Rickey Teetz gets forwards with 'Thousand Block a Day' Featured

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  Entertainer-music promoter Rickey Teetz is already a legend in the town of Montego Bay because of his successful parties. However, it is music which is his first love and what inspires him and he is on the verge of acheiving success in this field with the release of ‘Thousand Block a Day’. The single, produced by Platinum Wire on the Falmouth Town riddim, has been creating a big buzz in the west, signalling to the world that Teetz is ready to flip the Dancehall Game on its ear.  

“Anywhere it play, it get a forward because is a positive song on a bumpy fast-paced riddim, it gi a nice vibes,” he said.


He has a number of new singles, one of which is called ‘Party’ which he will be pushing this Summer, and another single, Life Goes On, on the Mind Change riddim for well-known producer Anil ‘Phantom’ Montague.


"This Summer is going to be mine," he said confidently. 


Born Ricardo McLean in 1983, he grew up in the Montego Bay community of Rose Heights where he is popularly called Rickey and Teetz. He embraced music at an early age, Rickey Teetz has performed at places such has Magaritaville, Britjam Fantasy Island, Live on The water Front, Wakesfield Jerkfest, Jamfest and dozens of other shows.


He believes that he can swing the balance of power in dancehall from Kingston to Montego Bay through hard work, dedication and sick rhymes.


“The music business in Jamaica right now is dominated by the capital and soon, a son of the west will be representing,” he said in a release.


Teetz is known for his brilliant wordplay, offbeat metaphors and his undeniable swag which have made him a popular figure out West.


He recently released an  underground project with 13 songs which is generating a big buzz in the dancehall community. His songs are semi-autobiographical, telling interesting anecdotes about his background and the hardships he had to endure to become the man he is today. On singles like “What Life Is”, Teetz deejays about the the hardships that he has gone through.


Teetz is also known as a successful entrepreneur, hosting several major entertainment events in the community of Montego Bay. He has carved out a decent rep as a show promoter, especially with the wildly successful Half Naked series.  


“Ah crazy events mi keep, and the ting ah shot, every three months, and in November, I keep a birthday bash that people look forward to, last year, ah 7000 people come Half Naked,” he said.


Ricky Teetz  is hell-bent on making it to the big times in music regardless of the obstacles which may come his way.


“It is hard because the whole thing appears to be one-sided and the disc jocks will not give me the time of day, I am on a quest to tell my stories through music,” he said.  


The struggle of Rickey Teetz started in 1989 when his father passed away. He along with the rest of his family, started to move around until they settled in Rose Heights. In an effort to make ends meet, he entered the hardships of the Charles Gordon Market, selling scandal bags, bag juice, popcorn, bread among other things. 


In the mid 90s,  he moved to Lethe on the border of St. James and Hanover to work in a bakery. While there he was warmly welcomed by the English family. Because of his good skills at simple mathematics, they took him, sent him to school and he employed to work in a shop. He sat the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT in 1996 and gained a place at the Anchovy High School from where he graduated in 2001. The following year, he landed a job and entered the working world.  


Soon after, he was forced to return to Rose Heights to live later that year when his mother died and he stepped in to raise his younger brothers and sisters and financed their education. However tragedy struck again in 2006 when he lost one of his brothers, a stunning loss that crippled him emotionally after the death of his parents.


“It was a rough time but music got me through everything, music heal me and it keeps me going today,” he said.


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