Since his first recording at age fourteen, Junior “One Blood” Reid has consistently captivated the world with his hypnotic soundscape. From his first major release in the early eighties under the Sugar Minott endorsed “Youth Promotion” Label, Reid stamped out a series of hits that has riveted his name into the halls of the Jamaican Music scene at home and aboard.
His self branding single “One Blood” iconized Junior Reid, and by the late eighties he was a fitting replacement for Micheal Rose when he decided to exit the “roots and culture” reggae group, Black Uhuru.
After nearly half a decade and two albums later, Junior Reid returned to the solo scene in 1994 with the single “Wife De Pon Top” on his own J.R Productions imprint.
In 1996 his appearance on the critically acclaimed Bounty Killa Album, “My Xperience” opened new boundaries and introduced his unique sound to Urban and HipHop musicians from around the world, including British Rock band The Soup Dragons, UK Hip Hop giants Poor Righteous Brothers, and the German based electronic group, Dub Syndicate.
By 2003 the singer had collaborated with over 20 of the biggest names in the urban music scene from Bristol to Berlin and soon set his sights on the US Based Hip Hop scene. His 2000 advent on the groundbreaking Wu-Tang Clan album, “The W” pushed the rap game wide open for JR Reid and catapulted the singer into the MTV generation spotlight. But it was his sample inclusion in The Game’s 2006 album, “The Doctors Advocate”, that solidified Reid as the industry’s remix artist for 2007.
Singles such as “This is why I’m hot” by Mims, “Whatagwan” with Jim Jones, “Gangsta’s don’t play” alongside Fabulous, Fat Joe’s “More Money”, Smitty’s club banger “Died in Your Arms” and the Alicia Keys radio stinger “ No One”, have all been graced with the artist’s signature sound.
Indeed 2007 has been a good year for Junior Reid. His various performances and guest appearances throughout Europe and North America has made it quite evident that Junior Reid is experiencing an rare resurgence of popularity, catalyzed by a whole new generation of fans.
It is few and rare, the Reggae or Dancehall artist who can transcend three generations.
Bob Marley, Ninja Man, Beres Hammond, and Barrington Levy have all established themselves as talented musicians without boundaries. Now JR “One Blood” Reid has risen to the occasion and joined the ranks of these luminaries.