Beenie Man Blast OUR & JPS Over Rate Increase: “Where is the compassion for the people?”

Beenie Man sounds off against the recent JPS rate increase with Jamaicans already paying higher light bills.

The dancehall legend tweeted his displeasure over the recent rate increase granted to JPS by the Office of Utilities Regulation—OUR amid widespread outcry among Jamaicans buckling under the weight of the pandemic. Beenie Man‘s sentiments are shared by many Jamaicans who are already paying more for energy because of increases in the cost of fuel and foreign exchange rates. Since the start of the pandemic, persons have been paying close to double what they used to pay before without using more energy, even without an increase in the cost for energy rate.

The “Girls Dem Sugar” deejay questioned the prudence of the decision to grant an increase at this time, with increased COVID restrictions, which included no movement days that shortened the work schedules for the last four weeks.

“Now why would OUR approve an increase in electricity bill in the middle of the pandemic, covid restrictions, and no movement,” he stated.

Beenie Man went on to express how this move was insensitive and thoughtless, querying, “Where is the compassion for the people? #Jamaica.”

In another tweet the dancehall legend added, “We the people have been suffering for two years during this pandemic. We have had to find means to pay our bills while they kept coming. People lost jobs, and the street hustle is no longer there, remittances aren’t coming in because the families aboard are also affected!”

We the people have been suffering for two years during this pandemic. We have had to find means to pay our bills while they kept coming.

People lost jobs, and the street hustle is no longer there, remittances aren’t coming in because the families aboard are also affected!

— Beenie Man (@KingBeenieMan) September 16, 2021

Now why would OUR approve an increase in electricity bill in the middle of a pandemic, covid restrictions and no moment. Where is the compassion for the people? ??#Jamaica

— Beenie Man (@KingBeenieMan) September 16, 2021

Some fans of Beenie Man in Jamaica started sharing a meme about “Why OUR and JPS want to be that guy.” This is a recall of a meme that was birthed from Beenie Man and Bounty Killer’s appearance on the popular Verzuz live battle that Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created. The “that guy” statement was following an attempt to lock down the live event, which was in breach of COVID curfew restrictions at the time.

Fans of the deejay shared in his angered response to JPS, noting that this is an increase that Jamaicans cannot afford, as they are already plagued with increases in the cost of food, fuel, and other daily necessities. One fan commented, “A nu lie … man a talk facts….raise fair den raise light bill what next,” while another added, “People unu tief light yer. Dont mek ntn stop unu !”

The rate took effect September 1st and will reflect on JPS customers’ October bills, JPS was granted a 1.4% increase as opposed to the 3.5% they were requesting. Customers that fall within the Rate 10 category will now pay $13.85/kWh for the first 117kWh compared to the previous $7.24/kWh for the first 100kWh, and $21.03/kWh for everything above that compared to the old rate of $20.79/kWh. For business customers (Rate 20) their rate is $122.45/kWh for the first 10kWh and $9.03/kWh for each kWh after.

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Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Addresses Nicki Minaj Claims Vax Cause Swollen Testicle

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh has addressed residents concerns after Nicki Minaj claimed that a friend of her cousin’s testicle got swollen due to the vaccine.

Monday (September 13th) gave birth to the much-awaited 2021 Met Gala. The star-swarmed red carpet gave many celebrities a time to shine, but before the event even began, fans started wondering why Nicki Minaj wouldn’t be making an appearance. The reason for canceling her VMAs appearance the night before also became a hot topic.

Barbz swarmed Nicki’s Twitter with continuous questions about her well-being, and Nicki replied, confirming that she did contract COVID while she was rehearsing for her VMAs performance and shooting a music video. The “Right Thru Me” singer also revealed that she didn’t attend the Met Gala because the event required you to be vaccinated.

In one of her Tweets, Nicki disclosed that Drake had contracted COVID even while being vaccinated and that she would consider getting vaxxed after she’s done enough research. She then went on into greater detail, opening up about some saddening news involving her cousin’s friend back in Trinidad. She revealed how the vaccine made him impotent and also resulted in swollen testicles.

