Name: Winslow Jordan
Address: Collymore Rock, St. Michael
Genre: Hip Hop
It should come as no surprise that the hip hop artist known as Rubytech can sketch lyrical landscapes as easily as breathing. The son of a respected cartoonist and graphic artist and a talented graphic artist himself, creativity is a way of life for this 25 year old Barbadian. Understanding the value of enjoying his own company from an early age, Rubytech began to draw inspiration from new technologies, the television he watched so much as a child and his observations of family and friends. Then the writing talent, along with the other skill in graphic art, gradually began to take shape.
By 1999, this self-confessed introvert took the bold move – as part of the duo Billy Kincaid – to step away from the calypso & reggae genres that most Barbadian and Caribbean artistes are known for and hone his writing skills in hip hop. But what began as a hobby quickly became another vehicle for his creative expression and an obvious talent for weaving words over melodic beats. As this talent grew so did the sources of his inspiration: from rock to meringue.
After taking a break to handle his responsibilities Rubytech reemerged in 2006 as a solo artist more passionate than ever about his craft. With his religious faith keeping him firmly grounded, life’s experiences have created a wellspring of emotions and analysis to draw on, reflected in the new maturity of his writing. Rubytech’s return to the solid local hip hop scene was cemented with his capturing of the Freestyle title at the 2006 and 2007 Hip Hop Festivals and his first single “Back to Business” being nominated for Best Hip Hop single at the 2007 Barbados Music Awards. Additionally, his first solo LP, “The Official Back to Business Mixtape” hosted by the Boomtribe DJ’s is scheduled for release in September 2007 and has potential to be a hip hop classic.
Rubytech has only just begun to scratch the surface of his talent, so expect hip hop’s newest MC to continue to reach for the stars!