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Spragga Benz

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Dancehall DJ Spragga Benz 1st rose to prominence in the first ’90s with some Jamaican strikes that earned him a short major-label shot with Capitol. Benz was created Carlton Offer in Kingston on, may 30, 1969, and gained the nickname “Spaghetti” being a youth due to his slender build; it could afterwards mutate into his stage name, Spragga. He became a disk selector for the L.A. Benz audio system, and initial tried his hands at toasting in 1992 on the dare from Buju Banton, who required B-sides for a few dubplates he was reducing for the audio system. Benz tossed off some lyrics off the very best of his mind, as well as the response in the studio room onlookers was so excellent that Benz shortly trim two A-sides of his very own, “Like Mi Weapon” as well as the lascivious “Jack port It Up.” The music quickly produced him an underground feeling, and shortly multiple brands and producers had been clamoring for his providers. He have scored breakout strikes with “Could a Offer” (made by Winston Riley) and “Women Hooray” (Steely & Clevie), not forgetting “Jack port It Up,” a significant achievement once it had been released to some wider viewers. Benz was among the most popular new artists within the dancehall picture, and consolidated his momentum with some well-received looks at event concerts over 1993, especially an electrifying arranged at Sting. Through the next 2 yrs, he released a good string of strike singles: “Hands Inna da Atmosphere,” “Rude Bwoy Living,” “No Cater,” “Who Following,” “No Fun Thing,” “Tag Loss of life,” “Items a Gwaan,” “Leap Up and Swear.” A lot of those paths had been included on his 1st album, Jack port It Up, that was released in 1994. Within the wake of his Jamaican achievement, Capitol Records provided Benz a major-label offer later that yr. His second recording, Uncommonly Smooth, made an appearance in 1995 and harbored specific crossover dreams; the Chevelle Franklyn duet, “A-1 Lover,” was targeted at R&B viewers in addition to reggae fans, as well as the cover of “Spanish Harlem” presented original designer Ben E. Ruler. The gambit didn’t win him a global audience on the amount of Shabba Rates, nevertheless, and Capitol quickly dropped interest. Benz came back to Jamaica and spent another few years like a singles-only designer, also collaborating with rappers like Wyclef Jean and KRS-One. He continuing to find achievement in his homeland with paths like “MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT,” “Created BEAUTIFUL,” “Funny Man Thing,” “Dolly Home,” and “Machine Weapon Kelly,” amongst others. In 1999, he documented a clash recording with Beenie Guy entitled Two Badd DJs, and topped the Jamaican graphs with the solitary “She Nuh Prepared Yet (Buzz Up).” The melody also made an appearance on his long-incubating third record, Fully Loaded, that was finally released in 2000. It highlighted duets with Female Noticed (“Buckshot”) and Foxy Dark brown (“As well Stoosh”), and creation work from home star Todd Terry, among numerous others. Benz produced his motion-picture debut that same calendar year in Brooklyn Babylon, and in 2001 performed a leading function within the gangster film Shottas. Also in 2001, he came back Foxy Brown’s favour by guesting on her behalf hit one “OK LAST ONE,” and teamed with Elephant Guy for the Jamaican smash “Warriors Trigger.” In 2002, he released his fourth record, Thug Character, which highlighted extensive supporting efforts from his steady of up-and-coming skill, the Crimson Square Crew.

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Full Name Spragga Benz
Profession Actor, Singer, Music artist
Children Carlton Grant Jr., Shanice Grant
Music Songs She Nuh Ready Yet, A-1 Lover, Badman Anthem, Backshot, Funny Guy Thing, Body Good, Too Stoosh, We Nuh Like, No Fun Thing, Red Dot Special, Jack It Up, Done See It, Jump Up & Swear, She Wrong, We'll Take You There, Shotta Culture, Things A Gwan, Do It & Done, Pum Pum Conqueror, Born Good Looking, Gonna Fight, Girls Hooray, Strong Performer, Cute & Little & Tight, Dolly House, Weh Ya Say Star, Gi WI Dem, Who Next, No Matey, Dem Lick Dem Head, Could Ah Deal, 40 & Mi Blunt
Albums Uncommonly Smooth, Thug Nature, Jack It Up, Shotta Culture1, Fully Loaded, Shotta Culture, Prototype, Local Sound System - Spragga Benz, The Best Of Two Bad Dj's, It's All About The Music, Spragga Benz : Special Edition, Star Remix/Gi Wi Dem
Movies Shottas, Jamaican Gold, Champions in Action 2006: Vol. 1, Mr. Bogle: Mr. Wacky Memorial, Green Card


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "Da Order" / writer: "Da Order" - as C. Grant
After the Sunset 2004 writer: "I Got It" - as Carlton Grant
Shottas 2002 performer: "Backshot"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shottas 2002 Wayne

Self

Self

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Brooklyn Babylon 2001 Himself

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