Bounty Killer has placed his bet on his Seaview Gardens compatriot Dexta Daps, as the artist who will be Dancehall’s next global superstar. The Warlord says his assessment is predicated on the fact that the Vent singer is a complete artist, vocally, in terms of writing, melody image-wise, and most importantly has a commanding stage presence.
He made his views of the Calabar High School old boy known, during a recent interview on Television Jamaica’s The Entertainment Report, when quizzed by host Anthony Miller.
“So if you are a betting man, who is he next person out of the scene in Jamaica who has a chance of making an impact internationally, at a time when Jamaica needs international impact,” Miler had asked.
“The most potential artist I see to break international next from the Dancehall, is Dexta Daps, right now. With presentation and riddim, and lyric and melody image an – I don’t know – I think is Dexta Daps. Dat a di next big ting outta Dancehall for me,” was the Coppershot artist’s response.
“Cause most of di people they are, comin up and they cannot perform. They cannot present the music. They have good songs; they have good image but when they go pon stage, it’s lame; no vibes and we need that momentum and excitement back in the game,” the Warlord added.
During a recent interview with Billboard charting songwriter and producer, Kirk “Koolface” Ford on Instagram, the Full Hundred artist had predicted that if Dexta Daps were given the opportunity to sign to an international label, then the Seaview Gardens native would be an even greater force to be reckoned with.
“Yuh know who dem woulda haffi peel off di b-mboclaat Billboard if him get a run deh? A yute name Dexta Daps!” Lexx had said of Dexta, who is one of Dancehall’s most charismatic performers.
“Just imagine Dexta Daps pon one a dem real foreign riddim deh man. Dem woulda haffi peel him off a di B_mboclaat Billboard,” he added.
His song Call Me If, which heavily sampled Louie Culture’s Old Gangalee hit single, has been the biggest indication yet, of how forceful he can be.
Call Me If was repurposed into one of, if not, the biggest Dancehall songs in 2020 spilling over into 2021. It was among 19 songs that featured on Montego Bay music producer Zum’s Liquid Sunshine juggling riddim.
It also featured on Dexta’s 16-track Vent album which was released on July 30 last year and debuted on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart at number 10.
By October, Call Me If was topping charts not only in Jamaica but in several other islands. The song has also cumulatively racked up more than 11 million views on YouTube to date.
According to Apple Music, the song topped its Top 100 charts in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Belize, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.
At the time Sean Paul had said that: “Shenseea is a big one to me and also Jada Kingston. Both of them are both making moves that are outstanding to me. For me I see them bridging the gap. Naturally, by just being them.”