Born Hollice Mapp in Gouyave, Grenada, Mr Killa is a versatile soca singer and an exceptional entertainer. His unique sound incorporates elements of EDM, dancehall and other genres while remaining authentic soca. His electrifying stage presence defies explanation; it must be experienced to be truly understood.
A favorite in his native Grenada for many years, Mr Killa won his country’s first ever National Teen Talent Search Competition at the age of 15. He would go on to win his first National Soca Monarch title in 2004 with “Thunder Rags.” This earned him a place in Trinidad and Tobago’s International Soca Monarch competition in 2005 where he finished in the top 5.
In 2006 Killa won Grenada’s Groovy and Soca Monarch titles. He pulled another double-win three years later by winning the Soca Monarch and Road March titles in 2009.
While other regional hits and titles followed “Rolly Polly,” Mr Killa’s tribute to plus-plus-sized women went viral in 2014 making him a household name throughout the Caribbean. The popularity of the song and it’s accompanying music video led to performances throughout the diaspora and by the end of the 2014 season Mr Killa was widely considered the best stage-performer in the Caribbean. 2018’s “Oil It” also became an internet sensation with dancers and dance crews from as far away as Korea, Russia, Chile and Norway posting choreographed videos to their social media.
In 2019 Killa went viral again with the undeniable hit “Run Wid It” and it’s call to action which had listeners picking up anything they could get their hands on including other fans and running with it. The impact of the ubiquitous hit led to Mr Killa’s 2019 International Soca Monarch victory making him the first Non-Trinidadian to win the highest competitive title in soca music.
In 2020 Mr Killa collaborated with the world renown EDM trio Major Lazer to release the “Soca Storm EP” which featured him on two songs including the title track “Soca Storm” and”King of the Party”. The EP was not only Major Lazer’s first release of the year but their first exclusively soca EP or album. Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire explained that “Mr Killa is just one of those incredible artists bringing new sounds and new energy to the forefront and he’s and important part of what we’re doing”.
Mr Killa’s international appeal has led to performances in Asia, Europe, Latin America and beyond.
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