Wallace Wilson a.k.a. Red Rat was born January 17th in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica into a musically inclined family. It didn’t take Red Rat very long to fall in love with the craft of music and become one with the stage. It was at the early age of four that he began singing for tourists at the hotels where his mother worked as a seamstress. He loved to entertain people and soon realized exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. Red Rat began performing on the local school circuit which caught the attention of Danny Browne, the producer/ musician CEO of Main Street Records. Impressed by the young performer's musical abilities and charisma, Browne did not hesitate to sign Red Rat at the tender age of 16 and mentored the artiste allowing him to nurture his talent and gain valuable experience alongside Main Street artists such as Degree, Buccaneer, Lady G and Papa San.
Two years later, in 1996 he emerged on the International stage as one of Jamaica's most versatile, innovative and exciting performers when he heeded the words of the then label mate, Degree, who made the point-blank observation by saying, your complexion is “red” and you look like a “rat” and it was just that quickly that the artist known as Red Rat, was born. After graduating with his diploma from high school, Red Rat under the watchful eye of Browne, moved full steam ahead. He began releasing a string of hit singles including "Shelly-Ann" and "Dwayne", which catapulted him to the top of Reggae Charts worldwide.