LargeUp Exclusive: An Interview With Elusive 90s Dancehall Star Terror Fabulous
Terror Fabulous made a name for himself in the 90s dancehall world with his work with legendary producer Dave Kelly. Following in the footsteps of Buju Banton, the deejay recorded a whole bunch of hits for Kelly’s Mad House label, only to disappear again from the scene some years later. Our good friends at LargeUp caught up with the enigmatic figure and had a chat with him, clearing up some rumors and showing us that Terror Fabulous is still alive and well. Read some extracts from the interview after the jump and get the full scoop via LargeUp.
LU: Talk a little bit about your beginning with Dave Kelly and how you came to work with him.
TF: I left school in 1990 and I buck up Dave Kelly at Penthouse Studios. I slept, record and wrote in the studio. Me, Buju Wayne Wonder, Frankie Sly, Daddy Screw, Donovan Steele, Gary Minott, the whole a we you know, we were writing together.
LU: And most of those people were between Penthouse and Madhouse production, right?
LU: Your first really big song was ‘Big Man Have The Money’ on the Bogle rhythm and most people thought it was Buju Banton.
TF: Nah man it was Terror Fabulous but because Buju was hot dem time and hot right now still, so people might have mixed us up.
LU: What did Terror Fabulous bring to dancehall that was not there before he came?
TF: Just more niceness still, cause when I say ‘show me your hand,’ it means show me your gun hand or gun finger, not the real gun. Because we already know about the gun but we are not promoting that, but the gun done mek already, so if we can turn it into fun and make them leave the gun, it’s a good thing. Nothing really new, just more niceness, more understanding, more Rasta vibe, a Fabulous thing.