There’s a new king of ‘bashment’ in town!
Veteran entertainer Lil Rick, The Hypa Dawg, pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Saturday morning to defeat two-time monarch Stiffy in this year’s revamped Yello International Bashment Soca Competition.
The announcement was made just after 5 a.m following a keenly contested competition.
In addition to the coveted crown, Lil Rick, who is the reigning Party Monarch king of the island, walked away with the top prize of $80, 000 in the winner-takes-all contest.
The decision came as little surprise to members of the hyped soca crowd.
However, speaking to reporters immediately after his crowning, Rick said the win was unexpected, but said he was now looking forward to defending his Party Monarch title after consecutive wins in 2016 and 2017 in the annual Crop Over competition.
“I don’t treat any competition different from any other one. Every competition I look to . . . put my best foot forward,” he said.
Lil Rick, who released Hard Wine in 1996 has not participated in the bashment soca contest since its launch back in 2016.
However, the veteran performer, who entered the stage as competitor number 3 behind Scrilla and Porgie and Murda, delivered a masterful performance of his popular tune Ben It, including several picong lines, to turn the competition on its head.
During his performance, he addressed topical issues in the entertainment fraternity, including the well-known dispute between himself and Snap Brandy, as well as the fall out between Marzville and Stabby.
Defending monarch Stiffy also did not escape The Hypa Dawg’s sharp musical bite.
“No boring songs allowed,” Rick said in reference to the hook line from Stiffy’s 2018 tune to much laughter from the audience.
Lil Rick also contended during his performance that by the end of the night, Stiffy’s crown would be his and this proved prophetic as Stiffy’s rebuff during his delivery of ‘No Boring Girls Allowed’ fell flat with one patron describing the defending monarch’s performance as disappointing and questioning whether the two-time champ was intimidated by The Hypa Dawg.
Special mention must be made of the performance of Vincentian Sita who was the only artiste to rise to Lil Rick’s picong challenge on the night, securing her place in the top four which also included Stiffy and Porgie and Murda.
The other contenders were Freezy from St Lucia, along with Barbadian artistes Stabby, Jus D, Marzville, Rhea, Jagwa de Champ and Jah Reddis.