Dancehall Icon Nadine Sutherland Calls Out Entertainers Who ‘hide and jook’

Nadine Sutherland says some entertainers in the Jamaican music industry are getting vaxxed in secrecy.

The veteran dancehall deejay called out other artists for their hypocrisy in taking the vaccine in secret but maintaining an anti-vaccination stance in the public domain. On Wednesday night, the “Chatty Chatty” singer did not call any names, but she did say that there were entertainers who were publicly against taking the vaccine but ended up “hide and jook” so that they benefited from the vaccine travel restrictions imposed by countries.

“Yesterday, I realized that some people are hiding and ‘jook’. Hide an jook is a talk on the streets. Some Entertainers are taking the jook secretly, not wanting their fans to know. Hmmmm,” the outspoken deejay noted. “November is going to be interesting, I guess some will be outed. The US dollar beckons!” she said.

Nadine Sutherland was speaking in reference to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States that takes effect in November. It requires that all non-US citizens traveling to the country be fully vaccinated. Those who aren’t cannot enter the country, something that would particularly affect Jamaican entertainers who perform and tour in the U.S.

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While some entertainers like Mr. Lexx have publicly supported the vaccines and urge people to get vaxxed so everything can get back to normal, others like Buju Banton and even some popular DJs have been against the government’s efforts and are actively telling people not to get jab.

Meanwhile, Sutherland noted that the hypocrisy appears to be a result of artists being trapped by their own support for the anti-vaccine culture, which fans have bought into.

Responding to a comment on her post, Nadine Sutherland says while some entertainers are anti-vaxxers others feel trapped into supporting the popular anti-vaxx culture in which many of their fans believe.

“My thoughts are some are ‘trapped’. They personally understand how important it is to be vaxxed, but they publicly endorse the anti vax mindset of a lot of people in Jamaica, which includes their fan base. Some are just anti vaxxers,” she said.

Yesterday, I realized that some people are hiding and 'jook'. Hide an jook is a talk on the streets. Some Entertainers are taking the jook secretly, not wanting their fans to know. Hmmmm, November is going to be interesting, I guess some will be outed. The US dollar beckons!

— NadineSutherland (@Nadinesutherlan) September 29, 2021

My thoughts are,some are 'trapped'. They personally understand how important it is to be vaxxed, but they publicly endorse the anti vax mindset of a lot of people in Jamaica, which includes their fan base. Some are just anti vaxxers.

— NadineSutherland (@Nadinesutherlan) September 29, 2021

In a new post on her Instagra, Nadine Sutherland makes it clear that she is not retracting her statement despite criticism from some quarters of the industry.

“Yesterday, I made a post highlighting a current situation in the Jamaican music industry, about ‘hide and jook’,” Sutherland said. “I’m not retracting, as this is a true phenomenon that is occurring, not only in our Entertainment industry, but generally, in societies, across the world.”

“The reality is, people a ‘hide an jook’. It’s crazy how this blew up, as my intent was to humorously state this fact,” she continues. “Some people got it and laughed, some wanted to understand this occurrence from a deeper level, while others … Wow, unnu deep sah. There is no evidence in that post that had me incrimnating or judging anyone for this choice! None at all! I know, I cannot control the lenses of how people interpret the world, or my words.”

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Jayda Cheaves & Gregory Wright Plead Guilty To Illegal Firearm In Jamaica, Fined JM$800K

Jayda Cheaves and her friend Gregory Wright both plead guilty to illegal firearm possession charges in Jamaica and were hit with a hefty fine or face jail time.

American Instagram model and entrepreneur Jayda Cheaves and popular businessman Gregory Wright appeared at the Gun Court in St. James on Wednesday morning, where they pleaded guilty to two firearms weapons charges.

Jayda and Wright were released on bond after being arrested on Monday for having their American licensed guns – two Glock 9 mm pistols and ammunition on them that they brought from the United States to Jamaica while on vacation to celebrate Jayda’s 24th birthday.

Both were detained after attempting to leave the island on Monday and remained to attend court to answer to charges of illegal possession of ammunition and illegal possession of a firearm.

On Wednesday, they pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced immediately after. The judge ruled that they were to each to pay $300,000 or face 12 months in jail for the ammunition charge and pay $500,000 or serve 12 months in jail for being in possession of illegal weapons.

Jayda Cheaves & Gregory Wright

The money is quoted in Jamaican dollars, which works out to around $5,391 United States dollars.

Cheaves retained local counsel Michael Hemmings who said his client was paying the fine today and intended to leave the island to head back to her home state Atlanta. It’s unclear if Wright will pay his fine today as well.

Meanwhile, Cheaves has not addressed the incident, only posting on Monday night that she was doing fine.

“ACT NORMAL,” she posted on her Instagram Stories. “I’m good for now y’all,” she said.

In updated Stories on Instagram, Jayda Cheaves, who is the mother of rapper Lil Baby’s youngest son Loyal, shared snaps of herself enjoying her extended vacation, which included having Hibachi by a live chef and having fun at a water park. She also posted about her lunge wear launch, which sold out within hours.

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Bounty Killer Lands Starring Role In Jamaican Crime Drama Movie

Bounty Killer is set to make his feature film debut after landing starring role in an upcoming movie set in Jamaica.

It’s been a bumper year so far for Bounty Killer, and the legendary veteran is continuing his welcomed reemergence. He’s already announced that his album King of Kingston will be ready in December, and now comes news that he’s set to star in an upcoming feature film.

The film, which has not been titled yet, is being produced mostly by the 9Z film company. That company is headed by Nigel Dixon and is set to be a crime drama set in Jamaica. The movie promises to attack several societal issues on the island.

According to the Star, who reached out to Bounty, he is extremely excited to add this new skill to his resume. For him, the most important thing is getting the chance to represent Jamaican culture in a movie setting.

He added that he was not surprised to be chosen as the lead actor since he believes that he is a natural-born leader. As he put it, “I will always play the lead role in anything I am doing.”

The “Poor People Fed Up” artist also explained why he was happy to be a part of the production.

“Killer is always against crime and violence, so I agreed to do this movie to send a message to the youth of Jamaica. Acting is always something I considered doing, but it has to represent what Bounty Killer stands for,” he said.

The Star also spoke with Dixon a bit more about the project, and he explained how the decision to cast Bounty came about. He said that he already does skits on YouTube and gets a good response from followers. He added that sometimes he gets millions of views and that he was aware that Bounty watches some of the skits and likes them. Dixon also revealed that Beenie Man might be part of the production but in a small role.

“I approached him with the idea in 2017 and then again in 2019. He told me ‘Send me some long voice note’. And we started talking seriously about it. He liked the idea and I eventually sent him the script,” Dixon further explained.

He also shared that he had already secured partial funding from an overseas-based company and is still in discussions with Downsound Entertainment. Dixon says that he was able to ensure that he got Bounty Killer to play the lead role in the upcoming drama.

The movie follows the life of a young man through a tale of violence and corruption after he found a gun in his community. Dixon also revealed that this is the role that will be played by Bounty Killer.

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Tanya Stephens Shares A Prominent Dancehall Artist Sexually Assaulted Her

Tanya Stephens revealed a prominent dancehall artist sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

In a recent IG Live session with Shannon Mack, reggae singer Tanya Stephens took to Instagram to reveal descriptions of her sexual attacker. The descriptions sent fans into speculation mode as they searched the reggae scene looking for the perpetrator, which she disclosed.

