Ricky Lil Rick Reid showed that he is a force to be reckoned with Sunday night at the MQI/98.1 Soca Royale after his winning Sweet Soca performance.
In 2012, he narrowly missed the Sweet Soca title with I like Muh Myself. However, he came back to Bushy Park, St Philip with a vengeance to win the crown in his hometown. With 100 points, Lil Rick took home the title of the 2018 Sweet Soca Monarch as well as a fully loaded Mazda 3 estimated at $79, 900, a $10, 000 cheque, full comprehensive car insurance compliments Massy United Insurance, a trip for two to New York or Fort Lauderdale from JetBlue and other prizes.
Rick’s performance of Breakfast in Bed was a crowd favourite. His presentation included a behind the scenes look at Room 69, where Rick, dressed in a robe, crooned the hit to the dancer on stage. His delivery was truly one for the books as his arrangement was a new genre of soca; ‘soca spouge’ was introduced to the hundreds that packed themselves into the venue. His Sweet Soca win means that the Pic-O-De-Crop crown is the only competition title he has not won.
Speaking to the media in the midst of his celebrations after the announcement, Lil Rick remarked that he and producer Dwayne Antrobus sought to revive the dying genre which is intrinsic to Barbados.
“Spouge is our thing. Everybody claiming that spouge is dead but spouge isn’t dead, it can get modernized and shake up the place again,” he said.
“We will try to do different styles of it. It won’t sound the same way all of the time but at least [we] put… that little Bajan into it,” he added.
Mikey who destroyed Lil Rick’s winning streak to become the 2018 Party Monarch came second in the Sweet Soca competition with 78 points for his energetic performance of Feting Family.
As the seventh performer on the Party Monarch stage, following a thrilling presentation by six-time Party Monarch king, Lil Rick, the intense competition did not get the best of Mikey who delivered outstandingly with My Kind Ah Party which was lively from beginning to end. He forewent the theatrics and solely performed for the judges, the feters and the soca lovers gathered to gain his second Party Monarch title with 82 points. Mikey last won the title with We Loose in 2012.
“It was a long time in coming. It was a hard few years but… we kept working at it and… I really feel good about it,” said Mikey, who added that he and Lil Rick produced a track this season entitled Trouble Start.
“The irony of it is when two monarchs come together trouble starts,” he added.
Mikey was followed by newcomer to Bushy Park battlegrounds, Stiffy who amassed 76 points to take second prize of $20, 000, Lil Rick with 74 points and Mr Dale who received 66 points with Bold and Brave. (KK)