Toppa Top 20: LargeUp’s Artists to Watch For 2016

February 1, 2016

Vershon (Jamaica)


Rising star Vershon has a lot to be thankful for in 2016. The artist born as Adrian Brown took the Jamaican airwaves by storm with his dynamic hit โ€œInna Real Life,โ€™โ€™ a song we named No. 4 on our list of 2015โ€™s Best Dancehall Tracks. The dynamic deejay also has a compassionate side, having provided meals with Food for the Poor to feed hungry people in Kingstonโ€™s inner city. Now, he is cooking up new music in the studio with Birchill Records for his upcoming album entitled Unoffical. Take a moment to get to know the humble and vibrant spirit behind this outgoing dancehall emcee. โ€”Leanne Fairweather

How would you describe your sound?

My style and image is different. I would describe myself in these words: talented, easygoing, and humble.

Tell us a little bit about the place you come fromโ€ฆ

Kingston 11. Iโ€™ve lived a simple life. I went through some hardships, being raised by my mother, and my father was not present. However, I have a lot to be proud of.

Tell us about the moment where you knew you had broken through as an artist…

From when I was in high school, I won competitions at the Fair Day and talent shows. My teachers would encourage me, and compliment my singing voice. I started taking it as a career from 14 years old rapping with my friends.

What were your highlights in 2015?

Definitely โ€œInna Real Lifeโ€ โ€“ I got a big break with the song. Some other releases I had were โ€œBoomโ€ and โ€œRuff Up the World.โ€ But it was definitely โ€œInna Real Lifeโ€ that launched my exposure. Everything happened so fast. It was quite unexpected, but I owe it to the fans that supported it.

What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

A lot of projects: Especially more music for the ladies. There will be new songs, videos, and plenty of visuals. Also look out for a release date for my album, Unoffical.

What artists are you watching in 2016?

Well you know I as an artist Vershon nuh really watch artist. But my main influences are: Vybz Kartel, Supercat, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer.