Mr. Vegas has chalked up another number one hit song after being out of Jamaica for a while, with the song “Last Week” (Constant Spring). The song topped the Jamaican charts on Richie B’s Hit List, Hype TVs top 10 and Mega Jamzs top 20 Dancehall Chart and Entertainment Reports Top 10 Chart.
The song was produced by pioneer dancehall producers and musicians Steely & Cleevie on their Sleepy Dog rhythm.
“We didn’t know that it would be a hit song. We didn’t know that it would work, Vegas said. They (Steely & Cleevie) are always trying different things. The rhythm itself was an experiment as all the other rhythms were going very fast, but Steely and Cleevie just slowed it down and it worked.”
The song “Last Week” took off rapidly and became a favourite of dancehall lovers young and old with its old school style. It received heavy rotation on the local and overseas radio stations and the music video for the song, which was produced by G Will, also became a hit on local Jamaican TV and cable stations.
In the 1990s Mr. Vegas created a storm in the dancehall with several hit songs including “Nike Air” (the song that brought him to prominence), “Heads High,” “Yuh Sure (Hands Up),” “Jacket,” “Big Things A Gwaan,” “Suckie Duckie” and “Hot Gal Today”. He was surrounded by a winning team comprised of his manager Byron Murray of In The Streetz Records, top producers Steely & Cleevie, Tony Kelly and Richard ‘Shams’ Brownie.
The artiste was also a hit at several top local and overseas shows and was dubbed the girls’ deejay after being embraced by females all around the world.
Vegas is quite upbeat about his recent achievement. “I am feeling real good about having another presence on the dancehall scene, he said. In my low times people used to see me in the streets and say, ‘Vegas, we want to hear more things from you.’ So right now they see me and say, ‘yes Vegas, mi love that one’ or ‘mi love how yu a gwaan,’ so I feel good that I am reaching the people again.
As to the secret behind his new-found success on the hit list, he explained, “Well, it is just connecting with the people who I use to have around me when I was up there like Byron Murray, Steely & Cleevie, Shams and other producers.
Also, I wasn’t creating an impact in previous works as my style didn’t really suit the fast rhythms because I blend melodies around rhythms. Some deejays just talk so my style fit producers like Steely, Cleevie, and Shams; they are real musicians who have good ears for music. Some artistes have the wrong songs on certain rhythms.”
Another song that is doing well for Mr. Vegas is “More Love,” which was done on an acoustic guitar rhythm. The song has a strong message as it addresses the high crime rate that is now affecting the society. It also shows the versatility of the artiste as a singer.
His other new releases include “Good Body Girls” for Steely & Cleevie and “Taxi Fare” for Shams, which he recorded with good friend Lexxus.
Commenting on “Taxi Fare,” Vegas said, “This is a really gully thing which speaks about some girls who go to [the nightclub] Asylum and don’t have no taxi fare. We shot the video recently… It was done [produced] by G. Well. It tuff, and I am sure that the people will love it.”
There is also “Guinness and Weed” for the In The Streetz label, “Wine and Stay” for Shams, “Things You Do” on the First Name label, and “Wine And Go Down” which was done on the remake of the Twice My Age rhythm by Steely & Cleevie.
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