"I'm coming for Party Monarch next," says Lil Rick.
Now that the International Bashment Soca Competition is out of the way, Lil Rick can prepare for his main focus - the Party Monarch competition. This Barbados' equivalent of Power Soca.
The season is still young and the reigning Party Monarch King, who did the double by winning in 2016 and 2017, and recently crowned International Bashment Soca King says he is also looking to dominate in other competitions such as the Party Monarch, Sweet Soca and Tune of the Crop, commonly known as the Road March.
"I'm looking to win Road March and Party Monarch and I'm also looking to do good in Groovy," he toldthe media following his crowning Kensington Oval.
The artist, real name Ricky Reid but also known as Hypa Dawg or Chihuahua Business Man or Board Face admitted that he was more excited about defending his Party Monarch title than even winning the International Bashment Soca title.
"I'm going in...I'm going in real hard for that there...It's a big thing to me," he said.
"I'm looking to retain my title in Party Monarch for sure. I am more anxious about Party Monarch than the Bashment Soca Competition so you should know I'm going in. The third time for Party Monarch, so I'm going in real hard for that there, it's a big thing to me."
As it relates to bashment soca, he said that he was glad to see something that he created finally being embraced in Barbados after having received a lot of criticism in the past.
"It's a good feeling to see something that you started and got a lot of criticism and fight down for is actually the in-thing now."
Not taking all the credit, he thanked Producer/ DJ Peter Coppin for working alongside him from the inception.
"You can't go to a fete now and not hear a piece of bashment soca," he said smiling.
"It's a good feeling to see that I started it, me along with Peter Coppin, I can't take all the credit. Peter Coppin was with me and the bashment soca years back from Bumper Inspector, and now it is being an international thing so that's an achievement."
He further went on to say that it was a great feeling to win, adding that he could see bashment soca going even further from here. Giving special mention to Vincentian Sita who won over a Bajan crowd, Lil Rick said he was hoping that more countries would enter.
"I hope that some more countries enter. Look how well Sita was received for a person that is not really known in Barbados, so I think that it can grow and get bigger from here."
Going up against reigning Bashment Soca King Stiffy, Porgie and Murda, Jus D, Marzville, Scrilla and other artists who put on a good show on Phenomenal Friday, the king said he was somewhat surprised to come out on top.
"I don't underestimate no artist," he proclaimed.
"I don't treat one competition different from the other one. Every competition I look to go and do my best, put my best foot forward and do my thing and wait for the results. I don't say, 'Well look this is a small competition' or underestimate no artist. I just do my thing and try to do it to the best to win a competition."
Going on to speak about Snap Brandy and other artists he mentioned in his picong, he told them to "don't take it to heart". "After this, I hope it's no love lost...because it wasn't nothing personal."
Apart from the competitions, Lil Rick's energy will also be going towards his annual Dis Is Rick concert which will take place on Crop Over Saturday, August 4th.
He said he is planning to showcase Bajan artists - people that you look over or those who may not have gotten a chance to perform at any of the major fetes.
"We have a lot of upcoming artists in Barbados coming. We have a whole cast of Bajan talent at Dis Is Rick; people that you don't really get to hear, some people that you look over. I like to bring all the Bajan talent into one little pool at the ending of the Crop Over. Crop Over Saturday we get all the best of Barbados on one stage. Artists that really don't get to perform at the major fetes will get a chance to perform at Dis Is Rick and present themselves."