Every great army must have a leader. For the southern Rap movement, Bigga Rankin sits at the head of the round table. A destiny which has taken over two decades to manifest, Bigga Rankin is one of the most decorated record breakers in the music industry. His journey began in the early 80s, where Bigga electrified the Reggae clubs of Chicago with his influential voice and magnetic energy. These characteristics soon expanded into the realm of R&B and Hip Hop when Bigga moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1986. The founder and CEO of Cool Runnings DJs would forever leave his mark on the city as the #1 club promoter and radio personality. But local stardom wasn’t enough. Eventually he would be called to duty all across the U.S., even spreading his street gospel to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Island of Curacao.Thousands of fans have danced to Bigga Rankin’s shows during BET’s Spring Bling, Black College Reunion (Daytona), Florida Football Classic (Orlando), Come Together Day (Jacksonville), Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, several Super Bowl events, and many more.He’s toured with Rap music’s biggest names including T.I., Young Jeezy, Juvenile, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Lil John, Notorious B.I.G., Rick Ross, Wayne Wonder, and a host of others. Bigga Rankin’s trendsetting ear gave way to one of the most powerful mixtape explosions in the south: the Real Nigga Radio mixtape series.
To date, RNR mixtapes have birthed a host of classic projects, including The Best of Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane’s Trap Money and From Zone 6 to Duval, Lil KeKe & Blood Raw’s My Testimony, 5 Deadly Venoms featuring Rich Boy, Plies, Yo Gotti, Trae, and Lil Boosie. But it was Yo Gotti’s Cocaine Muzik that catapulted Bigga Rankin to the top of the mixtape hosting chain. In just five days of being released, the project amassed over 10,000 downloads and continues growing to this day.As VP of the Hittmenn DJs, President of Slip-N-Slide Streets, CORE DJ member, Real Nigga Radio CEO, and several other affiliations, Bigga holds a lot of power in his hands. Not only does he use his credentials to break artists he believes in, he also gives back to the up-and-comers during his annual Diamond Awards (formerly known as The Ghetto Grammys).
A highly anticipated ceremony, the Diamond Awards recognizes not only the biggest celebrities in the South, but also the people behind them. A proven A&R both regionally and nationally, Bigga Rankin has been awarded countless accolades including Ozone Magazines Entertainer of the Decade (2000), Upstart Record Pool’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), TJs DJs Tastemaker Award (2003), Seagrams Gin DJ of the Year (2004), Hood Magazine’s On-The-Grind Award (2005), Florida Entertainment Summit’s Record Breaker of the Year (2005), and TJs DJs Hustler Award (April, 2006). He’s graced the cover of OZONE Magazine twice, and has also appeared in The Source Magazine, Hood Magazine, The Hole, and several other publications.Though he has a resume many would consider beyond complete, there is still one goal Bigga Rankin has yet to attain: releasing a platinum artist. In 2008, Bigga Rankin was given the opportunity to achieve his dream when he was made the President of Big Spenda Entertainment. The Miami label is home to Papa Duck and Rarebreed, proven artists that Bigga stands behind 100%.With a lifetime of achievements behind him, and a legion of loyal soldiers, Bigga Rankin continues to conquer new territory. It is a legacy in the making, one of a true leader.
Lyme Lyte Dancers, Florida’s #1 dance group, earned status at Florida’s #1 dance event – Dance Arama Champion of Champions in 2009.
The group includes:
Leader – Stephen Wright A.K.A Pizzle from MoBay, JA.
Creg Bennett AKA Creggy from Spanish Town, JA.
Rohan Beharie AKA Baja from Spanish Town, JA.
Robert Nelson AKA Nadaland from Clarendon, JA.
Okeino Francis AKA Shoe Shine from Water House, JA.
Gavin Mclaren AKA Unknown from Portmore, JA.
Joscue Jauborry Coutia AKA Coulgi from Haiti
The group was formed in 2008 and has performed in many states in USA and also in Jamaica. Lyme Lyte is known for their tight choreography and always an audience pleaser anywhere they perform. The group named themselves “Lyme Lyte” because anywhere they surface, the place laminate with their dancing.The group has performed in top music video “Fire Burn” by Sean Kingston. The group has a very bright future in the dance industry, ahead with European tours and more. Lyme Lyte is managed by dance icon/promoter of Dance Arama – Patrick. B
Bookings Contact – Patrick. B c/o Lyme Lyte
My friends call me Shugga , because Im just cool with it, laughs Cherman James, the 23 year-old Fire Raq Productions recording artist. Now its just shugga cherm. Born July 10, 1985 in Jamaica, Shuggas native dancehall and reggae music has provided a solid foundation for his future career objective: joining the ranks amongst the worlds best dancehall artists. Like that of many artists, Shuggas childhood was steeped in music. I’ve always been drawn to music I always knew I had to be in this; be in it as an artist or producer... I want to be in this I dont ever want to leave it, passionately states Shugga. Raised in a large closely-knit family, Shugga was first introduced to music by his uncle, who played bass guitar in a band. While his first love was soccer, his passions soon turned to dancehall reggae. Shugga is inspired most by those closest to him namely his brother and friends, but the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Buju Banton and Capleton have provided musical inspiration and current influences include crossover reggae sensations Damian Marley and Sean Paul. Shugga began honing his skills as a dancehall artist over 6 years ago, when he started deejaying at local parties in Brooklyn; a craft he continues to develop. Thus far, Shugga has not only recorded several solo tracks, including Push it Up, but hes also recorded tracks such as Girl You Too Bad, with reggae artist Half Pint and Sotti Records , hip-hop diva Dia as well as Bad Man with Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, Killah Priest. Shugga is tremendously serious about his work and his sincerity is projected in his music. My style is Undefined ... theres no limit I take it to them straight, boldly states Shugga. Self-described as being severely creative, Shugga capitalizes on his precise knowledge of other reggae artists technique. Listening to their music, isolating and assimilating the nuances of their style, Shugga has contrived a highly original and innovative signature sound. Wanting to be totally involved in the production of his work, Shugga does some of the leg work himself. I look for beats that fit me, or Ill just make my own, states Sugga. Whether hes recording at home or at Sotti Studios, Shugga writes his own lyrics and creates his own beats, which he passes to producer and CEO of Sotti Records, Fabrizio Sotti to perfect. When asked how he feels about reggaes current heat makers, Shugga humbly states, Sean Paul and Elephant Man took it to another level. Theyve opened doors and whatever doors they open, I can go in.