Basically I’m the creative force behind the movement The Rozes Crew.
It started back home in the Caribbean on the island of D.A. where a couple of childhood friends, Mr. Z & Junior Fox started doing little shows w/a couple of speakers & a mic. Gradually the sound system came to be & soon the group Skyhawk was formed. Mr. Z the DJ/ producer, Junior Fox the artist & Terry AKA Gargamel. The group soon changed their name to The Rozes Crew. Gradually more artists joined the Crew including Skinny Banton, Old Benz, Coco Killer, Stoned to the Bone AKA SBC, Lyrical Heights, King Dice (5 time Calypso King) & many more. The members came together naturally each contributing an original sound. The Rozes Crew became a center for local artists to develop their skills and talents.
Rozes Recordz was then created & started to bloom. The Crew began w/street performances & club shows. They opened for international artists such as Sanchez & others. An underground album was made called “Growing up the Harlem Way”. Harlem is the area of the island that most of the members of The Rozes Crew came from. It got its name from the people who left D.A. & went to America, they settled in Harlem, New York. When they returned to the island they called their soccer team the Harlem Bombers. This area became know as Harlem, diverse w/Rasta man, great athletes & rude boys that carried the same swagga & feel as the original Harlem.
The Crew underwent some tough times & beefs began between artists. Many moved on & continued on their own, & never gave recognition to the Crew that groomed them. Some members continued on to the national soccer team while others became devote Rasta & went to the bush to pursue a spiritual life. Gradually The Rozes Crew took a back seat in many of their lives. But to the founding members, the rude boys, the movement continued & they never gave up. They started to rebuild by finding new talent. Every so often they would get together again & do shows. All the while little drama continued. Soon younger kids would participate, by carrying the equipment & helping out. They were eager to get a chance on the mic after practice or a show. These youngsters stepped up & maintained the Crew.
Slowly The Rozes Crew became an island movement w/members for all parts of the island. They opened for some big names such as Babycham & Sizzla. The group was greatly influenced by Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Soca, Motown, R&B, Calypso & Bouyon music. Bouyon is an original sound from D.A. that WCK helped create, a blend of all genres of music.
The Rozes Crew’s passionate lyrical style is an untraditional blend of street rap w/a dancehall feel taking Hip-Hop to a new level. The Crew’s restless youth had a conscious spirit. Mr. Z’s street side college produced an undisputed talent. They perfected their style & began practicing & preparing for the world, from the Caribbean to Africa to USA & Canada, appealing to all. The next step was to take the movement international & see what happens. They had opportunities to go to Jamaica, Canada, New York, Miami or L.A. They had connections w/Prince Ital Joe who was based it Los Angeles.
Prince Ital Joe was also from the island of D.A. He was an artist, concert promoter & actor. He did musical collaborations with Tupac, Marky Mark, Dogg Pound & Dr. Dre. He also appeared in the movie “Marked for Death” w/Steven Seagal. Prince Ital Joe was a mentor to The Rozes Crew; he encouraged them to develop their talent. He had plans to bring the Crew to L.A. & link them w/Dr. Dre & Tupac. But tragically Prince Ital Joe passed away before they had the chance. The Crew then chose to make the move to Canada, as some were from there or had family there. They began to organize but not all members were able to go. Some didn’t want to fly on planes as they were true Rasta’s, some were playing soccer for the national team & others didn’t believe it was possible.
Once again, leaving the younger rude boys along w/the original founding member Mr. Z to continue the movement. So came the great 5 plus 1 female, P.R.O., I Shine I, Maddish Rapper, Crushiaal, Special Kay & Mr. Z. Once in Canada they reunited with Crew members Maze and Looney (the youngest member of the Crew at only 9 years old). This was a defining moment to the Crew. In 2003 they arrived in Canada. At that point no one knew of The Rozes Crew or had heard their sound before. It was a brand new start for the group. It was a challenge & a good training ground. Soon Canada’s multicultural community welcomed the Crew.
The plan was to go to Canada for 3 months to work on their dream of recording a triple album “Blood Is Thicker Than Water”. However they were granted a 6-month stay. Quickly realizing how much money was needed to record a triple album the Crew began working on their Bouyon album. It was carnival time back home. So their first attempt at a Bouyon album came naturally.