Robert Lee Malcolm, better known by his stage name Gully Bop, was previously a dancehall musician known by the name Country Man, but could not get a career going during that time. He struggled to survive for twenty years before catching
his big break. He fixed fans, ran errands and did a bunch of odd jobs in his community to survive.
The recording artist of reggae and dancehall music became a viral sensation after a video emerged of him freestyling. Bop become instantly famous from that video to his song, “Dem no Bad Like Me.” The YouTube video was filmed in 2012 by New York producer Nikimo Palache. The song was remixed by Claims Records and released in 2014. The video not only caught the attention of disc jockeys but also the CEO of Supreme Promotions, Isaiah Laing – promoter of the annual Sting dancehall show which takes place annually on December 26, Boxing Day. The song and video have transformed the life of Gully Bop from rags to riches. He stated that “he had been in a dark place for some time.” He susequently put out a debut EP titled “Rags to Riches.”
Gully Bop blamed his personal slide on a relationship gone bad. He said he became depressed after his girlfriend left with his children. Gully Bop, who hails from Southside in Central Kingston and Grants Pen in St Andrew, said despite his personal problems, he never gave up on music. His comeback started in 2012 when he met Palache who came to Grants Pen hunting for artistes to record for his label. Palach recorded the video which eventually changed Gully Bop’s life instantly.
In January of 2015, a rupture occurred in Bop’s intestine, forcing him into emergency surgery which cost $880,000. He was fortunate that this occurred after he caught his big break because otherwise his life would have been lost. He has previously dated Shauna Chin after he got his break. Their relationship spiraled downward soon after, with most of the bad blood between them playing out in the media. Stay tuned….