Alkaline’s “Top Prize” Debut At No. 2 On Billboard Reggae Chart

Alkaline’s new project debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart this week after a smooth rollout.

The Vendetta deejay’s latest album Top Prize is performing well a week after its release, selling almost 3,000 units of track sales and streams. The album was first released on May 14 and is now at the No.2 place on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart.

Alkaline is among a few independent artists within the dancehall space and has seen chart success with his first album New Level Unlocked, which debuted at the top of Billboard’s Reggae Chart, something no other artist has managed to achieve since Shaggy did in 2000.

The 14-track album moved four places up the charts since the week started- at first debuting at No. 56 on the album sales chart. However, his album sales are currently 1,527, but Alkaline has been moving up various streaming charts as his music is curated by the streaming platform. So far, he has been ranked on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart at No. 37.

According to the artiste’s Manhattan-based promotion company, Shuzzr Media, the album climbed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes reggae charts and also peaked at #6 on the worldwide charts.

It also entered the top ten chart on iTunes Canada and also secured the #1 spot on the Apple music charts in Jamaica.

The promotion company added that the album is the No.1 Amazon Music best-selling album in three categories – International, Reggae, and Caribbean & Cuba for the past week, with all 14 tracks from the album occupying Deezer Top 100 playlist in Jamaica.

Alkaline has been one of the few artists to maintain his relevance and dominance, being the first artist to be featured on Audiomack’s Acoustic visual series. His numbers on Audiomack are ringing past 10 million streams.

Shuzzr Media says, “as an independent artist, Alkaline continues to break barriers globally and expand the genre’s footprint in mainstream and new media markets.”

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Kodak Black Rep Yaad In “Z Look Jamaican” Visual Off ‘Haitian Boy Kodak’

Kodak Black rep for his Yaad fans in “Z Look Jamaican” video off his new album, Haitian Boy Kodak.

The cut, which premiered on May 21, has already received more than one million views in 24 hours. It was also #23 on YouTube’s trending music list as of midday on May 22. The video, which was set in Kingston, Jamaica, was produced by Jermaine Anglin and directed by Young Chang. It places Jamaican culture center stage and is a celebration of all things Jamaican.

The video opens with an aerial shot of Kingston and then cuts to a scene with men playing ludo (commonly called Ludi in Jamaica) in a backyard. At another table, a group of men is playing dominoes and drinking beer. A shirtless Kodak Black enters the scene and greets everyone before the beat drops, and he begins rapping.

Throughout the video, there are Jamaican memorabilia (flags etc) prominently displayed. The Jamaican colors are also featured in the clothes worn by Kodak himself and others in the video.

Memorable scenes from the video include dancing from skimpily clad women and the final scene, which features the rapper’s young son. The two are standing in empty space when Kodak Black says to his son, “I got a question, alright. If your daddy a Z, what you is?” To which his son responds, “a Z” while making a hand gesture.

Z stands for the Zoe Pound gang, which was founded by Haitian migrants in Miami, Florida, in the 90s. Members call each other Z’s or words that start with ‘Z,’ like “Zombie” or “Zoe”. The term “Z” is also commonly used in association with anything Haitian-related. It goes without saying that Kodak is of Haitian descent.

Fans have welcomed the video, and many are loving the fact that it was shot in Jamaica. One commenter on YouTube said, “Crazy how almost every rapper shootin vidz in Jamaica,” while another wrote, “This masterpiece deserves to be number one on billboard and a billion views.”

Kodak is the latest in a series of American entertainers to visit and shoot videos in Jamaica. Last month, DJ Khaled and H.E.R shot videos for his album “Khaled Khaled” on the island.

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Bounty Killer Reacts To Murder Of 6-Year-Old Boy, Insist Dancehall Not To Be Blamed

Bounty Killer used the recent murder of a 6-year-old boy to illustrate why dancehall music isn’t to be blamed for crime.

The dancehall icon has never been afraid to speak out on social issues affecting Jamaica. Bounty Killer, also known as the “Poor People Goveror,” has used his platform to speak out against injustice, crime, corruption, among other issues plaguing Jamaican society.

The May 17th murder of 6-year-old Jadaine Miller, reportedly by his 15-year-old cousin, is one of the latest viral incidents piercing Jamaica. Dancehall legend Bounty Killer sound off on his Instagram on Tuesday, May 18, where he shared his views about the viral killing, questioning Dancehall music’s impact on this kind of violence in Jamaica.

“Music causing all these Dominic Acts and Behaviors, tell me now mr man in the mirror,” the deejay captioned a repost of the story by The STAR. The discussion of whether Dancehall music has played a significant role in the rising number of violence and crimes in Jamaica has been a prolonged and unceasing one.

Bounty Killer, PM Andrew Holness and Tony Rebel

The conversation rose to prominence a few months ago after Prime Minister Andrew Holness criticized the “violent” content in Dancehall music during a sitting of the House of representatives. The Prime Minister said the glorified violent lifestyle in Dancehall music has a negative impact on the mind and thoughts of today’s youngsters.

He said, “In our music and our culture, in as much as you are free to reflect what is happening in the society, you also have a duty to place it in context.”

The Prime Minister added, “Dat yuh tek up the AK-47 and tun it inna a man head … That is not right. And though you have the protection of the constitution to sing about it, you also have a duty to the children who are listening to you.”

This declaration in late March came after the murder of 20-year-old Khanice Jackson in the parish of Portmore, which led to public outrage.

Since then, artists such as Mavado, Masicka, and of course, Bounty Killer have stood their ground in disagreeing with the Prime Minister’s statement.

The conversation is again peaking with the Savanna- la- Mar tragedy, as the police stay on a hunt for the 15-year-old who is accused of shooting and killing his 6-year-old cousin. Young Miller was a student of Dalling Street.

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In agreeing with Bounty, one user commented, “People need to stop blame music for violence because I don’t hear any one blaming Hollywood for their gruesome act of killing or any criminal behave in their movies!”

Another added, “My condolences to this beautiful soul family. What is Jamaica prime minster doing? Andrew only have excuses, and lip services no action. And the only ones who are suffering from the Gun violences are the poor citizens of Jamaica.”

The incident, which has also sparked public outcry and concerns, is leading back to the discussion Killer has again brought to the forefront. “Is Dancehall music contributing to the high crime rate in Jamaica?”

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Bounty Killer ‘King Of Kingston’ Album: Everything You Need To Know

Bounty Killer’s new album King of Kingston is loading.

It’s been almost two decades since Bounty Killer released an album. In fact, Ghetto Dictionary was released by VP Records in 2002. But the wait is over since he has already confirmed that he’ll be dropping something new this year called King of Kingston. The mission behind this upcoming album is clear, and it’s to remind fans of what authentic dancehall sounds like from one of the greatest of all time in the history of the genre.

Last year while being interviewed by Nikki Z, Killer said: “Some people don’t remember what dancehall is and what the real foundation is… so we gonna take them to the real hardcore.”

With that being said, there hasn’t been much new information about the album except for the cover art that Killer shared last weekend. But let’s focus on what we know so far.

Damian Jr Gong Marley executive produce the album

We already know that it will get the Midas touch from Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, the album’s executive producer. Damian Marley isn’t just you’re average reggae/dancehall artist, and neither does he have to rely on his last name.

Gongzilla is one of the most gifted artists in the genre ever to take up the mic, and now he is using his decades of experience to produce music for other artists through the Marley’s Tuff Gong label. So Bounty Killer album is in safe hands.

DJ Khaled to add some production work

So far, we know of one powerful music producer likely to feature on the album, and that’s DJ Khaled, who jokingly asked for Jamaican citizenship earlier this month so that he could work on the record. The two discussed the option during an Instagram Live. During that session, it was revealed that DJ Khaled was confirmed to work on at least one of the songs on the new album.

DJ Khaled, who is very familiar with dancehall and its culture, also revealed his favorite Bounty Killer tunes during the Live. “Look Into My Eyes is my biggest song but Mama She Is Not In A Good Mood is my favourite due to the sentimental value,” he said. This may be an indicator that he’s going to help Bounty reproduce that gritty underground sound that he’s become well-known for.

King of Kingston cover art
Artists who are featured

Another collaboration shows a more regional approach as he confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago’s Bunji Garlin will feature on the album. That track is called “Free Up” and already premiered on a London radio station by MixMasterJ on May 6. The song was produced by Christopher Birchill and is from his Sambana Riddim.

In March, he used Instagram to confirm another collaboration, this one more aligned with the dancehall genre. He shared a small snippet of him and Busy Signal getting to work in the studio. The title of that one may be “Bang, Bung” and is featured on a retro dancehall beat with Bounty’s distinctive vocals piercing through the drums just as he did in the 90s and early 2000s.

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There’s also “Gun Ready,” a collaboration with upcoming deejay Machine Lawd but that one hasn’t been confirmed for the album as yet.

We have no doubt that he has a lot more collaborations coming, but that’s all that he’s hinted at so far. His decision to record a new album was probably heavily influenced by his reemergence following his epic Verzuz battle with past rival Beenie Man. Following that virtual battle in 2020, both he and Beenie Man saw a phenomenal upsurge in streaming numbers.

This is not surprising since the virtual clash drew in an audience of 470,000 live viewers and an estimated audience of 3.7 million for the duration of the show. Then there were over one billion impressions. Following that boost, the “Poor People Fed Up” deejay saw a triple-digit percentage growth to the tune of 291 percent.

Bounty Killer’s son Major Myjah might also make the guestlist for the album.

Lyrical content of the album

It may or may not be a challenge for him in approaching the content of his lyrics for this project. Bounty Killer is well known for hardcore lyrics that helped earn him the ‘Warlord’ moniker. But a much more matured Bounty Killer might come with different packaging for this project, something he often touted in recent times. One thing you can expect is for the dancehall legend to tackle the harsh reality of what’s going on in the streets.

Jamaican artists have come under attack for what some politicians believe is a correlation between violent lyrics and violence in society. Killer has spoken at length about the perceived issue and has even admitted that some songs in his catalog he regretted releasing.

While he may have some regrets about some lyrics, it doesn’t stand to reason that he will stay away from violent lyrics. Most recently, Killer agreed with People’s National Party (PNP) senator Damion Crawford’s opinion on the matter. Crawford, who appeared on Onstage with Winford Williams, said: “Other persons like myself who listen to it and gravitate towards it may be gravitating towards the metaphors and the rhymes and stuff like that. So the aspect of the music that a criminal gravitates to is because he was a criminal, not because the music transforms him,” he said.

Bounty Killer responded to a clip featuring Crawford’s opinion and said: “Well said mr @damioncrawford I hope all the band wagonnis can go listen this full interview and stop blame the artist dem for Jamaica’s crime and violence,” he captioned the post. We can definitely anticipate authenticity from the artist. In another interview on the issue of violence, he told the Gleaner, “It’s social dysfunction that causes violence. Violence has become a culture in Jamaica. Music is just one of the little entities in the world that might have influenced anybody.”

If anything, he’s making sure he puts his all into it, just as his recent Instagram sidenote takes aim at other artists in the dancehall space who are releasing albums this year.

