Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Nuff respect for Rick!

Lil Rick on stage at DIS IS RICK on Saturday night.

Lil Rick on stage at DIS IS RICK on Saturday night.

Lil Rick. Chihuahua Businessman. Hypa Dawg...

Rickey Reid goes by many names, but maybe he should add one more – The Godfather.

The popular performer, DJ and songwriter staged his annual Crop Over production, DIS IS RICK – now in its fifth year – at the BTI car park on Saturday night. During the four hours of live performances, it was clear that Lil Rick has earned the respect and admiration of both up-and-coming acts and the established soca stars of Barbados and beyond. As several of them noted on stage, Lil Rick has been an inspiration and mentor to them.

DIS IS RICK

Last night's quality stage production showed exactly why this is so. The opening DJs got the crowd into good spirits and backed by the L&S band, the acts flowed smoothly to showcase the many moods of Lil Rick, all the while building the vibe for the enjoyment of the thousands who packed the venue.

The recently crowned Party Monarch hit the stage in three segments, taking the audience through highlights of his vast repertoire with renditions of hits such as Iz A Bajan, Can’t Wait, Girls Gone Wild, Ruff Wuk, Hard Wine, Action, Waistline Energy, Wine Teef, Gym Instructor, Great Day, Doing De Dog, Last Man to Leave, Ah Like Myself, Get Thru, Guh Down, and many more.

There was pace, there was waist and there was even a taste of his pre-soca days, with an impromptu, a capella rendition of Talk Fuh Me.

Having begun his music career on the dub scene before crossing over to soca some 20 years ago, it is not hard to see why some see Lil Rick as a pioneer in the now booming trend of bashment soca.

The show dedicated an entire segment to the genre – the Juck Down City bashment segment – giving a platform to popular young performers such as Lady Essence, Hardware, Versee, Scrilla and of course, Bashment Soca King, Stiffy, who likened Rick to a ‘second father’.

It was truly a family affair at DIS IS RICK, as Lil Rick also shared the stage with three of his children - Rene (Undadawg) and Rinicko and Rickara (The Hypa Kids) - for a lively session, showing that there is no shortage of talent and waistline energy in the Reid family.

Also making a special effort to 'big up' Rick was Vincentian soca star and fellow Pyramid Entertainment artiste, Skinny Fabulous, who shocked both the audience and Rick with a surprise performance at the show which usually features an all-Bajan lineup. But judging from the reception he always receives from a Bajan audience, Skinny could be deemed an ‘honorary Bajan’ and when he hit the stage, the energy in the venue went up another level as patrons showed the always charged-up Vincentian their ‘worst behaviour’.

Other big names who touched the DIS IS RICK stage included soca and calypso royalty such as Red Plastic Bag, who has bagged the Sweet Soca King and Stag Jam Tune title so far for the 2017 season, Edwin Yearwood, Peter Ram, Blood & Mikey. They were joined by the newer crop of soca stars such as Leadpipe & Saddis, Nikita, King Bubba, Marzville, Hypasounds, Marvay, 2017 People’s Monarch Sanctuary and more.

Lil Rick joined several performers onstage throughout the night.

It was a celebration of Bajan talent and the camaraderie between the performers made the night that much more special, with Lil Rick coming on stage at intervals to wuk up with the grass skirt posse, accept Lady Essence’s juck down challenge or lean with Leadpipe and Saddis.

The show climaxed with Lil Rick’s 2017 release ‘Blessing’ – a very fitting selection as, for many, the DIS IS RICK show no doubt helped create some of the memories that make Crop Over the ‘best time ever’.

Lil Rick and King Bubba repping Barbados.