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Beenie Man says Popcaan and Aidonia are two of his favorite artists in the dancehall industry today and highlighted some young artists who he sees something special in.
As a veteran in dancehall music whose career has spanned more than three decades, Beenie Man has seen many artists come and go in the industry. His experience and notoriety in music has afforded him the luxury of being known by the generations that have come to follow as an internationally acclaimed reggae and dancehall icon. Thanks to Beenie’s reputation and career longevity, many young artists would respectfully appreciate his recognition in any capacity.
During a newly released interview with Para Dox TV from May, Beenie talked about the current landscape of dancehall music and how it has evolved. It is his belief that the genre should remain unadulterated as he expressly discouraged hybrid genres. In his own words, Beenie Man believes artists are “messing up the music” when they fuse it with other genres. Though in the same breath, he says he is not a hypocrite and admits that he has incorporated jazz and gospel sounds in his dancehall songs before. “I do not wrong the kids to do what they’re doing because we do the same thing,” he said.
When asked about some young up-and-coming artists that he actually likes, Beenie Man name-dropped Popcaan, who he called “a friend” and goes on to list a series of artists who are considered to be making conscious music. His list includes young reggae stars like Grammy-winning artist Koffee, beloved songbird Lila Iké, and breakout artists Yaksta and Nation Boss. “These songs are real songs,” Beenie said after quoting a line from the latter’s breakout hit “Humans.”
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Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel have grown along with the genre, which has taken the world like a storm and is currently spreading in more corners of the globe as fans increase and even outsiders from countries outside of Jamaica are entering the dancehall space due to its increasingly growing popularity.
The recent back and forth between Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton marks a significant shift in the relationship that the two veterans once shared. It wasn’t always peaches and cream with these two as before the character that is Vybz Kartel was born, there was Addi Banton – a moniker that a young Kartel adopted in homage to another young artist he looked up to, Buju Banton, who was a huge star in the 1990s golden era of dancehall.
t the time, Kartel was relatively unknown in the dancehall space, but Buju Banton was among a slew of artists dominating the genre locally and overseas.
Buju Banton and Kartel Beef traces back to the early 2000s
In the early 90s, a young Vybz Kartel, a student at Calabar High School, was fascinated by Buju Banton. He dropped his first song, “Love Fat Woman,” as Addi Banton in 1993. Later, as part of a group called Vybz Cartel, he started moving with Bounty Killer’s Alliance crew. Last year in a Boomshots interview, Kartel said Buju Banton and Ninjaman “are my two main influences in music.”
The first time that Kartel and Buju clashed was at a stage show in 2002 when Bounty Killer called him on stage for his first big exposure to stage performance, a moment that was going to set him on a path to becoming a true dancehall superstar and not merely Bounty Killer’s protege and songwriter.
However, the exciting moment quickly fizzled like cold firecrackers after Buju stunned everyone by snatching Kartel’s mic in the middle of his performance of his song “Gal Clown.” Bounty Killer eventually intervened and called out Buju for “disrespecting the young artist.”
Many viewed Buju’s sentiments towards Kartel as somewhat a compliment to Kartel as the two men appeared to be wizened by age and the tragedies of life- with them both going to jail.
However, it appears that the relationship has now soured now with the two on either side of the fence of the vaccine saga regarding whether to take it or not. Buju Banton has been a staunch anti-vaxx advocate, pushing a lot of conspiracy theories using his social media platform.
ybz Kartel, on the other hand, has spoken up for people to educate themselves about the vax, even encouraging people to do their research and not rely on the opinions of entertainers who are “dunce.” A timeline below outlines the falling out between the men.
September 29, 2021: Vybz Kartel calls out Buju Banton among others
In a IG Story shared on his official Instagram account, the “Fever” deejay called out anti-vax artists as uneducated and not qualified to give medical advice to their fans.
“Entertainers are among the least educated in society (some a we dunce like bat!) and therefore are among the least qualified people on earth to give medical advice FOR anything or AGAINST anything!” he began.
Vybz Kartel, who has received one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine, advised his fans to only involve him when it comes to music, and they should otherwise educate themselves and not rely on what entertainers tell them to do.
“So do YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF [WHAT’S] BEST FOR YOU…come to me when you wanna ‘whine your waist’ and ‘bruk out’ in a Party! That’s where I’M THE EXPERT,” Kartel said.
Buju Banton clapped back at Vybz Kartel
Banton was silent until he responded with a rant on Saturday, October 2nd, when he called out entertainers who had sold out and joined the government’s push for mandatory vaccination.
