Bahamian dancehall artist Jah Doctrine grew up on the Island of Nassau, Bahamas. His early musical influences range from artists like Bahamian legend Ronnie Butler, to reggae star Buju Banton, and rap icons like Tupac Shakur and Nas. Jah Doctrine stands for "Music inspired by the Word of God". His music can be described as thought provoking, entertaining, revolutionary, and spiritual. A skillful fusion of Dancehall, Reggae, and Hip Hop, accented with a Bahamian Twist.
"As a youngster I hung out on the basketball court, went to concerts and listened to the latest Baker Boys cassette tapes. I wasn't the best student and had a habit of getting into trouble at school as a way of venting my frustrations. At about 15, I found out I was adopted and began writing lyrics to help deal with the questions. Drawing inspiration from my adoption and the void of not knowing my personal history, I began to see parallels between my circumstance and the plight of the African people worldwide. I used writing as a means of expression, I didn’t know then my lyrics would take me to where I am today." - Jah Doctrine
By the late 90's Doctrine decided to pursue a career as a rap artist. He gained experience by performing at local talent shows, and joined rap group CEO Playas. The group later disbanded and by 2001 Doctrine decided he needed to expand his horizons. His quest for knowledge took him to The United States, where he received a degree in philosophy from St. John's University in Minnesota. His musical endeavors continued as he used this time to develop his skills, and learn the music industry. He helped to form the Hip-Hop/Reggae band D.O.C.T.R.I.N.E. which went on to win a campus 'battle of the bands' competition. This earned them the opportunity to open for a major label artist, and perform at events around the state. As he and the other members graduated and returned home, the group separated. Now on the brink of a solo career, and with the groups blessing, he took on the name Jah Doctrine.
With new purpose and a vision, Jah Doctrine began work on his debut album titled 'Echoes of History'. The music video for the lead single 'My Story' features Vicky, a Grand Bahama native formerly of D.O.C.T.R.I.N.E. This soulful song has helped to solidify Jah Doctrine's presence, heralding the emergence of a unique talent with a fresh perspective. Jah Doctrine returned to his home in the Bahamas in December of 2007. The support has been tremendous. By February of 2008 'Dead Man Walking' was featured on The Bahama Hot Ones radio show with Randy C on 100Jamz, climbing to No. 3 on the weekly countdown. 'Dead Man Walking' is a reggae track which features former group member, and Reggae artist Massyka of Kingston Jamaica. The song reached an international audience and was featured in Reggae Vibes Magazine (Europe) in 2008. It was followed up by Nuff Gal, also featured on The Bahama Hot Ones climbing to No. 3. 'Nuff Gal' was followed by hit
[R. Jones Pure Vibes Magazine]
ECHOES OF HISTORY Coming Soon
Jah Doctrine went into the studio with a mission, which was to create a groundbreaking album combining hip hop, reggae and dancehall using his Bahamian dialect. Traveling between Minnesota and Florida USA, he devoted his heart to music, and by early 2008, Jah Doctrine released the first single from the upcoming Echoes of History album. Dead Man Walking was followed a few months later by Hard Times and My Story and its music video was released a few months later.
Building upon this momentum in 2009 Jah Doctrine filmed a music video for the hit single Nuff Gal which climbed the Bahama Hot Ones Charts to No. 3. on 100 Jamz. Nuff Gal was followed by hit single Visions of Afrika. He has been featured on 100Jamz with Randy C, 102.9 Island FM with Bodine, Power 104.5 as well as More 94.9 fm. My Story, climbed to no. 3 on the Bahama Hot Ones Countdown, and its music video is soon to reach Tempo. Dead Man Walking and its Music Video is receiving great response reaching no. 5 on the Bahama Hot Ones a few months prior.
