Born in Hammersmith, London, in 1962, Murray began performing in the mid-1970s under the name Starkey Super on the London sound system circuit. He changed his stage name to Starkey Banton ("Banton" meaning a deejay full of lyrics) in response to the popularity of several other performers using the Banton name. His debut single, "Lover Dread", was released in 1993, bucking the trend for slackness. This was followed by "Blackman Memories" and "Ganja Baby". In 1994 he worked with the One Love crew, who released his "Wicked Man" single, the popularity of which led to combination hits with Sweetie Irie and Horace Andy, and an appearance at the 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festival. His 1985 riposte to the Jungle music phenomenon, "Jungle Bungle" ("One bag a noise and a whole heap a sample, That's something my ear holes can't handle!"), was hugely popular among Britain's urban audience. He recorded for Fashion Records, releasing "Nah Wear Nuh Versace", coincidentally released on the day Gianni Versace was murdered, followed by a string of cultural singles with "I Love King Selassie", "I & I Saw Them Coming", and "Weeping & Wailing", collected together along with the dub sides and new material on his debut album, Powers Youth, in 1997. The album featured Mykal Rose, with whom Banton recorded combination tracks "Release Me" and "Another Day in Babywrong". His second album, Rasta Mystic, was produced by Mad Professor, with rhythms provided by Mafia & Fluxy and Black Steel, and released on Ariwa in 2000.