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Bop at the track

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

NEW dancehall sensation Gully Bop was yesterday announced by McKay Security Limited as the first McKay Security Artiste of the Month for 2015, set to grace the stage at Caymanas Park on Saturday, February 7.

Gully Bop moved from virtual obscurity, repairing fans in the Grants Pen area of St Andrew, to headlining Sting 2014, within weeks of a video of him going viral on YouTube.

His skyrocketing popularity resulted in Sting's most iconic deejay, Ninjaman, staying away from the top dancehall show after being challenged to a clash.

The artiste's Dem Nuh Bad Like Me and Wuk off a Mi remain in heavy rotation as he is being sought for dub plates by operators of sound systems, locally and internationally.

Jason McKay, chief executive officer, McKay Security, said it was a coup to get Gully Bop at the races. He anticipates one of the biggest crowds ever for a raceday as Jamaicans continue to rave about the artiste's rags-to-riches story.

"This is different [from] the normal Artiste of the Month. Gully Bop is the most popular artiste in the country at this time and there is absolutely nothing to top that," McKay pointed out.

Artistes who have appeared as McKay Security Artiste of the Month at Caymanas Park include I-Octane, Busy Signal, Spice, Tifa and Alkaline.