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no long talk with Assassin/Agent Sasco | Underhyped Legend?

no long talk with Assassin aka Agent Sasco. After the long two-parter with Kabaka Pyramid, this is a very short one in comparison.

I can tell by his style that he has a true school dancehall foundation with hip hop style lyricism so I wanted to know about his sound system beginnings. Also, we speak about growing up in a one room, board house (house made with board) with his family and lessons learnt.

Not believing he could be a dancehall artist until ghostwriting for one of his childhood icon, Spragga Benz.

There have been numerous moments of peaks and troughs along the way, including big songs (Anywhere We Go, Ruffest, Eediot Ting) on iconic riddims (85, Diwali, Steps) with dancehall legends on production duties (Dave Kelly, Lenky, Daseca) to quiet periods and the tune-for-tune yet non-clash with a young Vybz Kartel.

He shares the stories behind "Ruffest", "Anywhere We Go" and "Do It If Ya Bad", why Kartel wanted to clash him and why he wasn't interested, as well as taking time out of blossoming career to get a degree.

If there's one area I feel Assassin isn't as strong at, it's the chorus, however, this year saw him deliver a world class one for Kendrick Lamar on "Blacker The Berry". I ask if that was meant to be a verse to which he replies with the verse he actually demoed.

Having been a fan of Assassin from the top end of the noughties, many feel he hasn't delivered on his early promise or is under-rated. I suggest it's because he isn't the badman or the gallis. Also why he hasn't dropped a definitive body of work.

So yeah, stay locked. This ain't a catch-up, it's no long talk.

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(p.s. I said We Bad From was on Mad Instruments. The popular version was mixed on to it. The original is a different riddim.)

The songs in question are as follows. If you missed this clash, it was a good one. Never reached the stage but good counteractions (diss) records.

Assassin - We A Bad From


Vybz Kartel - We Bad From

Assassin - Step Pon Dem


Vybz Kartel - 4 Star

Assassin - Do It If Yuh Bad

Vybz Kartel - Nuh Throw

Spragga Benz - We Ready

Assassin - Idiot Ting Dat
"Voice your tune, deejay hear it and gawn counteract - idiot ting dat!"


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