Nitty Gritty was one of dancehall reggae's top singers in the 1980s.
One of his earliest stageshow performances occured in 1979 alsongside General Echo and Madoo for the Stereophonic sound system. However, he didn't become a star until 1983-84, perfoming mostly for Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotion
By 1985, Nitty had recorded many hit tunes including "Run Down the World", "Good Morning Teacher", and "False Alarm" for the Jammys label. The latter was likely dancehall reggae's most popular "counteraction" tune ever, a response to the massive hit "Ring the Alarm" by Tenor Saw