OLDIES SUNDAY: Little Harry – Party Time (1982)


Closing off the month of May being “Child’s Month“, Oldies Sunday features a child star who made some noise in music. Heading back to the 1980s, we look at Teen Deejay Little Harry’s 1982 track, “Party Time“! This was featured on the Yellowman and Fathead’sLive At Aces: Feeding In The Dancehall” project which was produced by Lloyd Campbell. While he made his rounds in the 80s as a Teen star in the Dancehall, “Party Time” marks Little Harry’s first appearance ever on a record. With the mic in his hand, Harry commanded the crowd with this one as he fired off lyrics about being the ladies man, city life and country life, and of course showing off his skills as a formidable MC.

Born in St. Thomas, Little Harry started off his Deejay career at the age of 10. Since his debut, he has worked with the likes of King Jammy’s, King Yellowman, Billy Boyo, and Skengdon which helped his presence in Dancehall.

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Child Star @LaylaReiJA Encourages Everyone To Have “Ambition”!


Ambition yuh fi have ambition…

They usually say “a child shall lead the way“, and today young Recording Artist Layla-Rei will do just that with her new single. While she showed us that you have to aim high and put in the work on her debut single, she now encourages us to have “Ambition“! Released through her Mother Raine Seville’s Seville Records, Layla borrows the legendary Bam Bam Riddim from Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and drops some words that we all need to hear with her proud Mama helping out throughout the song. Whether you’re 2 months or 99 years old, ambition is something that we should all have in order to achieve greatness in life. Layla-Rei gets to work in the video playing various roles, and this was made possible through the efforts of Michael McLeish, and Rockwildaz who handled directing and editing duties. Share this message with everyone today. Check out the video below, and share with a friend. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Billy Boyo’s “One Spliff A Day” Sampled On @IngleWoodSiR’s “D’Evils”


While we’re a lil late on this one (things fly below our radar at times), we’re always on time with the knowledge. Top Dawg Entertainment Recording Artist SiR released his debut album “November” earlier this year. Since its release, the Artist has been on the radar of many, and has been sharing the stage with the likes of Miguel, and his fellow TDE brethren on tour. Recently, he released the visual for his D.K. The Punisher produced single “D’Evils“, and a familiar sound started it off. While the video was shot in Jamaica by Karena Evans, the sample on the track comes from the late Dancehall Artist, Billy Boyo. A former child star, his popular track “One Spliff A Day” can be heard in the beginning, and throughout the song. The track was released in 1981 and produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes. The track was also sampled on Jamaican Rapper Baker Steez’s “Ba Bye”, and Wiz Khalifa’s 2011 track of the same name.

Billy Boyo, who started his career in the early 80’s, has been considered one of Dancehall’s earliest child stars. While he released two albums, he was known more for his live performances than recordings. His “One Spliff A Day” track was recorded when he was only 10 years old and featured some rather mature lyrics from him. It still remains his most known track. The Artist passed away in the year 2000 due to a Brain Tumor. Check out other Jamaican Artists who started out as child stars here.

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Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future: 8 Artists Who Started Out Young


In recognition of May being Child’s Month, 13th Street Promotions is dedicating this Oldies Sunday post to the youth. Many of us can look back at our own childhood when we’d imitate our favourite Artists and pretend we are established stars. What many may or may not know is that some of our favourites started out or even got discovered in their early stages. While we know that acts like the late US Pop Star Michael Jackson and Jamaican Singer Jimmy Tucker started out very young (Jimmy was Jamaica’s 1st Child Prodigy in the 1950s), we’d like to inform you or refresh your memory on some of our Caribbean acts who started out young.

1. Machel Montano (Debut Age: 9) – Too Young To Soca

2. Beenie Man (Debut Age: 8) – Too Fancy

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