Featured Artist: Spice

November 7, 2019

Born Grace Hamilton in Jamaica’s poverty-stricken Old Braeton community in Portmore, St. Catherine, Spice took her first step into the music scene from a church girl to a dancehall queen in 2000 at the annual music festival Sting. There, she delivered an excellent performance in front of Sting’s usually acerbic crowd and earned several encores.

A few years later, Spice was introduced by fellow dancehall artist Baby Cham to Jamaican well-known producer Dave Kelly. From there, she released a string of singles under Kelly’s record label Madhouse Records. For her first major hit single, she versioned the popular ‘Eighty-Five’ riddim to create “Fight Over Man”, a ladies anthem in the dancehall scene. In 2004, she was featured on Jimmy Cliff’s song “I Want I Do I Get” from his album Black Magic. In 2006, she was featured on Beenie Man’s “Hot” from his album Concept of Life.

Spice’s notoriety skyrocketed in 2008 after her infamous collaboration with Vybz Kartel on “Romping Shop”, which became a fixture on the Billboard R&B charts, received heavy rotation on mainstream urban stations including NYC’s HOT 97 and POWER105.1 and earned her the EME award for “Female Deejay of the Year”. In 2009, she signed to VP Records for a multi-album deal. In addition to Vybz, she has collaborated with rapper Missy Elliot on the remix of her single “Fun” and with R&B singer Mýa on “Take Him Out”.

In December 2014, Spice released her debut EP So Mi Like It via VP Records. The digital-only EP features five tracks, including her hit single “So Mi Like It” and her second hit with Vybz Kartel “Conjugal Visit”. Over the past few years, Spice guested on numerous songs, including ASAP Ferg’s “Jolly” and Kid Ink’s single “Nasty”, and she also released her own singles like “Back Bend”, “Bend Ova” and “Needle Eye”, which serves as a tribute to Shabba Ranks’s hit of the same name from the ’80s. In 2018, Spice made her television debut on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.