Wallace Wilson (born January 17, 1978), better known by the stage name Red Rat, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae recording and performing artist. He was born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. He is known for his up-beat music, comical style, and signature catch phrase “Oh, No!”.
Wilson’s father was the guitarist for Byron Lee & the Dragonaires and two of his older brothers were professional musicians before him.
‘Yo you [skin] red and you look like a rat!’ In 1996 Wallace Wilson was about to emerge on the International stage as one of Jamaica’s most versatile and exciting performers when he heeded then label mate Degree’s point-blank observation and Red Rat was born.
Red Rat’s debut album, Oh, No.. It’s Red Rat (1997) featured songs such as “Shelly Ann”, “Dwayne”, “Tight-up Skirt”, “Cruise” (featured in the movie The Big Hit), and “Big Man, Little Yute”. It became one of the best selling records from Greensleeves Records.
His second album, I’m a Big Kid Now, followed in 2000, with yet more hits and critical acclaim. His musical diversity and mainstream popularity led to a series of collaborations with artists such as Treach of Naughty by Nature, Kele Le Roc, Renee from Zhane, NEXT, British icons Groove Armada and his cousin, Canadian hip-hop artist, Dan-e-o. Recently, Red Rat has emerged back in the media with his new hit, “Rise up Zimbabwe” which was a joint project with ABRA (African Bread Recording Artists). The song was released in April of 2010 and immediately saw popularity in the music fans of Zimbabwe.
While still in school Red Rat recorded his first single ‘Itsy Bitsy’ for Browne’s Main Street Records, however on his father’s insistence he decided to put his career on hold until completing his education. In 1996 after graduating from Meadowbrook High Red Rat under the watchful eye of Browne moved full steam ahead releasing a string of hit singles including ‘Shelly-Ann’ and ‘Dwayne’ that catapulted him to the top of Reggae charts Worldwide while showcasing his unmistakable voice, unique sense of humor and his unforgettable trademark ‘Oh-No!’
Red Rat’s debut album ‘Oh No….It’s Red Rat!’ quickly became one of Greensleeves Records greatest selling albums with hits such as ‘Tight Up Skirt’, ‘Cruise’ (featured in the movie ‘The Big Hit’) and ‘Big Man Little Yute.’ The album’s success, steady radio play and demand for his outrageous live performances led to shows all over the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond.
‘I’m a Big Kid Now’ followed in 1999 with more hits and critical acclaim. His musical diversity and mainstream popularity led to a series of collaborations with artists such as Treach of Naughty by Nature, Kele Le Roc and British icons Groove Armada. Following the success of his sophomore album Red Rat decided to take a break from recording to spend time with his daughter Taiye while producing other artists.
The buzz from fans anticipating a new album inspired Red Rat to return to the studio. Red Rat and manager Delroy Escoffery formed Rat-A-Kastle Records and immediately began recording new tracks with chart-topping producers including Scott Storch, Salaam Remi and Cool and Dre. Dr. Patrick Wheatle later became a part of the management team and Rat-A-Kastle Records. The tracks from the forthcoming album reflect a new direction for the artiste who has once again redefined himself. The slamming tracks, hype and humor are all there, and so is a more seasoned and mature Red Rat.God is the Answer Thank God for Life God Bless Us All.