Spragga Benz -Shotta Culture

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A documentary and an album are only a couple things Spragga Benz has on his agenda after a lengthy United States tour.

Spragga recently wrapped up the ‘Blazed And Confused’ tour, which he did with Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley. During the tour they visited 25 cities.

“We did mostly outdoor shows. It was great, probably the best tour I have been on. Everything went well,” said Spragga. He said he visited places for the first time where people were not familiar with reggae or dancehall.

With the tour aside, his focus is now on a documentary about his life, which will tentatively be called Shotta Culture. It will look at his life, musical career , relationships, children and his deceased son, Carlton Grant Jr.

“It’s a 90-minute documentary and I will be candidly talking about everything about Jamaica – gang violence, politics. We nah glamourise it but we a speak pon all these things,” he said.

Spragga’s friends and family will also be in the documentary, talking about him. It will have his family members, Buju Banton, Stephen Marley, friends from Arrows Recording Studio, his friends from La Benz and Ricky Villa, who died some 10 years ago, but Spragga found an old footage of him talking about their friendship and Spragga’s career.

There will also be footage from some of his shows and the recent Life Fest, which was dedicated to the Carlyle Foundation set up in his son’s honour.

Spragga said the documentary was scheduled for release in October. However, he said he wanted to include the December 16 trial over his son’s death in the documentary. So, he would prefer if the release date was rescheduled to February next year.

“We want to include the trial. We want to put the full story in it. Show seh the law do its job, if it do it job,” Spragga said.

However, the October release of his album is already set, as it is almost complete. The songs have been recorded but some of them are still being mixed. It features artistes such as Wayne Wonder, Marcia Griffiths, Nas, Stephen Marley, Sizzla, Jah Cure and Queen Ifrica.

“I been working on that for a while now but I wasn’t rushing it. We neva did a mek a dancehall album. It is reggae/dancehall-based with some dub sound but with a new twist to it,” Spragga said, while noting that the album is being produced by him and popular hip-hop producer Salaam Remi.

In addition, Spragga said he wants to shoot videos for all the songs on the album, so that they can be a part of the documentary.

By: Sadeke Brooks

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