“Side Note: Since everybody and dem granny making album this year all of a sudden let me make this clear all who and who dropping dem little dumpling thing dweet fast and move bcuz when GIANT a feed up a pudding pan kerosene tin business in other words the BIGGEST BADDEST and the BEST dancehall Y’album for the last two decades is…………..LOADING,” Bounty Killer wrote before sharing the artwork for the album, King of Kingston.

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Teejay Taps Gyptian & Bremmy FZ – “Uptop Wine (Wine for Me)”

Teejay and Gyptian link up for a new party anthem.

Summer is on, so call up a friend! Unsure of just how to spend your time during the lockdown this summer? Teejay, Gyptian, and Bremmy FZ have teamed up for a laidback, melody-filled song and video which explains just how to ensure those hot summer days are filled with loads of fun.

The Uptop Boss and Gyptian make a luxurious house/villa their adult playground. The handful of natural-bodied females parading around the venue engage in everything from a game of pool to chillin’ by the pool. Island themes, button-downs, shorts, bikinis, and drinks flowing in abundance mark the order of the day, and the men behind the lends, David P, and director Angelo B capture every moment of it.

While summer is known for its numerous parties and outdoor events, that may not be the reality for Jamaica in 2021. The island, which is revered for its laidback attitude and musical offerings, has been experiencing islandwide curfews for more than a year as the deadly Covid-19 virus rages on. One thing that cannot be denied is the warm feeling you get whenever it is summertime. Teejay, Gyptian, and Bremmy FZ are searching for that and more from their female counterparts in this Towerhill Records Production.

You can view the music video for this summer fling playbook below.

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Bounty Killer Blast Dancehall Artists Supporting Criminals Amid Police & Gunmen Shootout

Bounty Killer did not hold back on giving his opinion on the violence currently gripping Jamaica.

The dancehall legend speaks out after receiving the news of a shootout that took place earlier today on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston that left two gunmen dead and another in custody. The shootout, which took place at a rather busy intersection in the Kingston 5 area around midday, was captured by a curious onlooker who was standing out meters away from where the shots were being fired.

The “Benz and Bimma” recording artist took to his Instagram account to let his 815,000 followers know just how he felt about what had happened.

“Moments after this took place on Waterloo Rd two likkle mascaraed go meet them Waterloo the little youths them have no rawt_d sense today”, Bounty Killer said. He claimed that merely hours before receiving the news, he had posted the “Crime Stop Crime Crash” video, which is a motivational clip promoting peace and taking a stand against crime.

He showcased his disgust with the current state of the nation as a whole and stated that he would not have bothered to leave Riverton or Seaview Gardens if this is what can be expected after leaving the inner-city communities. The artist then went on to put down those who support persons who engage in criminal activities.

He then continued to show his hatred for these individuals, claiming that persons associated with those who support this type of behavior should also be condemned.

“Is this the Jamaica we all wanted ppl really is it I don’t know about nobody wanted but if this was the life I wanted I wouldn’t bother to leave Riverton or Seaview Gardens then so hear mi all of the Stinking Nasty Duty Rotten Johncrow Skirmish Zaar Criminal deh fi bloodclaath DEAD in cold blood I CARE ZERO,” Killer added.

“My stance this I Stand With Country anyone who is friends or associates with any kind of pu**y ole like this should be treated likewise Especially Some Artiste gal and boy who is buying guns and mining gunman and criminal bullet unuh fi get to str8 up mi nuh hide and talk mi bad bumboclaath man who nuh like it just say a word bitches and witches waiting, Killer added.

Bounty Killer has been very vocal in his stance against the crime and violence that has become the norm in Jamaica’s society. He recently challenged the Prime Minister’s view that dancehall music was the main cause of crime by listing other social factors which play major roles in the problem that is currently sweeping the island.

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Sean Paul Explains How His Single Mom Inspired One Of His Biggest Hits “Rockabye”

Sean Paul has revealed that his 2016 collaboration with Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie, “Rockabye”, was one of his favorite collaborations, as he shared a personal connection to the track.

The “Temperature” deejay opened up about his favorite collaborations during his recent sit down with Yendi Phillips. Sean Paul, whose real name is Sean Paul Henriques, explained that his favorite collaboration was with Rihanna, but he highlighted that “Rockabye” with Clean Bandit was quite personal.

Rihanna’s collaboration stood in his top 3 because, unlike other collaborations, Rihanna showed significant interest by visiting and touring Jamaica with him, which made the song much more than just a musical collaboration.

“Most collabs I do, I either travel abroad or I do it over the internet. But I met her (Rihanna) on tour and she was like ‘I wanna come Jamaica’…..So I was like, well then fawud. Then one day she pick up the phone and say ‘I’m coming for Christmas….” The “Give It Up To Me” artiste recalled.

“The first place me take her was Bob Marley Museum, and she was in awe just sitting there like this was the man [Bob Marley] used to deh…. we ate food round there, go beach, we go club, we go studio… There was no real talk of doing a song it was just like I wanted to show her the place. And then we ended up doing a song that went to number 7 on the Billboard charts without no big company pushing it,” he said.

He added that while Rihanna had not done her breakout single “Umbrella” yet, the artiste was still very famous at the time. He expressed his pride when he got the chance to show her “how its done in Jamaica,” which, up until that point, he had never done with popular artists he had collaborated with. The two worked on the 2005 single “Break It Off”.

The deejay then went on to highlight that his collaboration with Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie for “Rockabye” was also very special because it had hit home.

“Rockabye” is about a single mother who would do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her son safe. As the international Dancehall sensation noted, his mother was also a single mother, and he could therefore relate to the context of the song.

Sean Paul’s mother, who is a painter, raised him in Kingston, Jamaica, primarily as a single mother. Sean attended Wolmer’s Boys’ School and the University of Technology (previously known as the College of Arts, Science, and Technology). He majored in commerce but intended to pursue swimming, which was a family talent, as an occupation. Apparently, that was not his destiny, as he is now considered one of Dancehall’s most prolific and iconic artists ever.

Sean Paul explained that “Rockabye” opened his perspective on songs about ladies, as he had not previously considered doing this type of songs and even questioned why didn’t he think of the idea before being approached by Clean Bandit.

“My mom was a single mom and when they came at me with the song I didn’t even think of doing a song like that so it kind of opened my perspective on songs about ladies,” the dancehall legend explained.

“I was kinda ashamed I was like why didn’t I think about that?…So that’s a next one and because of them wanting me on the track and also producing Dancehall, to me that was a special thing,” he said.

He added that even though some members of the public say dancehall is “watered down,” he felt that Jamaica’s production, especially during those years, needed to compete with international sounds. The artiste showed gratitude that Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie were willing to take that step with him.

“It was a dope song. It didn’t actually reach number one everywhere, like the Sia (“Cheap Thrills”) did, but it was special to me because of the sentiment in the song,” he said.

Ironically Rockabye stands at 2.5 billion views on YouTube while Cheap Thrills has only 1.6 billion. Either way, Sean is doing some massive numbers online, and his fans are sure that they have a lot more to look forward to from such a legendary artist.

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Boom Boom Says Skillibeng Now The Top Dancehall Artist But Lacks Versatility

Skillibeng has, no doubt, continued to aim high and make moves in the entertainment industry. But talks about the artiste’s declining song quality are once again popping up.

Veteran selector Boom Boom recently expressed that while he believes Skillibeng is the “big name in Jamaica right now,” the deejay should steer clear of the same flows he has been using repetitively on many of his songs.

The “Billboard Selector” made an appearance on TVJ’s Entertainment Report, which took place on Friday (April 30).

Boom Boom, whose real name is Marlon Wizard, also recommended that the “Crocodile Teeth” deejay also reduce the number of tracks he has been releasing progressively.

“Me caan hide him glory. A Skilli a the man right now,” Boom Boom said. But when E.R. host Anthony Miller asked if he believed all his songs were making sense, the selector responded, “Him have couple song weh him release, me see the people them start bash it, say a nursery rhyme, him need fi do better.”

The Alliance selector said he agreed with the criticisms but still could not deny that Skillibeng is “the man” at the moment, as the young deejay has been releasing songs that have hit international markets, specifically, his single “Crocodile Teeth.”

But, with the criticisms, Boom Boom was perhaps referring to Skillibeng’s recent single “Yo,” which had received a number of negative comments, critiques, and jeers upon its release.

Boom agreed with Miller that his “failed” songs were due to the fact that the artiste had been releasing too many songs at one point. Notably, other artists such as Vybz Kartel are known for his hurried song-releasing streak without being an epic fail. But, Boom Boom argued that Skillibeng should not be compared to an artiste like Vybz Kartel, who has been in the industry for a while and has established himself as one of Jamaica’s prolific artists.

“No. Kartel will always be Kartel. Kartel inna a class himself. A di teacher dat,” he declared.

The Esyde artiste has been under scrutiny for some time, as some fans had expressed concern that his new music releases were not as good as previous songs.

While it is well known that the 24-year-old deejay is immensely talented, some fans have been speculating that he may not be taking his music very seriously.

However, the “Coke” deejay has a bright future ahead, and fans are hoping that he will use his talent to the best of his ability to make the best of opportunities to come.

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DJ Khaled Clip From Trip To Jamaica Turned Into A Meme Frenzy

DJ Khaled is getting the meme treatment thanks to this clip from his recent trip to Jamaica.

Whenever DJ Khaled touches down in Jamaica, we expect some legendary collaborations but this time we got more than just that. Add a new notch to his cap, as that combination has produced a variety of hilarious memes. You probably know the one we’re talking about too. It comes from the video of DJ Khaled having lunch in the middle of a river when he takes a sip from his wine glass and suddenly stands up with wide eyes. We’re not sure what the look was supposed to be, one of revelation or amazement maybe, but in true Khaled fashion, it has blown up.

The clip comes from his Khaled Khaled album teasers as he slowly revealed the list of big names he’d be working with. He shared the clip when he was very close to dropping his latest album, and it was absorbed and regurgitated by the meme community quickly.

Fans had some really funny takes on what he could have been thinking about, ranging from him forgetting that he did not cancel his free Amazon Prime trial in the middle of lunch to suddenly remembering you haven’t finished your chores or some other important task. The meme has now surpassed the popular “Another one” rendition.

Me on my guys trip remembering i aint block my gf from my IG story pic.twitter.com/xoNTY0QHWH

— Shine to the 9 ? (@DamuJR) April 28, 2021

Me remembering I forgot to cancel my free trial pic.twitter.com/ftUm3wdBzg

— Rue ?? (@scusemerue) April 25, 2021

Babysitting my nephews and realizing they been mad quiet in another room for a minute https://t.co/ZZN38nARiC

— Josh Johnson* (@JoshtheSandwich) April 27, 2021

The Animals In The Beginning Of ‘The Lion King’ pic.twitter.com/eac3MUGCXW

— DJ First Class™ ? (@1DJFirstClass) April 29, 2021

A-Rod hearing about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleckpic.twitter.com/XKxQBhniqP

— Emily (@emilybernay) April 30, 2021

Here is the original clip.

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He’s used to going viral, so he shouldn’t be surprised that the meme has gone global. After all, the album is still on course to sell 100,000 copies and debut at #1 on the charts. The video has become so popular that it’s pulled in millions of views. Khaled is still riding off of the successful release of “Where You Come From,” which features some of Jamaica’s top dancehall acts.

