Reigning Bashment Soca Champion Stiffy Star Quality has no fears going into this year’s Yello International Bashment Soca Competition.
In 2017, Stiffy whose real name is Shane Atkinson dominated the competition with his ‘Tip and Ben Ova’ to drive home in a Kia Picanto, with a $6, 000 cash prize, a Sony stereo system, a trophy and a year’s free valet at Freekz Customz. He also claimed the crown in the competition’s inaugural year in 2016 with ‘Tek Off Something’.
But this year’s competition has been re-branded as an international one, welcoming contenders from around the world. However, Stiffy, who is also down to compete in the semifinals of the Party Monarch competition as part of Phenomenal Friday at Kensington Oval on July 6, is taking everything in stride.
With the re-branding of the bashment soca competition and $80, 000 in prizes up for grabs, the race has attracted the likes of Lil Rick, iWeb, and Mr Blood. St Lucian soca artiste Freezy and Vincentian artiste Sita have also joined the winner takes all high stakes.
However, not daunted by any of his competitors, Stiffy said he was prepared to pull out all the stops on ‘D-night’.
“You have some seasoned veterans in it. With that being said, that gives me an opportunity to up my game to show. I am [at a] level now where my name is respected in all forms of music,” he explained.
“I am confident. You can smell it on me,” he added.
This year’s Party Monarch contest also promises to be tight with veterans such as Mac Fingall, Mikey, and Mr Dale making it to the semifinals stage. However, the ‘youngin’ playfully told Bajan Vibes he planned to have two crowns at the end of the Crop Over season.
“I am ecstatic. Fingers and toes crossed,” he said, adding that he was confident he would deliver next week Friday in both contests.
For Party Monarch, he will be singing his self penned number ‘Lies’, produced by Mark Cyrus. Stiffy also wrote his bashment soca tune for the season ‘No Boring Girls Allowed (NBGA)’ which was produced by Kyle DJ Ky Walcott.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes on the sidelines of the semifinals draw for the Party Monarch at the National Cultural Foundation’s West Terrace headquarters, Stiffy said both he and his team were looking forward to a rewarding season.
“We got to put in the work and we will just reap the rewards at the end . . . so we are just working towards that,” said Stiffy, who has uncharacteristically released a sweet soca single this season entitled ‘Riddim in Your Back’, proving that he can adapt to all genres of soca. (KK)