Who Is The 6ix? Is probably the most asked question in dancehall in 2019, with the group’s emergence towards the end of 2018 being one of the major talking points in dancehall over the past 6 months. Since then the 6ix has taken dancehall by storm with an every growing number of hit records and a seemingly ever growing number of members and affiliates.
But who exactly is behind the sound of the 6ix? In this article we profile the producers behind the unique sound of the 6ix, as we give you their background and give you a little insight into how they fit into this movement and some of the hits they have been instrumental in creating.
Attomatic Records began producing in 2010, but didn’t really take producing seriously until 2017. This was around the time the that Squash began to become well established. Attomatic Records is best known for his work on singles ‘Standard’ by Squash, ‘Blessings A Flow’ by Shane E on the 6IX Summa Riddim and ‘Born Fi Dis’ by Chronic Law.
The Duo of Shabba and Carlos. Both Shabba and Carlos have been around the the music industry for a long time. Shabba’s father is the much respected producer/artist Linval Thompson. Shab Don Records began to find success following their first official release in August 2018 with Squash’s ‘Money Fever’. Since the release of ‘Money Fever’ Shabdon Records have cemented themselves as one of the most sought after producing duos in Jamaica, with the ‘G6IXX’ Riddim being perhaps the hottest riddim in dancehall right now.
The latest super team of producers to come out of Jamaica. The Kingston based collective work together to promote their brand. One Time Music officially began producing in 2017, but had been making moves prior to their initial releases. Working with the Florida based dancehall artist Khxos. Shabdon of Shabdon Records connected One Time Music with Squash and the 6ix. It wasn’t long after being introduced that they started recording songs together and released the smash hit record ‘Trending’ and as One Time Music say “the rest is history”.
Originates from the Devon Community in Manchester, Jamaica. Originally produced under the name DJ Sky Records, before founding Sky Bad Musiq in August 2017. Under the name DJ Sky Records had success with a number of riddims, including the ‘House Party’ Riddim, ‘360’ Riddim, ‘Sex Meter’ Riddim and ‘Crop Over’ Riddim. Sky Bad connected with Squash and the 6ix in the late 2017 through his producer Din Din. Sky Bad and Squash scored a major hit record with their July 2018 release ‘Ohh Lala La’.
Hemton Music is a duo that consists of Din Din and Wizzy. Din Din is from St Ann and Wizzy is Montego Bay. They began producing back in 2016 and were one of the first producers to work with Squash. Producing singles like ‘Nine Night’, ‘Making Money’ and ‘Bagga Duppy’. Hemton Music have stayed pivotal in the 6ix movement ever since producing singles like Chronic Law’s ‘Hilltop Badness’, Jahvillani’s ‘Wileside Government’ and Daddy1’s ‘Out Here’.
Originating from the small community of Lambs River in Westmoreland, Lamar Dandie aka Swagga Records began producing 4 years ago pursuing a life long love for music. His first big singles in 2018 with Squash’s ‘Serious Issue’and Big Voice’s ‘Money’. Swagga Records has continued to produce big singles in the 6ix camp, with Bobby 6ix’s ‘Dutty Money’, Mad Daa6’s ‘Money Cologne’ and Kash’s ‘Sky Meds’. Having known Squash before he began producing it was only natural that Swagga Records would become one of the biggest producers in the 6ix camp.
Hustle Voice Records began producing in 2015, originating from Ocho Rios. They released the hit ‘Thermostat’ Riddim in 2017 which featured Demarco, I Octane, Kalado, Blak Ryno and Currenci, which was their first taste of real success in dancehall. Hustle Voice Records joined the 6ix camp in May of 2019 and haven’t looked back since, releasing possibly their biggest single to date with Squash’s ‘Bad & Rich’.