The latest artist to storm the scene is Gully Bop, who was all over the radio on the island weeks after an amateur video of him freestyling went viral—think dancehall's answer to Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga." But a few things set him apart: Gully Bop is 50 years old, and was rumored to be a drug addict, mentally ill, and homeless.
Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. Banton has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics. He released early dancehall singles in 1991, but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, including Mr. Mention, which became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year. By the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Born: Jul 15, 1973 (age 42) · Kingston, Jamaica
Net worth: $2 million USD (2016)
Awards: Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album (2011)
Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2014 he has released over 70 solo albums.
Born: Apr 17, 1976 (age 39) · Kingston, Jamaica
Nominations: Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album (2014)
Bounty Killer (born Rodney Price; 12 June 1972; Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. Allmusic describes him as having been "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk". He is the founder of a dancehall collective known as The Alliance with deejay Mavado.
Barrington Ainsworth Levy is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. Levy was born in Clarendon, Jamaica. He formed a band called the Mighty Multitude, with his cousin, Everton Dacres; the pair released "My Black Girl" in 1977. Levy established his solo career the next year with "A Long Time Since We Don't Have No Love"; though the sin…
Born: Apr 30, 1964 (age 51) · Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Adidja Azim Palmer better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist and entrepreneur. Some of his singles include "Clarks", "Ramping Shop", "Poor People Land", "Tell You Say", "Summertime", "Dancehall Hero" "Like Christmas" and Major Lazer collab "Pon De Floor".
Born: Jan 07, 1976 (age 40) · Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
Net worth: $1 million USD (2016)
Education: Calabar High School
Nominations: Soul Train Music Award for Best Reggae Artist (2010)
Member of: Chrissy Mai & Vybz Kartel · Kano & Vybz Kartel
Orville Richard Burrell CD, best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-American reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me", "Hey Sexy Lady", and "Angel". He is s…
Born: Oct 22, 1968 (age 47) · Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Awards: Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album (1996) · Juno Award for International Album of the Year (2002)
Children: Richard Burrel (Son) · Sydney Burrell (Daughter)
Nominations: Razzie Award for Worst Original Song (1998) · American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist (2002)
Member of: Ali G & Shaggy · Shaggy & Rayvon