WATCH: Masicka says love for literature fueled his 'way with words'

KINGSTON, Jamaica – As an artiste, putting pen to paper and masterfully crafting lyrics that will not only resonate with one's audience but also get them to meditate on one's words is a skill within itself. For some, it's a daunting task best left to songwriters, but for others, its second nature. The latter rings true for dancehall mainstay, Masicka.

Highly considered one of the most prolific dancehall artistes of today's generation, the deejay's pen game is often complimented by fans and industry insiders alike. But what exactly is Masicka's secret to songwriting? Well, according to the entertainer, an undying love for Literature and an unwavering appreciation for reading are to credit for his "way with words."

"I read a lot and to tell you the truth, people probably don't believe me but I have never written a song before, and somebody never write a song fi me. I don't own a songbook. I just have a way with words," he told OBSERVER ONLINE.

"From high school days mi like Literature and me read a lot of books...and mi like Sociology; Herbert Mead, Isaac Newton. Mi is a person, mi like information so when mi go inna di studio mi just naturally come up wid things."

Highlighting Ben Carson's Gifted Hands among his favourite books, Masicka says he credits his maturity in the music industry to his ability to focus on his craft. He says the latter is of utmost importance to him as his biggest aim as an artiste is to leave a legacy in the music business.

"When you sit back and look pan things you see say bwoy yuh can just walk out deh so and supmn happen to yuh, so mi wah leave a legacy so mi just focus pan mi craft. Mi is not really a media person, mi just put everything inna me work and try fi make it be the best thing," he said.

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