‘Ramp­ing Shop’ was Kar­tel’s idea – Spice

The Star (Jamaica) - - Entertainment The Weekend Star - KIM­BER­LEY SMALL STAR Writer

After ap­prox­i­mately two decades on the dance­hall scene, Spice has re­mained rel­e­vant on the air­waves, on so­cial me­dia, and re­cently, on a re­al­ity-tele­vi­sion se­ries. She has built re­la­tion­ships with in­ter­na­tional mu­sic stars, like Busta Rhymes and Missy El­liot, as well as politi­cians, like Lisa Hanna.

But there is one col­lab­o­ra­tion — a mu­si­cal one — that Spice trea­sures above all oth­ers. That is the cen­sor­ship-trig­ger­ing dance­hall clas­sic Ramp­ing Shop with Vybz Kar­tel.

“To this date, I haven’t had a big­ger col­lab­o­ra­tion than Ramp­ing Shop,” Spice told THE WEEK­END STAR.

“When­ever per­form­ing the song, I chant his name and say, ‘Free the World Boss!’. A lot of peo­ple want to know why are you so loyal to this man, ‘Why are you still chant­ing for Kar­tel?’ But the truth is, he is the one who gave me that ma­jor in­ter­na­tional record,” she added.

She con­tin­ued: “The rea­son I say he gave it to me is be­cause it was his idea. He was the one who found that ‘[Miss] In­de­pen­dent’ rhythm. He was the one who put the song to­gether and said, ‘This is the idea’. I think he gave me that song — that’s why I used those words. Be­cause it was en­tirely his idea.”

But ini­tially, the en­ter­tainer was scep­ti­cal of record­ing over a mel­low track.

“When I was do­ing it, I was like, ‘Why we a do dah slow song yah? Why we deh pon da slow rhythm yah?’ Be­cause at that time, mi used to spit fast lyrics, and I was a dance­hall artiste, so I wasn’t sure about it. It was slow, and it wasn’t my type of style. Mi a seh, ‘Why Kar­tel a gimme dah slow song yah?’ Him a seh, ‘No, Mumma. A dis!’,” Spice said.

Need­less to say, Kar­tel’s mu­si­cal in­tu­ition and in­sis­tence turned into im­mea­sur­able suc­cess. In 2009, Ramp­ing Shop be­came one of the most con­tro­ver­sial dance­hall re­leases in his­tory. The song sparked na­tion­wide eth­i­cal de­bates and suf­fered stop orders — such that it con­tin­ues to af­fect pub­lic mu­sic-distri­bu­tion reg­u­la­tions.

The song also peaked at No. 76 on Bill­board’s Hot R&B/HipHop Songs chart, where it spent 15 weeks.

Spice said: “I have to con­tinue pay­ing my re­spect. I’m a very loyal per­son, so that’s the main rea­son why I con­tinue to sup­port him. I’m an­tic­i­pat­ing his re­lease.”


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