by Jodee Brown
Iconic Dancehall superstar, Ninja Man has returned to the music spotlight just days after posting bail in his ongoing murder case.
The veteran artiste, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, has been incarcerated over the last three years after copping a murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm charge in relation to the fatal shooting of a man in 2009. Ninja Man, as well as his 20 year old son and co-accused, Janiel Ballentine were recently granted JA$2 million bail in the case and are due to return to court on July 16.
In the meantime, NinjaMan has recaptured his musical roots for the first time in nearly a decade, teaming up with Dancehall star, Kiprich to record a new collaborative effort, The Don Gorgon Is Back. Done in honor of Ninja Man’s return to the Dancehall scene, The Don Gorgon Is Back was conceptualized and produced by Kiprich, who contacted the veteran artiste’s team after insisting that he deserved a commemorative return song.
“I wrote the song and called his team and mi a say him need a comeback song fi di airwaves so mi decide say mi a go collab wid him. Mi tell him the idea, pen out the song, link him and make him get the demo. Him say him love it and we just work wid it,” Kiprich told the Jamaica STAR.
Ninja Man believes this song hails as an opportunity to help him return to full strength musically after such a long absence; intimating that he’ll be doing lots of material for fans to enjoy.
“Mi just a put things together so that the people can have one song every day, a di real Ninja Man ting, mi a take it serious. Make di fans know say the Gorgon is alive and kicking,” he said.
Additionally, Ninja Man insists that that he holds Dancehall’s highest honor despite similar claims from other artistes.
“Some a dem say dem a king, some say dem a queen, some say dem a prince, but mi a di emperor of the dancehall, mi a di grandfather of the dancehall, mi higher than everything,” he said.
Kiprich revealed that The Don Gorgon Is Back will be officially released this weekend and the riddim for it was buildby Ward 21 producer, Suku.