The topic at hand was brought up as Tanya expressed how much of a “strange” place Jamaica was, she then went on to say that even though she loved her country, many horrible people roam the streets. The concern within Tanya’s voice could be heard throughout the Live as she vouched for all the females who went through and are going through the same thing that she did at age 17.

“First of all, the first time I got r*ped, I look like I’m coming from church, yeah I can talk about it now-honestly it took a while to be able to say that without flinching and this was somebody I trusted, it wasn’t strangers, who hurt me,” the “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet” singer stated while speaking with Shannon Mack on IG Live.

The artiste’s brave declaration has in the past allowed her to be hailed as a hero on social media after she first opened up about being raped over two decades ago.

During the recent Live, Tanya Stephens also explained how the first incident occurred. She recalled that she was just coming into the music business when she moved from the country to Kingston to stay at her sister’s house as a babysitter for her niece.

In the process of babysitting, her sister ended up sending her to a fashion design school in Kingston, but on the mornings that she didn’t have school, she would eagerly search for a studio to help her to start her career in the industry, and she finally found one, “at the top of Maxfield Avenue in Kingston, near Castro Brown studio.”

“At the time there were three big artistes – really huge artistes in Jamaica. Shabba Ranks was the king. Patra was the queen – she was next to Shabba.” she recalled, slightly smiling at the memories of the big artistes. “And there was another guy next in line. And he became my mentor and he used to call me his little sister and I believed it. I really believed it.”

Tanya Stephens revealed she turned 17 years old right after discovering the studio, and her sister told her that she didn’t realize that she was so young.

Reggae/dancehall artist Tanya Stephens

“At one point when I turned 17, my big sister who I was living with said she didn’t realize I was that young, she thought I was turning 20 or something, so turning 17 meant I couldn’t go to the studio anymore. I was devastated [because] that was the only thing in my life that was actually good.”

She recounted how on the day that she had to leave and went there to say goodbye to them all, her mentor tried to help her out of the situation. “He – my mentor said: ‘No man. Yuh want mi come talk to har’. And I am like ‘you would’? Now, my sister, my auntie every woman inna my family loved him. So she was excited at the prospect,” she disclosed.

She said on that same day, he brought her home, sat, and talked to her sister before taking “full responsibility” for her, but even though he took full responsibility, her sister was still iffy on the situation because of her age, but in the end, she accepted it and trusted him. This allowed her to continue going to the studio. “He took responsibility and she trusted him. And she gave me permission based on him taking responsibility,” she said.

While there, she revealed that he never tried anything with her at first. “First of all, he never made an advance. He only spoke of me as his little sister. He never made an advance. Not once. And I say that many times to reinforce the fact that there is no indication that the thought of that was in his mind,” she explained.

The St. Mary deejay divulged that one day as her future assaulter was “moving house,” he offered her a ride home like he’s done many times before. “So he was moving house, at the time I was fresh from the country I don’t know Kingston, I don’t know the geography of Kingston, and this is me just talking about how easily we accommodate rape culture in Jamaica,” she communicated.

“Like [he’s] done many times before, he offered me a ride home. So on the ride home, he said he had to drop by his new place that he is setting up. Everybody knew he was moving and he said he wanted to stop by his place real quick and drop off something. Now if had known the geography of Kingston, I would have known something was wrong because my home was on the way to his new place,” she recalled of the first instance where her world turned upside down.

She said he started running toward the building and then stopped like he was thinking about something before he and came back and suggested that she come to look at his place and give him some pointers on how to “fix it up”. After hesitantly answering him, she revealed how valid she felt, thinking that he actually cared about her opinions on certain matters.

She said they passed approximately four people while walking towards the house, including a woman who was said to be in front of the apartment doorway.
When they entered, she said he immediately locked the door, which she began to question, but mentally concluded that it was to secure the house as Kingston is known to be a very violent place.

“So he locked the door, and then he started to show me around. Girl, when we reached the bedroom, is a full-on assault. Full assault,” Tanya said.

“When I see this man speak enuh, and when I see Jamaica big him up sometimes and they act like he is such an upstanding citizen who is a Christian man and a nice guy, I go bonkers. Because no matter what anybody tells me, I know my experience. I was there; he was there… we know what happened.” she made sure to add.

The now mother of one recalled how powerless and defenseless she was against him, and it was at this moment that the descriptions came out. “Child, mi defend myself. I was about 95 pounds. Is a big diesel man. Thick. So-so muscle; no body fat. And when him start beat mi, mi decide awrite, arite, awrite… mi give up, yuh naa fi beat mi,” she said.

She said she cried out for help, but nobody came to rescue her from her perpetrator, as he ruthlessly and painfully beat the living daylights out of her over and over again in order to gain her submission. “Mi a bawl fi help enuh. I scream fi help; mi bawl fi rape. People deh outside di door. Yuh si when mi scream and bawl fi rape, and mi nuh hear nobaddy a answer, mi jus stop. Because wha mi a do? Wait until him kill mi? Mi a get real licks. Suh mi stop fight.”

Tanya Stephens continued saying that the unnamed artiste continued his act of assault until he felt satisfied, then led her to the bathroom to get rid of the evidence.

“And that continued for hours. I was locked into his new place that he moved into, and violated for hours. And when him done, him hold mi and lead mi to di bathroom; put mi inna di shower himself and bade mi,” she expressed. “Nuh evidence nuh lef. Mi get a proper scrub. Proper, proper scrub.”

Her heartbreaking experience begged her to question, who she would report the situation to as she remembered how loved her assaulter was.

“This is a man who is adored by the 14 parishes and the Diaspora. Who mi a report him to. Mi a waa up coming artist. Yuh hear wha dem she bout di girl dem weh go near Bill Cosby…?” she stated.

The female dancehall veteran disclosed the one conversation she had in her head after the incident. She said it was a conversation she had heard between her sister, who was back then, a teacher at Ocho Rios high school, and a co-worker, who was the daughter of a judge- a magistrate. Her magistrate father had told her that if she or her sister ever got raped, they should report it to him and not the police as “if they go through the system they’re going to get raped repeatedly by the system.”

After all that happened, she said he also put her in a big t-shirt, his t-shirt to be exact, and she sat in a corner, hugging her knees and crying. “Mi bawl until no tears naw come… and he asked if I wanted to go home and I said ‘no’ because mi neva waan leave out until night. Mi neva want nobaddy si mi face. I felt dirty. I felt ashamed; I felt guilty. I felt like shit. And I knew people were there when I went in and I was hoping that they couldn’t remember my face. And if I came out in the darkness maybe they wouldn’t be there. And nobody would see me and I could just go home in anonymity,” she said.

“When I went home, I went to the shower again. And I showered. And I showered. Mi nuh have no evidence. Mi nuh av nuttin. Who mi a guh to? Mi poor. And I went voluntarily,” she said.

She then defended other females who have gone through the same thing she has, saying that people should stop judging because they don’t know what it feels like.

Tanya Stephens added that she knew how judgmental her sister and the rest of her family were, and they already advised her to take a different route by fully investing herself in college. “I couldn’t tell them that I went to the studio and got raped, could I? How would I broach that conversation with people who already said that was what was waiting for me at the studio? And the studio didn’t do anything to me. One man did. One monster did,” the “It’s a Pity” artiste concluded.

“He is famous; like everybody knows he is a predator and they speak about him behind his back and when I speak about him people ask ‘why don’t you report him’? And I am like: ‘to who?’,” she questioned. “I have been in his presence in political circles high ranking police officers were there and high-ranking politicians were there. And they were his friends. Who do I tell on this guy?.”

