Whats up everyone?
I can admit that MOST of us love a really good underdog to winner story. A rags to riches story. From when we were children, most movies and story lines lean towards that direction right?
So it was no different when I first saw this clip of Gully Bop going viral. A mad man fixing a fan and dropping lyrics like some seasoned Dancehall artist. Days after that clip Gully Bop basically went from the gully to headlining Sting. He performed at the Sting Launch and he did not disappoint. He basically became the first artist in Dancehall history to get his break out that fast, and that large. Just for the record, I know that Gully Bop was an artist back in the 90s. He wasn’t doing music from then til now. So I am tabulating the time it took from his viral video til he turned into an artist. I know many will come in and talk about how his name was Country Man. Trust me I am aware.
I think the majority of us were rooting for Gully Bop. We wanted him to win so badly. To show that yes you can over come any circumstance in life and end up a winner. I followed this story because I was so excited for him, for dancehall, you know what I mean? Here is the article I wrote 2 years ago about him http://strictlybabbzy.com/gully-bop-aka-country-man-the-next-dancehall-star/
Unfortunately for Gully Bop, weeks into his buzz, his true unmannerly colours started to show. From cussing off Boom Boom (his alleged cousin) to falling out with the original producers/label for his music. He just never got his act together. Very disrespectful and jumped around from woman to woman and after a while his buzz died down.
People made and still MAKE so many excuses for Gully Bop’s poor attitude. How he is from the gully and doesn’t know any better and it will take him a while to understand how to behave. I disagree. And I will tell you why.
Insert Exhibit A. Uncle Ellis.
The Trinidadian homeless man who used to dance in front of a KFC. He ended up going viral as well and basically started dancing at events with various soca artists and touring. Another rags to riches story right? But unlike Gully Bop, Uncle Ellis has always shown his humbleness, humility and appreciation for the opportunities he was given. He has even gone on now from just being a dancer and he actually released a song on the Pozee Riddim called “I Don’t Mind”. Take a listen right here.
We like to make excuses for people but the reality is this. Your attitude WILL dictate how far you make it in life. You could be one of the most talented people on the planet but if you don’t know how to interact and speak with others you will have a very difficult time for anyone to try to invest in you. Seeing the rumours that Gully Bop was signed to a contract with 50 Cent for Power, for his record label, I will tell you right now, it’s doesn’t matter how true it is, that union will not be successful. I’ve watched Gully Bop disrespect even the people that help him. How do you tell the woman you sleep with at night to suck her mother? You bring nothing to the table. She’s carrying you and you don’t even have respect for her?
We live in a society that seems to glamourize this type of disrespect. Why? I am not sure. But the successful people in Caribbean Entertainment generally do not have a terrible attitude. Uncle Ellis is really the type of person we as a people should be highlighting and show casing. Young people need to realize that this nasty attitude thing isn’t the way to go.
I am sure Uncle Ellis will go on to be very great. Why? Because he at least has the drive and determination to make good on his opportunity. That alone is what is needed to make it out here. I am not sure what will become of Gully Bop, but if I were him I would take a chapter out of Uncle Ellis’s book.
“In Life You Will Always Have A Choice….. You May Not Always Have A Chance Though”……
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