“Booyaka” or, as dancehall and reggae star JAMERICAN insists on the spelling, “Buyaka”, has passed into common parlance around the world, from the streets of Kingston to Ali G. However, it continues to be ignored by the arbitrators of all things lexicological, leading to JAMERICAN appealing to the land of Shakespeare and Dickens to finally allow the word to be officially recognised. He is releasing Step in a the Club and its buyaka-heavy hook to become the official anthem of his crusade.
Combining dancehall, reggae and hip-hop, JAMERICAN’s latest release is “Step in a the Club (WILD NIGHT)”, a journey into Miami’s nightlife which is so intoxicating, you’d swear you were there. Based on actual events (as they say on TV), it tells of JAMERICAN’s observation of a world-famous rapper in a club’s VIP room, dressed like a beach bum but still receiving the adulation of his groupies. This is not JAMERICAN’s way – whatever the event and whoever is going to be there, you will always be treated to the full JAMERICAN experience – no compromises, no alternatives. Welcome to the world of JAMERICAN.
JAMERICAN was born in Franklyn Town in Kingston, Jamaica, to a single 17-year old mother who introduced him to the arts at an early age as a way to keep him out of trouble on the harsh streets of Kingston. On a visit to the States to see his grandmother in Louisville KY, by chance, luck or faith, JAMERICAN auditioned for the Youth Performing Arts High School (YPAS) where he was accepted on the spot, alongside his friend, Scherzy…better known now to the world as Nicole Scherzinger.
From there, JAMERICAN was granted a full talent scholarship to Wright State University where he spent 2 years before transferring to The California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) on another full talent scholarship. A move to Miami and exposure to its dirty South Trap Rap scene inspired him to combine this with his theatre training and his upbringing surrounded by reggae and dancehall music to bring both together in a style which is uniquely his own.
Now based in Los Angeles, JAMERICAN has opened shows for artists like Beenie Man and Elephant Man and is flying the musical flag for both Jamaica and America, just as his name suggests. “Step in a the Club (WILD NIGHT)” is the perfect way to get yourself in the zone before a night on the town.
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