Do you know most of your favourite Dancehall artistes actually started as rappers? These artistes changed their style to show their versatility whilst others could simply not make any headway with their flimsy raps.
Let’s check them out:
#1. Sonni Balli
It is a pity Sonni Bali is relatively unknown in our industry. If you conduct a random survey amongst the youth (the age bracket that follow Hiplife and Dancehall music) 97% might tell you they haven’t heard his name before.
This notwithstanding, Sonni was a very good rapper. He was the forerunner of one of the earliest Hiplife groups called G-life. As a matter of fact, he discovered Batman, now called Samini in the music scene.
As a rapper, Sonni made a couple of hit songs with Abiola, his group member before he went solo and travelled outside the country. After a long break, he came back, not as a rapper but a refined Dancehall artiste. He is yet to compete with mainstream artistes like Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy but we believe he will definitely drop a banger sooner than later.