Photo By Johnny Nunez/WireImage. After a near 10–year absence, new shows and a single reissue are on the horizon. Super Cat helped bring Jamaican Dancehall to global light in the Nineties with hardcore “gunman” tunes and crossover collaborations with the likes of Kris Kross, Sugar Ray and The Notorious B.I.G., but the “Don Dada” as he’s known, has been largely absent from music for the last decade. But over the last few months, that’s slowly been changing. “I went on a pause for a reasonable cause,” Super Cat tells Rolling Stone, citing travel restrictions, the death of his long-time manager Fred Donner, and changes within Jamaican music for his lengthy absence.
“The music was taking a different turn to a different level. [I had to] go away for a minute with an empty plate and an old iron gate, until the most high said, ‘return’.” Born William Maragh, Super Cat put a cerebral spin on Jamaica’s burgeoning dancehall sound in the 1980s, poking fun at sugar daddy relationships on 1986’s”Boops” and breaking down third-world geopolitics on “Under Pressure.” At the dawn of the Nineties, he relocated to New York, signed with Columbia Records, and released two albums: 1992’s Don Dada and 1995’s The Struggle Continues.
One of his mainstream breaks came in 1997, when Sugar Ray featured him on their massive single “Fly, ” — but he faded from view not long thereafter. A planned comeback project with Pharrell Williams‘ Neptunes, who signed him to their Arista Records imprint Star Trak in 2002, was aborted. He made just a few appearances over the years: “The Don Of Dons” featuring Jadakiss and Styles P., from The Neptunes‘ 2003 album Clones, as well as a handful of Mixtape tracks and an appearance on 112’s “Na Na Na.” “I return[ed] the money to Arista because I don’t want to have people’s money,” he says of his stalled-out album. “Next thing I’m responsible for what I can’t deliver. And I don’t like owing. I don’t play those games.” Make sure to get the Star Trak’s The Original Heartical Don Dada Mixtape from 2003 below.
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