“Just got off the phone with ISLANDS we looking BIG! #WHEREYOUCOMEFROM another dream come true!! from #KHALEDKHALED to the WORLD JAMAICA TO THE WORLD @bujubanton @capletonmusic @grunggaadzilla @barringtonlevy411,” he recently posted to his Instagram.

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Dancehall Legend Baby Cham Calls Jamaican Gov’t Bias For Easing UK Travel Ban

Baby Cham speak on the Jamaican government lifting UK travel ban while ignoring the entertainment sector.

Most sectors of the Jamaican economy, like many other countries around the world, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment sector has staggered and tried as best as possible to keep up with the restrictions put in place to safeguard the country. With restrictions looking to be relaxed soon for UK tourism, veteran dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his feelings on the way the government handled the pandemic known. He posted a clip of his recent track called “Lockdown” on Usain Bolt’s Clockwork Riddim. He made sure to include his more explicit lyrics in expressing his feelings on Instagram.

He also made his feelings known with the caption attached to the short video clip. He was obviously upset as he also made the caption in all caps.

“TOURISM BOARD AND THE HOTELS / RESORTS CRIED THAT THEIR BUSINESS IS DYING, SO THE GOVERNMENT IS OPENING THE COUNTRY FOR THEM ON MAY 1ST TO SAVE THEIR POCKETS!! PROMOTER, DJs, ENTERTAINERS, CORNER SHOPS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CRYING (TO DEAF EARS) THAT THEY TOO ARE DYING – BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS IMPOSED STRICTER “LOCK DOWN” ON THEM!! WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR? WHO PUT YOU IN POWER?? WILL YOU POLICE THE HOTELS AND TOURIST THE SAME AS YOU POLICE THE PEOPLE???” he posted.

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The “Ghetto Story” deejay is lashing out at Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who recently announced that the travel ban on the United Kingdom, which was supposed to end last Friday, April 30, would not be renewed. The ban was part of Jamaica’s Disaster Risk Management Act to help mitigate the spread of the UK variant of the virus.

“On Saturday May 1, Jamaica will reopen its borders to international visitors from the United Kingdom. This will enable the critical gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, to have transit for passengers coming through and who are fully compliant with health and safety protocols required for international travel,” Bartlett said.

He added that the decision was taken to try and help boost the island’s economy.

“Jamaica’s position at this time is critical in relation to the opening up of the summer tourist season and in fact, the importance of enabling the diaspora, particularly the strong British clientele that have always come to the island,” he said.

Jamaica’s borders have been open since June 2020, and they’ve already welcomed about 1.5 million visitors. All visitors welcomed had a quarantine period and had to follow other health protocols. Cham’s take on the matter is that the hoteliers and others in the sector cried out for help and have been given it while the poor and disenfranchised have been left to fend for themselves. The part of the song he chose lamented all of these issues. For the most part, it seemed that his fans agreed with his stance.

“Unfair bad and it is not even funny. The government is not for the people who risk their life during election and put dem on power…. Set of dictators,” this fan said, another added, “@cham….pure double standard!!!! Do the jamaican govt realize sey a di people, di food, di place and definitely di music why most tourists come a yaad? The citizens, athletes and mostly of the artists promote the country and are the quintessential vessel in putting out Jamaica to the world. Tek care a u people dem govt of JA. U can’t have certain people a benefit in di country and the ones who put unu in postion a get constant raw deals.. get it under control quick,” and this fan chimed in, “Such everyone should boycott travelling there until its open for all. Most of the owners prob not even citizens. Although yes they employ them but still. That country is what it is because of what the leaders have done or more importantly not done to help the country as a whole and that goes for anyone who has a voice. Soooo many voices and I hear like 3. Why. Crickets and ants everywhere just like that Disney movie. Watch that. Same sht.”

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Bounty Killer Cosigns Senator Damion Crawford’s Take On Dancehall & Crime

Bounty Killer seconds a Jamaican senator’s take on the correlation between crime and music.

The ongoing debate in Jamaica concerning the impact of dancehall music on the country’s high crime rate has welcomed opinions and arguments from figures in both the entertainment and political industry. While the members of the proposition and opposition seemed to be clearly established as the government and dancehall community, respectively, a opposition senator recently did an interview on a very popular music entertainment platform where he shared an opposing view to the Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s controversial take.

According to Damion Crawford, who is the vice president of the opposition political party, there are no statistics to support the notion that music has negatively affected the crime rate, not just in Jamaica but anywhere.

In his recent interview with On-Stage’s Winford Williams, Crawford said the government’s attempt to lobby the public to believe dancehall music has influenced crime, particularly murder is baseless and makes for an excuse for the industry to continue to suffer from a lack of government support.

“If it is positioned in the minds of the public that it is a negative industry, that is a covid contributor, that it is a crime contributor, it’s a murder contributor then that impetus, that push to have government protect it will not come,” he said. “And the government will always have a satisfactory excuse to the public to say this is why we have not embraced this industry in the same way first place.”

He continued, “So that is why I’m out here to say that all the signs suggest that there is no true causal relationship between music and crime – in particular murder.” He went on to say countries like the United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States have done the research as it relates to rap music and other genres affecting national crime rates, and it yielded the result that there is no correlation.

An excerpt from Crawford’s interview with On-Stage has been circulating online since it premiered on national television. Bounty Killer was among those influencers who reshared the clip on Instagram, making light of the strong argument that in the grand scheme of things, dancehall is but a scapegoat in a much larger issue that the government does not appear to have a handle on.

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Like many other dancehall artists, Bounty Killer has previously acknowledged the government and Prime Minister attributing the crime spike to music in his social media posts where he strongly disagreed that dancehall is to be blamed. In November 2020, the deejay highlighted major contributors to the crime during a speech at a conference with members of the Jamaica security force. He pointed out some social issues that drive the crime rate up, including unemployment, impoverished communities, a lack of morals, stable homes, parents, and self-worth.

As Damion Crawford suggested in his recent interview, the government could be laying the foundation for an excuse to perpetuate their lack of positive attention and funding to dancehall music. Ironically, Bounty Killer believes all the funding that goes towards national security is hardly a fix as he believes the high crime rate is a matter of social dysfunction in the society rather than a critical security issue. The dancehall veteran says in order to really start tackling the root of the crime epidemic in Jamaica, a sharper focus should be placed on social development.

What’s your take on the role of dancehall music in society and the ongoing debate on whether its influence has been negatively impacting the crime rate?

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DJ Khaled Link With Jamaican Legends In “Where You Come From” Visual – Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton

DJ Khaled managed to get four of the biggest legends in dancehall in one video fitting as an ode to Jamaican culture.

On the heels of the launch of his 12th studio album, DJ Khaled has dropped a new video for the single “Where You Come From.” The video for the song, which features a star-studded line-up of Reggae veterans, dropped on Saturday (May 1) on all major platforms. It has already started to do major numbers, racking up some 360,000 views on YouTube in just 5 hours.

The track features heavyweights Buju Banton, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and Bounty Killer. In a post on Twitter, DJ Khaled celebrated the artists coming together, stating, “WHERE YOU COME FROM VIDEO out now on @vevo !! Let’s be CLEAR! All these artists have NEVER collaborated on one record before. This is HISTORY. JAMAICA I LOVE YOU!”

The video showcases not just the best of Jamaica’s musical talent, but it also features some of the best visual views of Jamaica. The video opens with aerial views of lush green forestry and continues with breathtaking sights from all across the island. Capleton, in particular, stands out as he is dressed in his usual militant attire with strong Rastafarian flair. The video scenes pan between a grassy garden where the featured artists and several others are gathered and various spectacular views of the best scenic spots on the island.

Pristine sandy beaches, clear rivers, and a busy suburban street are just a few of the visuals of Jamaica showcased by Khaled. A fantastic spread of Jamaican food, along with street art and cameos from local people on the streets, add to the video’s appeal.

The “Where You Come From” video is the second to be released by Khaled from his album “Khaled Khaled.” On April 29, he dropped the video for “Sorry Not Sorry,” which features Nas, JayZ, and James Fauntleroy and Harmonies by The Hive. That video is currently number 1 on trending with more than 4.9 million views so far.

As of midday May 1, the album Khaled Khaled, which was released on April 30th, was number 1 in 41 countries on Apple Music. In addition to the Dancehall Heavyweights, Khaled’s 12th album also features stars such as Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Post Malone.

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Tory Lanez Previews Fire Remix Of Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth” – Listen

Tory Lanez has proven time and time again that he is the king of remixes, and he continues his reign with another fire dancehall collaboration through Skillibeng’s cross-over hit “Crocodile Teeth.”

The Canadian rapper/singer shared a video of himself jamming to the new, unreleased joint to his Instagram page, and fans have already been calling for the official release.

“@skillibeng #CrocodileTeeth …… should I drop this or leave this in the stash ???? … I think it’s fire tho … word to @ovoroxx cornrows,” the Toronto spitter declared in the caption.

Throughout the remix, Tory Lanez name-dropped dancehall veteran Beenie Man among others. His actions led to a forward from the dancehall king himself, who commented fire emojis on the Instagram post.

Fans in Tory’s comments were hype about the remix and encouraged him to drop it. One IG user commented, “This bad yf, drop it me killa.” Another said, “yesss, love how u loving our Caribbean vibes.”

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While Tory Lanez’s parents hail from Barbados and Curaçao, he has an affinity for Jamaica. He has visited the island several times and has worked with local acts such as Buju Banton on the remix for “Trust,” Popcaan on Willie X.O’s “Comfort You,” Keznamdi through “City Lock,” and Kranium through their smash hit “We Can.” Tory’s hit “Luv” was also fashioned off Tanto Metro and Devonte’s 90s release “Everyone Falls In Love.” Aside from his dancehall refixes, Tory has also fashioned an entire mixtape catalog off reworking popular hip-hop tracks.

Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth” has also earned him a major cosign from another Canadian native and one of the most decorated entertainers of the modern era, Drake. The 6God shared an image of himself listening to the track to his Instagram Story.

“Crocodile Teeth” was released in September 2020 and has been receiving heavy rotation in Jamaica and around the world. The official music video for the song has garnered more than 18 million views on YouTube.

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Romeich & Health Minister Tufton Debunks Vaccine Conspiracies On IG Live

Romeich Major is encouraging persons to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the Coronavirus, which has killed millions of people worldwide and has caused countries across the world to shut down as a measure to contain gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the contagious viral infection.

In a live video chat on IG with Jamaica’s Health Minister Christopher Tufton, Romeich disclosed that he and the entire Romeich Entertainment team, including Shenseea, have been vaccinated. According to Major, vaccination is needed to get back on track to restart the economy.

“I am a human being that lives in Jamaica and I love the country, and I can tell you this and I want you to pass this onto the teams that makes decisions, yes, Corona I very dangerous and it is affecting us,” he said. “But you see this no entertainment and poverty and all a dem sumtin’ deh affect we worse because the less we have the less we can help.”

According to Romeich Major, many persons have indicated an interest in learning more about the vaccine after it was disclosed that the entire Romeich Entertainment team was vaccinated. Many were particularly concerned for the team’s wellbeing due to the conspiracy theories that the vaccine has terrible side effects.

