Veteran deejay Spragga Benz scores first No. 1 album on Billboard

Dancehall artiste Spragga Benz scored a No. 1 album with Chiliagon. (Photo: bbc.co.uk)
Dancehall artiste Spragga Benz scored a No. 1 album with Chiliagon. (Photo: bbc.co.uk)

For the first time in his more than two-decade career, deejay Spragga Benz has scored a No. 1 album. Chiliagon, which was released via Easy Star Records, is the new No. 1 title on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Chiliagon has 15 songs, most of which are collaborations. It is the follow-up album to Spragga’s 2010 effort Shotta Culture that failed to chart.

This is the second time that Spragga has charted an album on the reggae chart. In 2000, Fully Loaded, which was a VP Records release, reached No. 6. 

Jamaican entertainer Spragga Benz
Jamaican entertainer Spragga Benz

Spragga reigned supreme in the 1990s, churning out a barrage of hits, including Dedicated (with Wayne Wonder), No Way, Peace, and Rasta Run The World

A brief stint with US-based major label Capitol Records in the mid-1990s saw Spragga scoring radio favourites stateside, including A1 Lover. The label also released the album, Uncommonly Smooth, which featured collaborations with high profile acts such as Ben E. King.

Spragga gained traction in the hip hop world when he teamed up with then girlfriend, American rapper Foxy Brown, on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop charting single Oh Yeah. His biggest hit to date is a guest feature on Kevin Lyttle’s Turn Me On, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2004.

Other albums released by Spragga include Jack it Up (VP Records), Thug Nature (Empire Musicwerks) and Live Good.