She expressed how many girls would have the same story as hers in Jamaica and that she was raped not once but twice. The other time was by a policeman’s son, in a policeman’s house. Through the pain, Tanya continued to reflect on the occurrences of her life as she tried to give strength to females who shared the same sentiment.

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Jamaican Police Charged Jayda Cheaves For Gun Possession, Released On Bail

Jayda Cheaves and her entourage member, Gregory Wright, were formally charged by Jamaican police for firearm and ammunition possession.

The American YouTuber and popular businessman Gregory Wright have been released from police custody in Jamaica on station bail. Local police arrested the pair after two 9mm Glock pistols were found in their baggage as they attempted to leave the island. It appears that the two had brought the guns into the island, which were undetected but were picked up on the radar as they went through customs to depart the island.

On Monday night, Jayda Cheaves updated her followers that she was fine. “ACT NORMAL,” she posted on her Instagram Stories. “I’m good for now y’all,” she added in the same post.

It’s unclear if she is still on the island, but she and Wright have been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. They are set to appear in court on Wednesday at the Western Regional Court in the city of Montego Bay, St. James.

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Wright also updated fans with a simple trio of praying emojis on Instagram.

Jayda Cheaves is the mother of Lil Baby’s youngest child and has been on the island since last Friday to celebrate her 24th birthday with her friends. She previously shared pictures and videos of her luxurious Jamaican vacation hours prior to her being detained by police.

Meanwhile, sources close to Jayda Cheaves shared that the guns are personal property of Jayda and Wright, and they are licensed in the state they reside in, which is Georgia.

However, given that American laws have no effect on Jamaican jurisdiction, the guns would be illegal in Jamaica unless they received permits to carry them while on the island.

Days before coming to Jamaica, Jayda had shared a video online of herself strutting in black shorts and carrying what looks like a vintage Louis Vuitton bag on her wrist while holding her hand pointed to the ground as she walked around the mall shortly after buying expensive new jewelry.

The police confirmed that Jayda and her friend retained local attorneys while they were being interviewed.

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Jayda Cheaves Addresses Arrest In Jamaica For Gun Possession

Jayda Cheaves has broken her silence after she was arrested in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on suspicions of gun possession.

The Atlanta Entrepreneur and Instagram model, who is also the mother of a child for rapper Lil Baby, was reportedly arrested on Monday (September 27) afternoon in Jamaica as she tried to make her way back to the United States.

According to several news outlets, Jayda Cheaves, who also goes by Jayda Wayda and Wayda, was on the island on vacation for her 24th birthday. However, she was detained Monday afternoon by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) along with members of her entourage after they attempted to leave the island. Two guns were in their possession, which led to them not being able to leave Jamaica.

Sources within the JCF say that the team which flew into the island via private jet on Friday were only detected carrying the guns as they wrapped up their vacation and were leaving when the two 9mm pistols were found in their possession.

Jayda has been sharing her Jamaican vacation with a number of posts showing her going rafting, partying, going horseback riding, and sunbathing near the Caribbean Sea.

Days before coming to Jamaica, Jayda had shared a video online of herself strutting in black shorts and carrying a Chanel bag on her wrist while she had her gun in her hand pointed to the ground as she walked quickly for the camera.

Police sources told Urban Islandz that the weapons are licensed in the United States but not in Jamaica hence why Jayda and her friend were taken into custody. We’re told that they brought the gun into the country last week when they flew down from Atlanta via a private jet.

“We ascertain that the two weapons were license and registered in the US, but not in Jamaica which is where the problem arise,” police told us.

Jayda Cheaves in Jamaica

It’s apparent that the Instagram Model and her friends were not searched prior to entering the island, which has a high rate of gun-related crimes and murders and has been named among the top five deadliest countries alongside Colombia when it comes to gun violence.

The police confirmed that Jayda and her friends are being interviewed by the St James police in the presence of their attorneys.

Meanwhile, Jamaicans online reacted to the news of her arrest as many recalled her buying her gun and walking around with it un-holstered.

In addressing the arrest, Jayda Cheaves wrote, “Act normal I’m good for now y’all.”

Meanwhile, fans are reacting to the reports on Twitter.

lmaoo jayda keep it on her pic.twitter.com/YCfOqW6Z6f

— K. (@canaryies) September 23, 2021

Lil baby getting Ready to go bail Jayda out in Jamaica ? pic.twitter.com/su3vkx0WNt

— Candy Grl ? (@sweeticygal) September 27, 2021

Me waiting for lil baby to pop up in Jamaica & surprise Jayda Wayda for her birthday… pic.twitter.com/qSg5eTA2Hq

— BabyZaddySlayer????? (@_TayStackss) September 25, 2021

ENT NEWS

R.Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sexual assault.

Jayda Cheaves detained for guns. Weapons are licensed in the US but were taken to Jamaica without authorization.

— Dadrian Gordon (@MsDadrian) September 27, 2021

Lil baby on his way to Jamaica with Jayda’s bail pic.twitter.com/PSh11hsuPx

— Dawnielle? (@dawnielle__) September 27, 2021

Waydamin not me hearing that Jayda in jail in Jamaica pic.twitter.com/VgYXitww7G

— Candy Grl ? (@sweeticygal) September 27, 2021

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Popcaan, Beenie Man, Lil Ike Supports Raheem Sterling At 1962 Clothing Brand Launch

Raheem Sterling drew out some top dancehall stars for the launch of his 1962 clothing brand.

The English footballer launched his clothing line 1692 last week Wednesday night at the London Fashion Week, where fans, including a number of celebrities like Popcaan, Beenie Man, and Lila Ike, were able to see pieces in the collection.

Raheem Sterling‘s company’s first drop for AW21 collection pays homage to his homeland Jamaica. It is named after one of the greatest events in modern Jamaican history, the infamous 1692 earthquake. This 1692 earthquake sunk two-third of the city of Port Royal, which was then a major pirate hub called “the wickedest city in the world” for being the haunt of the buccaneers.

For Sterling, 1692 has particular significance as it also made way for Kingston to become the modern Capital of Jamaica which is the footballer’s birthplace. The AW21 line was designed and co-founded by Sterling and British designer Samiyah Miah.

According to a statement from the label, 1692 “echoes the artful construction and endless resilience of the island, with perfectly tailored lines defining poise and presence for the twenty-first century gentleman.”

Raheem Sterling and Popcaan

The line features unisex pieces in utilitarian-inspired silhouettes in neutral tones of navy blues, clean whites and ecrus, and darker shades of grey and black to represent the “industrious land of wood and water” – the Arawak description of Jamaica which surrounds Jamaica’s capital city.

At the launch of the clothing line were friends of Sterling, including Popcaan, Beenie Man, Lila Ike, Curtis Jones, and Amelia Dimoldenberg. There were also models who displayed the pieces in the collection, which were worn with footwear from Sterling’s two footwear partners, Clark’s and New Balance.

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Sterling, who proudly displays his Jamaican heritage, previously spoke about having his own fashion line’s unique name.

“That’s the year Kingston [Jamaica] was founded. The brand is about earthy colours and laid-back designs that have a special meaning to me.”

The Manchester City winger was also seen in videos with Popcaan and other Man City players, which the superstar shared on his Instagram page.

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Jamaica’s Queen Ifrica covers Nina Simone’s “Four Women”

Jamaica’s Queen Ifrica covers Nina Simone’s “Four Women”
Simone’s iconic 1966 single gets a reggae revival produced by Stephen Marley.

