Before being thrust into the local and international spotlight, Valiant, born Raheem Bowes, appeared on the music scene in Popcaan’s circle. However, being under the prominent deejay’s wing did not help to advance his career, and Valiant says there were times when he endured disrespect.
Valiant, who appeared on JaiiFrais’ Let’s Be Honest podcast, sat down with his crew members and spoke on their journey in the entertainment business. The Dunce Cheque singer noted that he and his crew were rolling together way before he had entered Popcaan’s circle.
“Mi and di dawg dem a flick from before Popcaan time, when dem a style mi inna di road and nah gimmi nuh fahwod,” Valiant stated.
During Valiant’s rise to stardom, an old video surfaced of him on a stage with Popcaan, who told him over the microphone that the audience did not like him. At the time, Popcaan received criticism for his words but did not respond to the backlash.
Seemingly, being disregarded might have been why the St Mary singer left Popcaan’s Unruly Camp and started his own fraternity called Diplomats.
Continuing, Valiant mentioned being snubbed by producers who did not give him the time to prove himself, which is what all artiste experience, according to the singer.
However, now that he is on top of his game, he has the option to choose and refuse producers. Although the deejay rose to fame with fun and games, he continues to dominate the Jamaican music charts, showcasing the full extent of his talents, which were also acknowledged by one of the top international magazines, Vogue.
Watch the interview with Valiant below: