Agent Sasco Infiltrates LA Dancehall Scene

A day after Kendrick Lamar won two 2015 Grammy awards, he released the racially charged “The Blacker The Berry.” You may recognize the tune’s wicked hook to be dancehall but did you know that’s Assassin? And that booming voice you hear on “I’m In It,” Kayne West’s provocative song on his 2013 album Yeezus- that’s also Assassin

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LA’s premier dancehall spot gives short notice about a performance you may not realize you shouldn’t miss. Dancehall star Assassin aka Agent Sasco will perform Saturday, May 23 at the Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood.

Assassin is on the verge of blowing his cover as a covert contributor to the biggest rap artists in America right now. Highly rated in his native Jamaica, the 32 year old deejay, songwriter and producer is becoming a familiar voice to fans of rap music, whether they know of him or not. A day after Kendrick Lamar won two 2015 Grammy awards, he released the racially charged “The Blacker The Berry.” You may recognize the tune’s wicked hook to be dancehall but did you know that’s Assassin? And that booming voice you hear on “I’m In It,” Kayne West’s provocative song on his 2013 album Yeezus- that’s also Assassin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oIudws1umY). Surprisingly, neither rap star gave official credit to the artist for his hefty contributions to their songs (although West does list Assassin by his birth name Jeffrey Campbell).

It’s no wonder Assassin is gaining exposure as “Rap’s Best Kept Secret Weapon” (http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/03/12/392541701/assassin-raps-best-kept-secret). But this undercover crossover king is no secret to dancehall followers who can recognize that haunting baritone anywhere.

Assassin’s career began while he was still wearing a Camperdown High school khaki uniform. In 1999, the young artist wrote the song “Shotta” for Spragga Benz. He followed it up with a smash hit of his own, “Wah Gwaan,” a musical journey of life on the streets from the view of a passionate youth. Big tunes like “Idiot Thing That,” and “Talk How Mi Feel” confirmed Assassin’s commitment to telling real stories about real life. “Anywhere We Go” continues to spark excitement on the dance floor, 10 years after its release.

As the rap world continues to mine the studios of Jamaica to add a touch of rude boy realness to their polished productions, it’s expected fair recognition will follow. Astute music fans won’t want to miss the chance to see Assassin before he deservedly becomes raps worst kept secret weapon.

Also appearing Saturday night at the Savoy Entertainment Center is LA based reggae artist Mr Surprise whose distinguished Jamaican accent combined with rough and fast lyrics will undoubtedly add to the West Coast dancehall experience.

Pre sale tickets are available for $15 at thesavoyentertainmentcenter.com or at They Savoy box office. Tickets will be $20 at the door.

 

 

Assassin aka Agent Sasco & Mr Suprise

Saturday, May 23

The Savoy Entertainment Center

218 S La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 680-7600

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