“She’s a real gladiator,” said Bounty Killer. “When she first went on stage to fight with the boys, nobody knew her, she didn’t have a popular song and the boys were more popular than her. It’s a big deal, it’s not ordinary.”
In 2003, Spice began touring in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. That year she linked up with Dave Kelly, a respected dancehall producer, and released “Fight Over Man,” which became a hit. Three years later, she decided to lead herself.
“I felt like I was so creative and I was the one doing the work anyway,” she said. “I started doing music videos, visuals and better things for myself because I’m building a brand now.”
In 2009, her single “Romping Shop,” featuring fellow dancehall legend Vybz Kartel, spent 15 weeks on the Billboard charts. In 2014, she released her debut EP, So Mi Like It, which was also a hit, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. In 2018, she joined the cast of reality show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta for visibility, she said. Spice had already broken into the American mainstream, but she wanted to “put a face on the sound.”
That same year, she released a mixtape, Captured, which reached #1 on the reggae albums chart.
“You could feel what she said because it was done with so much passion and so much conviction and energy, and it made her stand out from the crowd,” said Shaggy, 53, the Grammy Award-winning reggae singer and executive producer of “10”. “She literally embodies everything that was taught to her by Jamaican culture.”
Today, Spice is no longer the nervous freestyle girl at the Sting Festival. Now, when Spice rules the stage, she’s in full control. Her ample body is often strategically covered in tailored outfits made of stretchy fabric in vibrant colors that usually match the bright blue of her signature wig.
Earlier this year, she arrived for a gig at Amazura, a Queens nightclub, with a metal suitcase in tow, wearing a pale pink bob wig, a matching leotard and an ankle-length tulle coat that matched her thigh-high socks adorned with fluffy pink feathers. The crowd pointing their camera phones at them became a sea of LED lights, bouncing from the huge speakers to the rhythm of the heavy dancehall bass.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/02/us/spice-dancehall-grammy-nomination.html The Grammys are on Sunday. She has already won.