Jamaican Music

Jamaican Producer Moves Usher into Dancehall Genre on “Hamilton” Tune

Popstar Usher has joined in on the popularity of dancehall music in his “Wait for It,” which is produced by Jamaica’s Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee. The track is from “The Hamilton Mixtape” from Atlantic Records, which hit the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart on the opening week. This was the first compilation to top that chart in two years. According to Chin-Quee, Riggs Morales at Atlantic contacted him about working on the tune; they have maintained a close working relationship for some time, including on two albums by Eminem. The song is from the first act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and the mixtape features songs from the production performed by various artistes, including Alicia Keys, The Roots, Ja Rule, Jill Scott, Sia and Queen Latifah, among others. Riggs decided to let Chin-Quee redo “Wait for It” using a mix of R&B and “undertones of dancehall,” he said. Chin-Quee has worked with Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend and Nina Sky. He is based in Florida.
Usher Biography
Born in Chattanooga on October 14, 1978, Usher Raymond was raised by his single mother (and manager) Jonnetta Patton, who moved him and his younger brother to Atlanta when Usher was 12. Mom brought up her sons within the foundations of faith and family afforded by St. Elmo’s Missionary Baptist Church, for which she served as choir director. As early as junior high school, Usher began entering local talent shows. He was performing at a “Star Search” competition at age 13 when he was spotted by an A&R rep from LaFace who arranged an audition with L.A. Reid. A record contract soon followed. “I have been building my career since I was a little boy,” Usher explains, “because singing had always been what I wanted to do. At first I thought about playing [professional] football, then I wanted to play basketball, but in the end it was all about the music. It’s my biggest passion and my biggest joy.”

Usher was one month shy of his 15th birthday when his modest debut LaFace single made the R&B chart in late-’93, “Call Me a Mack,” from the movie soundtrack of John Singleton’s Poetic Justice. One year later, Usher, his self-titled debut album arrived, co-executive produced by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. It rose to #25 on the R&B chart on the strength of three singles: “Can U Get Wit It,” “Think Of You” (top 10, written and produced by label mate Donell Jones, with a rap by Biz Markie), and “The Many Ways” (with Al B. Sure on backing vocals).

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