I-Octane ready to crave his name among the upper echelon of Dancehall's legacy Image

by Biko Kennedy

With a growing catalogue that seemingly captivates his fanbase upon every listening opportunity, I-Octane has certainly come a long way since his 2007-released 'Stab Vampire'. Now being handed the torch of closing Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night – an honour previously held by Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Shabba Rank and Vybz Kartel – I-Octane is ready to ascend to the rich legacy Reggae Sumfest has garnered over the years.

Speaking on Winford Williams' OnStage, I-Octane opened up about the honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his hard work as the years pass, what the wider Dancehall community can expect from his upcoming performance and his deepest dream for Dancehall music

"I'm viewing it from a humbled angle…this is an honour for me," intimated the laidback Lose A Friend crooner.

"My aim in music is to set standards and records because Beenie [Man] and Bounty Killer started from my stage and they become headline acts and closing the festival for years…for them to look at me and say I-Octane we want you to close the show for Dancehall Night is a great accomplishment in itself.

"My deepest dream [for Jamaican's music] is for us to come together as musicians vocally and invest more into Reggae music and not just for personal benefits… [closing Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night] is a hard task, I know that, but I will sacrifice Octane for Reggae music because look at Bob [Marley], he didn't get the chance to utilize the legacy he left behind but he paved the way so persons like myself and other artistes can have the privilege to say certain [though provoking] things on record and you don't get penalized for it. So even if during my performance on Dancehall Night people start walking out  on me, at least I did it…so the younger acts coming up can be inspired to see me hold my ground when the crowd wasn't supportive and they will go out and do the same and inspire another generation of artistes," I-Octane explained.

You can watch the entire interview below:

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