IN the last three weeks, a would-be deejay named Gully Bops/Countryman has become an Internet sensation after a video of him freestyling lyrics to his song, Dem no Bad Like Me, went viral.

The YouTube video was filmed two years ago by New York producer Nikimo Palache. Dem No Bad Like Me was remixed by Claims Records and released last month.

It not only caught the attention of disc jockeys but also CEO of Supreme Promotions, Isaiah Laing, promoter of the annual Sting dancehall show which takes place on Boxing Day.

The song and video have transformed the life of 50-year-old Gully Bops who told Splash that he had been in a ‘dark place’ for some time.

“I was with Mr Laing from 1992 and he made me perform on several shows including Sting and (Reggae) Sunsplash. I even released several songs. I am the one who messed up,” he said, his legs propped on a desk at Supreme Promotions’ Kingston office.

Removing his Versace shades, Gully Bops blamed his personal slide on a relationship gone bad. He said he became depressed after his girlfriend left with his children.

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