This is Brukout! Seani B talks to Masicka

This is Brukout! Seani B talks to Masicka

DOING IT RIGHT: Masicka will be performing alongside Tanto Blacks and Style X on Sunday

ONE OF the (many) advantages of being here in Jamaica is the opportunity to see who is really popping off across the various music platforms.

Radio, TV, live shows and the streets all play an important part of an artists’ development and the need to ‘lock it’ at home has historically been followed by ‘locking it’ in foreign lands. One of the artists who is definitely locking the place is Masicka.

He has the roads buzzing right now and his star is definitely on the rise.

“The last 12 months have made all the difference – we have worked hard,” says the man himself, fresh from another series of commendable performances.

“My work ethic is not normal. It’s all about hard work, more work and smart work.

“We are building the catalogue and staying true to what we believe in.”

That work ethic is very much in effect today – I am speaking to him just as he is about to hit the studio for yet another session. I wanted to find out when he felt the one defining moment was that changed things for him.

Hardball was the key – from that tune buss everything went up! Gass Them Up brought the momentum for us and then Hardball came straight after, then Everything Mi Want and Top Rank alongside Bounty Killer,and the levels just continued to go up,” he says.


TOP RANKING: Masicka

His performance at the Dream Weekend in Negril was definitely ‘Top Rank’, so to speak, particularly his cameo with Bounty, who shared the stage with Masicka before doing the same with Aidonia (dancehall fans will know that Masicka and Aidonia don’t seem to see eye to eye – but more on that shortly).

“It’s all about entertainment – we want to make everyone happy when we perform,” he says with a sense of pride.

“I performed at Sumfest and that was something special. Doing the Dream Weekend and working with a legend like Bounty is an amazing feeling.”

So, what’s the deal with Aidonia, exactly? Masicka is quick to put that topic to rest, once and for all.

“There is no situation with Aidonia,” he states.

“I am just doing music. I just want to entertain the people. I’m staying in my lane and doing me – nothing else.”

At this point, it would be wrong not to give praise where it is due in calming this ‘feud’ – and the source of resolution is quite surprising. The original War Lord, Bounty Killer showed his maturity and position as a dancehall don by communicating to both Aidonia and Masicka (both of whom he has worked with previously) to ensure that this battle stays lyrical and never spills over into anything else. Hearing Bounty speak with such an overview and foresight is admirable and says so much about his status in the dancehall community. Big up Rodney!

It’s great to see a young artist getting key endorsements from the likes of Vybz Kartel and Bounty Killer – a fact that isn’t lost on Masicka.

“You know, my thing is from the streets so when legends like Killer endorse what we do you know it is absolutely authentic and genuine,” he says.

“We get inspiration from Killer, Sizzla and Kartel – they have always been bright lights to us.”

So, we can be assured that there won’t be any controversy with the Kartel tune?

“Absolutely not,” he assures me.

“None whatsoever. I’m a writer, so this is natural.”

I’ve been supporting Masicka since 2015, and recorded him the following year. I’ve been so impressed with him as a young gunner that I made him my one to watch in my hotlist for the BBC on two occasions. Not only is he equipped with this unique talent among the new school DJs, but he is lyrically quick and witty.

“I started young, around 17 or 18 years old,” he says.

“Even since then, artists like Bounty, Ninjaman and Assassin told me what I could be if I worked hard and focused, and that is what I am doing now. The key thing is to be humble and keep working.”

Masicka has carved out a space for himself as ‘the next one’. While Popcaan and Alkaline seem to be getting a lot of attention, Masicka has quietly been putting in the work to position himself nicely in the Premier League of dancehall.

This Sunday (August 13) sees Masicka coming to London for a special Dancehall BrukOut at The Forum in Kentish Town, alongside Style X and Tanto Blacks. Is he ready for the London vibe?

“Ready? We are coming to shell it down! It’s gonna be a problem,” he says.

“The UK is my place! Get your tickets early because we are on our way.”

You have been warned…

Dancehall BrukOut takes places on Sunday, August 13 at The Forum, Kentish Town. For tickets, click here.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

0

Latest Tweets

  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Inflation-busting Council Tax rise adds £70 to average family's bill Birmingham’s Counc https://t.co/FxZYnvkNEz @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Bass Invaders, 15 Dec 2017 15 Dec 2017 - Club at Suki 10c https://t.co/DMUKglnSwY @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    MP reveals shocking stories of domestic abuse as she urges Government to protect fundin https://t.co/e6ZGwuau53 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 9 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Notebenders, 15 Dec 2017 15 Dec 2017 - Jazz at Symphony HallFREE Jazzlines Free Gigs ar https://t.co/R7VDtiOQ1B @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 9 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Moves to ban anti-abortion protesters in Birmingham backed by council Anti-abortion cam https://t.co/3yl6fWeu49 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 15 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    The Heartbeats, 15 Dec 2017 15 Dec 2017 - Rock & Pop at The Austin Sports and Social Cl https://t.co/QiohHJk7w1 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 15 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    School suspends Labour candidate after she claimed there was ‘no proof’ ISIS existed A https://t.co/MooeoEQkXD @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 21 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Pick 'N' Mix, 14 Dec 2017 14 Dec 2017 - Club at Fever & Cirque https://t.co/oCPLdlRgJP @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 21 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    £56 billion HS2 high speed rail project is at risk of 'fraud and financial errors' The https://t.co/05ZKiOJOU2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Board Game Smackdown, 14 Dec 2017 14 Dec 2017 - Comedy at Hare & Hounds https://t.co/FkvIFxvwjE @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Bus operator accused of putting profit before passengers after closing 59 stops Bus man https://t.co/SEy56lfAtR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Live Music Thursdays, 14 Dec 2017 14 Dec 2017 - Rock & Pop at Missoula, Birmingham https://t.co/R59Rt6ovA9 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    New funding to repair 90,000 West Midlands potholes More than 90,000 potholes across th https://t.co/C1xuibnbGm @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Christmas Carol Singing, 14 Dec 2017 14 Dec 2017 - Community at The Dodford Inn https://t.co/Bbmykfm04g @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients' livers A surgeon has admitted assaulti https://t.co/9fWrrg1Wcz @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Tap Takeover: Odyssey, Burning Soul & Glass House, 13 Dec 2017 13 Dec 2017 - Rock & Pop https://t.co/pD9NqoU3BJ @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Historic Moseley Road Baths SAVED after generous donations from Brummies The historic M https://t.co/LU3MZR6iEM @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Howl, 13 Dec 2017 13 Dec 2017 - Spoken Word at Dark Horse https://t.co/AvXLryCY0l @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Why Birmingham would like cricket to be in 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham’s Common https://t.co/UoA9rRjYqm @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Midnight Screening Party, 13 Dec 2017 13 Dec 2017 - Film at M https://t.co/ZN6S4r0w3z @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    These budget cuts are result of Labour council's "financial failures" Opposition Conser https://t.co/PJg6lLHbpP @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Messy Crafts at the Coffee Hub, 13 Dec 2017 13 Dec 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee H https://t.co/wt29VwMC2I @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    £286m business case agreed for major transport hub Plans for a major transport hub next https://t.co/YIFzSwJFgh @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Robert Plant, 12 Dec 2017 12 Dec 2017 - Rock & Pop at Symphony Hall (suitable for under https://t.co/BRftqqLTyo @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Rail passengers facing major Christmas delays Travellers planning to use the region's r https://t.co/69N0UhbRHn @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago