"I first heard reggae music while I was on vacation with my family down in the Florida Keys," says Badda Skat. "I was probably 9 years old or so at the time. I remember it fully captivating me, and I had to learn more… Once I heard the word ‘Rastafari’ in a Bob Marley song, that’s when it truly took me over and became my life. Reggae music and I were destined to be connected. Reggae chose me."
Badda, a white dude from Tampa born Aaron Ugosmith, is no gimmick. He breathes and lives reggae with the conviction of a religious zealot. Emerging from the underground and internet dancehall communities of the early 2000s into Tampa’s music scene at large, Badda has been diligent in his pursuit of craft.