Frequently Asked questions
Where can I purchase Rude Bwoy Spirits?
Can I purchase Rude Bwoy Brand apparel online?
Where is Rude Bwoy Spirits made?
I live outside of the US and Canada. When is Rude Bwoy going to be available here?
As Rude Bwoy is rapidly expanding, we are in discussions with distributors throughout the Caribbean and Latin America currently. When a new region opens up, we will be certain to post that information.
Are Rude Bwoy Spirits gluten free?
What is Rude Bwoy Spirit’s alcohol content?
|RUDE BWOY IRIE WHITE RUM||96||40%||0||NONE||0|
|RUDE BWOY COCONUT RUM||90||35%||0||NONE||0|
|RUDE BWOY IRIE GOLD RUM||93||40%||0||NONE||0|
|RUDE BWOY VODKA||96||40%||0||NONE||6*|
*Our Rude Bwoy Vodka is made from All Natural Sugar Cane so the sugar content is what remains after the distillation process.
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What is the story behind the name Rude Bwoy?
Rude Bwoy, sometimes also called Rudie is an endearing term for ones ‘bredrin’, friend, mate, and also sometimes used to identify a youth or child that is a “cool yute”. The term was born after the emergence of the Ska Music scene when Reggae music was starting to take over the music scenes of Jamaica.
THE RUDE BOYS
When Jamaica was relieved from colonial rule in 1962, mines and factories were created in Kingston in hopes of developing a reliable income source for the island. Kingston quickly transformed to an industrial city, encouraging young natives to migrate from the island in search of employment and economic prosperity. Around this time, the social and class gaps between rich and poor began to widen, and young Jamaican natives created a new identity. Music, Dance, and Rum became what the scene was all about. This was the start of the globally loved Ska and Reggae music, and the beginning of the Rude Boys.
Many of the biggest record labels from Jamaica and the UK all fell suit to the Rude Boy style and many produced records about the movement. From Soul Jazz records’s Studio One Rude Boy album in Jamaica featuring artists such as the Wailers, Johnny Osbourne, Wailing Souls and Dennis Brown, to Trojan Records entitled Rude Boy Rumble.
The Rude Boy style was it! Walt Jabsco was the famous Jamaican cartoon for 2 Tone Records label that served as the first official image of the Rude Boy movement. 2 Tone Records was responsible for debuting many Ska and Rock Steady (an early form of Reggae) artists who better defined the look of the Rude Boy movement. Fashion was the key. Looking good, feeling good and being smooth… That was the style.
Typically wearing tight-fitting mohair suits and porkpie hats, Jamaican Rude Boys were influenced by Jamaican immigrant modernists and British fashion. As Ska transformed into Rock Steady, the Rude Boy style uniquely became the mascot for the popular music genre.
Rude Boy style served as one of the most extreme and exaggerated examples of Jamaica itself. Inspired by a mix of reality and TV, Rude Boys modeled themselves off famous heroes and cowboy films that first appeared in the mid-1960’s. The Rude Boy style has continued on from these early times… In 1978, Michael White produced a movie entitled Rude Boy featuring the band The Clash (who was heavily influenced by Jamaican music). Now, we have Reggae, Dancehall, Rap, Roots… you name it. and it all got its start with Rum and Rudies!
What’s with the “W” in the name Rude Bwoy?
The official language of Jamaica is English, however the language most speak to one another is called Patois. While many try very hard to speak the ‘Queens English’, anyone cool (actually the majority of the people) speaks with a patois injection to the accent. So that said… with the way we love our culture, heritage and history.. we had to add a little Patois into the name… “Seen? Yah Mon!” a jus so it go… Rude Bwoy ting carry di swing!