perfect.
Another interesting situation for him was the performance at U-Tech, at
the end of which the students were bragging that the "foreign singer"
had performed on their campus. Mr Cupp, as one interviewer called him
throughout a recent interview, was not happy with that description.
"I know the song sounds international and that is good because that's
the way we do our thing ... we make music for the world. But at the same
time, I want the world to know that a yaad we say. Strictly home-grown
talent from start to finish," declared 23-year-old past student of
Clarendon College and Excelsior Community College.
And, on an equally serious note, he pointed out that artistes on the
Scikron/Big Yard roster make sure that they record "air fare songs
rather than bus fare songs".
"We do songs with visas, songs that can pass airport," Ricky Loops
Let's see if this cupp runneth over.
Richie Loop’s ‘My Cupp’ full of vibes
Thursday 15 April 2010 @ 3:03 pm
“Maaad.” That’s how Richie Loop describes the wave
of hype being created by his party song
‘My Cupp’ that seems to be on the lips of most Jamaicans these days.
Since the song was released in late February, it has been all over
local radio, steadily gaining traction on the party circuit and climbing
several charts locally and abroad with stern conviction.
My Cupp was recently at number 10 on the Richie B Dancehall Charts, and
number 5 on the Fiwi/ER Charts. It was number 17 on one chart in
My Cupp has also opened doors to the young producer/songwriter/singer
from May Pen, Clarendon. In recent weeks, writers from reggae magazines
and deejays from both local and
US radio stations have been calling, including Jabba from New York’s Hot
97 and Miss Lauren from Atlanta College
Radio. Yes, My Cupp seems set to make Richie Loop a star.
“The people say the song is a hit so I can’t say no,” said the
disarmingly honest entertainer as he worked on a styrofoam container of
soup at Big Yard recently. Dressed in
black shirt and pants, his shades perched just above his
hairline, Richie Loop sipped on the steaming, hot soup while his eyes
stared into space as he was trying to put into perspective how big My
Cupp is becoming.
A trip to Ocho Rios during the
Easter weekend where he performed at several Carnival events opened his
eyes as to how much My Cupp has taken hold within the Jamaican party
consciousness. At Beach Jouvert, where he briefly shared a stage with
Ding Dong, the massive crowd was enthusiastically singing along when he
performed the song.
“People like it,” he said, his normally droopy eyes
widening at the memory of the excitement. “I liked that, Star, it was a
good vibe. Even Ding Dong was singing along.”
The response to his performance of the song at the Kite Festival in
St Ann was even more overwhelming. Robert Livingston, CEO at Scikron
Entertainment/Big Yard, said the reaction of the large crowd was wild.
The success of My Cupp has also raised interest in a couple of songs
that Richie Loop has released between late last year and early 2010. Gal
Wine on the ‘Sweat Shop’ rhythm and She Wants It Good on the
‘Brainstorm’ rhythm have now been getting increased airplay since My
Cupp took off. Radio stations have even been calling Big Yard requesting
copies of the songs.
Livingston smiled when asked about what the success of My Cupp meant
for Richie Loop. “You can definitely see that people are enjoying this
artiste with a fun party song,” he said. “People are having fun with
him.” He also noted that people believed that the song had beeen done by
an international artiste.
The response to Richie Loop on the Easter weekend was also a
revelation, Livingston said.
“That weekend was definitely an eye-opener as to how
people are taking on to the song,” he said.
With word being that an accompanying video of My Cupp is on the way,
the signs are looking good for the song during the summer months. “Once
they hear it, people can’t help but sing along,” Livingston said. “It’s
great energy for a new talent in the Jamaican
What's In My Cupp - Richie Loop
Hey! Are u ready to party? Are u
ready to dance? Fi dance...Everybody grab ur party cups (u party
Grab ur party cups now... u party cupps now... (u party cups) just put
dem up.. (u party cups) dem up....Heyy..ooooooohhhh
Jamaica’s newest sensation Richie
Loop seem to be the name that is hot on every teen lips these
last few weeks. After having consistent endorsement from media moguls
such as Dr. Kingsly 'Ragashanti' Stewart, as well as
seen its way on most if not all the leading radio stations play lists
such as IRIE FM, ZIP FM, FAME FM, HITZ, RJR just to
name a few, with DJ's showing much love for the single.
