Hood Celebrityy to spice up jerk fest

Observer writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

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The past year has been a whirlwind for Hood Celebrityy, who has moved from unknown rapper to having a hit song and signing with a major record label.

On Sunday the Jamaican artiste plans to light up the stage at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. It is a performance she is looking forward to.

“I feel great about it, especially seeing my own kind supporting my music; and going to Jamaica recently made me more confident with the love they showed me. If you can rock a Jamaican crowd, you can rock any crowd,” Hood Celebrityy told Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash magazine.

It will be her second time performing at the event.

“The love and support they showed me last year and my hard work and dedication made the people request to see me. This year I'm coming with new music,” she said.

With the overwhelming success of her song Walking Trophy, Hood Celebrity says her life has undergone considerable transformation.

“My life has changed a lot tremendously. I am way busier now and I'm always on the road and in the studio. Everything is just work, work, work. But I thank God because this a dream come true.”

She shared the story behind Walking Trophy.

“The inspiration behind Walking Trophy was just women empowerment. Uplifting women in a time where everything is sooooo negative, and just based off people being so judgemental, I wanted to make a song where people could look in the mirror and just love themselves inside out,” she explained. “Walking Trophy gave me a feeling that none of my records gave me, so I knew from thereon it was going to be a hit.”

The song is currently number 26 on Billboard Magazine's R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart, having peaked at 22. It is number 37 (peak position 24) on the publication's Rhythmic Top 40 Chart.

Hood Celebrity has resided in New York since her teens. She is originally from Southborough in Portmore, St Catherine, but has never strayed from her Jamaican roots.

“I maintain my Jamaican ties by always connecting and keeping a strong relationship with my culture no matter where I'm at. I also live in a household with just Jamaicans.'

Three weeks ago she visited Jamaica for the first time in years and returned to Southborough. It was a warm homecoming.

“When I came to Jamaica, the whole community was very supportive I actually couldn't believe how much love and support I was getting and how the people were sooooooo attached to me. I felt the love. I felt like I've been living in Jamaica all my life,” she said.

Signed to Epic Records, a company owned by Sony Music Entertainment, Hood Celebrityy has follow-up plans for Walking Trophy.

“I will actually be releasing my EP, so it won't just be a single. I'm going to give my fans, the people, a body of work so people could know Hood Celebrityy is not just about one thing; I'm really an artiste, and a versatile artiste.”

At the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival she will share the stage with Elephant Man, LUST, Jahmiel and New Kingston.

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