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DYCR ready to regroup and resurface - Dub poet wins decade-long lawsuit against Downsound Records

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

After a decade-long court battle with musical giant Downsound Records, dub poet DYCR is ready to get his career back on track. In an interview with The Gleaner, the entertainer says despite the fact that so much has changed in the industry over the past 10 years, he believes he still has what it takes to reclaim pride of place in the business.

“I’ve always been recording; that hasn’t stopped. And the reason I keep doing that is to be on top of things when I come back. I know a lot has changed and it’s very difficult to know that what my career used to be, it’s not the same anymore, but I trust a true and living God,” he said. “He’s the one who heard this poor man’s cry and rescued me from those that sought to condemn my soul. He’s the one that gave me this talent and the winnings within the court, so I know he’s going to give me what I need to continue this journey.”


With that said, DYCR says he is seeking a new label to partner with, one that is serious about the business of music. “If there is anyone out there who wants to come along, any label that makes sense that wants to work with DYCR, I’m open to doing so right now. Also, for other artistes who are out there, any successful ones in the business who respect my work and want to stretch forth a helping hand to assist me back to the place where I was, I’m ready,” he said. “I’m trying to see if I can get myself out there now, and so I want to get back on a few shows and thing. I know the fans want to see and hear me again, and so I want promoters that believe in DYCR and his talent to know that I’m ready for bookings again.”

The artiste is currently promoting a new record, titled Money Fi Flow. “It’s in the process of mixing right now and so the fans can look out for that,” he said, pointing out how happy he is now that the court case is over. “It wasn’t an easy situation to be getting up and going to court when you have other things to do. Fighting this battle was about me standing up for my rights and upholding the principles of this business,” he said. “I’m just glad this is all over and I can focus on my career again.”

DYCR had brought Downsound Records to court in 2009 for failure to honour contractual obligations. Judgment was handed down late last year in DYCR’s favour and the entertainer was compensated a sum totalling more than J$1 million. In an interview with THE STAR, regarding the lawsuit, Downsound boss Joe Bogdanovich said the latter is a thing of the past and he would prefer to focus on the present and the future. He also said he wishes DYCR all the best in his future endeavours.