Daniel McGregor is the son of the famous Freddie McGregor and
following in the path of his father before him, he has taken to the
music industry like a duck to water. However, his genre of music is
not the same as that of his father and maybe that's to do with the
fact that he's aiming for the younger, more urban-oriented generation
dealing with a Dancehall/Hip-Hop flavour.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, at the time of this interview
(January 2002), Rappachino was 18. He started off as being called
Cappuccino when he used to have a sound system called Players Inc.
The sound never progressed, but the name lives on, as it's now the
name of Rappachino's record label. His name changed to Rappachino
due to people always referring to him as "either rapper or chino".
The two words were combined and his artist name was decided.
It was just three years ago in 1998 when Rappachino first started
recording professionally, but he says, "It wasn't really serious, but
I started recording and hearing back myself (in) '99, going into
2000." Rappachino released his first song called “Monopoly,” but it
didn't do to well. However, undeterred, he then went on to his first
hit with Kiprich called “Leggo Di Bwoy.” From then, Rappachino
started to take the music business more seriously.
He writes most of his own lyrics citing "everyday life" and what he
sees around him as his inspiration for topics to rap or sing about,
"real life experiences." Rappachino aims his music at "teenagers,
the young hype crowd" although he says that wasn't his main focus,
but it was "kinda inevitable."
Of late, Rappachino has been more Dancehall-oriented as opposed to Hip
Hop and he says, "Dancehall is like a new t'ing for me now. Most
people know me as a rapper. (On) “Been There Done That,” (the new
single), I change my style because I'm DJing as well as rapping."
That said, Rappachino was also working on an album at the time of the
interview for release mid-2002. He has worked with mainly Big Ship
and Stone Cold in terms of production and has had a spate of
traveling as a supporting artist to his father. He has toured the
USA, "coupla small islands," London, Japan and Africa.
Rappachino has plans for the next five years and aims to "keep on
excelling at what I'm becoming - a master musician as well as
producer and artist."
Obviously, having a father who is a veteran in the music business must
be an advantage and Rappachino does not deny this. "I would say it's
kind of an advantage. I'm around the music day in, day out. I have
a studio in my house, which is what most artists would like to have.
I guess is just a musically inclined family." Rappachino can't see
himself doing any other work but music.
One of his favourite artists is Bounty Killer in terms of locally,
but internationally, Rappachino admires Jay-Z and Nas. He says,
"Those are the people who gave me inspiration."
As Hip-Hop is the industry that Rappachino aimed for originally, we
wondered what his thoughts were on the industry itself and whether he
felt he could make an impact on it. "The Hip-Hop industry right now,
I feel I'd make a big mark, seeing that most people in the Hip-Hop are
trying to do what we do in Dancehall and we're trying to do what they
do in Hip-Hop. So I just fall right in the middle."
At the time of interview, Rappachino was shopping for an album deal
and working on a Dancehall album as well as a crossover album. He
said they were trying to shop the Hip-Hop album to a major label.
In his spare time, Rappachino likes playing soccer and going out to
"have a good time." He would also love to go to Europe on tour and
advises aspiring DJs to "be persistent and just stay consistent.
Strive to make good music that will last."
If he is anything like his father, Rappachino will make a mark on the
industry that won't be erased. Here's hoping he will.
Rappachino can be contacted through Big Ship on Jamaica 876 925 2409.