The Trinidadian-born rapper immediately received backlash as fans claimed that she was spreading misinformation, as the virus has never been linked to causing any fertility problems in the past. Several fellow celebrities and other prominent people bad-mouthed the rapper as the news spread. In contrast, the initial tweets have not been taken down by Twitter, who claimed, “The Tweets referenced are not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

T&T Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh

The uproar left the Trinidadian government with no choice but to release a statement on the matter a day later, on September 14th. The Health Officer of Trinidad and Tobago, Terrence Deyalsingh, held a press conference (T&T COVID-19 UPDATE), where he addressed the matter.

“The [reason] we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Ms. Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” he began.

“We did and unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim. It is as far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side-effect or adverse event and what was sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track it down,” he added.

“We take all these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media. As we stand now, there is absolutely no [reported side-effect] or adverse event.”

After hearing the news, fans were left with mixed feelings.

“I mean I don’t think y’all even get the big picture… it’s misinformation and it’s dangerous to put information that’s not conclusive out there especially in the climate we are in now,” one fan commented.

“No, but this is why it is so bad to spread false information!! Research first!! I’m not saying get the vaccination that’s personal but don’t go out here spreading 2nd or 3rd hand no factual information or stories it’s dangerous,” another added.

Others were still left confused about what she meant in her initial tweets, which have continued to cause a massive debate on social media.

#BREAKING – Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responds to swollen testicle claim made by Trinidad-born entertainer @NICKIMINAJ; says there is no such reported case in Trinidad & Tobago (TTT) pic.twitter.com/NNsc9EUTKP

— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021

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Nicki Minaj Reveals She Contracted Covid-19 While Shooting Video

Nicki Minaj says she contracted Covid-19 recently after shooting a video.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, September 13th, Nicki Minaj revealed that she recently tested positive for the coronavirus. “I was prepping for vmas then I shot a video & guess who got COVID?” she posted. “Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama?”

She continued in anticipation of fans advocating for the vaccine, adding, “’get vaccinated’ Drake had just told me he got covid w/THE VACCINE tho so chile.”

Minaj, whose baby boy will be turning one year old this month, continued to argue with fans who explained that the COVID-19 vaccine does not always prevent illness but does make severe symptoms far less likely to occur.

“That’s not true,” she replied to one fan. “I had the exact same symptoms as ppl with the damn vaccine.” Nicki went on to announce that she will not be attending the Met Gala because of the new vaccination requirement, saying, “If I get vaccinated it won’t be for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve doe enough research. I’m working on that now.” She followed her vaccine hesitancy up with some solid advice, adding, “Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”

The Barbz is also claiming that her cousin in Trinidad became impotent as a result of the vaccine, although there is no evidence that the vaccine is linked to impotence. She advised her fans to “pray on it” and to “make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision.”

The superstar rapper went on to admit that she will eventually need to get the vaccine once she decides to go on tour and advised those who need the vaccine for their jobs to get vaccinated. While no vaccine is one hundred percent effective, research shows that being vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of becoming hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.

Despite the data showing the effectiveness of the vaccine, some folks, including some celebrities, continue to push conspiracy theories in their campaign against it.

Love u babe. I was prepping for vmas then i shot a video & guess who got COVID? Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama? “get vaccinated” Drake had just told me he got covid w|THE VACCINE tho so chile https://t.co/wInXoJcHBn

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

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Watch the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections

Watch the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections
The film is in theaters on December 22, 2021.

By Jordan Darville

September 09, 2021

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in the iconic sci-fi action series, and today the film’s first official trailer has dropped. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss return as Neo and Trinity, respectively, with Lana Wachowski directing and co-writing the film (Lilly Wachowski, who co-wrote and directed the first three films with her sister Lana, declined to return for the fourth film). The trailer reveals some new faces too, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Candyman) appears as a very Morpheus-y looking character, and Neil Patrick Harris shows up as Neo’s therapist. Now, if everyone would just get vaccinated and stay inside until this movie gets released on December 22, we can safely enjoy it in theaters, (mostly) free from the shadow of COVID. Thanks in advance!

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Popcaan Sends Encouraging Message To Unruly Fans, Have Faith Despite Pandemic

Popcaan send his Unruly fans some words of encouragement as the pandemic rages on.

The “Give Thanks” deejay took to his Instagram account to remind his fans always to pray and count their blessings even amid adversaries. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, life has gotten harder for many persons, some of whom have lost their jobs, have experienced shortened work hours, and have tragically lost loved ones to the virus. It has been an especially hard time for parents, who have the added challenge of ensuring their children are in school with limited internet and smart device access.

