'Yo you [skin] red and you look like a rat!' In 1996 Wallace Wilson was about to emerge on the International stage as one of Jamaica's most versatile and exciting performers when he heeded then label mate Degree's point-blank observation and Red Rat was born.
Wallace Wilson AKA Red Rat was born into a musical family (Troy Genius is his elder brother) in the tourist area of St. Anns Bay, Jamaica. Incredibly, his first performance was at the age of four, 'My brothers used to play in the hotels. They called me onstage and I started singing a Michael Jackson song, yeah 'ABC!'' The audience went wild and Red Rat was hooked.
Red Rat's recording debut 'Can't Live Without You' with his brother's band brought him to the attention of Danny Browne the producer/musician CEO of Main Street Records. Impressed by the young performer's musical abilities and natural stage charisma, Browne mentored the artiste allowing him to nurture his talent and gain valuable experience alongside Main Street artists such as Degree, Buccaneer and Papa San.
While still in school Red Rat recorded his first single 'Itsy Bitsy' for Browne's Main Street Records; however on his father's insistence he decided to put his career on hold until completing his education. In 1996 after graduating from Meadowbrook High Red Rat, under the watchful eye of Browne, moved full steam ahead releasing a string of hit singles including 'Shelly-Ann' and 'Dwayne' that catapulted him to the top of Reggae charts worldwide while showcasing his unmistakable voice, unique sense of humor and his unforgettable trademark 'Oh-No!'
Red Rat's debut album 'Oh No....It's Red Rat!' quickly became one of Greensleeves Records greatest selling albums with hits such as 'Tight Up Skirt', 'Cruise' (featured in the movie 'The Big Hit') and 'Big Man Little Yute.' The album's success, steady radio play and demand for his outrageous live performances led to shows all over the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond.
'I'm a Big Kid Now' followed in 1999 with more hits and critical acclaim. His musical diversity and mainstream popularity led to a series of collaborations with artists such as Treach of Naughty by Nature, Kele Le Roc and British icons Groove Armada. Following the success of his sophomore album Red Rat decided to take a break from recording to spend time with his daughter Taiye while producing other artists.
The buzz from fans anticipating a new album inspired Red Rat to return to the studio. Red Rat and manager Delroy Escoffery formed Rat-A-Kastle Records and immediately began recording new tracks with chart-topping producers including Scott Storch, Salaam Remi and Cool and Dre. Dr. Patrick Wheatle later became a part of the management team and Rat-A-Kastle Records. The tracks from the forthcoming album reflect a new direction for the artiste who has once again redefined himself. The slamming tracks, hype and humor are all there, and so is a more seasoned and mature Red Rat on God is the Answer • Thank God for Life • God Bless Us All
Red Rat's new song "MySpace Page" is currently the most requested song on Power 96 FM in Miami. YOU MUST HEAR IT! Where can you hear the it? On Red Rat's MySpace
Red Rat emerges into Double R...All grown up & signs new female pop artist Pascalle....
We wanted to update you on the Dancehall Artist Red Rat...he is all grown up now and is coming back full force.
DJ Red Rat is all grown up now with a new image, a new armada of songs and a new manager to boot. The deejay said that it was hard to part ways with his former manager.
"It was an amicable parting...I now see myself in a different light, I have a new image, I have cut off my hair, and I have been doing some collaborations with Mims one song is called "Life Of A Star" that has been getting great reviews. He also just recently worked along with French recording artistLord Kossity and they recorded the hit " So Sexy" which is now playing though out Europe. He even has a role in the film GED starring Fazion Love so things are happening for me right now," he said.
Red Rat who is now known as Double R is in the island promoting a new single called Yutes Dem.You can listen to the single and comment below.
"It's a single that deals with the quality of life for street yutes who hustle in the street. I plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sale of the song to a foundation dedicated to helping improve their situation in life."
Red Rat has signed his first artiste to his Double R Music Group. The deejay has taken up mangerial duties for a talented young female artiste called Pascalle, a move he believes will herald the rise of Double R Music Group as a force to reckon with in the music biz.
“Pascalle is the first artist to be signed to Double R music Group. She is incredibly talented and I believe she is going to create major waves in the biz. She is half dominican half Bahamian, and she is living in Miami,”
Pascalle is also a model/actress that has worked for major urban brands such as Ecko Red , True Religion, Tommy Bahamas and others. She was featured in Smooth magazine as their Valentine’s Day girl and she was in their 100 top women in the business countdown.
“She was also featured in Masterpiece which is a car magazine and she has worked for artist such a Ne-Yo, Lil' Wayne, Fat Joe and she also did a movie called Haitian Nights alongside Miguel Nunez who starred in Juwanna Man. Now she is pursuing singing with Double R Music Group.”
Red Rat, who is known for the hits Shelly Ann, Dwayne and Tight up skirt, performed in Houston and Orlando recently. His latest single, Yutes Dem, So Sexy, Me & U and I'm just A man has been enjoying great rotation on local and foreign radio stations.