Aside from having the Party Monarch title, Lil Rick can now boast of being the winner of the inaugural Yello International Bashment Soca Competition.
The originator of the bashment soca genre destroyed the competition in the wee hours of the morning last Saturday to beat out the highly favoured ‘bashment soca king’ Stiffy Star Quality. Instead of Plug In to All, the catchphrase of the day was Ben It
The Hypa Dawg brought out all the stops to be crowned the new International Bashment Soca King after 5 a.m. As the MC of the night, DJ Ras called out the final four: Lil Rick, Stiffy, Sita Di Lyrical Diva and Porgie and Murda, Rick’s name was chanted from the small audience that remained after the eight-hour show.
The seasoned soca artiste walked away with $80, 000 from the winner takes all competition.
It was in 1996 that Lil Rick released Hard Wine produced by Peter Coppin. Although he has not participated in the Bashment soca genre since its launch in 2016, Rick confidently said he came to claim the $80, 000 prize and he certainly did not disappoint.
The veteran performer gave a solid performance in his delivery of Ben It, but it was his picong that stole the show.
Rick held no punches has he addressed the very public dispute between himself and artiste Snap Brandy and the falling out between Unruly associates Marzville and Stabby and the monarch Stiffy did not escape his bite.
“No boring songs allowed,” Rick said to much laughter from the audience.
The consecutive winner of the Party Monarch contended that by the end of the night, Stiffy’ crown would be his and based on the crowd’s response alone, they were in agreement.
However, Stiffy’s rebuff during his performance of No Boring Girls Allowed fell flat. One patron described the performance as disappointing and questioned if the two-time monarch was scared by the appearance of the veteran performer.
Another pleasurable performance came from the regional ticket, Sita Di Lyrical Diva from St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Barbadian audience embraced the young Vincy who was the last performer on the stage. With crowd response accounting for a percentage of the tally, got full marks with her dynamic performance. During the final verse of Hammer, locals were singing and dancing along to the tune.
For her first competitive entry, Sita delivered exceptionally with her riveting freestyle and female dynamism.
Porgie and Murda’s delivery of Come Down garnered much attention from the audience as well with their Landship squadron, traditional Landship dancing and their dive off the stage into a pool at the end of the song. The performance envisaged the style that the duo is known for – thoroughly entertaining.
The ladies did not come to play at last weekend’s International Bashment Soca Finals, as Rhea also brought the Bounce and oomph needed to survive the weekend.
In this her second consecutive year in the finals, following last year’s Bare Trouble featuring Coopa Dan, she displayed great showmanship.
Jus D maybe a newcomer to the competition but he proved that bashment was right up his alley with his ‘wukking’ up on stage to Manager. The song was a clear crowd favourite and loved by the ladies who belted the song at the top of their lungs.
Marzville might not have placed last year with Gas It Up, but based on this year’s theatrical performance, he definitely knew how to keep a crowd interested with energetic execution. His 2018 Bashment soca single Roughness closed off with a firework display and confetti falling from the sky.
One of the biggest disappointments of the night was Stabby’s performance of Tongue Out. Although he is known for his trademark phase, Make Stabby Laugh, he failed to excite the hundreds of patrons gathered at Kensington Oval. Contrastingly, he was met by boos and cries for him to get off the stage. He started off with a strong performance but it quickly went downhill during his picong. Rather than lighthearted and humorous, the rebuff was awkward, uncomfortable and painful to watch. There were murmurs in the crowd as the head of the ‘Juk Down Labour Party’ missed the mark.
Other memorable performances came from St Lucian competitor Freezy who sang Badang, Jah Reddis with his single Bam Bam Jagwa De Champ with Face Down and Scrilla who sang the Bashment Anthem.