'Gappy Ranks Led the Way, But I've Taken the Baton'02:03 - Friday 28 September 2012 - In Categories UK Entertainment, UK Videos
Over the past 15 months, three of the biggest stars in Jamaican dancehall music - Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal – have been sent to jail.
During the same period, London-based dancehall MC Stylo G established himself as one of Britain’s most promising newcomers, releasing a string of club bangers including Call Mi a Yardie, Swagga Dem and My Style.
He is part of a fresh wave of talent helping to fill the void that exists in reggae following the trio’s incarceration.
But although success has come at a time when three of his biggest rivals are out of action, Stylo, 27, is more concerned with the long-term implications of the trio’s absence.
He told Bashment Vibes: ‘I’m not happy about Buju, Busy and Kartel being in jail, and I wouldn’t mind if they came out because they keep me on my toes.
‘When I hear a bad Busy song, it motivates me to write something better. Their imprisonment makes my job harder because I love competition.
‘People compare me to Gappy Ranks, just as they compare Vybz Kartel to Mavado. When Mavado is kicking; that’s when Kartel has to drop a big tune.
‘It’s the same with me and Gappy. At one point he was leading and I just decided to take the baton.’ Read the full interview here