By Sajae Elder

September 24, 2021

Paying homage to cultural icon and activist Nina Simone, Jamaican artist Queen Ifrica shared her own spin on Simone’s haunting 1966 single “Four Women.” Produced by Stephen Marley, the track, originally a somber, piano-led affair later sampled on JAY-Z’s “The Story of OJ,” is given a soulful reggae spin backed by a live band.

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“I was able to channel Nina Simone because I am connected to the four women mentioned throughout the song,” explained Queen Ifrica in a press release. “It was very exciting working with people I am familiar with in the form of the band, and young vibrant people such as the directors of the video Extreme Arts. Stephen Marley and his label Ghetto Youths made the process so easy.”

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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Widow Gives Update On His Funeral

No date has been confirmed for the funeral of legendary producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as yet. However, his widow Mireille Perry is hoping to announce a date soon, especially since she’s due to return to her native Switzerland in the next seven days.

Mireille made the comments while talking with the Observer. She added that she would need to talk to Jamaica’s entertainment and culture minister, Olivia’ Babsy’ Grange, as she and some family members are unclear about the new rules concerning funerals in Jamaica. The island recently introduced new rules to stem the surge of Covid 19.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, announced on September 18 that funeral services would be allowed, but with a maximum of 20 persons, including mourners, clergy, and support personnel. This is in addition to the other restrictions that remain in place. They include that burials are permitted on Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a maximum of 15 persons, and burials are not permitted on public holidays.

Mireille also shared that her late husband’s family has already said that they would like him to be buried in Hanover, close to his mother. As far as she is concerned, she wants him to be laid to rest before she has to leave the island. Therefore, the location of burial is not a major issue.

“For me, it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to argue. If the family wishes that it’s okay, because it’s even closer to Negril. But, everything is going to happen fast as we’re going to leave in seven days, so it has to happen sooner,” she said.

Minister Grange has already confirmed that she is involved with the arrangements, including a live stream of the ceremony. The minister says she expects all arrangements to be finalized by the end of today.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry died on August 29 at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, after a brief illness. His official cause of death is currently under investigation as his wife previously claimed she suspects foul play.

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Ayesha Curry Says Popcaan Is Her Favorite Artist To Listen While Cooking, Steph Curry Reacts

Dancehall artist Popcaan had a laugh at the Curry’s expense as he reacted to Ayesha Curry stating that she loves putting on Popcaan’s music while cooking.

Ayesha is of Jamaican heritage, and she never fails to promote and share her love for her culture, which also includes getting down and bussing a wine to her favorite dancehall bangers from Popcaan. In 2019, the Curry’s made headlines at a Jamaican-themed birthday party Steph threw for Ayesha, which saw her getting down on the dance floor to her favorite tunes from Konshens, who performed at the event.

Ayesha is a talented Chef and businesswoman, and she shared in a recent interview that she loves listening to music while cooking.

“I’m really into like Popcaan and I just love to like buss a wine while I’m cooking,” Ayesha said while laughing.

Steph Curry, however, added, “I see no lies,” as he smiled when Ayesha said she loves to buss a wine while cooking.

Popcaan shared the clip to his 2.7 Million followers via Instagram Stories as he laughed and noted, “Boss nah laugh @stephenurry30 Chubble.”

Ayesha and Steph Curry are clearly fans of Jamaica and dancehall music, and it has endeared them to Jamaicans locally and in the diaspora. Ayesha is known for using her native Patois as she exposes her husband to her heritage. She was born in Canada, and one of her parents is Jamaican, but the culture retention has been strong with Ayesha wherever she goes.

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Last year, she shared a photo with her mother and her grandmother while paying homage to her Jamaican roots.

“Couldn’t let the day go by without showing all my love to Jamaica!!! My roots,” she wrote. “My grandma, my mom, my great aunties, aunties, uncles, my great grandma… I think about my strong Jamaican family everyday and I’m so grateful for them. From them I’ve learned to work HARD, love HARD and appreciate the smallest of life’s blessings.”

Popcaan, who is known for dropping hits, is currently working on his new album. The Unruly Boss was recently in the UK working on new music for the project set to arrive before year’s end, but so far, no official release date or title has yet to be announced.

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Nicki Minaj Is The Bob Marley Of Trinidad Says Her Cousin

One of Nicki Minaj’s cousins in Trinidad and Tobago thinks that she deserves the same kind of recognition that Bob Marley has received for his contributions to culture and music in Jamaica.

The search has been on for Nicki Minaj’s infamous cousin, who was referenced in her tweets last week as being witness to the effects of the Covid-19 vaccine causing testicular swelling in a friend leading to his fiancé canceling the wedding.

However, the media has been able to track down another cousin of the Trinidadian-born rapper, and he is defending his cousin despite her tweets which many viewed as promoting conspiracies about the vaccines.

Minaj’s cousin, who identified himself as Michael Daniel, 39, of St. James, Port of Spain, spoke to journalists from local newspaper the Trinidad Express where he said the rapper had done much to put the Twin Island Republic on the map, and she ought to be celebrated just the same as the great Reggae legend Bob Marley.

Bob Marley is known worldwide for promoting Reggae Music and putting Jamaica’s alluring culture and people on the map. According to Daniel, Nicki Minaj has done the same.

Nicki Minaj and her cousin Michael Daniel | photo: Michael Daniel

“St James residents feel great to know she is from our hometown. She put Trinidad and Tobago on the map. She did what Bob Marley did for Jamaica. Brian Lara (cricketer) and Ato Boldon (track star) have done well. But Nicki kicked down doors that they could not.”

He added Trinidadians should be defending Nicki now in her time of need.

“Today, everybody knows about our country. Trinidad and Tobago is in the international spotlight. We should rally around her.”

Nicki Minaj came under heavy criticism last week for her tweets about not taking the vaccine because her cousin told her that his friend became impotent after taking the shot, and his testicles were swollen.

However, Daniel says Trinidadians should be backing Minaj now despite the sentiments.

“Why are we leaving our precious Nicki out in the rain? If she was an American, the whole of America would have supported her. I have to agree with veteran calypsonian Winston (Explainer) Henry, ‘Why are we treating our local heroes so?’,” Daniel told the Express.

Meanwhile, as the search went on to find Minaj’s cousin and his friend, she alleged that two journalists had approached her family and sent them threatening messages to speak to media after they declined to do so.

Minaj shared screenshots of a series of messages sent in which a female claiming to be a journalist telling the receiver of the messages they should speak with her before CNN tracked them down and shared all of their information worldwide.

Nicki Minaj blasted the journalists for their intimidation tactics and pressuring her family.

While Minaj is Trinidadian, she has curiously more associated herself as a Jamaican, speaking with a Jamaican accent and promoting things Jamaican. She has often spoken about her love for Jamaica and Jamaicans, which is heavily reciprocated by Jamaican people.

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PM Andrew Holness Not Ruling Out Vybz Kartel Being Vax Ambassador

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that Vybz Kartel may have a key role in the government’s continued efforts to vaccinate the majority of Jamaica’s population by 2022.

So far, just about seven percent (7%) of the island’s people are fully vaccinated. While the government has been trying to vaccinate persons, there has been a high number of people against taking the shot, which is said to help persons from either getting the virus or having minimal reactions.

