Spragga Benz
Spragga Benz
Carlton Errington Grant is a Jamaican Dancehall Deejay.
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WATCH: Scenes From Stillman's Damsels In Distress Become Aitken's 'Weekend Lover' Music Video
Movie Line - over 4 years
Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress is about to get some additional international mileage thanks to the release of the  official video for Victoria Aitken's "Weekend Lover."  The video for the song — whic hit No. 10 on the U.K. dance charts and is now catching fire in Germany — is composed entirely of scenes from Stillman's movie about a group of trend-setting women (led by Greta Gerwig) at a boorish East-coast college whose romantic entanglements upend their friendship and their lives. ("Weekend Lover" is featured on the soundtrack of  Damsels in Distress, which was released on DVD at the end of July.) "It's weird how the story I tell in my song fits his film almost exactly," Aitken told Movieline. "My song is about me as a damsel in distress." The singer/songwriter, who is the daughter of former Conservative British Parliament member Jonathan Aitken,  wrote the track after a phone call with "You're Beautiful" singer James Blunt during which she complained about the state of her l ...
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Derek Beres: Global Beat Fusion: Michael Jackson in Dub
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I love me a good cover song. The ability to reinterpret the music of others is a longtime trend, one in which Western classical music was built upon; how could it not be, before the advent of recorded music? Indian classical perhaps summed it best with the concept of the raga, which means color. There are certain musical points you must hit for it to be the 'song,' but within that your coloring dictates your sonic chops. When I was in college, there was this kid who used to sit in the middle of the quad with a guitar cranking through Dave Matthews' catalog. He had a good voice and could play the guitar parts well, but it was... boring. He never added any personal coloring to it. What makes a great cover is recreating the original in an entirely new context. Think Cowboy Junkies' 'Sweet Jane.' Trane's 'My Favorite Things.' Ben Harper's 'Sexual Healing.' Chet Faker's 'No Diggity.' Nailing a song is a challenge, but an entire album of covers? New York City-based Easy Star ...
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In concert: Some of reggae’s big names head to Cruzan on Saturday
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Among the performers at Saturday's One Love Reggae Festival are Capleton, Nadine Sutherland and Cocoa Tea. Big reggae fans will have a great excuse to go to Cruzan Amphitheatre on Saturday, as some big names and up-and-coming performers will be on hand. Grammy-nominated Capleton — perhaps known best at first for “Alms House” back in 1992, but more recently for “That Day Will Come” and “Small World” — and Cocoa Tea, who had a worldwide hit with “Rikers Island”, are perhaps the bigger names at the One Love Reggae Festival. But the fest will also have “Trinidad’s soca queen”, Fayann Lyons, plus Nadine Sutherland, Daville, Leroy Sibbles, Spragga Benz, Tinga Stewart and more. The festival is also interested in the community — it will donate a dollar for each ticket sold to the One Love Scholarship Fund for current high school seniors in South Florida. American Idol Live date announced: The BankAtlantic Center will host the latest batch of Idol contestants on Aug. 3 — see Phill ...
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Reggae & Dancehall #7
Clash - almost 5 years
The Month's Goings-On In Dancehall and Reggae... NEWS The Star Bwoy is stepping up in style. Mavado will have a starring role in the film 'Shottas 2', the long-awaited sequel to the 2002 cult classic that starred Kymani Marley, Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell and Louie Rankin. Director Cess Silvera reached out to Mavado, who previously appeared in the cinematic video for Drake's hit single 'Find Your Loving'. This will be the first big-screen role for the Gully Gaad, who sounds confident as usual. "Fans can expect what they always get from me," Mavado said, "keeping it real." Respect Jamaica in the UK: You already know this is going to be a hot summer in London with Usain Bolt looking to break some new world records and bust some new dances too. In keeping with the yard flavor of this year's games, the Indig02 will be showcasing 12 nights of reggae this summer starting July 25th. Headliners include Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Junior Murvin, Yellowman ...
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VP RECORDS Dancehall/Reggae producer Joel Chin doodgeschoten voor zijn huis! RIP - PP2G.Com
Google News - over 5 years
Spragga Benz; “Deepest condolence to the family and staff of VP Records. The reggae music industry has suffered a great loss. SWA Joel. Sleep With Angels.” Denno nam direct een nummer op dedicated aan Chin, “Gone Too Soon.” Chin wass de kleinzoon van
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Jamaican music industry mourns loss of VP Records' Joel Chin - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Veteran Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Spragga Benz intimated, “Deepest condolence to the family and staff of VP Records. The reggae music industry has suffered a great loss. SWA Joel. Sleep With Angels.” Meanwhile, Masterone Recording Artiste,
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Reggae Tip!Hete zomer! Check de Outlaw Riddim Mix - Stampede Music JA - PP2G.Com
Google News - over 5 years
Glamour model, rapper en producer Simmy Wilson werkt samen met de reggae ster Spragga Benz in haar nieuwe single Hot Boi. De track is een vervolg op de classic uit 2001 van Spragga en Foxy Brown. Kamar I en Ras Kali in de PATIENCE RIDDIM
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Persons of interest vs persons of influence - Jamaica Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
"Police detectives from the Kingston Eastern Police Division have listed Carlton Grant, also known as 'Spragga Benz', as a major person of interest." "Popular entertainers Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Price and David 'Mavado' Brooks have been named as
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Spragga Benz pursuing person of interest suit - Go Jamaica
Google News - over 5 years
The lawyer for dancehall entertainer Carlton Grant, more popularly known as Spragga Benz, says his client has not given up on pursuing legal action after being named as a person of interest by the police. Contacted this afternoon, Marlon Gilbert
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Quickies: Asante Amen makes underground debut - Jamaica Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