The live chat dubbed “Covid Chat” was aimed at discussing the vaccines and the perceived negative effects, which has contributed to the reluctance of some persons to become vaccinated. According to the Health Minister, people might react differently to the vaccines, but there are no long-term side effects.

He was replying to Romeich, who said that persons were saying that the ‘pump’- a colloquial reference to the penis in local parlance, was not working after taking the vaccines.

However, the Minister assured that the vaccine effects are not permanent.

“Well you know it affects people differently, but the truth is there should be no long term effects. So even if the pump [penis] don’t work initially, it will start work back based on what I have seen clinically. We not gonna endorse something that will have side effects and have permanent effect. The vaccine is saving lives,” the Minister said.

This conversation might not be unique to Jamaica, but especially in dancehall, masculinity and sex drives are among the key attributes of men within the space. The concerns raised by Romeich might very well be representative of the views of those in the masses. Not all in the dancehall space are for the vaccines, though. Among the condemners are Buju Banton, Spragga Benz, and Sizzla.

Meanwhile, according to the Center for Disease, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks in small groups and crowds. It is hoped that as more persons become vaccinated, things can go back to a semblance of normalcy.

So far, about up to late March, more than 25,000 Jamaicans were vaccinated as the country undertakes a massive drive.

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DJ Khaled – WHERE YOU COME FROM Lyrics

[Intro: DJ Khaled]
We The Best Music
Murda
We di best
Another one (Ooh, fyah)
Don’t need the rest (Ah, wah dem seh, wah dem seh, wah dem seh)
DJ Khaled

[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
One question
Dem seh, “Hey natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?”
Hey!
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem sеh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere wе go, we ‘tan strong
Hear dat
Alright then (Cho, cho)

[Verse 1: Capleton]
Nuh pass your place and nuh cross di line
An no ask me where me from, ’cause me no hard fi find
An di nation wi stand up at di cost fi mine
Right now me a go roll up another spliff, it jus pass me mind
Lowe the music, lowe the weed, a poverty cause the crime
Anytime you see the rastaman, no ask fi mine
Vampire dem a go inna mask fi mine
Seh dem hunting blood samples, hard fi find
Alright!
This dem fi know (More fire)
Anyting you reap, a that you sow (Murda)
Hands haffi clean an your heart haffi pure
Light up di chalice wen me tell dem to
Rastafari, ever safe an secure

[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
One question
Dem seh, “Hey natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?”
Hey!
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we ‘tan strong
Hear dat
Cho

[Verse 2: Bounty Killer]
Wen di thing dem a knock-knock, a no door
The forty cal, the forty-four go (Blap, blap)
Killer that step in so hot, me scorch the floor
Premier League, we have the Arsenal fi fight the revolutionary Bakkle, ’cause only the bakkle dem fi pour
Di youths dem fi rich, equal rights empowerment
Tell dem fi leave the sun fi shine, or black rain will shower dem
Nuh mek we leggo sixty like di hour dem
DJ Khaled, run out di coward dem
This is a warning like me pop it off and beat one
Food fi reach the people mouth an money fi a reach hand
Bad an brave, nuh tek no chat, Jamaica land me weed from
Shining like a beacon
We The Best!
You diss, yuh nah see me one
Bullet!
[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
One question
Dem seh, “Hey natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?”
Hey!
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we ‘tan strong
Hear dat
Cho (My ganja man)

[Bridge: Buju Banton & Bounty Killer]
These streets are cold, you better bundle up
Don’t know who to trust, most of dem corrupt
We look inside dem eyes and see the plan
Bounty, Khaled, Buju, Capleton a step inna Mount Zion
These streets are cold, you better bundle up
Don’t know who to trust, most of dem corrupt
We look inside dem eyes and see di plan (See di plan)
Unu did kno the opps would never stop mi nuh, big up
Load up another cup (More fire)
Load up another cup (Murda)
Huh, load up another cup (Blaze)
Well my locs you can’t touch
Wen Babylon me know sey you a bluff
Load up another cup

[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
One question
Dem seh, “Hey natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?”
Hey!
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we ‘tan strong
Hear dat
Dem say, “Hey natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?”
Cho, cho, cho

Vybz Kartel Proclaims His Love For Shorty In New Song “Love Ya Babymom”

Vybz Kartel proclaims his love for Shorty in a new track dedicated to the mother of three of his children.

The dancehall hitmaker is showing love to the mother of his kids in a major way with the release of the official audio for his single “Love Ya Babymom.” The track was uploaded to his YouTube channel on April 29. The dedication to Tanesha is also a “Message to all real man,” as per the song’s lyrics.

Ironically, the song is produced by Short Boss Muzik, which is operated by the leading lady in question. In typical Vybz Kartel fashion, the song opens with him singing Tanesha’s name, he then goes into the chorus, which reflects on the couple’s time together.

Kartel sings, “Love Yah Baby Mom / Look how far me and Shorty coming from? / And I would do it all again with no regret.”

This is not the first time that the artist has dedicated a song to Shorty (Tanesha). In fact, he dedicated an entire album to her last year. The album “To Tanesha” was released on January 24, 2020, and peaked at #87 on the Billboard chart. It featured singles such as “Delusional” and “Fell Apart.”

Vybz Kartel and Tanesha have been together for approximately two decades and have three children together. Two of these children, Likkle Addi and Likkle Vybz, have also pursued music and have put out several singles of their own.

Despite several ups and downs, including the singer having several kids outside the relationship, Tanesha has stuck by his side. She has also held him down while he has been incarcerated. Kartel has already served more than 10 years in prison on a murder charge. His lawyers appealed the case in Jamaica’s Supreme Court but were unsuccessful. The entertainer is currently preparing to take his appeal to Jamaica’s highest court, which is the Privy Council in England.

Despite being incarcerated for the past decade, Kartel has produced several albums and dozens of singles. Melodically, “Love Ya Babymom” is a great production, even though it may not rank among some of Kartel’s best lyrical outputs.

The song has a great message as Teacha instructs men to cherish what they have while acknowledging that social media has painted a fake perception of what a relationship is truly like.

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Shaggy Got A Latin Collab On The Way Says DJ Frass

Shaggy is working on a collaboration with Spanish artist.

Dancehall producer DJ Frass says he is working on something big, which will feature one of Jamaica’s most successful entertainers. In a recent interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report, Frass said he would be teaming up with dancehall legend Shaggy and a major Spanish speaking singer for the project.

The producer, whose real name is Kimani Palmer, told ER host Anthony Miller, “Mi have a big Spanish collab coming up and it’s Dancehall.” When asked whom the collaboration was with, he eventually named Shaggy but declined to name the other entertainer, saying it was a big Spanish artiste.

The collab with Shaggy will come five years after the DJ produced the artiste’s Waistline track on his Streetlight Riddim. DJ Frass is renowned for working with some of the biggest stars in dancehall and has produced tracks on Grammy-winning projects.

Among these is Morgan Heritage’s song “Why Dem Come Around,” which was on the group’s 2018 Grammy-winning project Strictly Roots. The internationally acclaimed producer has also released several projects of his own. In 2018 he released a compilation album that featured tracks from Movado, Alkaline, Protoje, and another of Jamaica’s top acts, Sean Paul.

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While other producers have indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed their business, DJ Frass says he is still going hard, explaining that most of the artists he has been working with have studios in their homes and are able to record projects which they send to him.

He notes that he recently released the Sun Roof riddim, which features Govana, Intence, Tarrus Riley, Jahmiel, Moyann, and top female entertainer Shenseea.

Despite all his success, DJ Frass has been at the center of controversy with artiste Khago, who claims the producer owes him money for several projects. Frass has denied the claims, telling Anthony Miller during his interview that he has no idea what the singer is talking about.

Fans will be keeping an eye out for the upcoming collab, which should make some noise in a market that Sean Paul, Shaggy, Charly Black, and a host of other local talents have proven to be very lucrative.

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Apple Music Paying 1 Penny Per Stream – How Much Can Dancehall Artists Make?

Apple Music is now paying artists and labels at least twice that of other DSPs like Spotify.

Apple Music recently announced that artists will be paid equally and fairly as labels, and its rate is by far the highest in the industry so far. It’s a shift in how artists are treated in an era where the rights of creatives are taking the forefront, and those who previously capitalized on the earnings of artists- are being blocked from claiming income that rightfully belongs to the artist.

While there are changes, however, the Dancehall fraternity hangs in the shadows as the power players seek to hold onto the old ways of the business, and that means artists and their interests come last.

This latest announcement by Apple Music might also set a precedent for how artists relate to streaming companies, particularly now that the pandemic has shifted the incomes of artists from being diverse from tours and performances to now largely streaming and endorsements.

The switch to digital consumption is driven by technology as more users consume music readily on their phones, computers, tablets, and by various other technological means as physical copies of albums become less popular. This also means that the costs that artists charged per album, which can go for whatever they decide to share- anywhere from a few dollars to tens of dollars or more has greatly decreased with platforms like Amazon and Apple Music paying one dollar ($1) for a song.

The shift to online streaming means physical sales are down, but streaming is usually the foundation for other revenue streams to make more money. These include merchandising, touring and licensing, and other avenues from which the artists can make a lucrative income.

Streaming, however, may or may not work for every artist. As seen from the streaming numbers of the likes of Drake and Taylor Swift and even Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, diehard fans will purchase the whole album while others might get to enjoy the albums for free in a sort of way as their streaming membership guarantees them access to most if not all music on a streaming platform.

So what does this mean for other streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, and Audio Mack? It’s unclear whether Apple Music’s latest disclosure will force the hand of these services, but all eyes are on them, especially Spotify, which is by far the most popular in terms of user numbers.

Apple Music is estimated to have around 72 million monthly paid subscribers, and the monthly rate is approximately $9.99 with some variations in some countries. It offers subscribers access to over 60 million songs, while Spotify has approximately 155 million premium monthly users for a subscription fee of $9.99 per month. The platform has over 50 million songs in its catalog.

However, the difference between the two streaming services is stark as artists make less money per stream with Spotify than they do with Apple Music. The income of one play from Apple Music is now a penny per stream. The same song will need to be played three times on Spotify as the platform pays somewhere between $003 and $.005 per stream or a third of a penny/cent.

Spotify has been criticized for its business model as more artists clamor for transparency when it comes to deals the platform has with labels as the royalty payments do not meet the expectations of artists.

The difference in the business models of Apple Music versus Spotify could be seen in the way the companies operate. Spotify is more of a marriage between art and venture capital, so the investor’s interest will come first- to the detriment of artists. While Apple Music seems to be taking a stance that promotes the work of creatives as it says it believes in “the value of music and paying creators fairly for their work. As the discussion about streaming royalties continues, we believe it is important to share our values,” Apple said in its announcement to artists.

“We believe in paying every creator the same rate that a play has value, and that creators should never have to pay for featuring.”

The featuring reference by Apple Music is a direct hit at Spotify. The company, following complaints by artists, said their music could be promoted by the streaming service, but the artists will, in exchange, earn lower royalty payments.

