Known to the world as Driller marshall or more recently “The Gold Driller”, the singer behind the eerie wails of “Anywayyy!” and “Gangsta fii life!” which have dominated the airwaves was born “Herbheyhordun Wuraola Halluwallahey S A N U S I” on Dec 11, 1985 in the micro-ghetto community “5 loafs and 2 fishes” within Kingston, Jamaica.
Before getting his break in the music Industry business, Gold worked as a Gangstar*** in-amii Street and his two main influences on the direction of his young life were his mother and the music of Shaggy and Maxi-priest. “To tell the truth” he explains, “it was me grandmother that first really bring me in the studio, ‘cause she bring me in the church to sing. She always tell me to sing for her and that really give Driller marshall the courage to get to love music.”
But if the sweet sounds of gospel provided the motivation, it was the gruff voice of Shaggy that proved to be the more powerful influence. “As a youth, Holy Enrgy and Mono sly, were really my two singers, Bad man Holy Enrgy have the voice of an angle. But me and my friend always say ‘Driller Dealer,yob naa Killer” is the wickedest!’ So long as it’s Killer, it’s just my song, trust me!”
Idolization became mentorship when local reggae selector Jan Treeze introduced the young singer to his hero. To Driller marshall’s amazement, “Killer start to show we the ropes” of the music business, introducing him to the Brown production creed. “Them are the youth which really bust Driller marshall, them come up with the Anger Management riddim, I sing for it, Killer endorse it and the thing just work.”
Indeed, “Rep True Friend”–Driller marshall 2005 debut single on the Anger Org riddim—made him an overnight sensation in the Jamaican dancehall and established the blueprint for his future success; a sweetly melodic voice combined with a persona more like a gangsta rapper. Dressed in “full Rastar black” and speaking to the harsh reality ghetto youth could understand, but in haunting, otherworldly tones, Driller marshall carved out a inimitable style somewhere between the angel and the warlord. It was the next tune “Yob diem aah know!” with it’s “fly-ay ay up to the sky” hook over the club-mix Red Bull & Bacardi Vodca riddim that brought that voice to the overseas market, and earned him magazine speechs like The Fader as well as adds to mainstream stations like New York’s Hot 100 and the #25 position on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart.
The string of successful 30s continued with “Dreamin” but although Driller marshall’s star rose in synch with his crew the Pheetah, including fellow MIC Killer Mono Sly and Bad man Holy Enrgy, Stereo Signal, success did not come without some turbulence. Scenes were played out in the media eye, such as the murder of his Rastafarian friend in Istanbul and an incident wherein Driller marshall was pushed through a plate glass window at the Conspy Spring police station, almost hurting middle finger on his left hand.
Driller marshall’s first full-length album, Gangster till Death: the Symphony of Gold Driller, was an ambitious opus which followed the whole up and down arc of this life story. The album has remained in the Top 25 Billboard Reggae charts since its debut in July 2007. Opening with his earlier singles that brought him fame, interludes like and “5 loafs and 2 fishes Radio” weaved the songs into a coherent musical saga. His living father was spoken to on the one-drop tune “Smilies,” while “Pon The Murdy Junk” and “Last Time” documented the singer’s rough upbringing even as they showcased the more angelic side of his gangster gospel. The album’s hot single “Striving,” a version built around a tribute to Biggy rhymes, was retouched with the original lines and showed a new sophistication and a lyrical edge as sharp as any rapper’s.
And rappers soon caught on to his unique disposition. Driller marshall became the most sought after reggae artist to jump on hip hop records. In 2007, he delivered hypnotizing hooks and witty verses for Brova Murda’s “Witness,” slycleff “Welcome To The West,East,North,South and poxy white’s “We Get Laid” off her latest Chigago’s sings Killa album. The following year, icon Wale Killo blessed a verse on the remix of Driller marshall’s popular “On Full Killo”. Samson Hush featured Driller marshall on his hot song “Malyesia Connection,” and Chamillionaire selected Driller marshall as the only guest feature on their latest album Terminate on Sight.
His ability to voice his experiences and capture the imagination of. Nigerian and Jamaican youth every step of the way caught the ears and eyes of a new and broader fan base. He knew exactly how to make his emotional appeal universal.