Presented by I-Octane and Destine Media in association with Calico Music, Group C and Raygon Entertainment, the event will also see performances from Spragga Benz, Konshens, Munga, Frisco Kid, Richie Loop, Chi Ching Ching, Baby Chris and Kranium,
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Stephen Marley brought The Roots of Life to Cleveland - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
When Spragga Benz joined Stephen Marley on stage with his high energy lyric spitting truths, there was another upsurge of energy and cheers from the crowd. Members of the Ghetto Youths Crew also were invited back on stage to collaborate,
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Policemen freed of Spragga Benz's son murder charges - Go Jamaica
Google News - over 5 years
The two policemen charged with the murder of the son of dancehall entertainer, Spragga Benz, have been freed of the charges. Constables Audley Lawrence and André Hare were charged in relation to the killing of 17-year-old Carlton Grant Junior
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Reggae Tip!Hete zomer! Train To Roots - Enemies check de video! Zulke lekkere ... - PP2G.Com
Google News - over 5 years
Glamour model, rapper en producer Simmy Wilson werkt samen met de reggae ster Spragga Benz in haar nieuwe single Hot Boi. De track is een vervolg op de classic uit 2001 van Spragga en Foxy Brown. Kamar I en Ras Kali in de PATIENCE RIDDIM
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Sean Paul 'Blazes Fia' as producer - Antigua Observer
Google News - over 5 years
That effort features Voicemail, Raine Seville, Nicky B, Leftside and Chi Ching Ching, Fambo, Trever off Key, Ce'Cile and Hallow Point, as well as a special collaboration with Sean Paul and Spragga Benz. Material is due out for release later this year
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Best Of The Best 2011 - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
After "The Mission" and "Welcome to Jamrock", they surprised us and brought out Spragga Benz for "Jah Army". The track is from Stephen's new album where it features - ah yes - BUJU BANTON. Stephen called out to the crowd: 'if Buju was here he would say
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Reggae artist Skull reveals MV for 'Don't Walk Away' ft. Spragga Benz - allkpop
Google News - over 5 years
In conjunction with this MV release, he has revealed the MV for his title track, 'Don't Walk Away' which features famous Jamaican reggae artist Spragga Benz. For those unfamiliar with his achievements, Skull released his debut single in America,
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Stephen Marley po raz pierwszy w Polsce - Interia
Google News - over 5 years
Inni goście na płycie to Ziggy Marley, Spragga Benz, Capleton, Melanie Fiona oraz nigeryjsko-amerykański raper Wale. Jako że projekt wymyślony został jako dwuczęściowy, po "The Root of Life" jesienią 2011 roku możemy oczekiwać albumu "Revelation Pt 2:
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Spragga Benz
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 40
    On 31 August 2010 Spragga Benz released his sixth solo album Shotta Culture.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1990s, Benz founded the Stay In School program which provided help for needy students in his hometown of Franklin Town.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    Carlton "Carlisle" Grant Jr., his 17-year-old son who had played a younger version of Benz's character in the film Shottas, was shot and killed by local police in Kingston, Jamaica, on 23 August 2008.Police say they stopped two men on a bicycle in the Kingston 8 area, and when they approached them, one of the men began firing at them.
    More Details Hide Details The police said they returned fire and the men fled. When they searched the area they found Grant Jr. suffering from gunshot wounds and in possession of a .45 semi-automatic pistol. Grant Jr. was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Following his son's death, Benz founded the Carlisle Foundation, with the aim of helping local youths.
    Benz was nominated for three awards at the first Caribbean Urban Music Awards, held in Jamaica in April 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    In July 2007, Benz co-hosted the Urban Music Awards in New York with Foxy Brown.
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  • 2003
    Age 33
    In 2003, Benz recorded a number of duets, with the likes of Carly Simon and Shannon, with the aim of breaking into the US market.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    In the same year, Benz made his film acting debut in Brooklyn Babylon, and the following year played a leading role in the gangster film Shottas. 2002 saw the release of his fourth album, Thug Nature.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    In 1999, he recorded a 'clash' album with Beenie Man, Two Badd DJs, and had a number one Jamaican hit single with "She Nuh Ready Yet (Hype Up)", which was also included on his third album, Fully Loaded (2000).
    More Details Hide Details This album featured duets with Lady Saw (on "Backshot") and Foxy Brown (on "Too Stoosh"), and was co-produced by house music legend Todd Terry.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    This success led to a deal with Capitol Records, who issued his second album, Uncommonly Smooth, in 1995, featuring duets with Chevelle Franklyn ("A-1 Lover") and "Spanish Harlem" (with Ben E. King).
    More Details Hide Details The album didn't sell well enough for Capitol, who dropped him, after which he spent a few years releasing further singles in Jamaica, also collaborating with the likes of Wyclef Jean and KRS-One.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    He began his career around 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Once known to his friends as "Spaghetti" (tall and slim), but this was later shortened to Spragga. The Benz in his name comes from the sound system for which he used to work for, L.A. Benz, and it is through this that he found his way into the music industry at a Dubplate recording session with Buju Banton. The famed elder DJ was slated to do four tracks for L.A. Benz but only voiced two and suggested that Spragga do the other two. Since he was new to recording, he freestyled a couple of lines of what would then become, "Love Mi Gun", a popular tune. He soon became an in-demand performer for numerous producers, including Bobby Digital, and hits followed with "Could a Deal" (produced by Winston Riley) and "Girls Hooray" (Steely & Clevie). A series of well-received singles followed, many included on his debut album, Jack It Up (1994).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on May 30, 1969.
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