by Jodee Brown
Emerging Dancehall/Reggae producer, Markus Myrie continues to shine within the Jamaican music industry at the tender age of 17. Part of his desire to succeed comes from the trials and tribulations his famous father continues to endure.
Myrie hails as the eldest son of incarcerated Reggae icon, Buju Banton, who currently calls a federal penitentiary in Miami, Florida home after being convicted and later slapped with a ten year sentence regarding three drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident. However, Myrie, who regularly contacts his father via email, told TVJ Entertainment Report’s Anthony Miller that Buju remains hopeful about a recent appeal filed on his behalf to overturn his convictions will prove fruitful.
“Well of course, everyone knows seh him strong; him ok. He’s still very optimistic about the case,”he said.
“He’s fine, he’s just fighting.”
Starting within the music industry at 13, Myrie attended Wolmer’s Boys High School and Meadowbrook High School before taking up an engineering course at the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC). Now, the young producer has built a strong repertoire within the local music industry since initially releasing his debut mainstream compilation, the Beating Stick Riddim last October, to rave reviews. Since then, he’s unveiled produced several hits including Why Life Nuh Sweet by Black Ryno, and Mama Food Put On by I-Octane few.
Currently Myrie is promoting his newly-released project, the 5th Gear Riddim which features singles such as Tongue Ring Shot by Ninja Kid, Right Now by Sizzla and How We Flex by his embattled father, Buju Banton. Additionally, he unveiled the Reggae-themed single, Lose Your Love that he and his father worked on while Buju was out on bail in December 2010.
Myrie, who currently operates out of his father’s Gargamel Studios, insists that he’s enjoying the success he’s achieved thus far.
“Right now I’m just working on my own label. I’m just doing me. The studio is open,” Myrie said.
While using his father’s place of business, Myrie also uses Buju’s dyer situation as motivation to continue accomplishing great feats as a producer.
“After a while, I kinda start use it as a strategy to get better at what I do,” he said.
Additionally, he wants to continue the aura attached to the Myrie family name.
“We cyaah change the past so right now I’m just tryna pave the future and continue a legacy.”