Lil Rick came to flatten Bushy Park yesterday and he did just that. He outperformed fellow competitors in the Party Monarch competition to earn a perfect score of 100 points for his patriotic song I’z A Bajan.
When the Hypa Dawg touched the stage, the screams were deafening. The atmosphere also was electrifying as the vibe spread from onstage, right through the crowd and up the VIP tents in the hills. The ‘Bajan posse’ joined him in singing the nation building song word for word.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY before the results were announced, Lil Rick said he wrote the song specifically for the competition. “I came to win. Last year was just about fun for me but this year I’ve come to take the crown,” he said.
The Hypa Dawg added that singing the song in this 50th year of Barbados’ Independence was extra special to him because he really loves his country.
“This island means so much to me and I am as Bajan as they come. People tell me sometimes try and talk better but this is what I know, this is me, a real authentic Bajan and I am going to rep this Bajan flag anywhere I go,” Lil Rick added.
For those who were reminiscing about Lil Rick’s East Coast days when both competitions were staged there, the now five time Party Monarch winner was right there with them.
Lil Rick said from the time he sang the song and envisioned the performance on the final stage, he had a flashback to his days on the Ermie Bourne Highway when he won Party Monarch with hits like Can’t Wait and Mash Up and Buy Back.
It is safe to say that the Hypa Dawg’s win was a unanimous decision with the judges and unofficial judges. Besides the crown and bragging rights, Lil Rick took home a brand new Kia Cerato Hatchback and $10 000 in cash among other prizes.
Those rounding out the top four were nowhere close to Lil Rick on any scale, proving that the Hypa Dawg was in a league of his own.
Mr. Blood was second with 62 points for his song Get On Bad. With a preference for the faster songs, Mr. Blood enjoyed his time on stage and the crowd seemed to appreciate his energy.
After his performance, he said everything went according to plan and he gave it 110 per cent. For that he earned $20,000.
Defending his crown, Peter Ram didn’t do well to match his 2015 performance that rocked Bushy Park. Admittedly, Ram told Barbados TODAY this year he put more effort into his Sweet Soca song because he wanted to try something and show his fans he was versatile. He went home with $15 000.
Mikey rounded out the top four with Live For This. He walked away with $10 000.
Of the criticisms of Party Monarch, the main one was about the lengthy introductions to the majority of the performances. Some introductions lasted as long as two minutes, helping to kill the vibe of the eager crowd.
Also performing were Edwin, iWeb, Leadpipe & Saddis, Mistah Dale and TC. They each earned $5,000.