However, according to Apple, it pays the same 52% of subscription revenue, or 52 cents of every dollar, to record labels, and it does not pay a lower rate in exchange for featuring artists.

The pain of streaming means that artists have to cumulatively earn streams to get sufficient income from Spotify. At present, Drake is the top earner for Spotify- making around $52.5 million in earnings generated from 21.5 billion streams.

How much money will Dancehall artists make on streaming services as they move into Jamaica?

So how do artists in the dancehall arena fare in competing on such a large platform? And which platform will they make the most money on?

Dancehall, though influential, is still minuscule to fans who are paid subscribers on Digital Streaming Platforms. The Caribbean itself has around 54 million internet users, of which around an estimated 22 million are on social media. However, it’s unclear how many of the users have digital streaming subscriptions as YouTube remains the popular option for free streaming of their favorite music content.

Nevertheless, if nothing else, YouTube is undoubtedly a marker for the potential that Dancehall artists have when it comes to streaming music. For 2020 alone, there were collective billions of views of the music people in the region and diaspora love.

Artists like Koffee with “Lockdown” having 48 million views since being released nine months ago to Teejay’s “Rag to Riches,” and Shenseea and Tarrus Riley’s “Lighter” with 47 million views all round off the top three most-streamed songs over the past year on that platform.

However, elsewhere, artists are racking up the numbers but are they making matching incomes? For 2020, Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, and Popcaan showed that numbers don’t lie when it comes to proving demand and fan favorites on Spotify.

Sean Paul is by far the most popular Jamaican entertainer, and his numbers on Spotify proves it. For 2020, the Dutty Rock artist saw his music streams racking up 625.9 million streams from fans in 92 countries.

Popcaan recorded 148.7 million streams within 92 countries that Spotify is available in as well. This is particularly interesting for Popcaan as he has collaborated with a few big international artists, including Drake and PartyNextDoor. Vybz Kartel, on the other hand, was right behind Popcaan with 130.3 million streams.

Now with the revelation that Spotify is among the lowest-paying streaming services, it puts things into perspective. For an artist to earn significant income on Spotify, they need to play three times to match one time on Apple Music. And further, artists like Vybz Kartel, who is managed by his own Portmore Empire Label, means he is getting much more of his income than other artists.

Dancehall artists in the Caribbean are increasingly being encouraged to join streaming services as the idea of streaming income has glittered like gold to new and upcoming artists who believe that releasing a vast amount of work will return a large amount of income.

However, there could be disappointment in the road ahead as streaming while glittery isn’t gold. It will still take hard work and traditional ways to build a following and maintain a presence that fans will always want to stream your music.

Additionally, the music business in Jamaica is actually run differently, as noted by producer Ainsley ‘NotNice’ Morris, who has worked with the likes of Vybz Kartel and Popcaan. According to NotNice, what obtains in the U.S, for example, is different than what is in Jamaica as streaming income usually comes to the producer, not the artiste.

Conversely, that position, while beneficial to the producer, is one that is detrimental to the artiste. In reality, the artiste is receiving no remuneration for his talents while the producer and the label take the lion’s share of any income. Only in cases where the artiste has followed through with a properly negotiated contract will he see any proceeds of his hard work and creativity.

According to Contractor Music CEO Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards, artists are failing to properly secure their economic interests via contracts to ensure they earn income from their songs.

“The contract that is signed between the label and the artists as to how much mechanical rights which is the sales and the streams how much they are willing to give to them [artistes], each artiste and a producer is supposed to sign a contract, it doesn’t happen much in Jamaica, but they are supposed to sign a contract that says of the sales and streams you are going to get 20% or 30% but that doesn’t happen.”

Edwards says labels tend to put out the music, and they recoup the sales and streams but will give the artiste some of the publishing. However, he says this is a dishonest way of operating.

“What happens a lot is because there is no contract; the labels don’t give the artiste dem anything. It’s wrong…they don’t do this anywhere else in the world.”

Edwards has worked with several big-name artists such as DaBaby, Ed Sheeran, Julian Marley, Shatta Wale, Morgan Heritage, and others. He also has four Billboard and Grammy awards under his belt for collaborative work.

As for his streaming accomplishments, Edwards says his best performing song is the recently released “Soy Una Estrella”, which has 2.2 million streams on Spotify. The song features Ed and Jethro Sheeran, who are cousins and Latin American artist Jah Fabio and Jamaican breakout artiste Cashan.

According to Edwards, for artists to make money from streaming, they would need to start with ensuring that their contracts are streamlined properly to ensure they have fair terms to earn income. However, according to him, this has been a great challenge as many artists are illiterate and unable to read and write. That issue can be remedied, however, by getting assistance from trained managers or getting a lawyer involved.

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Once they have negotiated a fair share of the streaming income, artists will also need to promote their music, like building up their monthly listeners. Koffee is one such person on Spotify who has 2 million monthly listeners, which includes the likes of former President Barack Obama!

On the other hand, an artist can create a lot of music, but if fans don’t like it, they may not listen to it again. One of the tested and proven formulas for artists like Sean Paul, Popcaan, and Drake, and even the likes of Justin Bieber and Post Malone, are collaborating with other artists.

The latter is a perfect example of becoming the youngest to have three songs all Diamond certified by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). However, of note, the songs accomplishing that feat are all collaborations with Swae Lee for “Sunflower,” “Congratulations” featuring Quavo, and “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage.

As for making money on Apple Music, the streaming service launched in Jamaica in the middle of 2020 as the pandemic raged on, so it might be too soon to gauge how dancehall artists aside from the big names perform on Apple DSP.

Still, the opportunity for more Caribbean subscribers to join the platform means that everyone can get a piece of the streaming pie if they can cultivate a loyal following.

Some of the artists who always seem to come out on top are Vybz Kartel, Alkaline (who doesn’t collaborate much), Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, and newer faces like Masicka, Skillibeng, Spice, Jada Kingdom, and Shenseea.

Apple Music does not release how many streams artists get annually or otherwise, but if anything is to go by, the numbers would be similar to Spotify for those who are always among the most streamed artists. However, it would be interesting to see how younger artists carve out an income for themselves, but the problem is multifaceted, and no one solution alone can cure it.

As for how much Dancehall artists can make, the recent announcements by DJ Khaled, H.E.R, Rihanna, and others about their dancehall influenced albums to suggest that the opportunity to sell themselves exist but negotiating the proper terms is the first step to making money then collaborating to broaden their fans base.

As for how artists will do, that remains up to them, but the power bargaining is presently tipped unfairly towards producers and labels who know the game better than young artists who are less occupied with squabbling over streaming income and more interested in actually getting “a buss”, something the labels and producers know only too well and exploit accordingly.

If one is to be wise, though, looking to the perfect example when it comes to making memorable music is a start for always making streaming income, not just launching songs. The likes of Tommy Lee Sparta with “Blessings,” Popcaan’s “Relevant,” and Jada Kingdom’s “Win,” to name a few, are all motivational anthems that will no doubt outlive the artists that created them as fans come back again and again to the songs.

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Bounty Killer Says Politics Is Why Bob Marley Got Shot Not Dancehall Music

Bounty Killer says politics is to be blamed for Bob Marley getting shot decades ago and not dancehall music.

Bounty Killer is re-igniting the argument that there is no connection between crime and dancehall as he shares a very vocal clip of himself from more than 10 years ago as he rubbishes claims of a connection between the two. According to Killer, who drew for a syllogism that the crime has been a challenge for Jamaica from the 1970s when Bob Marley was shot, denounced the ongoing claims to pin the blame on dancehall music as he reminded Winford Williams about crime in the island being historically rooted in political strife.

“How did the great legendary Bob Marley got shot in the mid 70s,” Bounty Killer asked in a post to his almost 1 million followers, “Was it bcuz of musical or political influence on the ppl???”

His post was accompanied by a video of an interview done in 2009 on On Stage, which shared him asking Winford Williams several rhetorical questions about horrible crimes that have been happening since the early days of post-independence.

“A nuh music a do nuttin’ to nobody, everything a happen and a happen over the years…When since ah dancehall ah do nuttn? Inna 1980 ah dancehall artist did ah do it? Ah di political indifference an di tribal an di turf war weh dem teach di people dem,” he said as he laid blame on “political indifference and tribal and turf war.”

He added that it is a “combination of things” that is responsible for crime which includes guns, drugs, illiteracy, unemployment and poverty —was to be blamed for the country’s greatest social dilemma. He said the terrible state of affairs is further compounded by the “selfsh people dem weh rich an nuh give weh nuttn an nuh help nobody.”

He noted a man like himself has been able to do much, and if others wanted to, they could have done much more.

“Picture if you did have all ten more Bounty bout yah weh like bring people an help people an drag up people outta di trash.. How much more yutes woulda get help inna dancehall?” the ‘Poor People Governor’ said.

The direct reference to Bob Marley is one that is often mentioned as there was an assassination attempt on the life of Marley on December 3, 1976, when gunmen attacked his home while he and members of his band, including his wife Rita Marley, were rehearsing for one of his first major public shows on home soil. The attack left Bob Marley wounded with a bullet to his upper left arm and Rita Marley narrowly escaping a bullet to the head as her tough dreadlocks blocked the bullet from penetrating her skull.

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During his lifetime, Marley was a staunch critic of politics and politicians, and his music was often used to “bun out Babylon,” which was viewed as an oppressor of the people. While he was endeared to ordinary people, there were many more still who were threatened by his influence as well as his music which became powerfully influential around the world. The attempt on his life has been speculated to be an attempt to silence Marley’s voice as the poor gravitated to his music and messages.

In particular, the events leading up to the days have linked Marley’s shooting to the 1976 elections, which were called by the PNP and shifted to the day of Marley’s concert, which was scheduled for December 5, 1976. That election was by far one of the bloodiest in Jamaican history, and many historians of the day have linked the political events of the day and Marley’s shooting to political forces who were desperate to silence Marley. There was a feeling that Marley’s concert might have swayed the electorate away from the then governing People’s National Party, PNP.

It seems the latest push back by those in the dancehall fraternity is to ensure that the historical connection to crime in Jamaica is not miswritten going forward for the current generation. Bounty Killer has constantly been speaking on the effects of poverty and inner-city life even as he tried to make a difference with his “Bounty Foundation,” which has undertaken massive charity work to assist the poor and needy. According to him, social dysfunction enables violence to thrive as a culture in Jamaica, which is why he believes in empowering people to get out of those situations with his Foundation.

Meanwhile, many artists echoed the sentiments of the “Sufferer” deejay as they debated the contributions and effect of crime on the island.

Among those who responded is Baby Cham, who said, “tell them General…”

Konshens also said, “ask every ghetto yute how di war start and hear wah 90% a dem tell u.” Chi Ching, Charly Black, and Kemar Highcon also cosigned the post.

However, while many of the Bounty’s followers commented their agreement with his statements, others took a different view.

One person comment, “…I can’t fully agree with what you saying I born and grow a ghetto like most people and if we say music no play role or influence in crime and violence we are being hypocrites and sick liers [sic] and a big part of the problem as you say its multiple things and to be honest music and the influence of artists is in that mix. Long gone are the days people kill over politics, that’s a thing of the 70s,80, 90s.”

