b. August 24, 1952, Chapleton, Jamaica
LKJ emigrated in 1963 with his family to London. He graduated at Goldsmith's College with a degree in Sociology. He combines his political engagement with an interest in poetry. In 1974 he published his first collection of poems, in 1977 his first record, Dread Beat An' Blood, was released by Virgin Records, "an album that virtually defined the 'dub poetry' genre." (Larkin 1993, p. 133)
On the following albums, his best and classic works Forces Of Victory (1979) and Bass Culture as well as on the resulting dub mixes (on LKJ In Dub, 1981), Rico contributed together with his friend Dick Cuthell the horn lines to the music performed by the Dennis Bovell Dub Band.
Dennis Bovell, Rico and LKJ met at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s in Swizerland contributing to Fizzé's project called Peeni Waali.