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Rappachino
By The Dainty Crew
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2004-03-24
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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.


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