Teacher at Reggae Vibes | Apr 20, 2019 | 0
Spotlight on talented Jamaican artist Alexx A-Game
Alex Gallimore more popularly known as Alexx A-Game grew up in Wood’s Town, Discovery Bay in St. Ann, Jamaica, a graduate of William Knibb High School and The Edna Manley School of Performing Arts. The artist who received his name through the constant use of the slang ‘a-game’ met Grammy winning producer Kevin ‘Pay Day’ in late 2013 at the start of his solo career. It was through the influence of ‘Pay Day’ that Alexx A-Game maintained his name.
In June 2014 Alexx A-Game released his first official single, the self-titled motivational anthem ‘A-Game Everyday’, produced by close friend and band member Vern Hill. Following the single Alexx A-Game released his mixtape also entitled “A-Game Everyday”. It featured singles such as “A-Game Everyday”, “Working All Day” and “Ego”. Most notably Alexx A-Game has been recognized for his new refreshing approach to the genre, both musically and visually. Alongside Jamaican legends such as Damian Marley and Shabba Ranks, many of his inspirations come directly from US Hip-Hop culture, which naturally manifests itself in his music. There is a bouncy bass-infused edge to his beats and a rap sensibility about his lyrics and delivery.
The mixtape caught the attention of respected production house, Notis, when they contacted Alexx A-Game to feature on their now successful “Kingston 8 Riddim” with what became the track “We Goin Hard”. In May 2015 Alexx A-Game began promoting his current single “No Time Fi Badmind” produced by Vern Hill and Elly B. The music video saw the artist visiting every parish on the island over a period of 4 days, linking with the local people and performing at spots along the way.
Alexx A-Game has worked with international producers including Austria’s Irievibrations Records (“Step Up Inna The Place” and “Ï Know”), UK-based EDM legend Benny Page and trendy dancehall record label Swing Ting as well as a production from one of Mixpak’s staple producers Famous Eno.
In the summer of 2017 UK duo Swing Ting released Alexx A-Game’s two-track 7” vinyl single titled “Braver”, while April 2018 saw the release of a new mixtape called “Swing Ting Presents Alexx A-Game”, which includes both new and previously released music. The new material was recorded at Equiknoxx’s studio—produced by members Bobby Blackbird and Gavsborg, along with Swing Ting man Samrai in Kingston, Jamaica in March. It features Alexx A-Game singing over 8 tracks, with beats by Ill Blu, Swiftee, Famous Eno and the Swing Ting Team themselves. It also features the previously released “Gangsters” with fellow MCs Fox and Serocee.
Alexx A-Game: “I’m working assiduously with my family and team to become the leader and game-changer I set out to be. I am a musician first and that is the discipline and difference that I feel will help me as an artist to rise above the mediocrity of the Jamaican music industry as it is”.