Its not often you come across a DJ who cares less about their individual plight in the game, but rather cares more about the progression of the entire culture of the music. Assassin, leader of the new generation of dancehall artists, according to Sean Paul, is bringing dancehall to the next level. On Assassins uncensored sophomore album, Gully Sitn, the St. Andrews dapper ghetto bwoy brings it hard with raw dancehall tunes. Refusing to go the sell out route again, Jeffrey Campbell aka Assassin, put moving units and pleasing money hungry labels to the back burner and replaced it with his life story and wicked lyrical abilities consistently throughout the 17 track disc. Assassins mission, mek dancehall continue to grow. Even though Sean Paul has proven that straight up dancehall can mek it we need to find the formula, get it to work and stick with it. With boom new tunes like Dont Make We Hold You and Bad Man, the University of Sutherland Business Management student, seems to be pretty confident that with the help of his generation, he can elevate dancehall into an internationally respected and supported genre of music. AHHA: How have you matured musically since your debut, Infiltration (VP), which was released back in 2005?Assassin: I gained a lot of experience with life itself in those two years. I lost my mother, became a father, changed management, enrolled in school Im representing truly who I am and where my love for the music originated on this project. The first album was too diluted and on Gully Sitn I wanted to fix that.AHHA: Do you feel like living a balanced life makes you more real to your audience?Assassin: I separate my personal life from my music. I dont feel the need to try to be anything because of the line of work Im in. I keep it real. I just want to be a good artist and do good music. All of the other external factors, I dont pay much attention to them. I dont figure I need to have ten screw face men walking in front of me so I can look like a gangster. AHHA: Gully Sitn definitely has a different sound and in my opinion is more of a real hardcore, yard style, dancehall album. Was your objective to give listeners a real taste of your lyrical abilities on your sophomore project?Assassin: Well, the name and whole direction of the album was Gully Sitn, as in keeping it gully, keeping it ghetto, keeping it dancehall, keeping it real. I wanted to make music that I would be making coming out of high school, just loving the music; that was the mission on this album.AHHA: Because there is no real crossover tunes this time around, do you think your international fans will be able to wholeheartedly relate to where youre coming from?Assassin: Im not about to go the diluted route again; I think I really need to be real with it. If I want dancehall music to be mainstream, I have to do it with dancehall. Just as Hip-Hop music started off very humble and urban and then finally crossed over to mainstream white America, it travels the same for dancehall. I understand that this process may take time, but Im willing to sacrifice that for the music. Even though Sean Paul has proven that straight up dancehall can make it we need to find the formula, get it to work and stick with it!AHHA: So was the label pushing for you to water down your music? Did they have another direction in mind for your career when you were working on your debut?Assassin: I wouldnt say its the label its a collection of things. I wasnt creatively where I needed to be to deliver the type of energy the music needed after my mother passed, and I cut my braids off, I shed a lot of weight emotionally. I just decided I was going to revamp, rejuvenate, get back the zeal and that hunger I had coming out of high school.AHHA: A lot of dancehall legends like Spragga, Beenie, and Sean Paul see a lot of potential in your artistry and consistently speak highly of you. They are handing you the torch to forward the movement, do you feel like you have a responsibility to carry dancehall on your shoulders because of this?Assassin: I do feel like the load is not only on me, but the whole new generation of artists to make dancehall continue to grow. It is more encouraging that these people, who I consider to be front runners, think that I have it in me to elevate the music; its added motivation. But the love that I have for the music is enough motivation already for me to feel like I need to do all I can to help the music be what I know it can be.I dont feel no pressure because I know I can do it! There is no question in my mind; Im ready. For the last year in a half, we have been on the road extensively [Europe, Japan, etc.] and every night I walk out on stage, I feel like I need to give 200% because most of these people are casual dancehall fans, so I dont get it twisted. When I see a full venue of people, I understand that this is not about me. You have to go on stage with a mission to move the audience from a lickle bit casual patrons to people who care enough about the music to come to another show. There is no doubt in my mind that I can deliver and get it done. I can go on