Popcaan words of encouragement come at a most opportune time, as Jamaicans are in the middle of the 3rd week of no movement days. It has been deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has put a strain on the nation’s health service. This strain has resulted in hospitals being limited to emergency services, and there has also been a recent oxygen shortage that affected both COVID patients as well as newborn babies. Citizens who already have a hard time covering their basic needs are now experiencing a lockdown which puts a greater strain on their limited resources and mental health.

In the post, he spoke about how persons may be losing their faith and questioning God’s power during these trying times, but he quickly reminded them that it is okay to trust God as he is still working miracles.

“I see pandemic have people questioning God’s power, yes there’s a God!!! Yess it’s ok to still pray and give thanks!!! Yes it’s ok to still have faith and believe in yourself!!! Yes it’s ok to trust God!! He’s still working miracles, don’t make pandemic change your thinking and mindset!!! It’s ok to have faith,” he wrote which he later shared in a tweet.

Faithful ?? pic.twitter.com/sg2hJrRr2D

— Popcaan (@PopcaanMusic) September 6, 2021

There seems to be no near end in sight for the pandemic, and Popcaan’s words are just the fuel his fans need to carry on.

One commented, “Blessings haffi flow when the prayers gone up.” Another said, “Yes !!! My God is real. From mi si mi survive COVID who could it be. Put yuh trust in him with a prayer a day peeps.”

Since the emergence of the Coronavirus, new strains have been popping up all across the world, which continues to prove more deadly than the prior variants.

Popcaan also has his own problems dealing with. Just last week a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest which was put on hold as his court hearing for traffic offenses was rescheduled to November 4.

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Chronixx Cancels New York Concert, Venue Says Vaccines Not The Issue

A concert that was supposed to be held in New York at the Brooklyn Mirage was canceled by Chronixx himself and not because of any updated vaccine mandate. That’s according to a representative of the venue who confirmed with The Gleaner that neither their management nor the city had anything to do with the cancellation.

The concert was scheduled for next Monday, September 6. According to the unidentified woman who the publication made contact with it, it was Chronixx who called and canceled.

She added: “Oh no, you did not need to be vaccinated. That concert was being held at our outdoor venue so it was either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination.”

Chronixx made the cancellation of the widely anticipated Chronixx Live in Brooklyn concert known last Tuesday, August 31, via his Instagram account.

“Massive love to my family all over world and especially the family in NYC. The almighty is carrying us,” he posted.

The picture he posted also contained a message which read, “Due to circumstances beyond our control our September 6th concert at the Brooklyn Mirage has been cancelled. We appreciate everyone who bought tickets and made plans to attend. Thank you always for showing us love.”

Many of his fans had speculated that it was because of new vaccine requirements.

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For those who were interested in the concert, they had to be over 21 and email reservations@avant-gardner.com to book a ticket.

Before the cancellation, The Avant Gardner website noted that the concert was an outdoor event and, more importantly, that proof of vaccination would not be required for entry. On the same note, they added that this was subject to change, pending any additional guidelines from the city or health officials.

Fans, understandably disappointed, had naturally assumed it had something to do with mandatory vaccines since Chronixx, like some other Rastafarian entertainers, have expressed their distrust of vaccines. Many have since called for him to hold the concert online.

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Life’s Good is a glimpse into a healed and connected world

Life’s Good is a glimpse into a healed and connected world
A global group of filmmakers reflects on community, adventure, and more in the LG-produced film.

By The FADER

August 27, 2021

The past 18 months have tested the limits of our capacity for positivity. Socially distant, unsure, and facing new and unfamiliar challenges, we streamed, celebrated, and connected virtually, learned, and, most importantly, created through unprecedented change. In the new short film, Life’s Good, produced by tech giant LG, this resilience is on full display. Broken down into six chapters from community to adventure, the film offers viewers a chance to see the world through the eyes of people from all across it. Sourced from over 500 public submissions from 33 countries, the global effort focused on both the mundane and the grandiose, and everything in between. In one moment, children play in an open field and a brave few go skydiving, hiking, and camping while surrounded by the beauty of nature. In another, a couple dances around their apartment and friends celebrate on a Brooklyn rooftop as fireworks abound. This mix of footage, from professional-grade clips to mobile phone snaps, blends almost seamlessly to tell a cohesive story of the human condition. “Goodness,” as explored in the film, is vast and complex, appearing totally different from one shot to the next depending on the perspective. Ultimately, the film is a glimpse into the multitude of ways existence, even in moments of complete solitude despite our new relationship with isolation, can be sweet.

