Produced primarily by Delroy 'Spiderman' Thompson, distributed by Jet Star Records
With combinations featuring Dennis Brown and Boutny Killer, production from Joh John and more, this is one to add to your collection! Distributed by VP Records
1992: This is history! Containing the chart toping song FLEX that helped to push Dancehall mainstream. Production by Specialist, Tony Kelly and Steely & Clevie. Distributed by Columbia Records.
1996: Now with EMI, Cobra returns with BIG LONG JOHN and more!
MAD COBRA was only 26 years old when he became the first reggae artist to score a number one hit on the US Billboard pop charts. He was the first Dancehall artist to do so and only the second in all of Reggae to have that distinction. Born Ewart Everton Brown in Kingston, he was raised in St. Mary's Parish until returning to Kingston in his teens.
His nickname came from a character in the GI Joe comic books and was given to him by a schoolteacher who noticed young Brown's tendency to doodle fearsome snakes all over his notebooks. He got his start with such sound systems as; Mighty Ruler, Inner City and Climax. It was his uncle Delroy "Spiderman" Thompson (who can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org), then an engineer at Tuff Gong who produced his debut single "Respect Woman" in 1989.
More local hits followed and Cobra was then produced by Banton Nelson and Captain Sinbad. In emulation of Ninjaman's Dancehall success with gun talk, they steered Cobra towards such titles as "Shoot To Kill" and "Merciless Bad Boy". They soon garnered him a devoted following on the Dancehall circuit and led him to sign with Donovan Germain's Penthouse Studio where he had even more hits with such Dave Kelly produced singles as "Yush" and "Gunderlero. (RUDEGAL SIDE NOTE: The song "Yush" was a great Dancehall Buster for Cobra!)
He teamed up with Beres Hammond to record "Feeling Lonely" and in 1991 had a major hit with the album Bad Boy Talk. During this time, the dancehall market was nearly flooded with Mad Cobra singles. He was a hard-core dee-jay at that time and was controversial for promoting gay bashing in such songs as "Crucifixion" long before Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks gained similar notoriety. Homophobic lyrics on the albums Spotlight and Exclusive led to their being pulled from the shelves in the US.
By 1991, Cobra's popularity had spread to the UK and in one year he had five number one hits on the country's Reggae charts and at one time had nine Top 20 hits on the British charts. Cobra has frequently worked with other artists including Bee Cat, Mafia & Fluxy and Fashion. But though known for his hard-core lyrics, Cobra didn't have a big US success until he softened up and recorded the buttery smooth "Flex", over a Jamaican version of The Temptations' 60s hit "Just My Imagination".
The song's success led him to sign with he US label Columbia. His next single, "Legacy" (both songs appear on his Columbia albums Hard To Wet, Easy To Dry) did little on the charts and he soon went back to the Jamaican Dancehalls. He laid low until 1993, when he returned to the engergetic raga music with such songs as "Mek Noise" and "Mattie Haffi Move."
Check out Cobra's new album release "COBRA" distributed by Artist Only! Records. According to Media Hypee, Cobra's true love is Dancehall music and it is evident by this album.
Contact Marcus McGill of MEDIA HYPEE! MarcusjsMcGill@aol.com