whatever show, work with any producer in the world, any artists in the world and represent on a real level. I just want them mek mi squeeze mi lickle toe in da door I waiting for the opportunity. AHHA: Youve been quoted saying, Im celebrating the ghetto on this project not laminating how horrible it is, regarding this new album, Gully Sitn. Whats the difference between the two for those individuals who may not be able to draw the distinction?Assassin: Ghetto life is not solely about delinquents and criminals you have people from the ghetto who get up everyday and work hard so that them can provide fi dem kids there is a part of ghetto life thats fun and great, I wouldnt trade mine in for growing up well off, I swear. I grew up in Kingston in a very humble situation. It was a one room board house with me, my mother, my brother and me sister, and we certainly had nothing close to a gold spoon, but at the same time you realize you are happy with that happy playing football on the road, making toys out of box drinks, going down to the river. All of these things came because we didnt have the luxury of toys from Toys R Us we did all of those things because of what the situation was, and we were happy doing those things. Its just that to understand that is hard because most people dont see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is the difference between growing up in the ghetto and growing up in a middle class family. In a middle class family you figure everything will be ok, you dont have that bleakness hanging over your future. Where as in the ghetto, we dont have a lot of positive examples of people who work them way up from poverty to social mobility.AHHA: Any favorite tracks on this project?Assassin: Not really favorite. You look at your songs like your kids so they carry equal value. A song, which is different from the rest and definitely more personal is The Pain where Im talking about losing my mother and a lot of people close to me the birth of my daughter this tune is definitely different from the others AHHA: Girls Alone We Want has a very Mediterranean feel to it you switch up your flow on this tune and even flex a different accent. I know this must have been fun making in the studio how did this song come about?Assassin: [giggles] Yeah that was great. First of all Lenky of 40/40 productions is responsible for that riddim Lenky is crazy from the Diwali riddim, which was left field in terms of what was happening in dancehall at that time. Girls Alone We Want has like a hot African sounding drum, but at the same time it had like a Mediterranean sound as well, so I wanted my flow to represent and compliment that sound. I decided I was going to do something with an accent on the riddim and I really dont even know what type of accent that is. [laughs]AHHA: Done know you are di gyal dem sugah already, hot new tune, No Boring Gyal with a laundry list of requests from women are you single?Assassin: [laughs] I try to stay out of the personal life situation but yes, for the most part, Im single right now! The thing is, Im at the end of a situation…Im in transition, not 100% certain on either side.AHHA: So do you feel like its impossible to have a relationship at this stage in your career?Assassin: Im beginning to believe that. Unless I find someone that is extremely understanding, a relationship is not going to happen. I have a responsibility to myself and to my passion, which is the music and not everybody can understand being so passionate about something. Everyone doesnt understand what it means to be so consumed by something dem just dont get it! AHHA: I know you got seriously involved with music when you were in high school and was conveniently classmates with Spraggas nephew who helped usher your music into the right hands whats the major difference between the music industry now and then?Assassin: Music at that time was more fun because it was a hobby and there was no added baggage that comes with music as a profession. When you dont have to consider all of the factors that come with the business and contend to all of the demands of the industry, you enjoy making it more. Interestingly, that is what I wanted to do on this album revisit that state of creativity and just forget about all the technicalities. When I was recording this album, I wasnt worrying over moving units, I totally distanced myself from all of that and just went in the studio and kept it real AHHA: If there was one misconception out there about Assassin that you could clear the air on for fans, what would that be?Assassin: I think people are still unaware of my potential what my abilities are, what Im about because Im not the type of artist carrying my own pom poms with my own cheerleader squad, mi just keep it real. I intend to fix peoples perception of Assassin with a very expensive ad campaign that will put me in the publics eye more consistently. We were in New York back in September promoting the album, and with just two weeks of campaigning, we collected five years worth of people not knowing who and what Im really about Im ready ready 100%.