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Chatting with Spice: The Queen of Dancehall Music

Jamaican dancehall recording artist, Spice, chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about “Go Down Deh,” her latest collaboration with Sean Paul and Shaggy. She is affectionately known as the “Queen of Dancehall Music.”

Shaggy, Spice, Sean Paul
Shaggy, Spice, and Sean Paul. Photo Courtesy of VP Records.
Shaggy, Spice, and Sean Paul. Photo Courtesy of VP Records.

Jamaican dancehall recording artist, Spice, chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about “Go Down Deh,” her latest collaboration with Sean Paul and Shaggy. She is affectionately known as the “Queen of Dancehall Music.”

On her new song “Go Down Deh,” Spice said, “To be honest, I reached out to Shaggy, and I went to his studio in New York. That was where I heard the track and I knew that this was the one. Shaggy and I recorded it first, and then, we reached out to Sean Paul, and within 24 hours, he sent us back his vocal. I was screaming and going crazy because I have two legends on a track on my album.”

Regarding her songwriting inspirations, she said, “I like to see people happy, my energy comes from seeing people loving themselves. When you hear these songs, you forget your troubles, and you just want to dance.”

On being an artist in the digital age, she said, “It feels good. I am still pretty young but I remember when social media wasn’t so impactful. I’ve been in the business for 20 years now, and I appreciate being a part of both worlds.”

For young and aspiring artists, she encouraged them to have “consistency.” “Never give up and continue working hard,” she said. “Once you believe in yourself and your dreams, just go for them.”

She listed Rihanna, Beyonce, and Nicki Minaj as the artists that she would love to do a dream collaboration with.

For Spice, a difference exists when she records in the studio and performs live. She noted that she enjoys performing live more because it is instant gratification for her.

She acknowledged that it was the adverse moments in her career that defined her and molded her into the artist that she is today. “Those are the moments that really showcased my strength,” she said.

On the title of the current chapter of her life, Spice responded, “Happiness and Gratitude.”

Spice defined the word success as “being happy.” “To be alive and happy and to provide for my family,” she said.

“Go Down Deh” is available on digital service providers by clicking here. The song earned a favorable review from Digital Journal. “I am happy that I have such an energetic song for the fans,” she said. “We have been in lockdown for over a year and now I am giving them such a great song that can make them feel happy. It’s a historic and iconic track. I am thrilled that I was able to bring Sean Paul and Shaggy together on this track.”

To learn more about dancehall music superstar Spice, follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 18,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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