Christopher Jayar Phillips of Harrison College took home the winner’s trophy at the first Hit Island SCR Competition held at the Sea Rocks Dome last Saturday night.
The Crumpton Street school dominated the competition with its students taking the top three positions from a field of 18 contestants drawn from the island’s secondary schools.
Judged by veteran performers Adrian Green, Benzo, Billy Kincaid and McNeil, the young aspiring rappers tackled social and political topics such as the state of the economy, the problem of gun violence in society, and, at a global level, the ISIS Islamic group.
Jayar received $1,000 as his first prize along with recording and production time at Hit Island Studio. He also won the People’s Choice Award, which added a monetary prize of $500 to his winnings.
Harrison College’s music programme also received a donation of $1,000 due to Jayar taking the first prize.
Second-placed winner, Kai Kairos Alleyne, received a $250 voucher compliments of Jeans, Inc. He, along with third-placed winner Harley Moseley, will also be given time to make music at Hit Island Studio.
Included in the night’s proceedings was the launch of Maya Amara’s music video for her new release Night Time. The show was capped off with performances from special guests Rico Maserati and Tye Blue.
Hit Island’s founder, KB, was pleased with how the show went. “I am very happy about the event’s turn out and the positive support given by the young people,” he said.
The event was hosted by Christina Chrissy D Dottin and sponsored by Island Tiles, Screenplay and Signia Financial Group Inc.