A recent study showed that anti-vaccination rhetoric and conspiracies were rife among the population, with the majority of people against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

However, the Prime Minister believes that Vybz Kartel, who is one of the most influential entertainers on the island, might be able to assist in getting more persons on board.

“In a national emergency such as a pandemic, we in the Government of Jamaica would enlist the support of all well-thinking citizens in encouraging persons to take the vaccine,” Holness said.

The incarcerated Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, recently took his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and is said to be doing well after taking the shot.

Vybz Kartel leaving court 2014 | Urban Islandz

The proposal to use Kartel first came about after his Attorney, Isat Buchanan, noted that the artist wanted to take the vaccine, but it was not yet available for prisoners. He also suggested that the artist who had a deep connection with average Jamaicans through his music be used as a vaccine ambassador, something that Health Minister Chris Tufton wasn’t aversed to.

“There is no doubt that Vybz Kartel is an influencer, with many fans throughout the country. … If he can influence others to take it that would be good. I would be willing to work with the penal system to explore how it could be done,” Tufton said recently.

However, the prime minister noted that all hands should be on deck to assist the country with coping with the pandemic.

“In terms of how the government structures its programmes, the existence of a pandemic, of an emergency, does not always justify the dispensing of rules and regulations and laws and policies and principles. So, we make a general call for every citizen of Jamaica to support and use their influence,” Holness said.

He added that the government has tried to get the support of influential groups in the pro-vaccination campaign but that not everyone has responded.

The Prime Minister added that the help of everyone is needed if the island is to successfully control the effects of the pandemic in Jamaica.

“We have a national programme and that programme has to follow all the laws and guidelines and procedures. So that will prescribe how we engage. So my short answer to you is, we encourage everyone from all walks of life, wherever you are, whatever your status, whatever your station, if you can support and add your voice, please go ahead and do so,” said Holness.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that for anyone to help, there was no need to sign on with a state-supported program, but instead, they can use their platforms to share organic support.

It seems that Vybz Kartel might be trying to show his support to the government and his efforts at rehabilitation even as his appeal at the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is pending.

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Tion Wayne – West End Lyrics

[Intro: Young Adz & Tion Wayne]
Be my best friend, racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end (C’mon, c’mon), fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you
Yeah, T Wayne from the, yo (Yeah)

[Verse 1: Tion Wayne]
It’s like you love to make it all the bop, you’re with the drama (Yeah)
Every time I’m vex, you’re my answer (You’re my answer)
I know I’m, due a lot of karma
I ain’t Peter Parker, but my ting better than Rihanna (Than RiRi)
She don’t know we stеppin’ with some killers (Uh-huh, uh-huh)
Love it whеn we sex up in the mirrors (Uh)
Pop down, couldn’t buy you slippers (Yeah)
But she don’t even care about no figures
It’s long (Yeah), she don’t want me gone
Things I did for the funds
To get you Saint Laurent
I accept that I’m wrong
But when you hear this song, love me now, love me strong
And love me when I’m gone (When I’m gone)
Big plans, we ain’t ever needin’ anything (Yeah)
Me and you will have proper ease, developin’ (C’mon, c’mon)
Bougie, and your ambition is evident
You’re a boss but let me help with everyting (With everyting)

[Chorus: Young Adz]
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah

[Verse 2: Dirtbike LB]
I treat your pussy like a goldmine, girl
When I pull up, you look so fly, girl (Girl, you looks so fly)
Gold zippers with the gold YSL
Tryna figure if I know myself (If I know my)
Stay strong while I settle our differences
Pay attention, girl, I’m wrong, now I’m listenin’
Hundred racks’ll make a nigga wanna live again
I put this house in your name ’cause you’re different
I was servin’ on the curb for my fiends (For my fiends)
Now I’m fuckin’ with a girl from my dreams
I been sleepin in the Burj, more peace (More peace)
I been tryna figure out what you need
She the main one
I ain’t switchin’ up, I’m with the same one
It’s the city where you try and live your life or you take one
That’s my driller, he ain’t scared to take his shot like he’s Neymar (Uh)
I just sent my other hitter to Jamaica

[Chorus: Young Adz]
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah

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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Spice Tells Chug It See You In Court After Demands For Refund & Apology

Spice and Chug It heads to court after the promoter demands for a full refund and public apology was rebuffed by the dancehall star’s legal team.

Less than 24 hours after Chug It published a demand letter to Spice for an apology and a refund for monies paid for a September 5 performance that the company says she was a no show for, Spice has replied.

Spice, whose real name is Grace Hamilton, is being represented by Attorneys-at-law Ayisha Robb based in Jamaica and Darrell Thompson based in the USA. On Tuesday, the lawyers, via a letter responding to the Attorney for Chug It via its owner Andrew ‘French’ Wright and his Attorney Peter Champagnie, Q.C.said the artist will not be refunding any money and will not be apologizing either.

Spice’s letter on Tuesday responded to the claims by Chug It and claimed that Chug It breached the contract it had with Spice. The Breaches as outlined in the letter are that:

  • She was not required to perform before 9 p.m. The contract stipulated she would perform no later than 11:30 p.m. without any mention of an earlier performance time.
  • The promoter did not purchase Spice’s ticket. The credit card was declined by 2 different airlines for three (3) of the tickets, 2 people in Jamaica and 1 in New York.
  • No transportation was provided for Spice on her arrival in Miami.
  • No ground transportation or security personnel was provided for Spice by Wright in Miami.
  • The required hotel room was not provided to Spice.
  • Wright proceeded to defame/ tarnish Spice’s brand and reputation on social media and this matter will be pursued through the courts.
  • Spice (The Queen of Dancehall) has been performing for over 20 years both locally and overseas and has always been present and on time for her shows.
  • Chug It sent a letter to Spice earlier this week demanding that she repay the money she allegedly received to perform at the event by September 15 and issue a public apology for her “offensive and baseless Instagram posts” and remove the said material from her social media accounts. The apology was specifically in relation to Spice claiming that Chug It scammed her fans and used her name to promote their show.

    However, Chug It’s letter on Monday claimed that Spice was paid in full, but she failed to show up to perform at the event set for 9:25 PM. The letter also said The letter claimed that the event promoters have evidence that Spice was paid in full for all other usual costs related to her performance and entourage six hours before her performance.

    Chug It has not responded as yet.

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    Love & Hip Hop ATL: Safaree Is Tired Of “Fake” Deadbeat Dad Narrative

    It’s the season of co-parenting drama, as Safaree joins Summer Walker and London on da Track, who both took to social media recently to vent about parenting dramas.

    Safaree Samuels has seemingly gotten fed up with his deadbeat dad narrative, and he took to the Twitter streets to let out his frustrations. In his tweets, Safaree addresses fans’ criticism of him partying in Jamaica while his child was in the NICU, as well as the storyline that he was unaware of Erica Mena’s pregnancy.

    In his first tweet, he stated, “I’m sick of this fake a** narrative too like I’m a dead beat. I don’t want a Treat for being with my kids but don’t act like I’m not with my kids becuz y’all don’t see it. My kids live in a mansion and that’s because of me! I’m with them all the time.”

    Unphased by his statement, one user tweeted this in response. “We’re not blind! You were partying in Jamaica while your son was in ICU! Ain’t nothing to say after that. You created your own narrative!”

    The infamous party in question was his birthday celebration in which he had flown out to his home island, Jamaica, and he was seen happily partying it up, seemingly without a care in the world.

