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Do Wap – 3Suns
Soca musics trio – Sherwin “Menace” Jeremiah, Damien “Ace” Oliviere and Olufemi “Crym” Williams – have been spearheading the progression of Ragga Soca in Trinidad and Tobago since entering the industry in 2000. They hail from the rural town of Sangre Grande where they met in school, becoming bonded by friendship and music. Each one possesses their own style – Menace, a rude boy lyricist, Ace the ladies man and Crym – an aptly named hybrid for “crazy rhymer.” Combining their talents as a group, their distinctive sound attracted the attention of major producer Ken “ShoRoc” Holder.
Under the guidance of ShoRoc Production, the trio arrived on the Soca scene as Treason – later changing to 3Suns (same pronunciation) because of copyright reasons. In 2000 their hit single “Dat Eh Nuttin (On de Promenade)” became an anthem for Trinidad’s Carnival season, despite some critics objections over the songs explicit hook. 3Suns forged on – dropping the widely popular, chutney-influenced single “Kama Sutra” produced by Nicholas Branker. Both tracks are featured on their independent album Insanely Gifted, which debuted in 2002 to great reviews. Other hits include “Wah is Dah One” and the Jouvert-inspired “Muddy Angels.”
By 2003, 3Suns made a name for themselves for having an unprecedented sound – combining rude boy Soca with classic calypso and dub vibes. Subsequently, they released their sophomore album Word on the Street on VP Records. The album contains notable tracks “Carnival Darlin,” “By D Bar” and “Dread Presidents” – the latter two featuring collaborations with fellow Ragga Soca star Bunji Garlin. Further singles released by 3Suns include “Apology,” “Hot Girls,” and “3Suns Family Go Done Dem” among others.
Their gritty bad boy lyrics and rootsy melodies became 3Sun’s trademark. Folks took notice, and the group was invited to perform at the hugely popular Reggae on D River concert in California – alongside hitmakers Beenie Man, Capleton, Bounty Killer, the legendary Bunny Wailer and many others. They have also been the head-lining act internationally in Boston, London, Washington DC, New York and throughout the Caribbean. 3Suns unconventional approach has been well-received, and their motto – “keep it real” says it all. More than any other artist in the genre, 3Suns is real and versatile enough to take their music to the world.