Skillibeng beating ‘one-hit wonder’ label
When he released his ' Brik Pan Brik' single late last year, newcomer Skillibeng made an indelible mark on the music industry. The track was such a huge success that six months later, it remains one of the hottest tracks in dancehall. But the song also earned the deejay a label all artistes want to steer clear of - the title of one-hit wonder. But, it seems the artiste is determined to prove the critics wrong.
In an interview with THE WEEKEND STAR, Skillibeng revealed that having heard of the one-hit wonder arguments, he knew he had to push harder to silence the critics, but in a different way.
"A lot of people did a expect me fi kinda forward wid a B rik Pan Brik number few (two) or number three, but my approach was different, and wid di way how dem love 50 Bag (his follow-up track), point proven. But a just people weh nuh take the time to look pan Skillibeng catalogue a music woulda really say dat," he said. "And right now, I'm at a point where it's not about negative people anymore. Mi fans see Skillibeng future inna music, from Brik Pan Brik, or even before, because me did have a set a fans weh in tune wid me from the start."
His growing popularity on the music scene puts him on the radar of a number of artistes and recently, Skillibeng landed huge projects with Popcaan and Vybz Kartel.
"Popcaan a star and yuh done know, we a eastern artiste, so we just make a link and him say him have a mixtape weh fresh and almost ready fi go out; and him say me can't missing off a di mixtape, so him just say shot a verse and me dweet. Yuh done know dis nah go be the last project between Popcaan and Skillibeng, but the work affi start from somewhere," he said. "My era grow up pan Gaza music and the whole world supposed to know that. Mi see Popcaan and Vybz Kartel as icons inna di music, so is a good look fi Skillibeng when we make dem move deh."
In addition to the success of 50 Bag and the collaborations, Skillibeng's remix of Twani Price's Honda single has also been doing well.
"The Honda remix a cause flame a road, and what this means for Skillibeng to have so many songs a do well a road, is just a representation or reflection of the work weh we a put in how long. Dis a we work, we occupation, and so we affi do what's necessary. Skillibeng just a write and record hot songs fi di people dem. Dat a my duty," he said. "Me have every intention fi have longevity inna di music and based on what the fans are saying, I'm going to be around in the industry for a long time."