Dancehall Reggae artiste Spragga Benz was Born on May 30, 1969 and raised in the Southside community of Rae town, Kingston Jamaica.
The artiste who's real name is Carlton Grant has attained and maintained a level of musical notoriety only dreamed of by other aspiring Jamaican Deejays.
Benz's musical journey to dancehall stardom began with his first touch of a microphone in 1992, on a dare issued by Buju Banton, while doing dubplates for the La Benz Sound System of his mega-hits "Browning" and "Sound Fi Dead".
Nagging the Banton for four songs instead of two for his favorite sound system, the Banton bellowed "If the I want four tune...yu haffi do the other two yu self." "Ah nuh nutten" Spragga jokingly replied..."Run di rhythm". "Mi sing some foolishness off the top of mi head but by the fourth line dem start buss pure blank and mek noise."
This lead to Spragga recording two dub plates the following week, "Love Mi Gun" and "Jack It Up". So immense was the public response when the dubs were played that soon Spragga became the most sought after artist by sound systems & producers in Jamaica and abroad.
He went on to record such hits as "Could Ah Deal", "Jack It Up", "Girls Hooray", "Hand Inna Di Air", "Who Next", "Rude Bwoy Living", and a string of dancehall classics that were included in his debut album entitled "Jack It Up" released on VP Records. With his career taking off at the rate of a dragster, the Benz made his first stage appearance at "Reggae Sunsplash '93", and followed up with blistering performances at both "Champions In Action" and "Reggae Ram Jam".
He has since released Seven (7) studio albums, these are:
1.Jack It Up (1994) VP
2.Uncommonly Smooth (1995) Capitol
3.Two Bad DJs with Beenie Man (1999)
4.Fully Loaded (2000) VP
5.Thug Nature (2002) Empire Musicwerks
6.Live Good (2007)
7.Shotta Culture (2010)
Spragga is definitely of the stalwarts of the dancehall and reggae music industry.
Spragga Benz began his career around 1991. 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). This success led to a deal with Capitol Records, who issued his second album, Uncommonly Smooth, in 1995, featuring duets with Chevelle Franklyn
In the late 1990s, Benz founded the Stay In School program which provided help for needy students in his hometown of Franklin Town,Kingston 16.
Carlton "Carlyle" Grant Jr., his 17-year-old son who had played a younger version of Benz's character - Wayne in the film Shottas, was shot and killed by local police in August 2008.
According to the Police, 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. 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.
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