Ninjaman

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Ninjaman
Birth nameDesmond John Ballentine .
Also known asDon Gorgon, Gun Gorgon, Gun Pon Teeth, Bro Desmond
Born (1966-01-24) January 24, 1966 (age 56)
OriginSaint Mary Parish, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall
Occupation(s)Deejay, Actor
Instrument(s)Vocals

Desmond John Ballentine (born January 24, 1966), better known as Ninjaman, and sometimes as Don Gorgon is a popular Jamaican dancehall deejay and actor, known for his controversial and pro-gun lyrics and his stuttering and melodramatic style.[1] In 2017, he received a life sentence for murder.

Biography[edit]

Born in Annotto Bay, Jamaica, Ballentine moved to Kingston at the age of 12. He launched his deejay career with the Black Culture Sound System at age 14 as "Double Ugly". In 1980, he joined the Killamanjaro sound system, where he got the chance to learn from established deejays Super Cat and Early B, and released his debut single as "Uglyman". Yet another name change made him the now, well-known Ninjaman.[2] In 1987, Ninjaman recorded - and produced himself - his first hit single "Protection", a duet with Courtney Melody. The following years brought many prolific collaborations with producers like King Jammy, Lloyd "Pickout" Dennis, Witty, Xterminator, Philip "Fatis" Burrell, Redman, Ini Kamoze, Bobby Digital, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, and Steely & Clevie and Henry "Junjo" Lawes. It has been said that Ninjaman comes up with all of his lyrics on the spot in the recording studio, in a freestyle manner.

His hits over the years 1989-1992, like "Border Clash," "Murder Dem", "Permit to Bury" and "Above the Law" reinforced Ninjaman's image of a violent rude boy. One of his most infamous rivalries (besides the ongoing quarrels with Flourgon and Super Cat) was the one with Shabba Ranks, leading to a number of clashes.

In 1993, criticism of Ninjaman's violent and pro-gun lyrics arose, leading to a decline in performing gigs and chances to record.

By 1997, Ninjaman had changed his name once again, now performing gospel reggae songs as "Brother Desmond". He sought help to fight his crack cocaine addiction in born again Christianity.

In 1999, he was cast in Third World Cop, a Jamaican action crime film directed by Chris Browne and starring Paul Campbell. It was produced by Chris Blackwell of Island Jamaica Films. It became the highest-grossing Jamaican film.[3]

Other Movies he was cast in include Rude Boy: The Jamaican Don (2003)[4] and Gangsta's Paradise (2004)[5]

In March 2009, Ninjaman, along with his son Janiel, was arrested and charged in connection with a murder of Ricardo Johnson on Marl Road, Kingston, Jamaica.[6][7] He was granted bail for the sum of JD$2,000,000 in March 2012, and was scheduled to appear in court 15 July 2012.[8] At least 58 jurors were needed for the start of the trial but only 15 showed up. The trial was rescheduled to start in April 2015, but was again postponed and rescheduled to start in January 2016.[9][10]

In 2015 he parted ways with Downsound Records and opened his own Picture Frame Studio on Blackwood Terrace in Kingston.[11]

On November 20, 2017, Ninjaman and his co-accused were found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson.[12] On December 18, 2017, Ballentine was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years. [13]

Discography[edit]

  • Number One
  • Glad Me Release (1986)
  • Send Threat To Me (1988)
  • Slackness Done (1988)
  • Stumbling Block/Sixteen (1988)
  • Superstar (1988)
  • Big Showdown (1990)
  • Border Clash (1990)
  • Kill Them And Done (1990)
  • Murder Dem (1990)
  • My Weapon (1990)
  • Out Pon Bail (1990)
  • The Last Of Flourgan (1990)
  • Warning You Now (1990)
  • Zig It Up (1990)
  • Bring Them All To Jesus (1991)
  • Bunty Hunter (1991)
  • Dirt Heart (1991)
  • Excuse Me (1991)
  • From Mi Hold Him (1991)
  • Gunman (1991)
  • John Law (1991)
  • Mandela Come (1991)
  • Permit To Bury (1991)
  • Step Aside (1991)
  • Sunsplash (Don Gorgon) (1991)
  • Target Practice (1991)
  • Ting A Ling A Ling A School Pickney Sing Ting (1992)
  • Hardcore Killing (1993)
  • Original Front Tooth Gold Tooth Gun Pon Tooth Don Gorgon! (1993)
  • Run come test (1993)
  • Artical Don (1994)
  • Booyakka Booyakka (1994)
  • Hollow Point Bad Boy... (1994)
  • Jungle Move (Remarc Remix) (1995)
  • Ninja Man Mega Mix (2000)
  • Anything Test Dead (2001)
  • When It Done/Mad Again (2004)
  • Money (Feat. Ninjaman) (2017) (collaboration with Collapsing Scenery)
  • Badness (Prod by Monkey Marc)(Digikillaz)(2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ninjaman biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  2. ^ "Ninjaman biography at GLP". Archived from the original on 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  3. ^ Third World Cop (1999) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-05-26
  4. ^ Rude Boy: The Jamaican Don (2003) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-05-26
  5. ^ Gangsta's Paradise (2004), retrieved 2022-05-26
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2009-12-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Henry, Paul (2012) "Ninja cleared to perform by court Archived 2012-08-06 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Observer, 3 August 2012, retrieved 6 August 2012
  8. ^ "Ninja Man granted bail". Jamaica Gleaner. March 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  9. ^ "Jurors no-show stall Ninjaman trial". Jamaica Gleaner. July 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  10. ^ "April 2015 for Ninja Man’s trial Archived 2014-11-12 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Observer, November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014
  11. ^ Morgan, Simone (2015) "Ninja's studio to focus on youth Archived 2015-09-25 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Observer, September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015
  12. ^ "Dancehall star Ninjaman found GUILTY of murder". WIC News. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  13. ^ "Ninjaman gets life, 25 years before parole". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2017-12-19.

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