Things looking bright for Lil Bling

Kemar ‘Lil Bling’ Best

Come October 27 Kemar Best will demonstrate that he is not only best in name but in talent as well.

He and others will compete in the first ever Bajan dancehall showdown, FIRE, to be held at Club 360 in Cavans Lane, the City.

Lil Bling, as he is more commonly known, told Barbados TODAY to expect an epic performance from him.

At just 14 years old, he is the youngest person in the competition and this was his first performance, but he said he was not nervous at all, rather, he was anxious for the day to come to display his talent. With the goal to give the crowd what they want and to ensure everyone heft happy, essentially he is leaving with the crown.

The fourth former at the Ellerslie Secondary School began singing dancehall close to two years ago and because of a lot of self-belief, confidence, and the admiration of artists like Konshens and Anarchy, he was determined to take it further.

“At first I was just singing, not in studios or anything, but just singing, but I told a friend that I was looking for some place to record and that is when he gave me Kapone, the manager of Renaissance, number. I was 12 years old and then I started to work with them, I started off with a producer called George and when I started people started to like my music so they wanted more and I started bringing out more until I start to get better and better. That brought me up to where I am now,” he said.

The Rendezvous, Christ Church resident now also sings reggae. Some of his songs included: Why Bad Mind, Nah Boy, Lover Spin, Time and Attention, Bubble Pun Me, Girls Get Busy, Party Shot and Girls Get Busy featuring Fari which was released last Friday, October 12.

So far the response has been good to his music, he said, adding that the children at school as well as Kirk Brown from 98.1 FM who “bussed” the track liked it.

“A lot of people actually looking up to me since I start, I think my future will be bright in music even though I want to be an architect. I like the fact that I have a lot of people looking up to me, I personally like music so the fact that I have to sit down, sing, and write my own lyrics it isn’t hard. I see myself as a bigger artist blowing up Barbados and other countries and making everyone proud; my family, my school, the country.

“My family say they are proud of me and will continue to support me and that they are looking forward to me doing my best. They always tell me stay focussed so that is what I will do,” he said.

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