The commenter added, “in the last 10 years look at the amount of artist who have been charged with gun related crimes it’s unheard of because back in the days artist sing not get in gun business.”

Among those involved in crimes in one way or the other and charged and sentenced to serve jail time are Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man, Tommy Lee Sparta, Rytikal, Xklusive, Laden are just a few.

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Usain Bolt Slams Critics Of His Dancehall Venture After Police Dropped DRM Case

Usain Bolt is hitting back at critics who he insinuates are ungrateful for his many contributions to Jamaica while only having a problem with him because he has entered the dancehall forum.

The video comes a day after disclosures by the police that a pending case against Usain Bolt for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act for his surprise birthday party last year was dropped. Many persons reacted with anger and disappointment that the sprint legend seemed to be getting some preferential treatment while his counterparts, like Beenie Man, is facing the consequences for a similar breach.

Usain Bolt, however, is reminding his critics of his overall contributions to the country as he insinuates that nobody had a problem with him doing things for Jamaica in other sectors, but they have a problem with him contributing to dancehall/reggae music.

In a video shared on his Instagram account, Bolt is seen vibing to a new song voiced by veteran dancehall deejay Baby Cham who criticizes the government’s reaction to the Covid-19 virus. The lyrics of the song says many are tired of the measures against the virus as the pandemic brings undue hardship, which Baby Cham addresses.

“Can’t chat to mi friend only phone and video link / Can’t go a Helshire go eat or have a drink / Can’t get fi hustle so we revenue shrink / You want the people dem a get pushed to the brink / So we drink, nothin’ else nuh deh fi do but go crazy / Leaders who need fi listen and nuh taze we / Don’t forget ah vote fi you, do, it amaze mi / Wonder if a care if unu care or if a unu lazy / Months and months dem ah say fi stay home / Can’t go a barber, fi weeks mi hair nuh comb,” Cham deejays.

The track star is the latest among sportsmen pursuing a career in music which includes the links of DJ Bravo, Kyle Butler, Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, and others.

Bolt, however, has taken issue with those who criticize him. His caption accompanying the song from Baby Cham asked why people had a problem with him.

“Usain Bolt contributes to Sports – No Problem

Usain Bolt contributes to Food/Cuisine – No Problem

Usain Bolt contributes to Education – No Problem

Usain Bolt contributes to Health – No Problem

Usain Bolt contributes to Finance – No Problem

Usain Bolt Contributes to Dancehall/Reggae Music – PROBLEM!

Why?

Usain Bolt contributes to Agriculture – No Problem

Usain Bolt Contributes to Commerce/Technology – No Problem.

Usain Bolt Contributes to Employment – No Problem

Usain Bolt Contributes to Secuirty – No Problem

Usain Bolt Contributes to Dancehall/Reggae Music- PROBLEM!

Why?”

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Meanwhile, Dovey Magnum sought to sympathize with Bolt under the post as she related, “as a producer you feel like that…try being a artist with natural talent and vocals.”

Bolt also received nods from Teejay, who echoed his question and commented, “why??”.

While many of his commenters supported him, some took a different view of Bolt’s post.

One person wrote, “Usain Bolt has a massive ego and talks about himself in the 3rd person – problem.”

Another said, “you are too intelligent to support rubbish like this bro. Jamaica isn’t the only place that has lockdown/covid 19 measures in place. The govt didn’t put these measures in place ‘to fight poor people’ or fight anyone for that matter. We need fi stop promote shit that drives strife and divisiveness within our society. Do bettah mi bredda.”

Among Bolt’s critics are OVO superstar Popcaan who seemed to have ruffled the feathers of Bolt after he told Bolt to stick to track and field and leave music to the more talented youths. Popcaan’s response was to Bolt’s feature on a song where he attempted to emulate a DJ Khaled type presence on his friend Nugent’s song. Fans were disappointed that he did not sing as they expected some vocals since he credited the song with his name as an artist.

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MP Lisa Hanna Bats For Ganja Lab And Gets Support From Entertainers

Jamaica announced that it would authorize a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalize small amounts of weed in 2015, but they are yet to cash in significantly like other countries in the world. In the US, where a similar approach was taken in multiple states, Forbes Magazine reported that the marijuana industry had raked in US$17.5 billion in 2020, which represented a 46% increase from 2019. Jamaica’s industry hasn’t scratched the financial surface like this.

Just two months ago, Jamaica faced a shortage of the herb due to an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers. She added that the island faced heavy rains, which were followed by a drought. Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna may have come up with a solution to help aid the industry. She recently suggested that the government use money, which was intended for a new parliament building, to construct a ganja lab instead.

During a parliament sitting in March, she said: “The government must establish and fund a facility in partnership with one of our universities to allow small farmers to manufacture and process their raw weed, for a fee, into products that the market demands.”

She added: “This must be a national lab, so when the Israelites or Americans hear about it, they know that they can come to the Jamaican national ganja lab. This lab must also have the responsibility of promoting Jamaican ganja- the best in the world.”

Her suggestion was met with elation from several marijuana advocates and entertainers. The MP explained her plan further and indicated that the ganja lab would help to drive the scientific research for cannabis. This would bring standardization to the product that is grown, which can then be used to make products for export. According to reports, the new parliament building would cost about US$50 million (about J$7.5 billion). That’s according to the Urban Development Corporation.

Veteran conscious dancehall entertainer, Tony Rebel, was one of the entertainers who believe that the idea should be welcomed by the government. The “Jah By My Side” singer, who spoke with the STAR said that Hanna’s ambitions were in line with persons like Professor Manley West and Dr. Albert Lockhart. Two men who were instrumental in the medical marijuana research field and whose study eventually contributed to the glaucoma treatment called Canasol.

“So in the request of making a lab in Jamaica, it is very important as the lab could service our own people nationally and possibly the Caribbean,” he added. He, like many others in the industry, is waiting for the export market to open up for the real profits to begin rolling in. He added: “but the exportation of it hasn’t been opened up as yet and that’s where my interests are.”

Another reggae artiste and marijuana supporter, Chezidek, also spoke with the STAR and shared his thoughts on the matter. He would be happy to welcome the lab as “the youths have to come and study the marijuana to the fullest.”

The artist, who is most popularly known for his hit single “Leave The Trees”, also said the idea was good for breaking the barriers about how people consider the herb. It could help to erase the old way of thinking of marijuana as a drug, he added.

For Chezidek, there should also be some sort of compensation from the government for all the years of persecution as well. He saw the situation as one where the persecutors were now making all the profits off of those that they had persecuted for years. He added, “for the use of a tree given to us by the Almighty that they are now trying to capitalise on.”

His stance on the matter comes because he wants to ensure that the poor man will also be able to benefit from the decriminalization of marijuana. He believes that it should now be treated like any other crop.

“The Government should work with the people like they do for other crops. I want to see the poor man benefit from ganja. Give us the space to grow our own ganja and sell it and redesign the system so that the small man isn’t limited to just five trees,” he continued.

JACANA’s quality assurance manager Stephen-Jon Brown also agreed with the sentiments being expressed and urged the government to move forward with a plan for a ganja lab.

“As it stands now some labs are making efforts to improve, especially the Bureau of Standards Jamaica. However, if these labs don’t act quickly, we will fail to get credible results and this will greatly affect our chances of exporting,” he said.

MP Hanna has also taken issue with the fact that the small farmer is yet to reap the benefits of the marijuana industry. During the same parliament sitting in March in which she suggested the marijuana lab, she said: “Today, no small farmer with historical know-how will ever meet the standards required for production. The licensing authority is approaching it as if every applicant wants to be an exporter. This established bureaucracy is locking out our small farmers.

She added: “The same ones who created the product so many years ago and suffered at the hands of the police for something which is now a global sensation and is legal in several countries have no way of getting a slice of the pie. If those small farmers never go up in the hills for three/four months and hide, you wouldn’t know ’bout Jamaican good ganja,” she said.

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Rich The Kid & Jay Critch Checks In With Popcaan & Skillibeng In Jamaica For New Music

Rich The Kid and Jay Critch checks in with dancehall giants Popcaan and Skillibeng in Jamaica.

Rich The Kid and Jay Critch are the two latest international rappers to touch down on Jamaican soil. Their visit begs the question, “Is this just a vacation or are they up to some musical mischief?” While the answer to that question has not yet been given by the artists, the two are hanging out with Dancehall deejays Skillibeng and Popcaan, and that is enough evidence for fans to surmise there is an upcoming collab.

Last Friday, April 16, Rich The Kid posted a video on Instagram jamming to Skillibeng’s hit single “Crocodile Teeth,” and just a day after, the rapper posted pictures of himself and Skilli hanging out, captioned, “TOP SHOTTAS.”

The latest additions to the crew, Popcaan and Jay Critch, currently have fans on the tip of their seats, awaiting an official announcement of a new collab.

A video of the four artists chilling on an undisclosed balcony is currently circulating on social media, and the public was quick to point out Popcaan’s association with multiple international artists, painting him to be an ambassador for Jamaica’s entertainment industry.

Sources told Urban Islandz that the rappers discussed collaborations with the two dancehall hitmakers but it’s unclear if they actually went into the studio to record. Still, it’s clear that Rich The Kid and Jay Critch was having the time of their lives in Jamrock.

One person commented, “If you go to Jamaica and didn’t check in with Popcaan did you really even go to Jamaica”, another added “Popcaan- Ministry of Tourism”, and another expressed, “At this point, Popcaan is on the list of Things to do/ visit when in Jamaica. Get Devon House ice cream, visit Bob Marley Museum, take a picture with Popcaan…seems about right.”

Several international artists, including Stonebwoy, Quavo, Davido, and Drake, have documented their time with Popcaan following their visit to Jamaica.

The “Firm and Strong” deejay signed with Drake’s record label OVO Sound and Warner Records in 2018 and has collaborated with the Canadian rapper a number of times, with songs including “Twist And Turn,” “All I Need,” and “My Chargie.”

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Popcaan has also collaborated with multiple other international artists, including Davido, Wale, Pusha T, Jamie XX, Gorillas, and Giggs.

While Skillibeng is still relatively new on the entertainment scene, after getting his breakthrough in late 2019, fans are expecting him to make the same big moves in the industry in the coming years.

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Mr. Lexx Responds To Criticisms For Trashing DJ Khaled

Mr. Lexx is clapping back at criticism from inside dancehall for trashing DJ Khaled on Twitter.

Despite the backlash Mr. Lexx has been receiving for the past four days, the dancehall veteran is standing by his contentious comments hurled at We The Best Music chief DJ Khaled. On Monday, August 12, the “Full Hundred” deejay made a tweet that has since developed controversy across Jamaica and its entertainment industry. “Every time Khalid come yah a di same artiste dem him use and di song dem nah hit. Kmt yea I said it,” he tweeted. This comment did not sit well with some members of the public and at least two members of the dancehall industry.

Popular selector Bishop Escobar and veteran producer Gussie Clarke defended the Grammy-winning producer, saying he has the right to work with “whomever he chooses, however often he wants.”

Others accuse Mr. Lexx of being “hateful” and “badmind.” One Instagram user said, “Mr. Lex fi admit seh all he wants issa song wid d man,” another expressed, “Just sounds like jealousy,” and another accused, “Mr. Lexx is a hater.”

