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Dub poet Delroy “D.Y.C.R.” Chandler was born in Devon Pen, St. Mary, Jamaica. Farming is the
livelihood of St. Mary so after leaving the Stony Hill All Age School; he worked as a farm supervisor at Temple Hall Farms.

D.Y.C.R. was drawn to poetry from the age of fifteen, after reading material like, “The Plough & The Pen” and other literary works by Omar Khayyam. His first recording was for Ossie Thomas entitled “To Be Saved” which was released on the label Black Solidarity. He then met producer Milton Moore of Sound Proof Productions, two years later the poet recorded the album “Fire” for this producer who began seriously assisting with his career. The growing popularity of D.Y.C.R.
earned him the valued spot of being the first dub poet to perform on Jamaica’s largest one night dancehall event “Sting” in 1996. The album “Fire” was well received and promoted at MIDEM 97 in the Sounds Of Jamaica music catalog by JAMPRO. The three singles from that album that gained him recognition was “Fire”, “Rasta Rise Again”, and “Hold It Down”. In addition there are singles like “Sucker”, “Smikle”, Dem Man Deh, “Cashew” recorded for producer Ritchie Stephens on the Pot Of Gold label and the most successful one “Delroy” which climbed the New York reggae charts and was number one for eight weeks in Atlanta, was recorded for Bobby Digital.

The poetry society began to recognize D.Y.C.R. as a unique and unchained spirit, who was definitely a force to be reckoned with, especially after he released music videos for the singles “Flame Fire”, “Gallong Charm” with Ritchie Stephens and “Sting”, which highlighted the incident that occurred at “Sting 2003”.
D.Y.C.R. has won two international awards for best dub poet in 2004; they are “The Martins Award” in New York and the “Reggae Soca Award” in Miami. Now D.Y.C.R. has recently signed to DownSound Records and recorded some of his latest singles such as “Misunderstanding” on the Invasion Riddim, “Sammy” a combination with Ritchie Spice and the Olympic Tribute to
Veronica Campbell entitled “Run Veronica Run”. D.Y.C.R. has much bigger things in store for his many fans, as he in the process of doing a music video for “Misunderstanding” which
states “don’t say you’re going chop bush, say you are going to chop grass, because misunderstandings can get you into bad, bad trouble”. The video is being produced by DownSound
Records and will be released in September 2004.

D.Y.C.R. continues to chant, for justice and love in a realistic way that is pure and authentic to the
Jamaican culture, as he demonstrates the power of word and sound to prove that the combination of
these forces “A FIRE”.

“Delroy! Delroy! Delroy!”-the song seems to be blasting across the airwaves these days. Whether it’s on the radio or from the sound system, the reactions are the same – they love it! DYCR has somehow managed to delve into the psyche of those who are experiencing the very thing he is chanting about.

But it’s not accidental; Delroy ‘DYCR’ Chandler will be the first to tell you that he is writing from experience. According to him, he has had his struggles and his materials are derived from them, and the rest from his observance of the system or through the experience of others.

Believe it or not, this dub poet started out wanting to sing! He says while his voice was “not so bad,” his friends would tell him that, “I was either running away from the riddim or the riddim was running away from me!” Realizing he wasn’t going to make it in the singing world, DYCR turned his attention to poetry writing and recital. While attending the Temple Hall New Testament Church of God, he had a chance to show what he could do at the youth group’s FTH – a forum where he could display his talent. DYCR recalled doing a poem called “She Fi Come” and according to him, “it wreck the place.” He said even the pastor was laughing his head off. His brethren encouraged him to think seriously about dub poetry, telling him about Mutabaruka, and that he could do the same. It was then that DYCR resolved that he would make a career of it. He soon linked up with Milton Moore of the Sound Proof label where he recorded “Flame Fire,” a hit in the dancehall. Without proper promotion though, the momentum he had gained soon fizzled. Things started turning around for DYCR when Singing Melody introduced him to Reggae balladeer, Richie Stephens. Stephens, after spotting DYCR’s talent, didn’t hesitate in bringing it to the fore. DYCR recorded, “Dem Man Deh,” “Sucker” and “Smikle,” a track which had most hard working people in Jamaican nodding their heads in agreement. Maybe that’s why the dub poet is so accepted in every sector – his poems have a way of putting into words what many want to say. We couldn’t resist asking DYCR what his inspiration was in writing the very popular “Delroy.” “A natural experience, my mother sent me to live with a family and I could never sit in peace,” he explained. Since his emergence on the scene, DYCR has performed to rave response at Unity Splash, Reggae Sumfest, Sting Miami and Western Consciousness. Presently, the poet is working on some new singles in the studio. He is also putting together some tracks for his album which he hopes will be released early next year on the Pot of Gold label.

DYCR hopes he will make a difference through his poems and that he will still be remembered years from now. As he says, “They will remember DYCR. I consider myself a chanting dub poet who did come to make a difference. No matter who come, no matter how good they are, people will remember.”


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