The 25th staging of Reggae Sting at Jamworld, Portmore, Jamaica on December 26, 2008, brought the curtains down on a very successful year for Boardhouse Records. The record label’s two most prominent artists, Assassin and Flippa Mafia were out in their element, and despite all the attention focused on the highly anticipated clash, held their own and lived up to the very high expectations many had for them.

The first of the two to grace the stage was Flippa Mafia, decked in his usual designer garb and carrying a Louis Vuiton satchel. He spat out rhymes such as the Boardhouse produced Dem Yah and When You Say Floss as well as his other hits like Me Boasey. However, the highlight of his performance, which has had everyone abuzz since he left the stage, was the bottles of champagne that he spilled out in conjunction with his lyrics.

At the point when the crowd was so infused with his delivery, and thought they couldn’t ask for more, he dipped into his pockets, and, as if to reward them for so ardently applauding and revelling in his performance, came up with coils of Jamaican as well as United States dollars, which he threw out to the very accepting crowd.

A few performances later, the world renowned Assassin stepped onto the stage looking quite dapper in US army formal dress attire, chanting the lyrics to Jah Guide and Protect and building on the momentum of his Boardhouse colleague. He matched his precursor both in style and audience appeal, and never lost the versatility which has become his signature, giving the audience a number of tracks covering a wide range of social issues and popular culture topics.

He drew on songs such as Step Pon Dem, Beep Out, Dem a Sissy, Surveillance, Anywhere We Go and other hits. He cleverly made reference to the clash, using his own lyrics to Do it if Yuh Bad, lending intellectual rights to either side that dared to use it.

However, the diverse package would not have been complete without what is undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the year, Dem Nuh Want No Gal on Boardhouse’s Look Gal Riddim. The audience obviously agreed as they went wild, welcoming the song as they did all the others, especially those addressing matters concerning the ladies, for which this artist is celebrated as being a connoisseur. Similar to how he began his set, he ended on a positive note, encouraging that “09 will be so fine”, and made his exit, leaving a thoroughly satisfied Sting crowd.

Boardhouse Records, also stole the night in another segment of the event where Bounty Killer performed Social Responsibility on the Clean Sweep Riddim to much “forward” from patrons. Boardhouse Records dominated the airwaves in 2008 and has done itself proud at the greatest one-night reggae festival on earth. This is only testament to what can be expected in the upcoming year. The possibilities are endless and to reiterate the words of the versatile one “09 will be so fine.”

Shaneka Simpson

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