What happens if you team up Brixton grime king Big Narstie with Jamaica’s Queen of Dancehall Spice? The duo raised the temperature by dropping ‘Pony’, an anthem melding grime, dancehall and bashment with Narstie’s dexterous flow and big rhymes complemented by Spice’s uncompromising attitude and world class vocals. The pair have both become TV stars after first making their names in music: Narstie as host of his own award-winning Channel 4 series, and Spice as a star of the VH1show ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’.
The duo launched the track into the mainstream with another memorable visit to Good Morning Britain, which saw the show’s chief correspondent Richard Gaisford bump and grind with Spice. They then took it back to their roots with a performance at Notting Hill Carnival that same weekend.
Now Big Narstie and Spice give ‘Pony’ a fresh wave of attention by dropping the track’s official visual. It opens with Narstie arriving in style in his own-branded helicopter before hitting the club for some energised performance footage. We first see Spice arrive – how else? – on horseback before the charismatic collaborators are joined by a host of dancers outside a barnyard. The video was directed by Dego Visionz.
Narstie commented, “When it comes to energy, Spice has it on smash. And I bring Asbo Britain! The connection is so gassed, it’s like carnival time for your pelvis!”
‘Pony’ is the first track to preview Narstie’s forthcoming ‘Back To Yard’ project, which was inspired by a visit to his family roots in Jamaica for a new Channel 4 documentary. Freshly inspired by Jamaica’s music culture and energy, Narstiedecided to work on the project which features collabs with Popcaan, Sizzla and Julian Marley.
Big Narstie first emerged as an underground teenage rapper during the first wave of grime in the early 2000s. What happened next is a story so remarkable that you couldn’t make it up. Narstie’s sharp-witted lyricism, fluid flow and all-round positivity has made him an in-demand collaborator for a diverse array of talent including Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Robbie Williams and Enter Shikari. He even shot into the Top 10 when teamed up with Craig David for ‘When The Bassline Drops’ – a track that’s approaching 50 million streams.
Hailing from Portmore, Jamaica, Spice is the Queen of Dancehall behind countless island classics such as ‘So Mi Like It’ and ‘Conjugal Visit’. Between her scintillating music, bold personality and striking sense of style, Spice commands a huge global fanbase as demonstrated by 2.3 million followers at Instagram. She was the first female dancehall artist to score more than 120 million views from YouTube’s VEVO and was the first Jamaican female act to gain 180 million views for a single track (‘So Mi Like It’). She also made history in 2018 when she became the first artist to simultaneously be #1 on both theiTunes Reggae album and singles charts.