This post brought to you by British Linkz Entertainment, will include all there is to know and hear about the current ‘Queen Of Dancehall,’ Spice o.c Grace Latoya Hamilton of Portmore, Jamaica West Indies.
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Our #1 choice for Spice was her collaboration ‘Ramping Shop’ featuring Vybz Kartel. We believe this single was arguably her largest track to date for reasons such as; it propelled her to the world audience as a world recording artiste, it was her first single featured on a World Chart and the first to attain regular rotation locally and abroad.
Our #2 Choice, ‘So Mi Like It’ is arguably her second largest crossover single since ‘Ramping Shop’ The Not-nice records produced single gained Spice much deserve international recognition and propelled her to the fore-front of Female Dancehall industry. The single sits comfortably on Youtube with over 75M views and over 11M stream vis Spotify. Dancehall insiders often argue this is her largest single to date.
Our #3 Choice was her arguably one of her larger local breakout single during the early stages of her musical journey. Spice dominated Jamaican and Caribbean charts with this banger on the Equiknoxx Music created ‘Jim Screechie’ Riddim which features the likes of Aidonia, Timberlee & Kemikal & T.O.K.
Grace was born 6 August 1982, at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, Jamaica and raised in Portmore. At an early age tragedy struck as her father died when she was merely nine years old and surprisingly spent a portion of her upbringing in London, Finsbury Park to be exact.
No stranger to the performing arts, Spice was popularly know for her theatrics while attending St. Catherine High School, and earned several medals throughout the years. Despite wanting to become a chartered accountant by profession, she decided music, Dancehall in particular was her true calling. Grace then proceeded to enroll at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to study music and drama.
She then began experimenting with dancehall music and soon after generated interest in her community with her deejaying ability at local stage shows. Spice was introduced to the world as a Dancehall artiste at the world renowned Reggae Sting 2000 staging, It was her first major appearance on a stage show and she earned several encores from the crowd.
Spice then ventured on tour of England in 2002, Spice then earned the attention of Baby Cham, who later introduced her to producer Dave Kelly for which released a plethora of singles under his then music label entitled ‘Madhouse Records.’ Tracks such as her first single “Complain (Mi Gone)”, “Right There” featuring Toi and “Hype.” Soon after, she was featured on Jimmy Cliff’s “I Want I Do I Get” from his album Black Magic (2004) and on Beenie Man’s “Hot” from his album Concept of Life (2006). For her first major hit single, Spice versioned the popular Eighty Five riddim to create “Fight Over Man”, which became a prominent female presence within the dancehall Industry.
In 2008, Spice had finally reaped the fruits of her labor as world wide hit single ‘Ramping Shop’ featuring Dancehall’s lead protagonist at the time Vybz Kartel had debuted on the BillBoard Hot HipHop & R&B singles charts, then heavily rotated by major streaming stations such as Hot 97, Power105 and many more.
The single was ranked “Romping Shop” at number 9 on its list of the “50 Best Dancehall Songs of All Time” by Pitchfork and also 9th on on Billboard’s “12 Best Dancehall & Reggaeton Choruses of the 21st Century.”
Spice has achieved several accolades since her inception in 2000, Female Deejay of the Year” (2009), At the Youth View Awards in Jamaica, “Best Female Performer”, “Favourite Local Female Artiste” and “Young, Hot & Hype Female. “Female Deejay of the Year” award at the 2010 EME Awards, a collaboration with Pamputae,”Slim vs. Fluffy” peaked at number 1 on the Canadian Dancehall/Reggae Singles charts, in 2011.
Spice is currently working on her debut album, currently titled Spice It Up, and has released the first single from the album “Sheet.’ Pop culture magazine, Vogue has recently publicized that she’s “the fashion-forward queen of dancehall”, then added that she “is redefining dancehall style”.