SPRAGGA BENZ’S Chiliagon debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart last week, the artists first album in nearly a decade .
Released via Easy Star Records/Buttercuts Records/Red Square Productions, Chiliagon marks the dancehall icon’s first #1 debut and his second top ten on the chart.
Produced by Spragga, Andrew Oury, Paul Fowler and GRAMMY® nominated producer Cristy Barber, Chiliagon, Spragga’s sixth studio album, melds his formidable delivery with some of the top UK producers and artists working today.
The album blends roots, riddim, drum and bass, garage, grime and hip hop into a diverse kaleidoscope of infectious beats.
Highlight tracks include “Differ Remix” featuring Sean Paul, Agent Sasco, and Chi Ching Ching and produced by Toddla T. “If Yuh Ready,” featuring the trademark chops of General Levy, “Wicked Love”, also produced by Toddla T and the recently released “Believe” featuring Tanika.
Speaking on his chart success, Spragga Benz said: “Having the opportunity to work with so many talented artists and producers on Chiliagon was what made this project special for me, so debuting at #1 is a blessing.
“It is thanks to the hard work of my team and the support of the fans.”
Kingston-born Spragga Benz rose to prominence in the early ’90s with a number of underground hits that would help define the Dancehall genre. Speaking on helping to get the artist back on top, Easy Star Co-Founder, Lem Oppenheimer said: “We are proud to have helped Spragga get to #1 for the first time in his career.”
He added: “What this shows us is that Spragga is still a vibrant artist, a current creative force, and an important voice in reggae worldwide.”
Earlier this month Spragga made history as the first dancehall/reggae act to be featured in the Spotlight Series at the GRAMMYTM Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Mark Conklin, director of artists relation and programming, GRAMMYTM Museum Experience Prudential Center, told Billboard Magazine “he’s an icon and was a great fit as our first dancehall/reggae artist.”