    Safaree later defended himself in an interview where he stated that he waited until he got back home to post the clips of him in Jamaica, and he was, in fact, home taking care of his newborn. Despite this, fans were still torn, to say the least, with the majority still lashing out as they condemned his fathering skills. He subsequently released a track titled Liar, hitting out against his haters.

    In his second tweet, he continued his rant, saying, “I don’t need or want sympathy from anybody but b4 you wonder about how my relationship with my kids are just know that they are on their way to a great childhood. Y’all believe this tv sh*t if you want, but a lot of y’all don’t have common sense so I get it but damn.”

    I’m sick of this fake ass narrative too like I’m a dead beat. I don’t wAnt a Treat for being with my kids but don’t act like I’m not with my kids becuz y’all don’t see https://t.co/9LttEwpskp kids live in a mansion and that’s because of me! I’m with them all the time!

    — @IAMSAFAREE (@IAMSAFAREE) August 30, 2021

    I don’t need or want sympathy from anybody but b4 you wonder about how my relationship with my kids are just know that they are on their way to a great childhood. Y’all believe this tv sh*t if you want, but a lot of y’all don’t have common sense so I get it but damn.

    — @IAMSAFAREE (@IAMSAFAREE) August 30, 2021

    This argument, however, may not have been just about his parenting skills, as fans deduce that it may have been the concerning treatment towards Erica Mena.

    A major role as a father is to always hold the mother in high regard even when tensions might be high and recent talks, and online battles show everything but respect for Erica. Earlier in August, Safaree had a sit-down with his mother during the process of his divorce from The Love and Hip Hop star. His mother stated that she was disappointed with the way he treated his wife. She further expressed that his blatant disrespect towards her in public was not the way she had raised the rapper. As a result, fans suspect that his anger in this recent rant was misplaced.

    One fan retorted, “I didn’t like erica at first but you treat her so bad! I bet you aint even think about treating alpha (Nicki Minaj) like that! Do better! Keep your family together!”

    Back in February, Safaree began an online war where he publicly aired out his regrets for getting married. The online back-and-forth between the pair was brutal. Mena seemed to have shared the same sentiments and filed for divorce from Safaree on May 21st after feeling that there would be no reconciliation between them.

    In a continuation of his rant, he also spoke about his prior knowledge or lack thereof of Mena’s pregnancy. In a viral episode snippet of Love and Hip Hop, he displayed shock when Erica had announced her pregnancy to him. This left fans slightly confused and in disbelief that he didn’t notice that his wife, who was residing in the same house as him, was heavily pregnant.

    Erica Mena pregnant | IG @ericamena

    However, he doubled down on the notion that it was all just for the cameras.

    “Who on this earth can live with some1 who’s 6 months pregnant and not know..dumb aes! I do more than a lot of y’all women baby daddies who go months and weeks without seeing or doing anything for they kids!! Dumb aes! Ima go back to watching cloud babies,” he divulged.

    He finished the rant up with this tweet, saying, “I have a 7 figure mortgage that’s not gonna pay itself. So unless y’all opinions start paying that go suck sumthn! Ok imma really go back to word party now! Go to hell badmind.”

    It seems he is back to Cartoon land because the rapper has, since then, been silent following his fiery hour of rants. His rant followed numerous posts where he can be seen feeding baby Legend and where both Safire and Legend are sweetly napping on his chest.

    Who on this earth can live with some1 who’s 6 months pregnant and not know..dumb asses! I do more than a lot of y’all women baby daddies who go months and weeks without seeing or doing anything for they kids!! Dumb asses! Ima go back to watching cloud babies.

    — @IAMSAFAREE (@IAMSAFAREE) August 30, 2021

    I have a 7 figure mortgage that’s not gonna pay itself. So unless y’all opinions start paying that go suck sumthn! Ok imma really go back to word party now! Go to hell badmind?

    — @IAMSAFAREE (@IAMSAFAREE) August 30, 2021

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    DJ Khaled Says Jamaica And “Dancehall Is A Part Of My Story & It’s Such A Blessing”

    DJ Khaled shares how Jamaica and dancehall played a major part of his story.

    Over the years, DJ Khaled’s unique touch on music has created a fan frenzy. From his most popular taglines like “We the Best” to “Another one!” it seems like almost everything he does goes viral. He’s now well respected in the hip-hop genre, but in a recent interview with the Recording Academy, he shared how much of a major influence dancehall and Jamaican culture have been in his life and career.

    DJ Khaled expressed the sentiment while being interviewed for an episode of the Up Close & Personal podcast. He revealed that both dancehall and Jamaica have played an elemental role in his appreciation of music.

    “Dancehall is a part of my story, you know what I’m saying, Jamaica is a part of Khaled’s story and it’s such a blessing. I love reggae music and I love dancehall,” he added.

    It’s not just something that Khaled randomly decided to follow either, as dancehall music was a big part of his youth, he revealed. The “I’m the One” singer also shared that he was enthusiastically supported by the Jamaican dancehall community in the early days of his career. He also recalled doing shows regularly in Kingston.

    “I grew up listening to dancehall, playing dancehall music with hip hop. As a young kid, I used to be in Jamaica, I use to basically live in Miami and Jamaica. I sound clashed, I’ve deejayed in Kingston throughout the whole beginning of my career,” he added.

    As he continued to get deeper into dancehall and reggae, his appreciation for music expanded, and this translated into a successful career in production. He never had any intentions of forgetting the island that gave him his foundation, and so he felt it was only right that he featured dancehall on his latest album Khaled Khaled.

    Khaled also recalled the years when his name started to get more popular as he became a sought-after deejay in both Miami and the Caribbean because of his special dubplates. He was also one of the deejays who was known for playing hip hop and reggae as well.

    This is one of the reasons that he showed some love to Jamaica in his latest offering.

    “And all those artistes you saw on my album on that song, my friends that cosigned me in the beginning of my career. They use to give me dubplates and they put their hands around my shoulder saying we love this kid and I never forget where I come from,” he explained.

    The love and appreciation that he has for the genre was shown in the track “Where We Come,” which he admitted is one that he especially loves from the album. His desire was to bring together some of the veterans of dancehall on one track, which he accomplished.

    “That record, Buju, Capleton, and Bounty have never been on a record together and those are all big huge reggae Jamaican worldwide icons and that record is one of my favourite records,” he continued.

    The video for that track was a genuine and raw cut as Khaled revealed that all the artists came together in St Ann and just started filming. The video has been extremely well received as it has brought in over 13 million views since its debut on May 1, 2021.

    DJ Khaled also revealed that he was excited to be working on Bounty Killer’s upcoming album King Of Kingston.

    His motivation behind Khaled Khaled was to produce something that fans would love and respect. He also said he used his real name as an ode to artists like Jay-Z, whose music evolved when he started using his real name, Sean Carter.

    The producer added that it was important for him to bring together Jay-Z and Nas on the track “Sorry Not Sorry” to inspire people to come together to work for success. Check out what Khaled had to say below.

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    Usain Bolt Explains Why Sha’Carri Richardson Is Good For Track & Field

    One of the highlights of the recently concluded Olympics in Japan was the healthy rivalry between U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson and most of Jamaica’s female track and field team.

    What started as rivalry soon descended into a mean-spirited back and forth between the two countries. It did, however, peak more interest in track and field. The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, believes it was all good for the sport.

    As the world waited with bated breaths for the showdown at the Olympics, news emerged that Richardson was suspended for a month because she failed a mandatory drug test. She was kicked off the U.S. team after testing positive for marijuana, which is banned from the Olympics by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    She was given another chance to prove her mettle when she faced the Jamaican trio of speed Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson at the Prefontaine Classic in August. She memorably placed last in that race and shared her feelings on the matter as she’s known to do.