My Cupp's infectious party lyrics has infiltrated
the sound waves and social online networks from Jamaica
to Japan, at such speed even the Management team
headed by Robert Livingston, has expressed surprise.
According to DJ Nico (FAME 95 FM) My Cupp "is the
song for the summer, as people want to dance."
With Lyrical content such as:
"I got my swagg up high, gonna party till I touch tha sky,
So I, got the 'ac on the Henny on the table, (table)
And am filling my cup from the table,
My drink kinda got me unstable, amma need a driver because am unable,
Thank God a left my keys wid Keeble, (Keeble)
Am feeling little bit feeble.
Wats in My Cupp
Stays in My Cupp
In My Cupp stays in My Cupp
My drink is.. In My Cupp,
In My Cupp.. Is in My Cup
My Cuuppp 'Hey' ... 'Heey'
Wats in My Cupp ...Stays in My Cupp
Richie Loop a member of the Scikron
Entertainment/Big Yard Music Label family stresses that, while
having fun it is important and a need for patrons to be alert while
partying. This is imperative as one need to exercise a sense of social
responsiveness. However, the aim of his lyrical composition, would seem
to be one in which he hopes his fans will adhere to.
"So put ur cupps to the ceiling if u feeling wat am feeling..
Inna di club Hey!
Inna the streets Hey!
Not inna u caaaarrrr!!!
Therefore the message is crystal clear, have fun..but in doing so, do
RICHIE LOOP- New Artiste Watch!
and humble Kingstonian brother grew up in the Clarendon area with a
passion for dancing. He moved back to Kingston where he met Robert
Livingston who scooped him up and signed Richie to Scikron Entertainment
due to his outstanding producing skills and creativity.
Loop continued to experiment with different sounds ranging from Reggae
to R&B to techno. Most of the tracks are backed with energetic and
unique beats which will give the album a fresh sound. The lyrics come
about from Richie's environment which he builds on to create the
complete track. Favourite artistes inlcude Lil Wayne and Shaggy, both of
whom Richie would like to work alongside in the future.
Richie Loop is new to the performing side which gives way to a certain
amount of stage fright, his new single "MY CUPP" is blowing up the
airwaves and is in heavy rotation on local radio stations. He loves
performing just as much as getting down in the studio. He would like his
fans to know that Richie Loop is just a humble, down to earth brother
with a passion for dancing.
** "MY CUPP" is definitely gonna be a
summer club hit so go get the single and watch out for live
performances from this talented new artiste! **
CUPP -RICHIE LOOP-LYRICS
Are u ready to party?
Are u ready to dance? Fi dance...
grab ur party cups (u party cups)...ooooooohhh
Grab ur party cups
now... u party cupps now... (u party cups) just put dem up.. (u party
cups) dem up....
in My Cupp
Stays in My Cupp
In My Cupp stays in My Cupp
drink is.. In My Cupp,
In My Cupp.. Is in My Cup
My Cuuppp 'Hey' ... 'Heey'
Wats in My Cupp ...Stays in
I got my swagg up
high, gonna party till I touch tha sky,
So I, got the 'yac on the
Henny on the table, (table)
And am filling my cup from the table,
drink kinda got me unstable, amma need a driver because am unable,
God a left my keys wid Keeble, (Keeble)
Am feeling little bit
am sipping.. its from mycup I'm sipping
So u don't have to come
around..... ain't gonna pour ma drink on the ground
So put ur cupps
to the ceiling if u feeling wat am feeling..
Inna di club Hey!
the streets Hey!
