Don Yute, the “original uptown DJ,” is setting musical standards and raising the bar! The Port Antonio-born Kingston-raised performer, producer, and songwriter lays claim to a long and productive career that includes numerous Dancehall hits, gold and platinum collaborations with Hip-Hop icons, and touring with top artists of both genres. The result: Don Yute – the WorldHop Innovator!
“WorldHop is the other side of Dancehall,” Don Yute explains. “It’s rhythm with a Dancehall flow but delivered like a rapper, without losing the trueness of where I’m from.” In the early ‘90s, Don Yute produced and recorded the hit “Love in Excess” with Wayne Wonder on the hot Pepperseed riddim for the popular Mad House label. Wolmer’s Boys schoolmate and Dancehall star Sean Paul credits Don Yute as his mentor. His style and lyrical flow drew attention and Don Yute went on to record with great producers, like Sly & Robbie and Steely and Clevie, and tweaked his style until he had his own vibe. By the end of the ‘90s he decided to move to the U.S. to further his singing and songwriting career. His reputation as a masterful lyricist and producer resulted in him be sought out to work with Hip-Hop producer Jermaine Dupre, Lil’ John, Akon, Pitbull, and the Ying Yang Twins, to name a few. In 2005, the song “Sweat,” performed and co-written by Jason “Don Yute” Williams, was featured in the film Havoc starring acclaimed actress Anne Hathaway.
Sadly, shortly after landing a deal with Capitol Records and moving to Atlanta, Don Yute was seriously wounded when a masked gunman shot him in a failed robbery attempt. Not one to linger in the past, Don Yute recognized that life is too short and more valuable than money – thus naming his current CD Richer Than Money. Success and experience led Don Yute to create his own label, Golden Child Music, where he records his own songs, as well as mentoring and recording new artists. Recently, his latest single, “So Much Love,” soared to the top of the Online Radio Breakout Chart in only two weeks, and the song and video are receiving rave reviews. Also, the videos for “No Place in Babylon” and “No Food,” two songs off Richer Than Money that show the more conscious side of this musical revolutionary, are garnering media and fan attention, and tens of thousands of views. Not limited to merely “riding the riddim,” Don Yute performs his music with feeling, passion, and likeable originality.
His live performance has been described as energetic, driven, and focused – a distinctive style all his own. Yet, he is concerned about the current state of the recording and performing industry. “Right now we have to be getting to the people like there’s no tomorrow,” he says, “because there is confusion. We have to delete the con
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The “original uptown DJ” is reclaiming his crown, and the music industry will be the better
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