WHO IS RAS REBEL?
Earl Paton III aka Ras Rebel is an internationally renowned Reggae & Dancehall artist from Port Hueneme; a small town on the Channel Islands region of the Gold Coast in Southern California. Rebel has undeniably become a staple artist of the west coast reggae scene having been recording and perfoming Live for 20+ yrs. He is known for his multi-genre style as his sound incorporates Dancehall, Reggae, and urban Hip Hop. Ras Rebel’s music can be heard on the radio and streamed on all major digital streaming platforms all over the globe. Ras Rebel has a unique ability to connect with all people, no matter where he is performing, largely because of his explosive stage performance & diverse positive music which resonates with people worldwide.
Rebel has been performing since the young age of 9 years old, and got his opportunity when he was 19 years old playing in his first band. Rebel immediately felt at home on the stage and knew that his future was meant to be a professional performer. Over the years, Rebel performed in several acts to include Small Axe, and the Crucial Yard Crew (CYC). After several years of performing in various groups, Rebel rebranded himself offically as RAS REBEL, – a solo artist with a conscious message and a big sound. He then moved from Oxnard to Los Angeles, CA where he began to play notable venues such as The Century Club, and Jamaican Gold Events – the longest running Dancehall club in the region. It was during this time that Ras Rebel was able to build and discover his own sound and style that would set the precedent for the rest of his career.
Ras Rebel released his first solo album in 1998 titled “Rebelution” and his second album “Crossroads” in 2006, which was met with national acclaim and success. Ras Rebel has engaged crowds throughout California, Jamaica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New York, Atlanta, U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, and has also made fans in Japan, Korea, Sweden and Australia. Garnering fans from all over the globe, Ras Rebel has set himself apart amongst the musical community for his conscious message mixed with a west coast rude boy style and his interactive stage performance. Ras Rebels music continues to bring a message of Truth, Love and Tales of real life experiences. His message, paired with heavy hitting rhythms and a modern Rub-A-Dub style, displays his unique talent of bringing fans together of all backgrounds.
In 2014 Ras Rebel released his single “ Stronger “ before taking a short hiatus from music for reflection and personal growth, relocating to Sacramento, CA in 2015. 2 years later in 2017, made a strong comeback, releasing with his 4th full length studio album titled “The Rebirth”, and songs from the album like “Come Over & Love “ are receiving airplay in over 10 countries.. The album was indeed a special for Rebel, as it marked his return to music as well as his musical pairing with notable Sacramento producer, JIntel @ Omina Labs – best known for his work with iconic rappers like E-40, Mos Def & Baby Bash. Ras Rebel’s return to music was welcomed by artists and fans alike and has since been blessed to share the stage with Globally renowned Reggae, Dancehall & Hip Hop acts including:
Damian Marley, Stevie Wonder, Mykal Rose (of Black Uhuru), The Wailers, Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Third World, Yellowman, Jesse Royal, Collie Buddz, J Boog, Anthony B, Kabaka Pyramid, and Julian Marley.
in 2016, Ras Rebel was given the opportunity securing a time slot to perform on the Iconic Welcome to Jamrock Cruise, where he was then invited on stage to perform by the legendary Shinehead. He performed the main stage with musical backing of The Black Soil Band feat. Dean Fraser, backing band for Tarrus Riley.
In 2020, Ras Rebel released his single titled “Boss Lion” and features the iconic Grammy Award winning Reggae Artist, Mykal Rose, as well as the production talents of EN Young, formerly of the San Diego based Roots Rock Reggae band, Tribal Seeds.