The FADER sat down with the film’s director, New York-based Jackson Tisi, about the challenges of directing a film shot by the world, and what makes life so good.

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Jackson Tisi. 2021.

 

The FADER: You mention that the experience of directing Life Is Good was unlike your other directing experience because you had to relinquish so much control. Can you speak to that a bit more?

It was kind of a leap of faith. When this project first came in, that was the main hesitancy in joining. Signing on to the project was the idea of having to do something without the kind of railroad tracks that I’m used to. I do a lot of prep, a lot of writing, and a lot of planning. And then, with this project, there wasn’t even a shoot. So, this was just a different sort of exercise in filmmaking, and once I reframed it, it became really exciting. When we asked people to submit, we didn’t even know what type of material we would get. Then we were blessed with over 500 people submitting their footage to us, and we found our way as we went.

What drew you to the Life’s Good project despite being hesitant in the beginning?

Exactly the same thing: the idea of doing something new and different. As a young filmmaker, I always try to be really open to experimenting and learning new things. I saw this as a way for me to collaborate and connect with people from around the world and come away from the sometimes pretentiousness of filmmaking. There was something really human about this project that drew me to it. Once I opened my eyes to not being locked into doing things a certain way, that new opportunity seemed really enticing.

Life’s Good. 2021.

 

How did you interpret that phrase and philosophy to create something bigger? What was the creative process like?

To call the film that, it felt very vague. It’s such a big concept. The way that I wanted to distill it was when I got all this footage back, how can I segment this out and turn it into facets of that phrase. I view each chapter as a side to what the bigger meaning of that might be. In a 20-minute film, I think you can only scratch the surface but we were able to find these consistent themes and threads.

The film brings such diverse viewpoints together from all around the world. How would you describe the points that you focused on when combining these stories into a single narrative?

One of my main goals across the entire project was finding a common sense of humanity and shared connection to really focus on the commonalities we share. That’s how I broke down these chapters. No matter who you are, you feel lonely at some point. Everyone, no matter who you are, is constantly in motion or they have a sense of adventure. I wanted it to be something where if anyone watches it, they could not only see themselves in it but they could have seen themselves submitting to it. That was my goal and approach. It was amazing watching all this footage, from nature footage to van trips. It was so random and all over the place, and then finding these connective tissues was really cool.

Life’s Good is composed of six chapters. Which chapter holds the most meaning for you?

There are some things that are defined in a traditionally negative way that if reframed and looked at, are just way more complicated than being a negative or a positive kind of thing. So, the loneliness chapter for me was an example of that. I think after COVID and the year that we all had, obviously being alone is very hard. But, I think it’s very human as well so finding a way be comfortable and happy with being alone with yourself is a journey that we all have to take. I thought that it was awesome to analyze something like loneliness and elevate a place of just being this human experience. The less we’re afraid of it, the more we can embrace it.

Life’s Good. 2021.

 

There are interesting production techniques and scenes showcased in the Life’s Good film. Could you tell us about any particular scenes or techniques?

There’s a moment where it’s almost just like matching shapes like someone tosses a basketball, and then you see the sun rising or setting. It’s just these small edit moments. I don’t know if any of it is, like, innovative or new but there are things I really love. With this project I just thought, let me take this footage and play around as much as I can. That freedom was awesome. We looked to one of my favorite shows, which is Adult Swim’s Off The Air. That show definitely played a role in our insight and influence with making this project. We sat it like getting a random set of Legos with no instructions, and you had to build something out of it. There are no instructions, they’re not even color-coded to feel like they’re the same set. But, we found a way for all this footage to feel like it belongs together.

What were the expectations you had for this project, and which points were you most looking forward to?

I loved working with my team. It was a really small group of us on this and I’m used to working with these really large production crews. We were able to get laser-focused, finding new things and working through it. That was the thing I looked most forward to. Returning to that every day. In terms of my expectations, the most freeing part was having no expectations. I put so much weight on expectations when I’m in pre-production. I’m usually already thinking about what’s going to happen when it’s out and everything. This was a breath of fresh air in terms of being someone that is kind of a control freak, and just letting go and trusting the process.

