Eek- A- Mouse

About Eek- A- Mouse

Ripton Joseph Hylton, 19 November 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. It is not only Eek-A-Mouse’s 6 feet 6 inches height that make him one of Jamaica’s most individual talents. 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. ‘My Father’s Land’ and ‘Creation’, his first two releases, came out under his real name in the mid-70s. In 1980, he started recording with Joe Gibbs after working briefly with the Papa Roots, Black Ark, Gemini, Jah Life, Black Scorpio and Virgo sound systems. By 1981, he had teamed up with producer and Volcano sound owner Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and had achieved significant hits with ‘Once A Virgin’, ‘Modelling Queen’ and ‘Virgin Girl’. Between 1980 and 1984, Lawes and Linval Thompson used the Roots Radics at Channel One with Scientist mixing, to help record a number of hit albums and singles by the DJ. In 1981, after the release of his first widely available album Wa Do Dem, Eek-A-Mouse was the surprise star of Reggae Sunsplash. ‘Ganja Smuggling’, ‘For Hire And Removal’ and ‘Do You Remember’ and the album Skidip! (1982) sustained his high profile. The singles ‘Terrorists In The City’, ‘Anarexol’ and ‘Operation Eradication’ (a response to his friend Errol Scorcher’s death) followed, along with Mouse And Man and Assassinator (both 1983) and several appearances on live dancehall albums. Nevertheless, it was not long before his characteristic ‘biddy biddy bengs’ started to wear thin and his popularity diminished somewhat after 1984’s Mouseketeer, the last of his albums with Lawes.

Prolific reggae legend with his unique "sing-jay" style and one of Jamaica’s funniest, and most creative musical exports since’80s. Toured extensively around the world playing at major festivals. Has collaborated with artists as diverse as P.O.D. Genaside II, Damian Marley and many others. He is currently working in the studio on new album to be released 2017.