Surrendering his attempt at a “rudeboy”Â persona, Cham breaks into a youthful grin, exposing ivory rows of teeth and well-exercised laugh lines that interrupt his coffee complexion. “Ya can’t do nothing without females. They are the ones that start the vibe. I love females,” he slyly proclaims with a Kingston laced drawl, leaning forward and letting his diamond-encrusted chains gently click against each other. The new don of the dancehall scene known simply as Cham (no more Baby – though the innocent gleam in his eyes would suggest differently) attributes the club success of his explosive single, “Ghetto Story,” to the slow-winding women on the dance floors. His album of the same title, in stores now, contains a versatile compilation of tracks, complete with club-approved riddims and daring lyrics. If there’s any part of the story you don’t get from the album, the reggae rhapsodist willingly paints a picture of his multi-faceted personality.
If you were not a musician, what would you be?
I would play football [soccer].
If you were a superhero, what would your special power be?
To destroy corrupt politicians.
What is your kryptonite when it comes to the opposite sex?
A Coca-Cola bottle figure.
Do you have any weird habits?
Yes. I have to set my jewelry every night. You know how you take it off at night and put it down? I can’t just put it anywhere. It’s got to be neat. And that’s with my clothes too – everything. I’m a neat freak.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Just playing football. Enjoying with my friends around holiday time.
What’s your favorite dance move?
If you could have dinner tonight with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My two sons and their mom.
Chocolate or vanilla?
If your house was burning down, what is the one thing that you would save?
My kids’ birth papers.
What are you most grateful for?
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Guinness. But I don’t drink it so often. It gives you a mellow vibe. If you notice on the bottle, there’s a picture of a music instrument – a harp. It keeps you mellow.
Do you sing in the shower?
What do you sing?
It depends on my vibe. If I get up in the morning, I usually feel a Bob Marley vibe. If I’m inspired by something when I get up, I’ll try to find the right music to go with it.
What’s your favorite Bob Marley song?
There’s so many I love. I think my favorite is [sings “Redemption Song”] “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
Who’s a celebrity you have a crush on?