Towards the end of September 2020, a video showing a man dancing to a song called “Guard Up” went viral. It was later revealed that the man dancing in the video was 28 year-old Shavaughn Johnson, known in the community as Bunawaist. It’s alleged that he was part of a group of men who shot and killed police Constable Kemar Francis. The deceased officer was among his patrol squad, who were responding to a noise disturbance call in the inner-city community along Maxfield Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica.
The loud music that triggered the call to police came from the party celebrating the birthday of Bunawaist. He was killed shortly after the video was recorded . The Gleaner spoke with an officer on the crime scene who said “Him luck run out … ‘bout him guard up.” A few days later another video started circulating on social media showing police officers dancing to the same song. Many speculated it was done in celebration of the death of Bunawaist. Those two videos led dancehall fans to the official music video of the song “Guard Up” by dancehall newcomer, Insideeus. The track was released in May and the official music video later premiered on YouTube months later in September.
The song is now currently one of the top trending songs to date, with numerous views and features in videos on social media including comedian and blogger, World Dawg Instagram page.
Although the song brought much attention to Insideeus making it his most known single in dancehall, it seems the artist may have enjoyed success prior with another song “Ecstasy” which was released in 2018. That song has gained almost 300 million views on YouTube. These numbers are extremely high even for other chart-topping Jamaica artists. Music videos with those kind of views are usually holding top spots and billboard and other international charts for weeks or even months.
When The Star spoke with Insideeus about his music he said “My style of music is a combination of old-school raunchy dancehall, with a mixture of new school trap dancehall. I wouldn’t limit my music to just one category because my type of music is far-reaching and inclusive of all genres.” Other music videos on his YouTube page such as “Drugs,” “Heaven,” and “Levels” has also gained the attention of dancehall fans, who are asking, why are they just noticing these song now?
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