Dr Cee releases Controversy rhythm
It's been long in the making, but medical doctor Nicholas Clarke, operating out of Ocho Rios, has finally released his debut rhythm as a music producer.
The rhythm, called Controversy, is on his Dr Cee label, and so far boasts some big names in the dancehall business - tracks that seem destined to cause some controversy in the new year.
"We have the likes of Bounty Killer with Jungle Justice and Beenie Man with one titled Eat Out. we have some up-and-coming artistes and more big names to be added," Clarke said.
Bounty's Jungle Justice is a song that urges swift jungle justice for men who molest children, while Beenie's Eat Out is a sexually suggestive song, according to the producer.
"There are people who will cry out when they hear songs, especially when Beenie Man's Eat Out is played in mainstream media, but I'm hopeful that they both will get played because in other genres, like calypso, there are highly sexually suggestive songs and they get played. So this is no different," Clarke said.
Also on the Controversy rhythm are Junior Fearon, who is making a comeback after being off the scene for a while with Da Ting Deh; David King with a song called Free Up; and Poshon with Pick It Up. Jabari and Lexicon are among other artistes who have already voiced on the rhythm.
The tracks by Bounty and Beenie are already on YouTube and should be available on iTunes soon, and the other songs will follow in short order.
"So far, the reaction has been very good, we have got thousands of views; Bounty Killer after a few hours got around 900 views. Beenie Man not doing badly either."
Clarke's baptism in dancehall production is cushioned by the fact that he is a relative of legendary reggae producer Lloyd 'King Jammy' James and has received a lot of help and guidance from both James and his sons, who had a hand in the production process.
Backed by this heavyweight knowledge and experience, Clarke believes that his debut rhythm will make an impact on the dancehall industry.
In fact, based on the amount of rhythms he currently has and the number of artistes that he is voicing, including the likes of Sizzla, Dr Cee seems destined to be a major player in the dancehall arena in the near future.
"Ultimately, if that is what happens, I will be grateful, but I never planned it that way. Music has always been a hobby for me, I've never really taken it up as a bread-and-butter issue," he pointed out.
"But I think to do well is everybody's dream. But my goals are very modest. I'm not setting my sights to reach the pinnacle. I would like to enjoy it most of all and to have fun with it. I would like for it to give me some exposure in a very novel way, seeing that I'm a doctor and businessperson. But if it can take me places where I never imagined I would go, that would be good."
Clarke still practises medicine at his Pointe Plaza office in Ocho Rios and hopes to do a balancing act if the music takes off for him.
"If something grows to the point where it is lucrative and I enjoy it, I would go for it, but if it doesn't, I also have something to fall back on, and that I also enjoy," he shared.
Controversy is just one of several rhythms that Clarke has under his belt, as he has a variety of other rhythms, including one-drop, dancehall and fusion.