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Eek-A-Mouse Biography

It is not only Eek-A-Mouse's 6 feet 6 inches height that make him one of Jamaica's most individual talents. He has created a style all his own, and gone on to become something of an international phenomenon quite apart from the rest of the world of reggae. Hylton's unusual name was originally that of a racehorse upon which he frequently lost money; when the horse finally won a race, he had, of course, refused to back it.

1982 was the year of the Mouse, with a litter of smash singles including "Wild Like a Tiger," "For Hire and Removal," "Do You Remember," and "Ganja Smuggling," and the seminal album "Wa Do Dem," rounding up most of the hits and more. With "Operation Eradication," Eek proved there was a thinking man inside the mouse costume on a single inspired by the tragic vigilante killing of close friend and fellow DJ Errol Scorcher. A rabid appearance at Reggae Sunsplash was also captured on tape and released in 1984. "Skidip!" appeared before the year closed and although it was less hit-driven than its predecessor, was just as strong nonetheless.

Mouse continued to tour almost constantly throughout the end of the 90's and into the millenium, performing an amazing 200-250 shows a year. While still finding time to appear on collaborations with different artists including Cocoa Brovaz, POD, Papas Culture, MC Torch, and BranVan3000. Also, appearing on various riddim albums from the UK. before releasing "Eeksperience" on Coach House Records in early 2001.

A chat with Eek-A-Mouse is something of an aural adventure. More than a quarter-century of recording, global touring and enough years of residency in the suburbs of Irvine to justify an accent heavy on California mall girl-isms have hardly changed the dancehall godfather's husky Kingston patois. Though his voice is smooth and rich in tone, Mouse's unique re-imagining of English grammatical rules can prove challenging to the unprepared ear.

Take a conversation touching on Mouse's feelings about his music's place among reggae's current crop of dancehall favorites. While a couple of decades removed from the early '80s Jamaican dancehall scene that solidified his reputation as one of the genre's most irreverent and oft-copied toasters, The Mouse � as he is fond of calling himself � hardly feels his career has peaked or that his time has passed.

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