Not inna u caaaarrrr!!!
mi no care way u a drink so put u cupps up,
Mek sure something deh
inna u cup cupp ...Hey!
Now the whole world a sing put u cupps up
Put it up! Hey !..Put it up.. Hey!....
My drink kinda got
me unstable amma need a driver because am unable,
Thank God I left my
keys wid Keeble, damn
Am feelin lil bit feeble.
feelin a lil.. (Ooooo) bit tipsy right now u know wat am saying,
am doing quite fine...
Cause wats in my cup is in my
An wat am drinking u aint gotto to know.......HA!
Cuppp ....My Cupp.... My Cupp
WHAT makes a song a hit? Is it the lyrics, the artiste, the hype at
the time? Is it 'something special' about the voice or rhythm?
TEENage Hitlist highlights the hits and the misses as soon as we are
privy to both local and international releases.
Of the Week
MyCupp by RichieLoop
Wayne-popularised party cup trend, where patrons at parties drink from
their personalised coloured plastic or styrofoam cups, is currently
sweeping through the dancehall culture thanks to Ding Dong.
RichieLoop MyCupp is a catchy feel-good party vibe song released by
Scikron Entertainment/Big Yard Music.
The song utilises a tune
similar to Black Dada's I'm a Zoe. The chorus is extremely catchy and
will certainly one to sing along to this spring into summer.
must be commended for his vocal clarity, something that has been
lacking in the dancehall genre. Kudos also must be given to the song's
production team as it is hip hop influenced with enough dancehall vibes
to be appreciated on local airwaves.
The ad lib at the end of the
song is also hilarious as it pays homage to Lil' Wayne in a recent
interview in which he was asked about the significance of his 'cup'.
will hear witty lines such as "Put your cups to the ceiling... in ah
the club, in ah the streets but not in a yuh cars", in which RichieLoop
condemns the practice of drinking and driving, a move which must be
With all the above noted, TEENage Hitlist believes
that RichieLoopz MyCupp fulfils its party-pleasing purpose and is the
first dancehall song this year that shows potential to cross over into
the international market.
Singer, producer RichieLoop has been churning out some pretty sharp rhythms for Scikron
Entertainment/Big Yard in recent months. From 'Maad a Road' to the
'Brainstorm' rhythms, Loops has shown that he has the potential to be -
if he is not already - among the very best producers in Jamaica today.
Loops may have officially come of age with his best work yet; a song
calledMyCupp that he sang and produced and
the makings of a monster hit.
"This song has all of what a hit song needs to
have," says Scikron CEO Robert Livingston, who cautioned that one can
never tell what is a hit until it becomes one.
MyCupp is a party song. It
has the swagger. It has an infectious beat that gives it immediate
international crossover appeal and lyrics simple enough to make them
concept is simple still; it's about having a party. You know some people
when they go to a party or club, they have their nice cup of juice, and
nobody knows what's in there. Everybody wants to know what you
drinking, if it's Hennessy you drinking, if it's Red Bull and Guinness
you drinking. Well, if it's my cup, nobody has to know what I am
drinking," Loops says.
The song, he says, has an international
flavour, so he is hopeful that it will take off in the international
a couple weeks ago that Loops said he was watching television and saw
the rapper L'il Wayne talking about what is in his cup. The image, he
said, gave him an idea and he quickly put together a beat that he
thought was appropriate. He had Iceman listen to the rough version of
the beat and they both agreed that it had potential.
In virtually no time
they had the lyrics ready and the song was made. A few adjustments have
been made since. The song was released Tuesday night.
Winning a Grammy is where it will all come together for producer Richie Loops some day. That's his dream."Top producer in the game, that is what I aim for," he said as heswivelled on a chair in the pre-recording studio by Big Yard Studio onWestminster Road, St Andrew, recently.