But Mr. Lexx, whose real name is Christopher Palmer, is maintaining that he reserves the right to freely express his opinions, even those that are contrary to popular beliefs.

To these comments, Mr. Lexx responded, “Dung yah suh Anybody weh voice dem opinion is either a Hater or Bad Mind… Daam.”

Dung yah suh Anybody weh voice dem opinion is either a Hater or Bad mind… Daam.

— Mr Lexx (@therealmrlexx) April 15, 2021

Additionally, the deejay also responded to an article posted by The Star titled “Local music players defend DJ Khaled after Mr Lexx rant.” To this, he said, “Mi never did a rant.. but carry on.”

DJ Khaled had been enjoying his stay in Jamaica over the past few days, constantly keeping the public updated with pictures and videos posted on his page. The producer, who had always expressed gratitude to Jamaica for its part in his rise, has been in “album mode” since he arrived on the island, with his latest update on the album being at 98.2 percent completion. Based on pictures DJ Khaled shared on social media, international artists H.E.R and Migos, as well as local artists Buju Banton, Busy Signal, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Capleton, and Koffee, will be featured on his upcoming album, Khaled Khaled, due later this year.

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Rich The Kid Just Land In Jamaica & Already Turnt With Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth”

Rich The Kid is turnt from the moment he landed in Jamaica and Skillibeng provided the soundtrack.

Skillibeng‘s hit single “Crocodile Teeth” is still picking up traction as another international celebrity was spotted vibing to the song. The single, released in October last year, has been circulating rapidly, both locally and internationally, since its release. On Friday, April 16, rapper Rich The Kid posted a video, evidently validating his stay in Jamaica. In the video, he is on the top of a building surrounded by beautiful greenery and a pool while vibing to the St. Thomas native’s hit track. The video was captioned, “When that check hit,” finished with a Jamaican flag and tagging the artiste.

Two days ago, Rich The Kid announced that he had signed a new record deal with Rostrum Records but still kept his independence as an artist. Could there be a new collab coming? This is the question fans are asking upon seeing the rapper’s obvious connection with the song. But this is not the first time the question of collaboration between international artists and Skilli had emerged, as just recently, the public shared similar ideas for fellow rapper Bobby Shmurda and the dancehall deejay.

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Bobby Shmurda, who is a fan of the dancehall deejay, had posted a video promoting songs from Skillibeng just before announcing that he would be releasing new music for himself soon. Fans had speculated then that Skilli would be featured in the new music to come.

In addition, Shmurda’s alleged girlfriend Lilly had shared a video set to the same soundtrack, “Crocodile teeth.” Shmurda has strong connections to Jamaica as his father is a native of the island.

Other international artists, including Burna Boy and Alexis Skyy, have jammed to “Crocodile Teeth,” and fans have been speculating that both the song and the deejay still have the potential to reach even further.

The EastSyde prodigy was also named in a list of Drake’s favorite Dancehall artists. On April 12, the Canadian rapper posted a picture of his “brother,” Popcaan, and Skillibeng to his IG story. The shot was taken from their cameo appearances in Koffee’s “Lockdown” video.

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DJ Khaled’s ‘Khaled Khaled’ Album Features All-Star Dancehall Lineup, Koffee, Bounty Killer & More

DJ Khaled has assembled a star-studded dancehall lineup for his new album with Koffee, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, and other artists. The album called Khaled Khaled” is almost ready at 98% done, according to the legendary music producer who is in Jamaica.

DJ Khaled has always been a fan of and includes reggae and dancehall acts in his projects, but this might be the first time that he is featuring so many artists on his album. What’s even more unique about the new project is that, unlike other overseas producers/ artists who worked with Jamaican acts, Khaled flew down to Jamaica. He also brought his crew to record and shoot music videos in Jamaica, so money from the album production is flowing directly into the island.

The new album is Khaled’s 12th studio album, and among those who are going to be featured are Migos and H.E.R. They are also in Jamaica for a week as they wrap up filming. Several other A-listers are said to be on the album, which includes Post Malone and Drake, who are on the first two tracks of the album. The tracks -“Popstar” and “Greece” have already been released. The songs mark the reunion of Drake and DJ Khaled, who last worked together in 2010.

Both songs debuted at No. 8 and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively, marking the Canadian rapper’s 39th and 40th Hot 100 top ten song entries- achieving a milestone as it broke Madonna’s 18-year record.

In the U.S, “Greece was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million-plus copies while “Popstar” was certified 2x platinum-selling more than two (2) million copies.

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DJ Khaled also has released a trailer for a “Reggae-tinged” version of the song “Popstar” with a video featuring Khaled and Spanish actor and filmmaker from Speed Kills and Ibiza– Jordi Molla. The music for the trail is Sizzla’s “Rise To The Occasion.”

The music producer has collaborated on several past projects with dancehall artists, including the 2020 release of “Holy Mountain” featuring Buju Banton, Sizzla, Mavado, and 070 Shake. The video for the song was shot in Jamaica with all of the artists along with Khaled together.

The dancehall acts that Khaled has enlisted for his 12th studio album so far are all legendary acts within the industry. He said, “working on something special I never forget where I come from. JAH LIV!”

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Several of the artists re-shared images and videos of themselves with Khaled as fans shared their hopes for great music. Barrington Levy, on his official Instagram account, said, “In the studio w/the Best. Good vibes and much love always. Heat coming your way, be on the lookout…Just wait for it it’s going to be grande.”

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He also shared photos of himself with DJ Khaled on the Sandals-owned luxury property Villa Rio Chico where Khaled and his family and film crew are all staying. “wait for it, it’s going to be epic…”

The artist is known for his hit singles like “Black Roses”, “Too Experienced’, ‘Living Dangerously” featuring Bounty Killer, “Collie Weed”- a homage to the practice of smoking marijuana, “Here I Come,” “Shine Eye Girl,” and “Ah Yah We Deh” just to name a few of his hits.

Fans are expecting heavy dancehall and reggae influence on the album, even as DJ Khaled says he’s working on getting the album ready for release when he leaves Jamaica. He hasn’t shared more details on the names of the upcoming songs and how the collaborations will be paired.

In a video, DJ Khaled commented on the star-studded lineup as he praised both Levy and King Shango while they were on set. “HISTORY!!!” he wrote on his official Instagram account. “Listen, legendary Barrington Levy..legendary, legendary, legendary, Barrington Levy, Bounty, Buju, Fireman (Capleton), they don’t just come out for anybody.”

In other posts, Khaled emphasized that his twelfth album will be a “very special album.” The Album comes on the heels of his 11th album named “Father of Asahd,” named after his son. The 12th album “Khaled Khaled” is indeed special for DJ Khaled as it is named after his real name – Khaled Mohamed Khaled.

Khaled’s coming of age in the world of music is quite fascinating as he once told Larry King in an interview that he was a devout Muslim. That, however, hasn’t stopped him from making positive, feel-good music. Over the years, he has been accused of being a culture vulture to Jamaican music. However, if you look closely, you might be able to see that the reason he says that the album is special because it is paying homage to some of the people and the genres of music that helped him to cement his foot in music.

This includes the foundational figures in Dancehall who brought the DJ down to perform at shows in Jamaica. He would often visit the island and link up with the likes of Bounty Killer as he played sets at street dances in the inner cities of Jamaica.

His stint as a DJ also saw him paying homage to dancehall and reggae music on his shows in the 1990s- on Mix 96 and later Jamz 99in Miami where he played regular rotations of Dancehall and Reggae Music as well at Madhouse club and others in the South Florida area in the early 2000s.

Khaled was also in Jamaica deejaying at several events on the island, including Summer Jam in 2000. For some old enough to know the musical link, it’s acknowledged even by Khaled that his talent was appreciated and recognized in Jamaica long before it was in other parts of the United States and the world.

It was indeed the stepping stone he needed to make a mark in the hip hop/ rap world, which was just becoming introduced to the act of “toasting” or deejaying- a Jamaican phenomenon copied and replicated in hip hop parties.

DJ Khaled was also featured on Bounty Killer’s album “Ghetto Dictionary: Art of War” released in 2002 on the single “Bring the War On” featuring DJ Kalid [sic] as he was then known. His connection to dancehall goes deep with his many dubplates of dancehall finest even as they too were striving to make a name for themselves.

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He has featured in the Jamaican movie Shotta and had signed Mavado to his ‘We The Best’ Label following advice from Bounty Killer. He has also maintained a close friendship with Buju Banton, even visiting the reggae star while he was incarcerated for drugs dealing in the United States and coming to visit Buju after he was released as he introduced his children to Buju.

Nobody goes as hard when it comes to their album as DJ Khaled, but especially when it comes to Jamaica, the DJ shares a special relationship with the island, as many are coming to acknowledge. Hopefully, the latest album will cause the claim that he is a culture vulture to diffuse and also cause him to open new doors for some younger Jamaican artists to enter the mainstream hip hop and rap industry.

DJ Khaled’s album Khaled Khaled is slated for release by summer 2021.

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DJ Khaled Lives His Best Life In Jamaica But Some Locals Questioned Gov Curfew

DJ Khaled is living his best life in Jamaica while promoting the island to his global audience, but some locals are questioning government curfew orders.

International music producer DJ Khaled has always had a serious love affair with Jamaica. So much so that he vacations here on a regular basis and is even now currently on the island working on his latest album slated for release sometime soon. DJ Khaled has always been quite vocal about his love for the island, and once he hits the shores, his fans and followers can expect posts from him detailing his trip. He has certainly become an ‘ambassador” of sorts when it comes to promoting Jamaica.

This trip is no different, as he hangs out at the spot he refers to as “Holy Mountain.” Khaled has been busy posting shots of his time on the island, which many have suspected will be featured in projects for the upcoming album. He has also been meeting up with quite a lot of top Jamaican recording artists, including Buju Banton, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and Bounty Killer. It’s safe to say his new album will definitely have a Jamaican flair to it.

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Along with sharing photos of himself and the aforementioned artists, he has also been sharing videos and photos of himself. These have, of course, drawn the attention of the Jamaican populace. Many have praised him for always showing Jamaica in a positive light. Others have pointed out that Khaled seems to have been afforded the privilege of moving freely irrespective of the current curfew measures in place across the island.

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He has been spotted with his team taking photos and videos on the beach and other popular areas, including rivers and waterfalls. One user noted: “So police run me a me yard cause me deh river buy nah run….u know what man nvm.”

The “We The Best” mogul also took some time to plug Jamaica soft drink brand Ting.

He is seen hanging out with what looks like lifeguards with a bottle of Ting in hand. In a very Jamaican-sounding voice, he says, “Some man a drink soda man like mi a drink Ting.”

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Khaled’s next album will be his 12th studio album and will be titled “Khaled Khaled.” He has already gotten some big names from hip hop on the album, including Post Malone, H.E.R, and Migos. This trip to Jamaica seems to be a further addition to what is expected to be another hit album for him. What are your thoughts on Khaled being given “leeway” to hang out at the beaches and rivers during the all-island curfew?

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Spice Says Jamaica Is Always Home For Her Despite Team Spice Atlanta Expansion

Spice insists that Jamaica is always her home and assured her local fans that she isn’t going anywhere as she expands Team Spice in Atlanta.

