Upgrade, confidant and childhood friend of Tijuana Jackson is currently serving time for choking a bootlegger outside of a Joy's Roti Delight in Fort Lauderdale. Upgrade claimed TJ's unmatched drive has influenced his life as well, and for that he is willing to go to the end of the world to ensure that TJ is a success.
Upgrade is played by Bunji Garlin. Born in Sangre Grande and raised in the Royal Chartered Borough of Arima, Trinidad, Ian Anthony Alvarez better known as Bunji Garlin, is a Trinidadian artist and international soca royalty.
Both a composer and performer of soca and ragga soca, Garlin is a prolific lyricist who calls himself the Lyrics King, a title very few would dispute. Ragga is a blend of soca with dancehall music, a genre he adopted and made his own during his first years on the music scene. He also sings songs that blend soca with other genres such as reggae, R&B and chutney.
Garlin has collaborated with many artists such as Iwer George, Denise Belfon, Shammi, Onika Bostick, Kerwin Dubois, Red Rat, Bounty Killer, Super Blue, Prophet Benjamin, Rita Jones, Ronnie McIntosh, Fay-Ann Lyons, Shurwayne Winchester, Machel Montano, and Patrice Roberts.