May 22, 2009
Lady Saw & Elephant Man to Join Mr. Vegas on Up Deh Riddim Project
The surging popularity of Mr. Vegas' gospel-flavoured single Up Deh
has caught everyone by surprise, including Mr. Vegas, whose other
gospel single, I Am Blessed, is already a bonafide chart hit, bolting
up all major reggae charts here and overseas.
The popularity of 'Up Deh' could be considered as a pleasant surprise
or 'brawta' (unexpected bonus), as it is known in the local parlance.
"The Up Deh song is huge. I thought that I Am Blessed was the song,
but Up Deh is gaining momentum everywhere and more people are
requesting it even more on the radio, it ah play hard so I am
pleasantly surprised at this development," Mr. Vegas said.
The popularity of 'Up Deh' has inspired Mr. Vegas to use the rhythm
track to create a musical project and he has approached two of his
superstar friends to join him on the rhythm.
The rhythm project will appear on Vegas' own Clifford Ray label.
"I've given the riddim to Lady Saw and to Elephant Man for them to do
gospel songs as well. We're going to turn it into a juggling riddim
that should do quite well this summer," he said.
Vegas has an uncanny knack of making hits. After jumping into the
spotlight with Nike Air, his next single, "Heads High", had a
successful chart run in the UK and a #69 peak on the Billboard R & B
chart. In 1998, his debut album, Heads High, was released, which hit
#5 on the US Reggae chart. Vegas won a MOBO for Best Reggae Artist for
the Heads High album as well. 2000's single "Hot Gal Today" was a
minor hit on the US R&B charts, peaking at #66.