HoodCelebrityy’s first trip back home to Jamaica since becoming a huge celebrity was one for the ages.
HoodCelebrityy migrated from Jamaica to the United States with her family at the age of 12. She was born in Portmore, the same city that gave rise to other dancehall megastars like Vybz Kartel and Masicka. Her mega-hit single “Walking Trophy” earned her worldwide fame among dancehall fans globally. Mass Appeal did a profile on her first visit back to her home country Jamaica where she recently performed for the first time since becoming a recording artist.
“Growing up in Jamaica was very beautiful, I love it, I miss it, I miss those good old days,” HoodCelebrityy said. “If I tell you that I went through any hard life in Jamaica, I would be lying, it was fun, real friends, people that really love you.”
HoodCelebrityy also spoke about recording her breakout hit “Walking Trophy.” “As an artist, when you make music, everything is not just about you, sometimes it’s not even no longer about you,” she said. “Now you got to connect to the people. So I was like, there are other females out there that are walking trophies too. So automatically the hook came to my head like ‘gal you a walking trophy.’ Once the hook came to my head, I rushed on the phone and I FaceTime Track Star.”
Track Star, who produced the song, said he went to work immediately to make the beat and he then sent a rough copy to her. Two days after that FaceTime, then they got together in the studio and recorded the song.
“Walking Trophy” is one of the biggest dancehall tracks out right now, and this is only the beginning for HoodCelebrityy, who is now living in the Bronx. This was her first trip back to Jamaica after leaving the island at the age of 12, and she said it was well worth it. She is now 27 years old, so that’s more than half her life.