Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 9 January 1973. His mother, Frances, is a painter.
His paternal grandfather was of Portuguese Jewish descent (their family having immigrated from Portugal to Jamaica in the 17th century); his father, Garth, is of Portuguese Indo-Jamaican descent, while his paternal grandmother was Afro-Jamaican. His mother is of English and Chinese Jamaican descent. Paul was raised as a Catholic, though his paternal grandfather was Jewish and he once attended the Jewish private school Hillel Academy in Jamaica. Many members of his family are swimmers. His grandfather was on the first Jamaican men's national team. His father also played water polo for the team in the 1960s, and competed in long-distance swimming, while Paul's mother was a butterfly swimmer. Paul played for the national water polo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. He attended Wolmer's Boys' School and the College of Arts, Science, and Technology, now known as the University of Technology, where he was trained in commerce with an aim of pursuing an occupation in swimming.
As a Jamaican dancehall recording artist and producer who is regarded as one of the genre's most prolific artists.
Paul's singles "Get Busy" and "Temperature" topped the charts in the United States and most of his albums have been nominated for the Grammy's Best Reggae Album, with Dutty Rock winning the award. Paul has also been featured in many other singles including chart-toppers "Baby Boy" with Beyoncé, "What About Us" by The Saturdays, "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit and "Cheap Thrills" by Sia.
Jamaican pop vocalist Jada Kingdom started out modeling but soon found success releasing her own music. Shortly after a starring role in Sean Kingston's 2016 single "One Away," the still-teenaged singer began working on her own tracks and released a series of singles beginning with 2017's R&B-edged dancehall track "Love Situations."
Combining elements of dancehall with modernized R&B production and a versatile vocal style, Kingston-based singer Jada Kingdom transitioned from modeling and having a social media presence into a full-on pop star in 2017. Releasing mostly singles and occasionally guesting on other artists' tracks, she had viral hits with both "Love Situations" and follow-up single "Unwanted", both of which had videos that would be viewed with counts in the millions. Throughout 2018, the singer released new singles such as "Wull On," "Best You Ever Had (B.Y.E.H.)," and "Banana," and ended the year with a one-two punch of two new tracks released in the last days of December, "Medicine" and "One Time." Both of these songs included some trademarks of reggae and dancehall but overall had a smoother R&B sound.
Oxlade is the stage name of Nigerian singer Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan, best known for such Afro-fusion hits as “AWAY,” “HOLD ON,” and “O2.”
Inspired by the music of Nigerian star Wande Coal, Oxlade cut his first demo at age 11 with the help of his uncle, a professional sound mixer.
His big break came in 2018, when he was featured on “Mamiwota,” a hit by Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez.
In 2018, his dreamy “Questionnaire” was his first solo track to catch fire in Nigeria, thanks to the endorsement of renowned singer and producer Davido, who hyped him on social media.
All six tracks from Oxlade’s acclaimed 2020 EP, OXYGENE, reached the Top 20 of Nigeria’s Apple Music Top 100 World Songs chart, with the infectious “AWAY” peaking at No. 2.
Oxlade’s smooth jazz-tinged single, “DKT,” hit No. 8 on Ireland’s Apple Music Top 100 World Songs chart in 2020, proving his appeal far beyond his homeland.
He has collaborated with several other popular Nigerian artists, including Moelogo, Jinmi Abduls, and Fiokee.
John Whitfield, (better known as DC Young Fly) is an American internet personality, comedian, actor, host, rapper, and singer-songwriter best known for his "roasting sessions" videos on Instagram and Vine. As of Season 7, he is one of the recurring cast members of the improv comedy show Wild 'N Out on MTV, VH1 and MTV2. He was also one of the main hosts for the revival of TRL on MTV from 2017 to 2018. He is also known for starring in the podcast "85 South Show" with Chico Bean, Karlous Miller and Clayton English.
DC Young Fly got his huge following from his "roasting celeb" videos on Instagram and youtube in which he would tell his "target" to "bring dat ass here boi", he proceeds to roast them, and then ends the and roast by saying "faawwkk you mean". His videos have earned him co-signs from celebrities like Kevin Hart, Michael Blackson, Lebron James, Chris Tucker, etc.