What do you have in mind for the future of the Life’s Good campaign? Are there any future steps in particular?

My focus was entirely on just this film. I think there are a million ways that this can go in the future. The thing that I found the most valuable and the most impactful was the sense of community and finding commonality between people. That was really rad because I think you could do a film like this every year with a different director and the same kind of approach. You could come up with entirely new lessons to be learned and new formats to be explored.

What would you tell a young director their most important resource is?

I could talk about this forever, but I think that the most important resource is probably just trusting themselves and trusting their gut. When I first got this project, I asked myself, is this something I want to do? It was hard to wrap my brain around because it was different. My gut told me to do it. Don’t be afraid of any sense of failure just because it feels foreign to you. Trust your gut and jump into new things. The deep end isn’t so scary.

Life’s Good. 2021.

 

What small moment of your own would you have submitted to show how life’s good?

There are some moments that I actually did sneak into this film! I had a beautiful Fourth of July with some friends on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and all the fireworks are going off around us so I got some quick footage of that. I think for me, I wouldn’t have thought too much about it. I would have just grabbed an emotion in a moment. There were two types of people who submitted and I appreciated both types. There were the people that sent in like, “oh this straight from me. I didn’t put much thought into this,” and it’s super organic and raw. And then there were people who wrote stuff, processed their feelings, and sent in short films. So, that moment felt right. We were already in the editing process at that point, and I was just like, “these are cool and they made me feel good.” Life was good, right then.

This interview was edited for length and clarity.

Kaytranada shares 2021 tour dates

Kaytranada shares 2021 tour dates
Please get vaccinated. Please.

By Jordan Darville

August 10, 2021

Kaytranada. Photo by Xavier Tera for RCA Records.

 

Kaytranada is announcing a new run of North American tour dates. On an unrelated note, it’s easier and more crucial than ever for you to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The dates start on September 4 in Seattle and run all the way until December 30 in Toronto at Drake’s new venue History. Did you know that getting vaccinated against COVID reduces your chance of being hospitalized by 94%? Kaytranada fans can expect to hear songs from his excellent 2019 project Bubba, which one Grammy Awards for or Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording for “10%” featuring Kali Uchis. The COVID vaccines are safe and pretty much a miracle of modern medicine. Pre-sale tickets for the shows go on sale Wednesday, August 11th at noon EST, and a general sale starts Friday, August 13th at 10 am local time. Get vaccinated.

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Kaytranada 2021 tour dates

09/04 – Seattle, WA – Day In Day Out
09/18 – Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase
09/26 – San Diego, CA – CRSSD Festival
10/08 – Montreal, Quebec – Piknic Electronik
10/13 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY – The Great Hall at Avant Gardner
10/21 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
10/22 – New Orleans, LA – Buku: Planet B
10/23 – Miami, FL – III Points
10/29 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
10/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine Expo Hall
11/11 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
11/12 – Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall
11/13 – Vancouver, British Columbia – PNE Forum
12/03 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Wallercreek Amphitheater
12/08 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
12/30 – Toronto, Ontario – History

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Hear every song mentioned in Damon Albarn’s episode of The FADER Uncovered

Hear every song mentioned in Damon Albarn’s episode of The FADER Uncovered
All 94 songs, from Del The Funky Homosapien to Fela Kuti.

By David Renshaw

July 08, 2021

The ninth full episode of The FADER Uncovered, a brand new podcast series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is up now and available for download wherever you listen to podcasts. This week Ronson is joined by Damon Albarn. Together they discuss the art of collaboration, with Albarn recalling his time making music with everyine from Paul Simonen of The Clash to staging an opera in Paris. The pair even use the podcast to make plans to work together soon.

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Between them, Ronson and Albarn bring up lots of music across the episode, referencing Albarn’s work with Blur and Gorillaz plus his love of Del The Funky Homosapien and Fela Kuti to name just a few. To make that all easier to navigate, we’ve dropped all the artists they namecheck into a massive 94-song playlist, which you can check out below.

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Follow and subscribe to The FADER Uncovered here, check out last week’s episode with Santigold here, and check back for new episodes every Monday.

