The Jamaican-born Jason McDermott is Stylo G, Britain’s fastest-rising dancehall star. Having spent half his life first in the Caribbean and then from 2000 onwards in the UK, his music perfectly reflects his dual nationality. ‘Soundbwoy’, his 2013 single, was his breakthrough release and his passport to wider acclaim after years of underground acceptance on the back of tracks such as ‘Call Mi A Yardie’ and ‘Swagga Dem’. With its skunked-out skank and electronic sheen, ‘Soundbwoy’ had enormous commercial potential but no hint of appeasement. It is a powerful statement of intent from an artist determined to make dancehall a credible contemporary genre again, on a par with dubstep and grime.
In the mid-noughties, Stylo had his first hit ‘My Yout’, after which he formed another outfit, Warning Crew, and dropped the first in a series of mixtapes, which sold in their thousands. Over the next few years he collaborated with the great and the good of grime and rap including Wretch 32, Chipmunk, Giggs, Dot Rotten and Gyptian. Throughout, Stylo’s heavy, deep, dark Jamaican accent manifested itself as a strong rhythmic cadence and gave him his unique style.
In 2012 Stylo performed onstage at the Red Bull Culture Clash with Rita Ora and Usher. Basement Jaxx invited him into the studio in 2013 while the summer that year saw him performing at Glastonbury alongside Toddla T. A string of Swedish dates surrounded his early 2014 release 'Move Back', which was followed up later in the year by 'Call Mi A Leader'. Both featured in the UK Singles Chart, creating havoc in the reggae charts and showing there is no limit to Stylo G’s ambition.