Between the years 2006-2007, the dancehall fraternity has witnessed four new artistes who have definitely made a mark in the industry. All four came along with a catchy slang that has now become an everyday language flowing from the mouths of teenagers and grown ups.
The first one on the OutAroad.com battle field was Busy Signal, who definitely stuck to the definition of his name and had the place busy. Within a few months he had the whole place shouting “Sound The Big Thing Dem” - he also made a promised to his fans that he’s
“Not Going Down”.
This promise, he manages to maintain even though a few months back, Busy had lost every bit of his ‘Signals’. He was however quick on his thoughts to realise that “These Are The Flipping Days”.
Next on the agenda was Idddddddd donia, who got his big break by following the clashing trends of Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. This trend he directed primarily at Busy Signal, though he threw words at Don Corleone, and Cool Face to name a few. With the strong lyrical content that he was spitting out, there is no way Busy Signal could have “Step Out” and competed with Aidonia.
Back then it was the effort of internationally acclaimed producer Cordell ‘Skatta’ Burrell who helped Aidonia to create a strong fan base within months. The relation between the two didn’t last long, because of a simple contractual agreement. Aidonia’s creative slang was “You Know It’s I dddddddd donia”. This became an anthem for teenagers and even a few grown ups.
During the clashing period between Aidonia and Busy Signal, Munga tried to butt in - but no one paid him any attention – So then came Mr. Gangsta for life – Mavado. He was an instant hit among dancehall fans both local and international. Some were debating about the violence in the lyrical content of his songs, while others were debating if he would be the next artiste to join the hardcore group of outstanding deejays such as Bounty Killer Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man.
At first Mavado was only singing about his problems in the ghetto, until the King of The Dancehall Beenie Man decided to step on his ‘Daddy’s’ toes, the one who is also known as Bounty Killer. This was one of the few bad decisions that he made and then things got ugly. Anywayyyyyyy! That’s not what we are focusing on right now.
By this time, the man that the public had booed at a few shows was slowly but surely soaking into their minds. It was non other than the man himself Munga Honorable. When he first started out no one believed him that “Them Bowy Deh Nuh Bad Like I”.
Although that was not so convincing, he went back into his musical archive and started to “Flipping Rhymes.” This was when dancehall fans realised that Munga “Bad From Him Born”, but it was too late - there were nowhere to hide when he started to “Buss It Mek Di Earth Shake”. No need to be scared now, he’s now a gallis who’s gentle asking his female fans to “Whine Pon It”. His creative slang was “Yes Yesssss!
So, the question is….. Who will remain at the top of table and who will fall?
Predictions: Busy Signal and Idonia will make a strong come back -
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