Spice has been added to season 7 of VH1’s hit reality TV series Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
According to the network, the ‘Queen of the Dancehall” whose real name is Grace Hamilton, will be channeling her inner Amara La Negra to crossover from Dancehall into the American music industry in the new season.
Dancehall fans can expect to see the ‘Needle Eye’ deejay working on her international career as she will be hitting the studio with producer Stevie J and other current and former cast members.
Last year Spice vowed that in 2018 she would shake things up by adding more hip-hop to her catalogue. She made good on her promise when she dropped her first video of the year for her rap track titled ‘Duffle Bag’.
Spice says if international acts can use dancehall and reggae to their advantage, Jamaican entertainers are also free to use other genres to make hits, “I am trying to fuse dancehall with trap and hip-hop. The artistes overseas use our dancehall style all the time and capitalise on it, so I don’t see anything wrong with me using theirs,” she said. “After listening to the song it birthed an idea, and I now want to create a new genre called ‘dancehop’, where I will do dancehall styles on hip-hop or trap beats.”
According to Spice, creating a new genre will become her main focus for this year, “Sometimes you have to think outside of the box,” she said. “Trap came from hip-hop, and it’s basically the new sound that’s running the American scene right now, so I’m thinking I can create ‘dancehop’ out of dancehall as a strategy to break dancehall some more on to the international scene.”
She however made it clear that she won’t forget Dancehall and will continue to drop her hardcore songs for her day one fans.
“I’m doing this for the wider audience, trying to break on to the international scene. That’s why I’m using the sound that they are used to, then dropping my dancehall style on it. Sometimes as artistes we get too comfortable where we are, and I believe in creating and reinventing, so that’s what I’m doing now,” she added.