He has had one of the biggest songs for the year, and it seems to be only getting better.
Last Sunday at Digicel Reggae On The Beach, the now very popular dancehall artist Dexta Dapps was one of the headline acts, and he did not disappoint.
While all of the songs in his set — including Morning Love, Slavery, Jealous Ova and 7Eleven — were all well received, none could compare with the reception of Shabba Mudda Pot.
It was the last song he performed in his set; and, after leaving the stage, Dapps told Bajan Vibes he was still in shock at how the Bajans had reacted to it. They sang the song word for word, and at times drowned him out. Dapps said it was quite unbelievable.
“I’m feeling so fabulous about my performance! I never saw this coming. You see, everyone is singing the song.
I could never have imagined this! I’ve never seen anything like it.
“Respect to all the Bajans who are here enjoying themselves,” the pretty-eyed Jamaican said, adding he would like to be back soon.
Speaking to his progression over the last year, Dapps said he was quite humbled by, and glad and proud of where
he was currently.
“It started off as a struggle, but everyone takes time to build up. Everyone goes at their own speed. I was once a young artiste; now, I am evolving into something different.
I’m just getting better and better.
“You just have to stick it out, and be patient and work hard.”
And he told his fans to expect a lot more “hot songs in the near future”.
“[I have a] whole lot of collaborations coming up. Look out for one more with Black Man and M.I.A.,” he said.
And, just in case you were wondering where the inspiration comes from for some of his very thought-provoking songs, it is from personal experiences, Dapps told Bajan Vibes.
“I write all my songs; just speak my mind in all my songs; just my feelings towards life. Everyone has personal experiences they write about. I don’t think it’s a formula. Music is life and it’s just what people like. Just do the work and hope for the best,” the artiste said with a chuckle.
Also included in his set at Reggae On The Beach were some reggae songs. Dapps voiced his concern onstage as to why he was hearing no reggae at a reggae-themed event; then proceeded to add a few.
“Reggae is where it all began; so we have to represent for that genre and never forget it,” Dapps stressed.