Loops, born RichardRaquish Webb and turned 23 on December 23, last year, is currently theresident producer at Big Yard and has been responsible for some of thehottest rhythms of the day including his most recent 'Maad A Road'rhythm and the equally impressive 'Brainstorm' rhythm. His rhythms, hesaid, are about having fun.
Having fun and making music were always in his blood. As achild living in Westmoreland and Clarendon, Loops was always having fundancing and acting. Fun triggers his creativity, he says. Hiscreativity is what makes him the respected producer he is today.
"In my communityme a joker still. Me give pure joke and run up and down. I have thischildish side to me that I don't want to get rid of. That side shouldalways stay with me, that is what helps me build my rhythms," he said."You have to be calm man, mellow man, give jokes, run up and down andenjoy yourself."
Loops, a graduate of Clarendon College and the ExcelsiorCommunity College where he studied information technology, spentseveral years developing his craft, working with several not-so-famouslocal and overseas artistes before graduating to working with theGumption band and Derek Morgan.
He also spent time at a now-defunct small studio called Gal ARush in Old Harbour before he started his own Dumbstruck productionhouse. He joined Big Yard in September last year after meeting CEORobert Livingston several months before. The day he met Livingston, hesaid, he waited more than three hours just to see him but it was worthevery minute as they hit it off almost immediately.
Now at Big Yard, Loops is enjoying the synergies he experienceswith all the entertainers there, from the seasoned veteran Shaggy tothe upcoming singers like Chris Martin, Ice Man, D-Lynx and D Major.The 'Brainstorm' rhythm, for example, was the result of collaborationwith 'Felch' from D-Lynx but Loops says he gets a good vibe workingwith each and every member of the Big Yard Family. "Everybody reps," hesaid. "Everybody just fits in."
When he is by himself, however, Loops takes different elements from the different genres he listens to each day - on the Internetand on the radio - and brings them together to build his fresh-soundingrhythms. "Sometimes there is a little piece that you want to get, butit's not that you want to build over a person's rhythm, but when youhear it you can build a rhythm that is dancehall. So if you can get apiece of that and incorporate it with the dancehall thing ... maad," hesaid.So far there is nothing he has produced that he is totallysatisfied with. A rhythm will be special today, he said, and by thetime he creates another, it's not so special anymore. That quest inpursuit of perfection is also what drives him. "One thing me want stillyou know; it's to get a Grammy. That is my dream. I won't feel like Ifully accomplish what I want to until I get a Grammy. Even if I do somemusic for a person and that person gets a Grammy. I won't feel completeuntil I do."
Singer, producer Richie Loops has been churning out some pretty
sharp rhythms for Scikron Entertainment/Big Yard in recent months. From
'Maad a Road' to the 'Brainstorm' rhythms, Loops has shown that he has
the potential to be - if he is not already - among the very best
producers in Jamaica today.
However, yesterday Loops may have
officially come of age with his best work yet; a song called My Cup that
he sang and produced and has all the makings of a monster hit.
"This song has all of what a hit song needs to have," says
Scikron CEO Robert Livingston, who cautioned that one can never tell
what is a hit until it becomes one.
My Cup is a party song. It has the swagger. It
has an infectious beat that gives it immediate international crossover
appeal and lyrics simple enough to make them memorable.
"The concept is simple still; it's about having a party. You know
some people when they go to a party or club, they have their nice cup
of juice, and nobody knows what's in there. Everybody wants to know what
you drinking, if it's Hennessy you drinking, if it's Red Bull and
Guinness you drinking. Well, if it's my cup, nobody has to know what I
am drinking," Loops says.
The song, he says, has an international flavour, so he is hopeful
that it will take off in the international market.
It was a couple weeks ago that Loops said he was watching
television and saw the rapper L'il Wayne talking about what is in his
cup. The image, he said, gave him an idea and he quickly put together a
beat that he thought was appropriate. He had Iceman listen to the rough
version of the beat and they both agreed that it had potential.
In virtually no time they had the lyrics ready and the song was
made. A few adjustments have been made since. The song was released