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Sean Kingston Breaks Down His Rebirth With Forthcoming “Deliverance” Album

Sean Kingston’s rebirth is coming as fans looks forward to his forthcoming album, Deliverance.

Sean Kingston has officially announced his re-entry into the music biz after dropping “Darkest Times,” a collaboration with Chicago rapper G Herbo. The track comes some eight years since he dropped his last album, Back 2 Life, and is reminiscent of the style that he’s become well-known for. His voice hasn’t changed that much over the years, and his strong Jamaican roots still ring through. This track is expected to be the lead one for his upcoming album Deliverance.

He’s hinted so far that fans can expect artists hailing from the US and his beloved Jamaica. In an interview with the Jamaica Star, he wanted it to be made known that the album is not a comeback per se but more of a celebration of the music that he still has to share with the world.

I’m back!!!!!! New single “Darkest Times” featuring @gherbo out NOW on all platforms!!! ?? https://t.co/sbL7H6WNpi pic.twitter.com/TJ6eDYjNm8

— SEAN KINGSTON © (@SeanKingston) May 21, 2021

“So, we’re not calling this a comeback, but a rebirth; and the new music will chronicle my growth and open a whole different chapter. It’s going to be something the listeners least expect. There’s even going to be something on there for my Jamaican supporters,” he said.

The artist, who is proud of his Miami-Jamaican connection, has come quite a long way from where he started being one of the first artists trying to figure out how to make their brand stand out on the internet. He credits his start to MySpace, one of the very first social media sites to gain major popularity. He was able to maneuver into a serious career from the platform to the major airwaves. His knack for churning out hits didn’t hurt either. He’s behind some of the biggest summer songs like “Beautiful Girls,” and “Eenie Meenie” with Justin Bieber. Kingston sat down for an interview with HotNewHipHop, where he revealed more about the upcoming album and the inspiration behind it.

The biggest question that he probably had to address is why he chose this year when so many other artists have fallen off because of Covid-19 to drop new music. The lyric video has already gotten over 100,000 views last weekend and is poised to bring in more views.

“I just feel like the time is now. I’ve been writing a lot of music behind the scenes. I’ve been writing a lot of hits for a lot of artists…Chris Brown, Lil Mosey. I’ve been writing hits for a lot of people, but I just felt like, now is the time for me to come back, for me to tell my story again, for me to get—I just feel like the world is in such a…with COVID and everything that’s going on, they need feel-good music,” he explained.

The major reasoning behind the album is to reform the bond that he had with his fans and followers because he wants to share with them all the experience that he’s gained over the last eight years. He wants to share the lessons with others so that they can share the journey that he’s been on. That’s not to take away from his younger, more artistic approach, he continued. He added that his approach to music hasn’t changed that much, he’s just matured.

“It was still genuine because I have always been that type of person—but it was kind of, me rushing into things, but now, it’s very much more laid back, much more mature. My sound has matured, the way my melodies are now, everything is on a wider level,” he continued.

Anyone who’s kept up the award-winning artist knows that he’s had his fair share of controversies, including some money woes. These are some of the feelings and moments that he’s had to work through, and fans can expect to hear how he got through them on this album. That was some of the meaning behind “Darkest Times.”

“It’s basically just me explaining when I’m going through something—whenever somebody go through what they go through, trials and tribulations—[just] having somebody there as your rock and your stone. Being there for you through the darkest times,” he explained.

The veteran artist has worked with some big names in the music biz like Trippie Redd, Bow Wow, Brandy, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, and Nicki Minaj, to name a few, but his focus remains on being humble and connecting with his fans. He also shared some words of inspiration from Jay-Z that he’s held on to.

“I met Jay-Z in Dubai and me and Jay-Z was chopping it up and he told me, ‘No matter what you do, just keep going. Keep God first. Just stay at it, whether it’s music or business ideas or real estate or whatever. Just keep capitalizing and becoming a better person—and I feel like that’s always stuck with me,” he shared.

While he didn’t reveal much about who will be on the album, it’s fair to expect a lot of collaborations with his love of Jamaican culture and music strongly influencing the finished product.

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Irv Gotti Says DMX Contracted Covid Before His Death & Reveals The Drug He OD’d On

Irv Gotti says DMX died from bad crack and had COVID-19.