In 2015, he became a recurring cast member in the Season 7 of the improv comedy show Wild 'N Out on MTV2 and was named "Rookie of the Year" in his first season. In 2016, he had a small role in the Christmas comedy-drama film Almost Christmas, which was released worldwide on November 11, 2016 and also starred as the lead in the independent film #digitallivesmatter.
In 2017, he was a opening act for Chris Brown's "Party Tour" and also starred in three BET projects such as Tales, The Quad, and The New Edition Story. In the same year, he became one of the main hosts for the revival for TRL on MTV from 2017 to 2018 until it halted production and transferred over to Facebook.
In 2018, he released a new mixtape "Curb Music" and filmed two films: She Ball with Nick Cannon and I Got the Hook Up 2 with Master P, which was released on July 12, 2019. It was also announced that he would be starring alongside rapper Lil Yachty in the 2019 sequel, How High 2 in October of 2018, which premiered on MTV on April 20, 2019.
In 2019, he and fellow entertainer Jess Hilarious co-hosted the 2019 BET Social Awards. In December 2019, Whitfield started performing as an opening act for R&B singer Eric Bellinger's "Cuffing Season Tour".
In 2020, DC Young Fly became one of the judges for the internet game show Floored on the streaming service "Quibi". In October 2020, he hosted the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards, alongside Chico Bean and Karlous Miller.
In 2021, he opened his own improv comedy club "DC Comedy Exchange" in Miami Beach, Florida.
Known for his gutsy, genre-blending mixes and strong visual aesthetic -- he not only dons his trademark cap, but has branded his style TheCAP, standing for The CrazyAzzParty -- DJ Spinall is an internationally known Nigerian DJ and producer. Also known as Top Boy, Spinall had numerous mixtapes and collaborations to his name by the time he released his star-studded 2015 debut album My Story. Breakout singles like "Oluwa" and "Ohema" established his power as a hitmaker and he proceeded to release a series of increasingly popular albums on his label TheCAP Music, while bolstering his credits by producing big hits for Kizz Daniel, Wizkid, Mayorkun, and Davido. Mixing electronic house music, R&B, hip-hop, and Afro-beat, Spinall became somewhat of a global ambassador -- he was the first African DJ to play Texas' SXSW Festival -- doing major tours of North America and Europe. With numerous Nigerian and African awards under his belt, he continued to grow globally by signing a major-label deal with Atlantic Records UK.
Born Sodamola Oluseye Desmond in Lagos, he adopted the name Spinall in 2003 to indicate his musical diversity and spin records from all genres. After earning an electrical and electronics engineering degree, he began to focus on his career as a DJ, first working at a radio station, then moving into nightclubs. With countless gigs and a number of mixtapes to his credit, his reputation preceded him as he signed to the Mavin label in 2013, where he acted as the official DJ to singer Wande Coal. Honoring his heritage, he became known for wearing brightly patterned caps and soon coined both his headwear and creative aesthetic "TheCAP," a name he also used for the label/management firm he founded in 2014. Riding the momentum from his Burna Boy-assisted hit "Gbe Gba E," Spinall released his first album, My Story, in 2015, featuring guests like 2Baba, Olamide, and Timaya. That year he also earned the distinction of being the first African DJ to play a set at SXSW as part of a multi-date U.S. tour. His follow-up album, Ten, arrived a year later and again featured big names like Mr. Eazi and Davido. Averaging an album per year, he released Dreams in 2017 and Iyanu in 2018 -- the latter featuring the major hit "Nowo" -- while continuing to expand his fan base globally with appearances at the BET Awards in Los Angeles and later playing a set at England's famed Glastonbury Festival. Around this time, Spinall signed U.K. deals with Atlantic Records and Warner Chappell Publishing and became a brand ambassador DJ for Pepsi. In 2019 he released a handful of collaborations including "Dis Love" with Wizkid and Tiwa Savage. ~ Timothy Monger