Born and raised as Carlton Errington Grant, 30 May 1969, in the Southside community of Rae town, Kingston Jamaica, Spragga Benz has attained and maintained a level of musical notoriety only dreamed of by other aspiring Jamaican Deejays (The reggae equivalent of a rapper). Spragga Benz’s musical journey to dancehall stardom began with his first touch of a microphone in 1992, on a dare issued by Buju Banton, while doing dubplates for the La Benz Sound System of his mega-hits “Browning” and “Sound Fi Dead”.
Nagging the Banton for four songs instead of two for his favorite sound system, the Banton bellowed “If the I want four tune…yu haffi do the other two yu self.” “Ah nuh nutten” Spragga jokingly replied…”Run di rhythm”. “Mi sing some foolishness off the top of mi head but by the fourth line dem start buss pure blank and mek noise.” This lead to Spragga recording two dub plates the following week, “Love Mi Gun” and “Jack It Up”. So immense was the public response when the dubs were played that soon Spragga became the most sought after artist by sound systems & producers in Jamaica and abroad. He went on to record such hits as “Could Ah Deal”, “Jack It Up”, “Girls Hooray”, “Hand Inna Di Air”, “Who Next”, “Rude Bwoy Living”, and a string of dancehall classics that were included in his debut album entitled “Jack It Up” released on VP Records. With his career taking off at the rate of a dragster, the Benz made his first stage appearance at “Reggae Sunsplash ’93”, and followed up with blistering performances at both “Champions In Action” and “Reggae Ram Jam”.