Still Golden in the Y2K
In February 1999 the Dainty Crew did their first ever interview via a telephone link-up to Atlanta with Don Yute aka Jason Williams. Since then, the Golden Child has been going from strength to strength, even after facing adversity in the form of a bullet when he was shot by a would-be robber. He recently kick started his website (www.golden-child.com), recorded his new album ‘Adrenalin’ and continues to make waves in the musical ocean. He recently gave me his low-down of the last 17 months.
Atlanta, Georgia has been Don Yute’s base of late as he has been working on recording his album, ‘Adrenalin’, and also collaborating with some American rappers. The release date for his latest album should fall around the end of August 2000, but as yet the exact date is unknown. His first single to be released will be entitled ‘This Boy Here’ which should hit the streets sometime before the album in mid-August.
In his last interview, Don Yute introduced us to his own genre of music that he's named World-Hop. ‘Adrenalin’ is an album that will encompass this musical style classified as "my style on Hip-Hop tracks plus my original bouncing beats with a Dancehall feel’ by the man himself. He says he has ‘straight up Culture on the album, straight up Dancehall and straight up Hip-Hop and World-Hop." So, fans should be prepared for a plethora of tracks to suit everyone. This album is also released off Don Yute’s own label, Golden Child Records.
Keeping with this style, Don Yute also managed to work with a number of people on production and track collaboration. The production for the album was done by Beats by the Pound now known as Medicine Men, Lil Jon, Akon, Danny Browne, Alton Browne, Computer Paul, Sean Paul and Don Yute himself. His choice of producers highlights Don Yute’s eclectic view on music as Medicine Men have worked previously with Master P for ‘No Limit’. Lil Jon remixed Capleton’s ‘Tour’, ‘Wings of the Morning’ and ‘Heathen Reign’. He also worked with Beenie Man’s track ‘Slam’. Akon "produced 3 songs which are my favourite" says Don Yute and he has also worked with Wyclef on the ‘Fugee La’ album and produces for Lil Zane. Akon’s production skills took a back seat when he showed his singing skills on the track entitled ‘Oh Momma’ on the album. Danny Browne produced a track which was a collaboration with Mr. Vegas called ‘Bamboo Deh Ya’. Sean Paul, an artist in his own right, produced a track called ‘Gal Catalogue’ and Alton Browne did the cultural tune ‘Nothing Ever Changes’.
Don Yute collaborated with a few others on this album including Zeno on ‘Gal Yu Exceptional’, Major Christie on a peace track, American rappers Six Shot and Chyna on the ‘Party Going On’ remix. Chyna is the only female rapper on the album.
In February 1999, Don Yute spoke of an album called ‘Golden Child’ which was due to be distributed by Jam Down Records. Answering on how successful that album was, he said "that album sold what I pressed and has gotten a lot of demands from fans because it has my older stuff. So that is going to be re-released." Don Yute funded that album himself "out of my own pocket" and when he was due to put it out on a bigger scale "this really thoughtless individual stole $10,000 (USD) from me and I had to start all over again."
Not one to let his misfortune get the better of him, Don Yute forged ahead and moved on to start dealing with the media platform of the Internet. His website will be launched mid-August and he will have e-Commerce capabilities built into the site for fans to be able to "purchase the album or a single which they like or just pay to listen to the album." There will be the usual features as well such as a photo gallery, video clips of shows and downloadable posters of the artist. Don Yute’s website is maintained by an associate of his based in Hong Kong.
Don Yute has just started the Adrenalin Tour and it has taken him to South Carolina so far with plans for him to reach Seattle, Washington, Miami and then Jamaica. He has also appeared with Buju Banton and Spragga Benz in Atlanta where he has received "overwhelming responses."
Although the majority of his time has been spent putting his own album together, Don Yute is also a talented producer and has been working on various projects. He has been working in a group called Full Time Family alongside Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys, Six Shots and Chyna, the result of which will be coming out towards the end of this year. He has also worked with LaFace Recording artists Youngbloods and Three 6 Mafia also in collaboration with Chyna and Lil Jon whose album is due for release in August.
There is also a long overdue album of Don Yute’s called ‘No Parental Guidance’ on UB40’s Oracabessa Records which is due to be released this quarter.
Whilst being such a busy bee, Don Yute still has time to see what’s happening with Dancehall culture and he feels "Dancehall doesn’t really have a culture because they basically take Hip-Hop styles and turn it around, but it is still sometimes fun to listen to and it does it’s little thing." Don Yute sees it is "up to the people with the power, the VPs (and) the Jet Stars, etc. to show the real talent in Dancehall and stop marketing so much crap. It needs the artist to start coming up with original styles more, especially the bigger names. How would they feel on the same stage as the rapper whose style they are using doing their song?"
Don Yute’s own plans for the future include movies, "more original World-Hop albums, keep spreading peace and thanking the Father for sparing my life when I got shot the other day." He plans to help take Jamaica to the next level in the music game, as "it is the universal language."
Finally, for his fans he says, "represent what you feel. Think for yourself. Ask for an artist you love because sometimes it is the politics why you are not hearing from them. Keep love and praise God. Stay positive… big up unity and peace. We are all one people… Love to all."
Don Yute had a lucky escape this year after he was shot, but he has managed to keep on doing what he does - producing music with a worldwide appeal. He is a prime example of a positive mental attitude and with his new website, new album and everything else going on for him, we can only expect to see bigger and better things for this talented individual. Make sure you keep that ‘Adrenalin’ pumping…
Be sure to check out Don Yute’s website @ www.golden-child.com to register for the chance of winning a copy of his new album and to receive notification of when the website is officially launched.
To book Don Yute, call 678-476-0342. You can also email him on email@example.com.