Gaza and 6ix bosses ‘Beat Dem Bad’
Dancehall artiste Squash has scored big over the past two weeks, including the successful introduction of the newly established production label 6ix Real Records.
It is credited for the release of tracks like Wrong Bang and Miss Independent by the artiste, who told The STAR, "The 6ix is ah movement which is created for the purpose of putting out good music, but also to show that we ah control we own ting. We currently ah grow and expand the ting."
In addition to attempting to launch the careers of 6ix members, the '6ix Boss' has also managed to secure the number one spot on the YouTube charts with one of the first collaborations for the label, a collab with Vybz Kartel titled Beat Dem Bad.
The collaboration debuted at number one with more than 400,000 views in the first week of its release.
According to current insights provided by YouTube, Beat Dem Bad is currently number one on the 'Top Songs' chart with 265,000 views in Jamaica alone, with Anthem, from fellow 6ix deejay, Daddy 1, which collected 139,000 views for this week holding the second place spot.
Squash said, "The delivery, the flow, the chemistry between me and Worl' Boss is 'sick'. Plus, having 21st Hapilos Digital ah push dem machinery behind it with the distribution, make the song ah beat everybody bad right now. Worl' Boss is simply put, one of the greatest dancehall artiste inna the history of dancehall."
Squash also celebrates as the first runner-up on the 'Top Artistes' chart, based on the total views of his entire catalogue on the platform for this week, with approximately 560,000 views, thus outperforming several of Jamaica's top acts including Popcaan, Shenseea, Spice, Alkaline and Dexta Daps.
Chronic Law, Daddy 1 and Jahvillani (all belonging to the 6ix movement) have also made it to the top 20.
The Montego Bay-based deejay says the new crop of dancehall artistes should aim to collaborate with the 'Gaza Boss' because, "The best always aspire to work with the best."
He continued: "Real recognise real; him [Vybz Kartel] recognise me as one of the best doing it [dancehall] right now."
In regards to opporunities for new artistes to the label, Squash explained that he is very careful who is selected to join the team, especially as it involves a uniquely created family-like link between the artistes.
But he said that for now the fans can expect more collaborations of a similar stature with some of the biggest names in dancehall and within the movement in the coming months.