Magnum Kings And Queens of Dancehall (MKQ) is a popular weekly TV show, that airs on Television Jamaica (TVJ) every Saturday at 9:30 PM. The show recently premiered the second episode of season 9 and KingstonToLA has the inside scoop on what went down. The show consists of 14 male and female contestants and two teams- team red and team blue, armed with their own original music, competing to be the next Magnum King and Magnum Queen of Dancehall, respectively. They are judged by the industries finest: Miss Kitty, Skatta Burrell and Professor Nuts. The newly crowned Magnum King and Queen each win one million dollars in cash and a Hauwei phone courtesy of Digicel Jamaica.
Let's now get back to this seasons second episode with team blue. As the night progressed, the first pick on our list was One Pong, who DJ'd some really dope lyrics. This performance grabbed our attention and made him as our favorite contestant thus far. His performance seemed effortless, and based on how the crowd reacted, its clear that we aren't the only ones who recognized his talent. He even had his little fan club on the scene! Proppa!
The second DJ who caught our lens was Clymaxx. She graced the stage in work attire (which was odd at first), but her performance and attire was a statement meant to bring attention to the job crisis in Jamaica. We feel like such a statement takes boldness, thus why she is also one of our favorite artists to watch. Even Miss Kitty had to do her popular slang Lalalalalala. It goes to show you that dancehall can be a true reflection of what's happening in Jamaica as well as the world.
Pink Boss was the next to catch our eye, for several reasons. He poured his heart out on the stage and delivered an amazing performance. He held the audience, showed his passion; he's just got it! He reminds us of the popular DJ/Entertainer Ching Ching. To top it off, he's appears to be very intelligent. We see him going far and possibly winning the competition this year. We shall see.
Gina K showed female power on the stage last week Saturday and we predict that she will be in the top 5. She's also got that "look." You know the one we are talking about.
All in all, we just love this show. It is the only show that allows local DJs in Jamaica to compete against each with their own original lyrics, and its all dancehall. The future of dancehall looks bright! Voting lines close on Saturday (March 12th) at 3pm.
See the rest of our most memorable highlights and our favorite moments from the night below!
Photography by ARRC Media.