He began his career around 1991. Once known to his friends as "Spaghetti" (tall and slim), but this was later shortened to Spragga. The Benz in his name comes from the sound system for which he used to work for, L.A. Benz, and it is through this that he found his way into the music industry at a Dubplate recording session with Buju Banton. The famed elder DJ was slated to do four tracks for L.A. Benz but only voiced two and suggested that Spragga do the other two. Since he was new to recording, he freestyled a couple of lines of what would then become, "Love Mi Gun", a popular tune.
Hailing from Kingston Jamaica, Spragga Benz (born Carlton Grant) has been an icon of the local dancehall culture since the early 90's. He made his first appearance on the scene as an assistant DJ for Ricky Villa and the La Benz Sound System. It didn't take long before he had the chance to put some of his tunes on tracks like, "Love Mi Gun" and the lascivious "Jack It Up" which became instant underground classics. The re-release of the latter on a wider level, plus other tracks such as "Could A Deal" and "Girls Hooray" boosted his profile even further as Spragga Benz set out to become one of the hottest names within the dancehall scene of the decade.
A subsequent deal with major label Capitol Records brought his sound outside Jamaica, and his music wasn't only opening up to brand new audiences, but also to brand new musical frontiers. Back in Jamaica, Spragga continues to release chart topping singles and collaborated with a host of talented local and international artists.
Spragga set out to debut as an actor, becoming involved in influential productions such as, "Brooklyn Babylon" and gangster story, "Shottas". The film Shottas, co-starring Kymani Marley, Paul Campbell and Louie Rankin propelled Spragga's career to new heights.
Spragga Benz has always been a philanthropist at heart. His humanitarian ways have been noted from the very beginning of his career when he started the "Stay In School" program back in the 90's, which provided help for needy students in his hometown. In honor of the untimely death of his first born son, Carlton "Carlyle" Grant, Jr., Spragga started a second organization, "The Carlyle Foundation", a program which currently provides scholarships and computers to excelling Jamaican students.
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