    “I’m not upset at myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done,” she told reporters after her loss. “Count me out if you want to. Talk all the sh*t you want. ‘Cause I’m here to stay. I’m not done.” Jamaican fans let her have the full brunt of jokes as they didn’t hold back.

    Now, arguably the greatest male track athlete to have ever graced the Olympics has weighed in with his thoughts on Richardson. He shared them with REVOLT. Bolt, who is now a deejay after retiring as the world record holder, said that he was actually rooting for the young track star.

    Usain Bolt started by saying that he did agree with her being banned from the Olympics since rules are rules. He added that this is how he has always looked at track and field.

    “Because as soon as you get your agent, or your coach, or the person they have around you, [he/she] has to explain to you that, listen, these are the rules of the sports that you’re in. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. You can’t take this, you can’t do that,” he continued.

    However, that being said, he admitted that he did understand that it was probably tough on her but added that this is why it’s important to have people around you to encourage you and to make sure that you don’t repeat the same mistakes.

    Many seemed turned off by her cockiness, but Bolt said that he likes her energy and believed it might be a good thing for track and field. To him, her personality is just “spicy.”

    Usain Bolt also issued some words of encouragement to Richardson, reminding her that he didn’t make it outside of the first round in his first Olympics in Athens. It’s all about remaining determined, pushing yourself, believing that you can do it, and doing your best, he added.

    “Everybody is different. But, I think she brings a different spice to track and field. And sometimes sports need somebody like that to give the energy, to get people talking about it,” he continued.

    Her perceived arrogance has gotten more people talking about track and field, which is good for the sport, he said. This will only help the sport to grow, and if more people start talking about it because of her high energy and vibes, then he’s all for it.

    When asked if he feels anyone can challenge his home country in track and field at this time, Bolt said he’s not sure but quickly added that the possibility is there. The “It’s a Party” singer added that there is a lot of talent worldwide, but Jamaica ensures that track and field is its most celebrated sport.

    Of course, he hopes that any other nation beating Jamaica in track and field never becomes a reality.

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    Bounty Killer Foundation Donates $300K To Claude ‘Big Stone’ Sinclair For Heart Surgery

    After almost three decades in the entertainment industry, Bounty Killer has made it his duty to give back to those in need.

    Through his ‘Bounty Foundation,’ the deejay continues to make a change in the lives of community members and colleagues. One of his latest contributions is to the C.E.O of Big Stone Records and Productions, Claude “Big Stone” Sinclair.

    Mr. Sinclair, who is also a veteran Philanthropist and Humanitarian, has been ailing for some time from a serious heart condition that had left him hospitalized earlier this year.

    Big Stone had posted several videos on social media seeking donations to assist with his surgery. In one video, he explained that he needs an angiogram examination which costs over $600,000, and an angioplasty surgery costing up to $1 million.

    Bounty Killer has joined poet Wise Wurdz and recording artiste Pamputtae, among others, with his support.

    Bounty Killer made an appearance on Winford Williams’ OnStage recently to make the donation. On Wednesday (September 1), the dancehall legend reposted a photo of himself making the handover, writing, “One again the @bounty_foundation serving its purpose on caring and sharing.”

    Big Stone explained further, “The Bounty Killa Foundation presented a check of JM$300,000 to Claude’ Big Stone” Sinclair towards his upcoming surgery for his heart condition.”

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    A post shared by BOUNTY KILLER (@grunggaadzilla)

    While Bounty’s donation cannot fully cover the cost of the surgery, the philanthropist is extremely grateful for the big donation.

    He commented, “Thanks in a million Mr. Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer you brought me to tears. I am so elated soon I will be able to do the very important surgery which will be phase one.”

    Among several other donations, Bounty’s nonprofit organization, earlier this year, provided 40 tablet computers to the deejay’s alma mater, Seaview Gardens Primary.

    The deejay, through his ‘each one teach one’ initiative, also assisted dancehall pioneer Junior Byles, who is battling prostate cancer and mental issues, with a sum of $250,000.

    On the Bounty Foundation website, the mission statement says, “We share because we care. The Bounty Foundation tends to the less fortunate and disabled across Jamaica, uplifting individuals and communities in dire need of food supplies, clothing, medical equipment, and volunteer services.”

    “The foundation was founded by Rodney Price (aka Bounty Killer) to give back to communities and country that have always supported his music. We are a team that believes in leading by example; we go to directly into the most in-need areas of Jamaica to provide aide. Our motto: ‘Each one, teach one to reach one.’”

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    Sean Paul Ready To “Break It Off” With Rihanna Again

    Sean Paul says it’s time for a second collaboration with billionaire businesswoman and artist Rihanna.

    The two previously collaborated on “Break it Off” in 2006, and the Jamaican deejay has always spoken that his favorite collab will always be with Rihanna, who flew to Jamaica to do the song with him rather than him sending his part to her producer or vice versa.

    “Most collabs I do I travel abroad or do over the internet we do that…but she was like I met her on tour and she was like ‘I want come to Jamaica and I love Jamaica and most people want to go to Africa but Jamaica is a big place to me and I want to visit’. And one day she picked up the phone and called me ‘I’m coming for Christmas’…and I took her to Bob Marley museum,” Sean Paul said.

    “Break It Off” was produced and co-written by producer Don Corleon and featured on Rihanna’s ‘A Girl like Me‘ her second album. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, at No. 9. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015.

    Sean Paul meanwhile called on fans to write to Rihanna for a new collab.

    “RRR!!!! THE PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT ANOTHER BANGER WITH ME AND U @badgalriri. SP CREW TELL HER NUH!!!” he said.

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    A post shared by SEAN PAUL (@duttypaul)

    Sean Paul has collaborated with quite a few notable artists, most of whom are females, including Beyonce on “Baby Boy,” Keyshia Cole on “Give It Up To Me,” Blu Cantrell on “Breathe,” Kelly Rowland on “How Deep Is Your Love,” Sia on “Cheap Thrills,” among others.

    After being in the music industry for more than twenty years, the artist has managed to still be one of the best artists and internationally recognized out of Jamaica.

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    Lee “Scratch” Perry, Reggae Icon & Dub Pioneer, Dead At 85

    Reggae dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry has died at age 85.

    The legendary artist and producer died at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, on Sunday morning. Known for his eccentric styles and provocative song lyrics like “Pum Pum,” the artist had been briefly sick, according to reports. Perry, who previously lived in Switzerland with his wife Mireille, leaves behind their two children and his four other children from previous unions.

    Lee “Scratch” Perry, whose real name is Rainford Hugh Perry, was recognized globally as a pioneer for the Reggae genre with fans across the world. He was born in the community of Kendal, Hanover, and rose to fame in the late 1960s as Reggae music took off in Jamaica. Over the decades, he quickly became known as a producer of cutting-edge music.

    His long and distinguished career has seen him working with some of the greatest artists like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, the Beastie Boys, and others.

    Perry is also recognized as the pioneer behind the lesser popular Dub genre and had his own studios that produced music in which he was also a recording artist under the name “The Chicken Scratch,” which he later just used “Scratch” on stage.

    At the start of his career, he worked with the “The Upsetters” band, which supported Bob Marley full time from 1968-1972, resulting in a number of successful projects that Marley released such as ‘Soul Rebels’ and ‘Soul Revolution’.