Dancehall artiste Spice has certainly been expanding her craft globally, so much so that the “Needle Eye” singer made the decision to expand her team to the North American market. In March, she announced she would be filling positions on her team for Atlanta. As a result of this move, she hosted a massive job fair that saw quite a large turnout. While she will always call Jamaica home, the deejay says based on her needs in the US market, it became imperative to have a team there also.

She told The Gleaner, “Since I started spending more time in Atlanta, I had to always wait until I go back home to Jamaica to shoot a music video because that is where my team is. But when I am in Atlanta, I don’t want the work to stop for me.”

She went on to explain, “That is the real reason why I am expanding Team Spice in Atlanta and the whole reason I am doing the job fair.” Spice also noted that while she has work to do in the US, Jamaica will always be home as that’s “where my heart is.” She hosted the job fair to find video directors, dancers, make-up artists, and content creators to make up her team in Atlanta.

From the looks of things, the audition was a huge success, so much so that she revealed she did not even get to meet with all who turned up. She also admitted that the persons she did get a chance to see were quite impressive.

Spice is expected to drop another single from her soon-to-be-released album “Ten” on April 30, 2021. She will also use that opportunity to reveal who made the cut for Team Spice in Atlanta.

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Jamaica PM Andrew Holness Unapologetic About Dancehall Contributing To Crime

The Jamaican Prime Minister is doubling down on dancehall music, being a major contributor to the high crime rate in the country.

Crime has long been a growing epidemic in Jamaica that governments are often stumped with. The disturbing outbreak of violence is so outrageous that Jamaica is recognized as a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world. While this is not at all new and historically was spurred on by violent political strategies, the current government is calling for dancehall music to start observing a social responsibility to young listeners.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was recently criticized by music artists and fans for a statement regarding dancehall being a main cause of violence in Jamaica. Nevertheless, he is doubling down on his stance and is having the discussion yet again in his recent parliamentary meeting. The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, also known as BroGad, seems to be offering a blanket response to the counter-arguments from dancehall artists who have reacted to his previous remarks.

“In as much as you are free to reflect what is happening in the society, you also have a duty to place it in context,” he said. “That is not right, and though you have the protection of the constitution to sing about it, you also have a duty to the children who are listening to you to say ‘man, that is not right,’” he added.

Holness implied that artists are selective of which crimes to lash out on and maintained that all forms of violence are wrong. He went on to say that as a society, we “are not yet serious” if we cannot see that, and our outrage is short-lived. The public has had the opportunity to weigh in on the debate on social media, and while some agree with the negative influence of dancehall music on society. Many do not concur with the implication that it is responsible for the spike in the crime rate.

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In one retort, an Instagram user commented, “Kmt you can’t control crime an a try turn on the music. Move a gweh. Look pan movies, tv, games, plus a who guh buy dub plates fi promotion. Bredda u did seh we ago can sleep wid wi doors open. Gwaan guh fix crime an low the art form that is providing a way out, U hear nuh artist a seh kidnap woman an kill them?” Another more succinct comment read, “it’s all about the person mindset.”

On the other side of the spectrum, some chimed in to say the PM’s speech was “facts.” Interestingly, it is also a fact that even decades ago, when there were no artists singing about “tek up the AK-47 and dun it inna man head” as Holness puts it, crime was also at a high rate in Jamaica. Fueled by the divide promoted by political parties, even socially conscious singer Bob Marley himself was a target of assassination attempts. Marley sang about unity and love and tried to get opposing parties to reconcile for the goodness of the country. However, crime was still at a significant level because of root causes like poverty, lack of opportunities, and of course, poor leadership (parenting, country leaders, etc.)

Some argue that that was then and this is now but just like traditions are passed down, so is the landscape of a country’s culture and the foundation that has long been set by our ancestors. Oftentimes, we understand our parents so much better after we see how they grew up, what their influences were and how what they were conditioned to believe. The same can be said about the areas where crime is concentrated in Jamaica and why it has remained so. While it is true that dancehall needs not perpetuate the idea of crime further, the positivity that Prime Minister Andrew Holness calls for it to promote is also present in the genre.

Jamaican artists sing about guns and violence but they also sing about love, struggles, hope, dreams, and other realities. Fans decide which songs get popular and which get lost in the sea of the oversaturated music industry. That being said, while a correlation is being drawn to crime and dancehall music, perhaps it is an inherent desire of the listener that drives the song and not the words of the artist that drives the crime. One Instagram user who weighed in on the matter said, “Bro the amount of positive songs out there and nobody paying them any attention, people gravitate towards the hardcore music, that is why the artiste supply the market with that type of music.”

Would Vybz Kartel be the most popular dancehall artist had it not been for the fans? More importantly, did fans gravitate towards him because of his relatability which could only come from him articulating what already exists? Based on the comments that are pouring in on the topic of Andrew Holness’s controversial statement, some believe that dancehall is being used as a scapegoat. “Gun violence and crime was around long before man an man start sing bout it. Politicians always trying to point finger and blame the citizen them,” wrote one user. “If the artist dem stop sing gun tune today crime nah move and that’s a fact,” another added.

Some also accused the PM of being a hypocrite as many dancehall artists remixed similar songs when they were called upon to promote political campaigns during the national election. “Oh but dancehall can promote politics with the same sort of songs for your campaign,” one fan wrote. Others defended Holness and his agenda, saying he is not hating on the music but rather is calling for dancehall artists to discourage violence in their songs. Again, this is done all the time in dancehall as even the biggest artists like Vybz Kartel and Mavado have contradicted previous releases by encouraging unity and the youth to refrain from crime and violence.

Like businesses, artists also have a social responsibility which they often honor with uplifting music that never gets as much attention as they ought to. However, when they sing about “badness,” fans love them for it while the government hates them for it. Music is not the only form of influential media, and dancehall is not the only genre that promotes a gangster lifestyle, so how did it suddenly become the cause of violence in Jamaica? It’s easy to pass the blame onto a large industry that has a major influence on the people, but how thorough was the research that brought politicians to this conclusion? As one commenter said, “Artist sing about the violence and the politicians provide the guns!”

The constant pointing of fingers only ignores the real source of the problem. It is no coincidence that Jamaica not only has a high crime rate but also a high poverty rate. It is no coincidence that the most crime-ridden communities are some of the poorest in the country. Should we ask an inner-city youth who grew up around violence and later adopted the lifestyle why he needs a gun or why he commits crimes? Do we genuinely believe that even one of them would say dancehall music? The widespread discourse on the matter comes from varying perspectives, none of which take into account the plight of the ghetto youth. “Why we nuh talk bout the abuse and parenting and leadership issues… a desso it start,” one citizen questioned.

What’s ironic is that the national outrage stemming from the vast increase in gender-based violence like rape – something dancehall never promotes – is what initiated the discourse on the source of crime in the first place. Perhaps our MPs ought to armor up, visit our troubled communities and hear straight from the horse’s mouth what is actually lacking that would drive them to a life of crime. Here they might uncover the seed of the worsening epidemic.

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Quavo Checks In With Popcaan In Jamaica While Escaping Saweetie Drama Stateside

Migos rapper Quavo and Popcaan have linked up in Jamaica, causing fans to speculate that the two might be up to musical mischief.

As customary these days, almost every overseas artists touching down in Jamaica checks in with the Unruly Boss. A video posted by Quavo showed the two artists hanging out. The Migos rapper is seen shirtless and wearing some three-quarter pants, while Popcaan is stylish with an orange graphic t-shirt and chambray button-down shirt with his jewelry. Offset and Takeoff were not in the clip but were probably somewhere close hanging out.

“What we doing?” Quavo asks in the video, to which Popcaan responds, “Vroom, Outside.”

This might be a good move for the Atlanta rapper to escape some bad press recently regarding his ex-girlfriend Saweetie happening Stateside. Urban Islandz reported on a leaked song snippet of Quavo rapping about taking back the Bentley he gifted Saweetie in December as a Christmas present. The ex-couple was also forced to issue statements addressing a leaked video of an altercation between them from last year in Los Angeles. Despite it triggering a police investigation, both said the incident was unfortunate, and they’ve already moved past it.

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Quavo also shared some photos of himself on the beach in Jamaica on his IG. “Water Ya Feet Baby Don’t Bring Ya Own Sand To The Beach,” he wrote.

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Migos, H.E.R., and DJ Khaled working on music in Jamaica

A number of international high-profile hip hop and R&B stars are on the island with DJ Khaled. Among them the Migos rappers who are in Jamaica to finish up an album produced by DJ Khaled. The album “Khaled Khaled” is said to be 98% finished.

In a video he shared of himself driving around the Sandals-owned Villario Chico property, DJ Khaled said, “This is where Im finishing up the album, we’ll get close to finishing it up before I go back home and put the final touches to it.”

Khaled also shared videos on his Instagram story where he is seen drinking water from a coconut while sitting on a raft as the film crew shot scenes. He also shared Stories of his film crew setting up in the world-famous Green Grotto caves, no doubt as part of the music videos he is creating.

The caves are special to Jamaica, having been historically known to be the home of Jamaica’s first inhabitants, the Tainos. It also featured in one of the famous James Bond movies- Dr. No.

In the video, he said it is “a seven day shoot,” as he thanked his film crew for their hard work. “That album coming ‘Khaled Khaled’, it’s a movie,” Khaled said.

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Bounty Killer Told PM Holness To Listen His Anti-Gun Anthem “No Gun A Rise” With Chris Martin

Bounty Killer told PM Andrew Holness to listen his new anti-gun anthem “No Gun A Rise,” with Christopher Martin.

The dancehall legend shared a clip from the music video and used the opportunity to call Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s attention to the single. Holness have been under fire for his position on dancehall music being a major factor in the country’s surging crime rate. Bounty Killer and Christopher Martin’s “No Gun A Rise,” was released two months ago, long before the Prime Minister blamed dancehall lyrics for high crimes.

Both men blended their voices to promote peace and happiness, while the Yakub & Amlak music video highlights all that makes one of the most famous islands in the world such a paradise.

Christopher Martin opens the song with the chorus, “Thank God mi see di sun a rise, and the youths dem son a rise, di kids dem life dem nuh fi jeopardize, nuh wah see nuh gun a rise.”

The song continues with Bounty Killer delivering a biting verse, warnings the youths about the pitfalls involved in a life of crime and violence.

“NUH GUN A RISE. Mr. Prime Minister @andrewholness did you heard this one?” Bounty questioned. The Holness-led administration has pledged to take greater control over the country’s creative element as a way to purge the music of its violent nature. Jah Snowcone handled the production on this single.

The post sparked comments from fans who left a trail of fire emojis in the comment section, including a Chris Martin cosign. Bounty Killer, who is often referred to as ‘poor people government,’ has never been one to hide his thoughts about corruption, violence, or any other social issue in Jamaica.

Killer was recently featured on Tommy Lee Sparta’s “Brighter Days” single, which boasts a total of 14 of Jamaica’s biggest entertainers, all joining the forces to promote peace, hope, unity, and love.

The music video released on Jan 25, this year, is a must-watch if one is interested in seeing a violence-free Jamaica.

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