Spice 13/08/09—08/06/19

Grace Latoya Hamilton (born 6 August 1982), known professionally as Spice, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter. Beginning her career in the early 2000s, she had her first major success with the controversial single "Romping Shop" with Vybz Kartel in 2009. Spice's debut EP So Mi Like It, which included the hit single of the same name, was released in 2014 through VP Records. In 2018, she joined the cast of VH1's reality television series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Later that year, she released her first full-length project, a mixtape titled Captured, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. In late 2008, Spice collaborated with fellow dancehall artist Vybz Kartel on the single "Romping Shop", which samples "Miss Independent" by Ne-Yo. The song quickly achieved international recognition, receiving immense rotation on mainstream urban stations in the US. "Romping Shop" spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 76. Shortly after its release, the song was banned by the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation due to its explicit lyrical content. "Romping Shop" was ranked at number 9 on both Pitchfork's list of the "50 Best Dancehall Songs of All Time" and Billboard's "12 Best Dancehall & Reggaeton Choruses of the 21st Century". In 2009, Spice received the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for "Female Deejay of the Year". At the Youth View Awards in Jamaica, she won three awards: "Best Female Performer", "Favourite Local Female Artiste" and "Young, Hot & Hype Female". In July 2009, she signed to VP Records for a multi-album deal. She again received the "Female Deejay of the Year" award at the 2010 EME Awards. Her single "Slim vs. Fluffy" featuring dancehall artist Pamputtae peaked at number 1 on the Canadian Dancehall/Reggae Singles charts. That year she also released her single "Jim Screechie". In 2011, Spice was featured on Gappy Ranks's "Whatever We Like", released as a bonus track on his album Thanks & Praise. She later released a remix for her song "Fun" featuring rapper Missy Elliott and collaborated with Mýa on the single "Take Him Out" from Mýa's sixth album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). Spice also performed the song with Mýa at Reggae Sumfest that year. A music video for "Take Him Out" was released in 2012. In 2018, Spice joined the cast of VH1's reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. That year, Spice revealed that she is in a legal dispute with VP Records over the release of her debut album. Her debut mixtape, Captured, which is also her first full-length release, was self-released on 2 November 2018. The mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Its lead single "Black Hypocrisy", which addresses the issue of colorism, also debuted at number one on the Reggae Digital Song Sales chart. In 2018, Spice joined the cast of VH1's reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. That year, Spice revealed that she is in a legal dispute with VP Records over the release of her debut album. Her debut mixtape, Captured, which is also her first full-length release, was self-released on 2 November 2018. The mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Its lead single "Black Hypocrisy", which addresses the issue of colorism, also debuted at number one on the Reggae Digital Song Sales chart.