The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of icon DMX, who died after a week-long battle in the hospital following a heart attack. According to new reports, the episode was spurred on by a drug overdose on bad crack. Irv Gotti, who signed DMX to Def Jam back when he was an A&R for the record label, confirmed in a new interview that DMX took some crack that had Fentanyl mixed in it which caused his overdose.

Irv Gotti also added that the rapper was diagnosed with COVID-19 when he got to the hospital, which exacerbated his critical case. The virus affected his respiratory system, which caused him to have to be hooked up to the ventilator, but Irv Gotti says X was already brain dead.

“He had COVID, too,” said Gotti about the famous departed rapper. “They said it was a bad dose of crack and some drug Fentanyl was mixed in with the crack and that’s what made him overdose. Then when he got to the hospital, he got diagnosed with COVID and he couldn’t breathe, so that’s why he had to get hooked up to the ventilator.”

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, passed away on Friday, April 9, at the White Plains Hospital. The rapper was 50 years old at the time and died with his family by his side. X struggled with drug addiction and mental illness for many years but was an inspiration to the entire hip-hop community because of his commitment to reform.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” his family said in a statement after his death. It was first denied that DMX actually had COVID, but according to Irv Gotti, the rapper did, in fact, contract the deadly virus before he died. May DMX’s soul continue to rest in peace.

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Lil’ Krystalll – +44 Lyrics

[Текст песни «+44»]

[Интро]
— Почему-то в среду вечером все спят
— Угу-угу, а как у тя дела?
— У меня дела отлично, а ты в Лондоне?
— Почему голос грустный?
— Мне грустно, потому что ты не отвечаешь на мой вопрос

[Припев]
Сука хочет любви, отношений, таким я не верю (Вот)
Парень с талантом и это прекрасно, Россия стала гаремом (Вот)
Потерял интерес в женском комфорте, когда открыл силу денег (Вот)
Когда мне плохо, знаю, что меня братан согреет
Я в— Я в— Я в маске снаружи, бро, выходи мне на встречу (Вот)
Новый вагон, новый подгон — ношу только новые вещи (Вот)
Эти колёса не стоят так много, эти колёса на вечер (Вот)
Я и ты, мы оттуда, где правит бедность

[Куплет]
Не ношу дерьма в трусах, статья растёт по граммам
Бро был в СИЗО, смотрел ТВ, он не пойдёт обратно
Да, я замешан, да, я в центре, не могу соврать вам
Моя кровь как яд, мой cup как кровь — это железные факты
Сто тысяч лиц, шея вся в ледышках, ты всё также бедный
Мы с самой грязи, London city показал, где деньги
Забавно видеть, как толпа хочет ворваться в небо
Мой бро купил крипту на high, теперь он ждёт свой Lambo
Эй, broski, я там был в семнадцатом, сгорели бабки
Потом Dark Web нас стал кормить, мы стали делать пачки
Ш-ш-ш, что? Сплетни оставлю пташкам
Я люблю цифры девять-пять, за свои Air Max'ы (Алло)
(Слушай) So fly, как медик, shank в штанах порезал ноги (Е)
Прыгнул на glide, собрал очки без Insta Story
На-на Opel, словно Uber Driver ездит кореш
Broski, он в маске за рулём, мы dodge’им COVID
[Припев]
Сука хочет любви, отношений, таким я не верю (Вот)
Парень с талантом и это прекрасно, Россия стала гаремом (Вот)
Потерял интерес в женском комфорте, когда открыл силу денег (Вот)

Когда мне плохо, знаю, что меня братан согреет
Я в— Я в— Я в маске снаружи, бро, выходи мне на встречу (Вот)
Новый вагон, новый подгон — ношу только новые вещи (Вот)
Эти колёса не стоят так много, эти колёса на вечер (Вот)
Я и ты, мы оттуда, где правит бедность

[Аутро]
— Ясно всё с тобой

Governor Cuomo is permitting New York music venues to open at 33% capacity in April

Governor Cuomo is permitting New York music venues to open at 33% capacity in April
The gig is back on — so long as no more than 100 audience members are in attendance.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 03, 2021

Ryan Muir for The FADER

With summer on the horizon, and President Biden claiming there will be enough COVID vaccine doses to supply the American population by the end of May, now comes the ambiguous part: scrambling to restore public spaces to their former glory. The newest development in New York’s turbulent race to reopen arrived on Wednesday, when governor Cuomo announced that music venues will finally be allowed to open their doors come April 2.

