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Hotseat - Mr. Killa

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Who is Mr. Killa?

I am a young entertainer born and bred in the small island of Grenada "Spice Island" in the fishing village of Gouyave. I started doing reggae and dancehall at the age of 10 and transitioned into Soca 13 years ago after watching the big trucks and costumes during Carnival and feeling that I had to be part of that.

Where did you go to school?

At Grenada Polytechnic.

Did you take music, singing or dance lessons?

No lessons.

You were born Hollice Mapp. What's the story behind your name Mr. Killa?

When I was still doing dancehall, I would be asked to take part in "lyrical battles" near a local barbershop and because I was so much smaller than the others and would "kill" them with my lyrics, they started calling me "Baby the Killa." As I grew up, it turned into Mr. Killa.

How would you describe yourself?

Spiritual, confident and fun.

You carry a number of titles from a number of competitions. Which do you regard as your best wins/titles?

Winning Grenada Soca Monarch in 2004, after finishing 7th the two previous years and sneaking out the hospital to perform against the doctor's orders.

Which song has been your greatest hit? Why?

Rolly Polly. I think the song touches on a topic the world can relate to. A lot of bigger women have self-confidence issues because of their size, and I think the song is a confidence booster. It has a good beat and the lyrics are powerful; it's the total package.

You have toured so many places, where do you like going best?

I have liked everywhere I have been.

Where is your favourite vacation place?

I haven't had a chance to take a vacation.

Do you have hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?

I'm a drummer. I ride bikes, race cars and play football.

Do you have any pet peeves?

I hate that people find it necessary to pull down the positive people do, to apply negatives to the positive. Also, when we see the needy and don't help them.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I want to be able to help everyone I can; to make an impact on the children of the Caribbean; to let them know anything is possible; to be the greatest entertainer in the world.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

I would invite Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Bounty Killer. I would cook fish broth and Grenada's national dish "oil down".