“Some people who mi love as entertainers too, mi si dem bow out; guh unda,” Banton said on Instagram during a half-hour Instagram Live.
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Jah Cure was reportedly arrested and charged in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for stabbing a promoter on Saturday (October 2).
The reggae artiste is currently in police custody in the European country and has been charged even as the victim, who is reported to be a popular European promoter by the name of Papa from Roots Vibes Promotion, is recovering after having successful surgery on Saturday morning.
It’s unclear what led to Jah Cure violently attacking the promoter, but Papa revealed he was stabbed during an altercation with reggae artiste Jah Cure. The matter has been reported to the police, and he has been officially charged.
Jah Cure is said to have been on tour over the last two months, starting in Germany, Amsterdam, Belgium, and Barcelona.
Among the events Cure performed at is the Bomboclaat Festival in Belgium in August.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, spent eight years in jail for raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint in 1998. He was initially sentenced to 13 years but was released early.
While behind bars, he illegally recorded his hit singles “Longing For” and “Love Is” released in 2005 and “True Reflection (Prison Walls)” released in 2007. Despite the rape conviction, the singer’s popularity soared and his 2015 album, The Cure, saw him topping the Billboard Reggae Charts and also being nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy’s in 2015.
After his release, the reggae crooner continued to reside in Jamaica, but his life has been far from unproblematic, mostly due to his own doing.
Over the years, the reggae artist has been named in several acts of violence, including being arrested in the Bahamas in 2016 following a hotel brawl that saw him being flattened by an unidentified person during the fight. He was arrested and charged for fighting, but the matter was later dropped, with him saying he was only parting in a fight but not actively participating.
He was also arrested in 2015 in Trinidad for allegedly taking money to perform but failing to show up.
The singer was also named by two American women in 2020, who alleged that he locked them up and beat them after they refused to have sex with them. That matter, however, did not proceed to the police, but Jah Cure can be heard in a video leaked of the incident online in which he threatened to beat the women and to reference his earlier acts of aggression at the women.
|Posted by Admin on September 27, 2021 at 7:00 AM||comments (157)|
Birdman shared that he gave Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, $1.4 billion combined out of his pocket.
The Cash Money Records CEO boss defended himself on the “Big Facts” Podcast on Tuesday as he addressed several allegations and rumors over the years, which claimed that he ripped off Lil Wayne and others
Birdman co-founded Cash Money Records with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. In the decades that followed, it was one of the more prosperous labels churning talents like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others. In the same interview he said that he paid Wayne, Drake, and Nicki over a billion dollars since singing them.
“I can honestly say I gave Wayne about 400 to 500 million dollars, Drake got about 500 million dollars, and Nicki got about 300 to 400 million dollars out of my pocket, no cap, if you don’t believe me ask them,” the head of Cash Money Records said.
According to Birdman, his influence on the industry has been wide, but he hasn’t received proper recognition for it.
“I can say this here. I bless more lives than any one of these dudes who do what I do,” the 52-year-old expressed, noting his intentions are not to disrespect other figures in the business. “But ain’t no ni**a put on more n**** than me. No n**** in the game. My list go long.”
He continued, “But, I don’t get the [credit] and I ain’t tripping. I don’t give a f*** about it because I get the money. That’s what matters the most to me more than anything. I just think because we southern, we don’t get the respect.”
He also addressed the rumors of him stealing from Lil Wayne and denied that he ever stole from him or anyone else.
|Posted by Admin on September 22, 2021 at 8:15 AM||comments (189)|
Skillibeng seemingly responded to Alkaline’s rumored diss track with a single called “Mission.”
The new release was first teased on Monday (September 20th) on the artiste’s official Instagram page when he revealed the first few seconds of the audio. Skillibeng added no caption and allowed the clip to speak for itself as fans immediately reacted to the new joint. The new track arrived within hours of Alkaline dripping “Sell Off” a track in which he mocks Skilli’s flow.
he catchy intro follows a well-shaped melody and makes way for Skilli’s rich, raw vocals to seep into the song naturally. The lyrics are thought-provoking, which made fans immediately piece together that the single could be a clap back at Alkaline’s new single, released hours apart on the same day.
After Alkaline dropped “Sell Off,” Vendetta fans claimed that the song was ridiculing the “style and flow” of Skillibeng as the “Extra Lesson” deejay is known for his own signature flow. Still, this song followed a nursery rhyme style made popular by Skilli, using unconventional punchlines, which sounded almost like he was talking.
On the other hand, over a trippy beat, Skillibeng showcases his lyrical prowess while taking aim at his opps. The whole song is directed as a threat to an individual who keeps bothering him as he gets ready for a mission to settle things.