Burt Cardiff on April 28, 1968 in the parish of Manchester,
Jamaica. His love for the music began at the age of six and he
often had to hide as a child from his strict christian parents
in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves.
As he grew older he played the radio a little louder, listening
keenly to the lyrical styles of Lt Stitchie, Papa San and
Professor Nuts and he developed his own unique style of comical
Degree developed his stage name by adopting the
"General" from "General Trees" one of his
mentors, and the "Degree" because of its
"University Rank" meaning, which evidently describes
the standard by which this hard hitting entertainer works. After
sneaking out at nights to dances and hanging around the sound
systems, a tailor by day he saved enough money to travel to
Kingston to make his first recording entitled "Circle
Mandeville". He instantly become one of Mandeville's
hottest talents. To achieve his dreams of international success
he moved to Kingston, the capital of the dancehall music.
came out with a blockbuster hit "Granny" a dialogue
between a granny and her grandson. In order to move to the next
level, and not to be stereotyped, Degree wasted no time. No
longer using his granny voice, he went on to work with some of
the best reggae producers in the business, such as Donovan
Germaine (Penthouse), Bobby "Digital B" Dixon, Dave
Kelly (Madhouse), Sly and Robbie, along with Steelie and Cleevie.
At the close of 1993, Degree signed a management contract with
Main Street Records. He once again combined his talents with
Danny Brownie on "Pianist" dubbed the most
controversial song for 1993, which went up the charts.
his 1997 self-entitled work, "Degree" General worked
on his new album "Bush Baby" which featured some of
Degree¹s best work ever . "Bush Baby" features 16
tracks like Miss Gotti¹, Traffiic Blocking¹, Boom Boom¹,
Pleasure Tour¹, the title track, Bush Baby¹ ¹, and let¹s
not forget his duets with Red Rat and Maxi Priest.
"Mr. Do It Nice", 90 "The Pianist",
92 "Granny", 96 "