“This has been one of the most gratifying recording experiences I have ever had” commented producer and musician Ivan Duran. “I hope this album marks a new departure for our music, where lyrics will become more meaningful and relevant. I believe this is the most straightforward and innovative album ever produced in Belize” added Duran.
With topics dealing with issues such as corruption, police brutality, poverty, love and politics, the album also stands to become a controversial one.
“Freedom of speech? Why we say we have freedom of speech if we are afraid to say what we really want?” comments Grandmaster. “In this album I tell it like it is, raw, Just Like That… I know people will respect that”.
The youngest son from a family of seven, three brothers, three sisters. My father, a honest and hard working man and a loving mother Bernadean Young, who passed away one year ago, may God bless her soul.
I attended St. Mary’s primary school then enlisted at St. Michaels Collage (all boys), which later amalgamated with St. Hilda’s Collage (all girls) now known as Anglican Cathedral collage. After high school I joined Belize’s pioneering Rap group Fresh Breeze Krew with Kenny Morgan and his brother Turbo.
Growing up in one of Belize’s most notorious, dreaded and feared neighbourhoods (Majestic Alley), I was exposed to real ghetto life. Upfront and personal in 3D. I’ve seen many maimed, killed, chopped, jacked, robbed. A very close friend died in my arms on the way to the hospital after being shot five times due to an audio cassette. I have seen and taken part in burglaries, selling of drugs and have partaken in various jackings. What can I say? I was young, stupid and adventurous.
The wrong lane I took and I got hooked. Twice I attempted suicide. Went to rehab clinic. On my return I started washing cars in front of Radisson Fort George Hotel where I wrote my first poem, (at the time I just called it a “taught”) Problem.
I was a regular feature on Channel 7, performing my poems after the local news, after which I was approached by the Image Factory with an offer that brought forth two poetry books “Made in Pink’s Alley” and “Generation X”. Now through Stonetree Records my dream is about to become reality. My bread is about to be buttered with jam, now here I am. What more can I say, it’s my way. Tit for tat, here’s where I’m at, Just like that…