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 in the 6ix? With artists like Rygin King and Shane E often rumoured to be in the 6ix camp, it has definitely been a hard task since the group’s emergence to pin down who exactly it’s members are. So we decided to take on this task and pin down exactly which artists ARE members of the 6ix and give some insight into the 6ix’s journey to becoming the most talked about camp in dancehall.
The leader of the 6ix or the 6ixxboss. Squash originates from the Salt Spring community in St James. His stage name was taken from a group he formed with his younger brother the ‘Squash Squad’. After the tragic passing of his brother Squash decided to take up the name himself.
Squash began recording in 2013. But it was not until 2016 that he started to create a buzz with singles ‘Buss E SK’, ‘Nuh Response’, ‘Fi You Dirt’ and his breakout single ‘Life Story Pt.1’.
2017 saw Squash continue to consolidate this buzz with big releases ‘Making Money’, ’10 Grave’, ‘Lavish’, ‘Shooting Mood’ and ‘Seh Soh’ which featured fellow rising Montegonian Rygin King. Squash was really pushing the boundaries of the emerging Trap Dancehall movement in 2017 with his gritty lyrics that spoke of the violence throughout his community.
2018 looked to be Squash’s breakout year. Squash already had a strong fan base in his home city but now looked to be ready to take on some of the heavyweights in the genre.
Unfortunately, 2018 would not be the breakout year for Squash that many expected. Legal battles plagued the deejay throughout the year.
Squash was first arrested in March before being arrested again in August. Both arrests coming under the St James wide State of Emergency. Squash’s second arrest saw the deejay seeing out the rest of 2018 in jail. Squash was eventually released in late January 2019.
Although legal battles plagued Squash in 2018 that did not stop him from releasing some of his biggest singles to date in that year. With smash hit singles ‘Money Fever’, ‘Trending’, ‘Oh LaLa La’ and ‘Allergy’ all coming in 2018.
2019 has seen Squash go from strength to strength as he has continued to pick up from where he left off in 2018. Dropping a huge collaboration with Vybz Kartel in ‘Can’t Be The Same’, providing stunning visuals for his 2018 hits ‘Trending’ and ‘Money Fever’ and releasing hit records including ‘Great’ and ‘Lock Dung Di Place’.
Or as he is know by many in the 6ix camp, Lawboss. The St Thomas native began recording in Grade 6 following a school project about the Ozone layer.
Chronic Law made his recording debut in 2012 with the single ‘War Dem A Ask Fah’.
Chronic Law’s first break came in summer 2017 with the single ‘Stress Free’. He quickly followed the release of ‘Stress Fire’ with his debut mixtape ‘6ixtape’ in December 2017.
His growth continued in 2018 reaching a climax after the release of his hit singles’Hilltop Badness’ (which came in August), ‘Government (which came in September) and ‘Hillside’ (which came in December). By the start of 2019 Chronic Law was one of the hottest artists in dancehall.
Chronic Law has been an unstoppable force in dancehall in 2019. With an unmatchable stream of releases, Chronic Law has made sure that his name has remained relevant.
Jahvillani who also heads his own movement Wileside, is another heavy hitter in the 6ix camp.
Born in St Ann before moving to Ocho Rios in high school. Jahvillani is definitely no stranger to the dancehall scene with his first recordings dropping in 2013. His first single ‘Badda Than Dem’ was produced by YGF Records and Junkyard Music.
Jahvillani’s growth continued between 2014 and 2015, with Jahvillani being signed to Shawn Storm’s label Kwashawna Records during the period. Jahvillani continued to release hot singles including ‘Which Part Mi Grow’, ‘Money Weh Yuh Turn’ and ‘See Mi N Dweet’.
2016 saw the release of Jahvillani’s ‘Singles Pack’ project which was released with YGF Records. Jahvillani had some success with the tracks ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’ and ‘Fi Di Gyaldem’ from the project, but was yet to really reach the dancehall mainstream. He continued to release music throughout 2017 with his December single ‘One Time’ being his biggest single for the year.
2018 was the year that Jahvillani cemented himself as one of the top rising talents in dancehall. Jahvillani burst into the dancehall mainstream in October with the release of ‘Wileside Government’. He continued to gain popularity with his subsequent releases ‘Nuh Reason’ and ‘Gun Song’.
Jahvillani has continued to add to his growing collection of hit songs in 2019 dropping a huge track on the Shabdon Records produced ‘G6IXX’ Riddim with ‘Nuh Rate Dem’, working with Chimney Records on the ‘Fresh Paint’ Riddim with ‘Live Forever’ and teaming up with YGF Records to drop another big track on the ‘Weekend Love’ Riddim with ‘Weh Dem Ago Duh’.
Like Squash, Daddy1 is from the Salt Spring community in St James. He is best known for his single ‘Out Here’ which features on the Hemton Music produced ‘Hilltop Badness’ Riddim.
Originating from Buff Bay, Travalaunch began recording at age 14. He initially made the link with the 6ix camp in late 2017. His biggest singles so far are ‘Powerful’ which was released in February 2019 and ‘Murder Game’ which was released in December 2018 and features Daddy1.
Another Salt Spring native, Big Voice is best known for his singles ‘Up We Up’ and ‘Life Story’.
Like Daddy and Big Voice, Bobby 6ix originates from the Salt Spring Community, we haven’t heard a lot of music so far from Bobby 6ix but his most recent release ‘Dutty Money’ produced by Swagga Records and 6ixReal Records definitely shows a lot of promise.