The success of these singles has not only helped to introduce him to the Bahamian people but an international audience as well. In 2008; Dead Man Walking was featured in Reggae Vibes Magazine & Compilation CD (France), Jah Doctrine?s music received radio spins from Atlanta to KFAI in Minnesota USA, and Jah Doctrine has opened for international artists such as Sizzla Kolanji, Capleton, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Warrior King, Ben Folds and Atmosphere. He has been interviewed on television shows such as the Roots & Culture, Bahamas at Sunrise, Controversy T.V. and Bahamian Entertainment Television. He has been featured online at betvlive.com, http://www.Kemis.net, and makeemlisten.net. 242party.com, maximumbass.com and bahamasweekly.com.
Interviews with JAH DOCTRINE
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Jah Doctrine Biography
Devlyn "Jah Doctrine" Stubbs, also known as ?Dawon Stubby? or by childhood friends as Stubby, was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Born February 4, 1981, from a very young age Devlyn was in love with music. Through this love of music, combined with a talent for rapping he has evolved into one of the best new artists in the Bahamas. When asked about his passion for music Jah Doctrine had this to say, "I make my music fa da people ta enjoy. Truin, I talk bout nuff different topics, n raise plenty issues ca I feel we have da ability as public personas not only ta entertain but ta stimulate thought. Its thru da power a Jah I believe we all have da ability ta connect. So, I try to keep my mind open n honest, ta make sure I challenge ma myself, not only sound good but to educate". Its clear that Jah Doctrine sees a clear vision for his music and his career. He states, ?My goal is to be one of the best entertainers in the business. Keep lyricism alive, educate, and entertain, and inspire my people. I have always had my own flavor, and over time I?ve enhanced this style by constatly creating unique flows and skillfull rhymes inspired by God, my dialect, and numerous musical influences.?
As a young man, he often listened to the thunderstorm radio show on local FM giant 100 jamz. He got to hear sounds from accross the planet, by bahamian artists such as K.B, Funky D, Sweet Emily, Ronnie Butler, Bahamen, dancehall icons like Sizzla, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Beenie man, and even rap greats like Common Sense, Jay-z, Nas, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Mos Def. During the interview as he reflected on these early influenes making a point to mention that it is very important to pay tribute to all artists of past and present.
At the age of 17, Devlyn began writing and performing at local talent shows. He began with a group called ?CEO Playas?, but that situation never progressed due to personal family crisis. By 19, he left his hometown of Nassau Bahamas for College in the U.S. He has earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy, and went on to complete one semester of grad school. While in college, he formed in reggae/ rap band D.O.C.T.R.I.N.E. The band included members Massyka of Kingston, Jamaica, and Vicky of Freeport, Grand Bahama. The group achieved some local success, however by 2004 Devlyn decided to continue pursuing a solo career. He renamed himself ?Jah Doctrine? ; music inspired by the word of God. Under his newly formed independent Record label Dat Giddy Records, Jah Doctrine helped to release an underground album titled SugaHill Uncut with producer J. Peppa from Nigeria. The album featured a number of producers and artists, including past group members Vicky and Massyka, Zed from Kingston, Jamaica, Tew Tone of Top Contendaz, and Pin Point Ent. out of Alabama USA. In 2005, some of the solo tracks from SugaHill Uncut were later released on his Debut album as Dawon Stubby titled 'Dat Giddy' released in the spring of 2005. Dat Giddy recieved significant reception heralding the emergence of a unique talent with much promise.
Look out for Jah Doc?s upcoming album ?Echoes of History? scheduled for a 2007 release. Jah Doctrine feels very strongly about his music, and the message he is sending while earnestly creating a new sound on local and international music scene. Encompassing elements from hip/hop and dancehall, he describes his music as ?Bahamian Hip-Hop/Dancehall. Real music from the heart, not for the money.? It is not at all difficult to hear the power and wisdom in his voice, nor is it hard to see the passion, and drive in his voice. He has a purpose for his music, and wants to deliver this message to a world wide audience. Jah Doctrine is here to stay, bringing good music and positive energy to the music industry for many years to come!!
Rachel Jones, P.U.R.E V.I.B.E.Z magazine.
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