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The news arrives with the stipulation that venues will only be allowed to operate at 33% capacity. Additionally, no more than 100 attendees will be permitted at indoor gigs. Outdoor gigs have more leniency, with a maximum capacity of 200 attendees. If a venue has the capability to administer COVID tests to all attendees, those caps increase to 150 and 500 guests, respectively.

Later this week, on March 5, movie theaters in New York will be permitted to open again at 25% capacity, albeit without concessions. Indoor dining, still a controversial topic, remains at 35% capacity for the time being.

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Jordyn Woods Ask Fans For Prayers For Karl-Anthony Towns Battling COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns has coronavirus, and his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, is asking for prayers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves player is the latest celeb to test positive for the virus, which has already seen more than 24.1 million cases in the US over the last year. “Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol,” he wrote in a tweet. “I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”

The news is particularly heartbreaking as Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, passed away in April, a week after contracting COVID.

As the 25-year-old battles, the illness which has already claimed so many lives, the woman in his life is echoing his prayers and asking for a few more to help him get through this tough time. “Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. You’re one of the strongest people I know,” wrote Jordyn Woods in response to his tweet.

Thank you for all of the support and prayers, my family and I have all been tested and the results came back negative. ???? Let’s continue to pray for a speedy recovery for @KarlTowns

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

The model, who has been in a relationship with Towns since July, asked her fans to send prayers the NBA star’s way while confirming that she and her family tested negative for the disease.

Here’s hoping that Towns feels better soon.

Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. ???? you’re one of the strongest people I know. Please send some prayers up. https://t.co/wtDjYynQ2x

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

Dolly Parton contributed $1 million to a promising COVID vaccine’s development

Dolly Parton contributed $1 million to a promising COVID vaccine’s development
Preliminary studies of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine suggest a 94.5% efficacy rate, and Parton’s donation helped make it a reality.

By Jordan Darville

November 17, 2020

Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images

 

In April, Dolly Parton announced a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s COVID-19 research, which included the development of a vaccine. A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine credits Parton’s donation with the development of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine — announced on Monday, the vaccine has a 94.5% success rate in the prevention of COVID-19 contraction, according to early studies.

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Parton announced her donation in April with an Instagram post crediting Vanderbilt surgeon Dr. Naji Abumrad. “[Dr. Abumrad] informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton wrote before asking her followers to donations of their own.

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Dolly Parton will appear in Netflix’s Christmas on the Square, a holiday special with brand new music from the country legend. It will be available to stream on November 22.

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Ticketmaster announces plan to check COVID status for concert entry

Ticketmaster announces plan to check COVID status for concert entry
Under the proposed plan, only ticketholders who test negative for COVID-19 or receive a vaccine will be permitted into a Ticketmaster concert.

By Jordan Darville

November 12, 2020

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

 

The search for a COVID-19 vaccine is showing some promising signs, and Ticketmaster is starting to prepare for the vaccine’s presence in the world of live music. A new report from Billboard outlines the company’s plans to develop a smartphone-based system that verifies whether a concert attendee has received a COVID vaccine or tested negative between 24 and 72 hours before the event.

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Information on the attendee’s COVID status would be relayed to the Ticketmaster smartphone app via third-party health information companies and vaccine distributors. After the purchase of a ticket, fans would need to permit the health information company or vaccine distributor to send proof of their negative status or vaccination to Ticketmaster, allowing them into the venue. Purchased tickets would be linked to the fan who bought them, preventing resale to untested individuals, and Ticketmaster’s new SmartEvent system will aid social distancing and contact tracing measures.

The entire concept is still hypothetical as the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the kind of third-party companies that would be needed to send COVID status information to Ticketmaster. However, Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich told Billboard that he was optimistic about its future. “We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting — whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval — which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” he said.

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About 3 mn jobs at risk in airline industry: IATA

Even as the global airline industry battles to survive the COVID pandemic, the International Air Transport Association forecast that the crisis would have a potential impact on 3 million jobs in India. The country might see the demand for air travel drop by half in 2020 as compared to 2019, which would bring about a $11 million drop in revenue.