The versatile, focused and vivacious dancehall/reggae singjay, Artikal is making waves in the music industry with a harmonious sound, a good message and excellent work ethics.
Born Shaquille Bennett on May 7, 1995 and hails from the close-knit community of Brook valley in Duhaney Park Kingston Jamaica, Artikal had a great interest in music from a young age. Growing up observing his father, dancehall artiste New Kidz working diligently on his career along with veterans like Buju Banton, Artikal’s understanding and passion for music gradually grew as he then began singing on the George Headley Primary School choir. When not spending time engaging in his hobbies of playing football and playing Fifa video games he would dedicate time to singing and songwriting.
While attending St. George’s College Artikal continued to try and find his place as a young musical talent While being the patient and hard working individual he is, the young singjay took some time off to further understand the craft of music and develop his talent while still focusing on school.
It however wasn’t until the summer of 2013 when Artikal first really made strides into the music game when he recorded the well talked about track “Clean & Out” on LockeCity Music Group/Trackback Records’ riddim “Shella” which featured Beenie Man, Mavado, Ding Dong and Kiprich among other seasoned dancehall acts. He definitely didn’t take his foot off the gas as he then released his breakout single “Let It Go”, in a collaborated effort with LockeCity Music Group/Trackback Records and TJ Records.
His mixtape, entitled, “Let Me Explain”, which was released in late 2014 did wonders for the youngster as lead singles such as “Smile” and “Real Friends” created avenues for a rise to fame. He promises to remain humble and be focused on maintaining relevance on the dancehall/reggae scene locally and internationally. He aims to make the name ‘Artikal’ a staple in the music industry by being consistent with quality music.
In 2015 Artikal revolutionize his journey in music, formulating the infamous Team Artikal crew who supports and promotes his career, he then went on to join up with the Young Generals’ Records label, this promising partnership is a trailblazer for many incredible projects for Artikal in the future. [/blockquote]