10Tik happy to meet DJ Khaled
Up-and-coming artiste 10Tik is heating up the streets with a new single called Roll Deep, which has racked up over 1.4 million views in only one month.
He also landed a face-to-face meeting with American producer and record executive DJ Khaled, who is in Jamaica putting the final touches on his upcoming album, Khaled Khaled.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, 10Tik announced that "DJ Khaled call we eh nuh people, so you know what time it is ... Gwallaz dem outside ... 4Canaaz", while driving a golf cart. 10Tik then drove the cart over the grass, abandoning the established trails. Later, he chatted with DJ Khaled about his new project and bumped fists.
"It was really great meeting with DJ Khaled. He hold ah nice vibes. He is a real music icon, a real music mogul, and a real Gwallaz," 10Tik said. Roll Deep is being described as one of the grimiest street bangers of the year, and is resonating with the 'gwallaz' of this world.
"At its core, gwallaz ah the people who ah come from nothing, born with a burning urge to change their conditions. As a gwalla, you must be down-to-earth, spiritual and appreciative of life in its simplest form. A rebel. A warrior of life," he explained.
Born in the Maxfield Park Road neighbourhood of Kingston, 10Tik, given name Carlton Nembhard, spent his formative years in Rockfort, Kingston. He moved to Mandeville, Manchester, where he attended Mandeville Primary School and DeCarteret College.
At age 18, he relocated to the Corporate Area, where he lived in the Red Hills Road area of St Andrew. He joined the Jamaica Fire Brigade, where he worked for five years as a firefighter. He was one of the first responders when an inferno destroyed sections of the 303-room Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston in 2013.
He then decided to jumpstart his music career, releasing songs such as Lead Inna Head and She Don't Mind on his own X3M Inc Productions label. He began to solidify a potent underground fan base, and caught fire with songs like Gangsta and Soul of the City, before Roll Deep showcased all his lyrical gifts.
"I am ready for anything the future holds," he said.