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August 21, 2014
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JAMAICAN RAPPER HOT IN THE US - Sparks new dance craze
CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer


Bobby Shmurda - Contributed

Jamaican rapper Bobby Shmurda has sparked a dance craze called the Shmoney Dance with his single Hot Nia. The rapper is based in New York and has received over 10 million views for the song and was recently signed by Epic Records.

Controversial cultural Hip Hop critic and media personality Charlamage recently commended the rapper for his overnight success. He also credited the rapper's ability to get people dancing to his Jamaican background. Charlamange also said Bobby Shmurda reminded him of iconic Jamaican rapper Heavy D.

"I like Bobby Shmurda, you know why? Because he is having fun. He is Jamaican, and he makes people dance in the club. I don't know when New Yorkers got too cool to dance. Heavy D used to dance. I was in London and the first song the DJ played was Bobby Shmurda, and the entire club was wilding," the usually tough critic said.

Hot Nia has several cover versions from several underground and commercially successful rappers, including Acehood, T.I., Juicy J, Corey Gunz, French Montana, and Lil Kim. Several stars including Beyonce´, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, and K. Michelle have also posted videos of themselves doing the comedic Shmurda dance move.

Bobby Shmurda's father is Jamaican and his mother is Trinidadian. The song charted at No. 21 on the Billboard Rap Digital chart and No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. The official remix will feature Drake and French Montana.

"A bare badman thing a gwaan in New York. Right now, I am doing shows and more videos; that's what we are working on," Bobby Shmurda said to the media in a recent interview.

curtis.campbell@gleanerjm.com

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