SPRAGGA BENZ’ PROTÉGÉ, XYCLONE, DOES TRIBUTE TO THE REAL TOP SHOTTA
by Lesley Hayles
Kingston, Jamaica - September 17th, 2012 In honour of a great artist and a living legend, recording artist and producer Xyclone took to the studio and voiced an amazing tribute to one of Jamaica’s best, Spragga Benz, who is also became world-renowned for his acting debut in the hit Jamaican movie Shottas.
The track is called “Top Shottas Anthem” on the Top Shottas Riddim and features former Gaza Empire member, Deva Bratt. It is on the new RSQTHP label, in collaboration with Black Out Squad and 3rd Floor Productions.
Xyclone looks up to Spragga for his lyrical versatility and talent to not only perform on stage but also to act in movies. “In my opinion, Spragga a di real Top Shotta so that’s why we RSQTHP built the riddim and named it Top Shottas Riddim,” said Xyclone. He also made it a point to mention that Spragga is a mentor to him as well as other young artists and ghetto youths.
The riddim compilation is set to be released soon but already “Top Shottas Anthem” has gone over 4,000 views on YouTube. Also, with an impressive 10,000 plus views, Stylo G’s hit “Bolt” is another tribute to another living legend, Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt, which has skyrocketed Top Shottas Riddim to an overwhelming anticipation for the release of the compilation. There are other popular artists who have jumped on board like D’Angel, Red Rat, Magazeen, Bawse Dawg, Delly Ranx, Esco, Ninja Kid, Ratigan and Brik Tears.
The full track listing is as follows:
1) TOP SHOTTAS ANTHEM - DEVA BRATT FEAT. XYCLONE
2) TOP SHOTTAS ANTHEM (RADIO VERSION) - DEVA BRATT FEAT. XYCLONE
3) BOLT - STYLO G
4) NEVER - D'ANGEL
5) GIRLSMAN ANTHEM - RED RAT
6) UNDER GYAL FROCK - RED RAT
7) REMAIN THE SAME - DELLY RANX
8) LOVE DA YUTE YA – ESCO
9) LOVE DA YUTE YA (RADIO) – ESCO
10) POLO – MAGAZEEN
11) POLO (RADIO) – MAGAZEEN
12) THRU THE YEARS - BAWSE DAWG
13) LAP DANCE - NINJA KID
14) GUH FI DEM - RATIGAN
15) TIME FI WHINE - BRIK TEARZ FEAT. RAXEEN
16) GUNS OUT - PELPAH WAYNE
17) TOP SHOTTAS RIDDIM VERSION
A copy of the entire compilation can be downloaded here:
At the moment, Xyclone is in the US on tour where he performed in Baltimore on August 18th, and has just completed a series of shows in Florida from September 8th before returning to Jamaica later that month. The RSQTHP Red Square Tropical Heat Productions Recording Artist performed alongside his mentor, Spragga Benz, and fellow label mates live first at LOADED, held at The Box Expo Centre which is located on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. Then on his own on Wednesday, September 12th at the HOOKAH HOUSE in Downtown, Lake Worth before finishing up the following day at PROPAGANDA in Lake Worth, Florida.
Xyclone is definitely on the path to major success and shows no signs of slowing down. His fans can keep up with him on Twitter by following him @XYCLONEREDSQ or contact his agent, Lesley Hayles, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lesley.hayles or on Twitter @LesleyOdyssey anytime.
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