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General Trees (born Amos Edwards, Drews Land, Kingston, Jamaica, c.1960) was one of the most popular jamaican dancehall deejay of the 1980s, best known for his hits in the latter half of the decade.

General Trees is widely regarded as the best Jamaican speed rapper of his era, the “fast style” of delivery commonly accepted as arriving in Jamaica from the UK, through London-born Phillip Papa Levi. He first found fame as a sound system star, working on Maurice Johnson’s Black Scorpio system, which he had followed since the 1970s, his brother having preceded him as a deejay on the system. His name was given to him by Barry G, who thought he sounded like “a General with three voices in one”. When Johnson opened his own studio, also named Black Scorpio, he began producing recordings, including those by artists that had performed with his sound system, including Trees and Lord Sassafrass. His debut single, “Mi God Mi King”, topped the Jamaican singles chart, and a string of hits followed, including “Heel And Toe”, “Monkey And Ape”, “Ghost Rider”, and “Crucifixion”, although his best-remembered song is “Mini Bus”, which lamented the demise of the “jolly bus”, and which was awarded the title “Song Of The Year” in 1986 from the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. The award raised his profile and he went on to record for a variety of producers in Jamaica.


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