“mi nuh waan no long gun/ mi waan some long chain”
So has Javuan Fearon raised by a single parent in the entertainment hotbed that is Portmore and further shaped and molded by the storied Red Hills road institution – Calabar High – declared his priorities on “Fake Strength” one of his most current releases.
Does this mean that the Genahsyde records artiste is straying from the lyrical territory that first brought him to prominence, epitomized by tracks such as “Dem A Go Dead” “Top Striker” and “Infrared” among others? Hardly. As he has explained in interviews, it’s part of broadening his reach and scope, writing and performing tracks that speak to a multitude of situations. especially since he has been attracting serious attention overseas.
Masicka began his career by performing at local talent shows and competitions in Independence City, Portmore, more popularly dubbed “Sin City” by the DJ. While at C-Bar, he was dubbed “The Future” by classmates and teachers alike, after toppling all competition with his advanced wordplay. It was at that time that schoolmate, Leon “Kabah” Brown, who had already been a songwriter and producer for notable recording artists (Bounty, Mavado and others), forged a link that would help Masicka grow musically, with some help from Addis Pablo, son of reggae legend Augustus Pablo, and respected musical talent in his own right. At Pablo’s home-based One Motion Music studio, the young crew endured sleepless nights with countless recording sessions that have over the last several years begun to pay off.
By the time of his first official television appearance on Hype TV in 2009, Masicka was already tasting stardom and went on to win the station’s DJ competition. The first prize was a recording session with Equinoxx Music. This resulted in the creation “Anno Sometime” produced by Equinoxx, which remains a fan favourite, as are “Guh Haad N Done”, “Whistling Clean” and “Lose Control”, all of which still get appreciable rotation on local and overseas media, even as new clips come in alongside them.
Masicka has also featured – before the pandemic – on many popular reggae/dancehall radio shows in the United States, UK. as well as the big calendar events of Jamaican live entertainment. Instead of stalling, and basking in the glow of his upgraded status, Masicka has actually committed to continuous improvement -and not just in his lyrical attack. As evidenced by the visuals for “Stay Strong” and “King Inna Earth” he and his team are working on presenting a more complete artist, a storyteller, and a forward thinker to the world.
All this airplay and attention, while greatly appreciated, represents just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, as far as the DJ is concerned, as he sees himself occupying the rarified spaces reserved for music’s biggest and brightest. Already, he has gained the acknowledgment of some established Dj’s, like Aidonia and Vybz Kartel, who feel that the young DJ is “in top form” and well on his way to representing the culture at ever-higher levels.