    Lee “Scratch” Perry

    Perry eventually started his own studio, beginning with the Black Ark that he built in his backyard as he produced some of the biggest hits for Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Byles, Junior Murvin, The Heptones, The Congos, and Max Romeo.

    From there, Lee “Scratch” Perry is historically credited for incorporating drum machines and special effects in music that led to the birth of the dub era and later the development of reggae music as we know it today, as well as hip hop and rock music.

    The studio was later burned down, however. According to reports, by 1978, the artist was under severe stress and became exhausted, leading to the Black Ark falling into disrepair. Perry, in later interviews, said that the fire that destroyed the studio was no accident, arguing that he had burned the Black Ark in a sudden fit of rage.

    After the destruction of the Black Ark, Perry continued his music life, but by the early 80s, he left Jamaica and spent the majority of his time in England and the United States, where he performed extensively and started making more music that allowed him to be eccentric and outlandish.

    According to his biographical profile, his career took a different turn in 1984 after meeting Mark Downie, with whom he worked on the 1986 album Battle of Armagideon for Trojan.

    Lee “Scratch” Perry

    He also worked with British producers Adrian Sherwood and Neil Fraser, better known as Mad Professor, leading to a stable music career.

    Music experts have often lauded Perry’s eccentricity and creativity on his ability to stay relevant. According to Perry, his creativity developed after he stopped drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

    Perry’s marijuana habits were particularly amusing, and those who observed him in the studio knew he operated almost “ritualistic” in which he recalls that before his recording sessions, “he blew smoke into the microphone so that the weed would get into the song.”

    In later interviews, he explained that that ritual was for him to see if “it was the smoke making the music or Lee Perry making the music. I found out it was me and that I don’t need to smoke,” he said leading to him quitting smoking.

    Lee “Scratch” Perry became famous as the singer of “Dr. Lee, Ph.D.” on the Beastie Boys’ ‘Hello Nasty’ in 1998, and among his notable achievements are his 2003 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album for Jamaican E.T and being named by Rolling Stone as among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, placing at 100.

    He has also received several Grammy nominations in the Reggae Album category over the decades.

    Meanwhile, Perry was recognized by the Jamaican government for his contributions to national development and received the Order of Distinction, Commander Class award in 2012.

    Condolences have been pouring in from thousands of Jamaicans for Perry. Among them is the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, who paid tribute to the legendary artist and producer.

    “Undoubtedly, Lee “Scratch” Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace,” the PM wrote on his official Twitter account.

    My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as "Lee Scratch" Perry. pic.twitter.com/Eec2MEd6yC

    — Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 29, 2021

    Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/k1QnyzfLoo

    — Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 29, 2021

    Jamaica’s Entertainment, Youth, and Culture Minister Olivia’ Babsy’ Grange also confirmed the artist’s death and sent her condolences to his family as she noted the artist’s distinguished life.

    “My condolences to his widow, Mireille, his children and other relatives. What a man, what a music, what a life, what a genius!” she tweeted.

    Officially confirming the passing of musical icon Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Spoke to his son, Rocky, this morning. My condolences to his widow, Mireille, his children and other relatives. What a man, what a music, what a life, what a genius!

    Further details will be announced. pic.twitter.com/ANHUOPKI5l

    — Hon.Olivia Grange (@Babsy_grange) August 29, 2021

    Jamaica honours the memory of one of our most original musical geniuses, Lee “Scratch” Perry. His immense body of work, as a producer & artist, underscores his influence. His unique touch & feel enriched some of our most beloved popular musical compositions. RIP Lee Perry. ?? ? pic.twitter.com/0BX9tTIyUd

    — Mark Golding (@MarkJGolding) August 29, 2021

    The Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, also shared his sympathies.

    “His immense body of work, as a producer & artist, underscores his influence. His unique touch & feel enriched some of our most beloved popular musical compositions. RIP Lee Perry.”

    R.I.P. Lee “Scratch” Perry

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    TeeJay and Bounty Killer’s Foundations Partnered With WiPay

    TeeJay and Bounty Killer announced that their foundations, the UpTop Foundation and Bounty have partnered with WiPay Jamaica.

    The dancehall legend made the announcement on IG on Friday (August 27), sharing some photos of himself with TeeJay representatives from the company. The “Look Into My Eyes” singer added a caption saying, “I’m happy to announce that WiPay Jamaica has partnered with my @bounty_foundation to distribute their Digital Grant to assist those who have been affected and displaced by the Pandemic. Thank you @wipayjamaica @aldwyn.Wayne thank you my brother @uptopboss_official to be associated with this cause to help the needy. Also with my team @sharonburkesolidagency.”

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    Bounty Killer‘s supporters took to the comment section to share their thoughts. “I swear if bounty was richer Jamaica would a alright. The amount a ppl the man help. Respect goes out to the real general,” one fan commented.

    “Yeah educate the people on cryptocurrency. It will be the great financial equalizer,” another added with clapping emojis.

    The artiste’s Bounty Foundation has made immense donations to a plethora of struggling individuals all over the world. The recent donation of tablets to Seaview Gardens Primary, donating money along with wheelchairs in Porus, and helping a struggling teenager to complete her house is only a small fraction of what the foundation has done.

    After assisting the teenager, Bounty Killer took the time to say a few words. “This is the thing Bounty Foundation does. We collaborate as well, as we know there is a lot of needs in this country, and Bounty Foundation is young; it’s just started; we can’t take on everything. But, this is what we plan to take on right now- Ashley and her little one-room…so we decided we are gonna give her $100,000.”

    The Bounty Foundation is committed to supporting children and youth to reach their full potential.

    On the other hand, TeeJay’s Instagram post stated, “I’m happy to announce that WiPay Jamaica has partnered with my Uptop Foundation to distribute their Digital Grant to assist those who have been affected and displaced by the Pandemic. Thank you @wipayjamaica @aldwyn.Wayne thank you my brother @gungadzilla to be associated with this cause to help the needy. Team work with @sharonburkesolidagency.”

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    Fans have been noticing how different TeeJay has become in terms of his mission and the projects he participates in. They have stated that he has been holding his own and doing a great job. His post has been garnering massive positive feedback from fans.

    “Big things ah gwan,” one supporter commented, adding three flame emojis.

    “Big moves me bredda uptop foreva,” another followed with four clapping emojis.

    Teejay and Bounty Killer’s partnership with WiPay will see them distribute JM$4 million in COVID-19 relief islandwide amid a new wave gripping Jamaica. The grant initiative is scheduled to be launched in two weeks.

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    Toronto-based a l l i e shares the airy visuals for “COOP”

    Toronto-based a l l i e shares the airy visuals for “COOP”
    The track appears on her new album Tabula Rasa, which also drops today.

    By Sajae Elder

    August 27, 2021

    For Toronto-based singer a l l i e, music and sound are “predominant healing elements in [her] life.” It’s an ethos she carries into her latest project, Tabula Rasa, with her own soothing vocals sitting alongside crystal singing bowls, and deep, immersive production from longtime collaborator The Kount as well as Birthday Boy and Casey MQ. The result of two years of writing and recording, a trip across Europe, and a homecoming trip to Jamaica, the 11-track project tracks like a solo journey through introspection. The project also boasts additional features including River Tiber and Leland Whitty of BADBADNOTGOOD.

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    Today, the singer also shares the visuals for her latest single, the sultry, Birthday Boy-produced “COOP.” Oscillating between a honeyed rasp and breathy falsetto, a l l i e’s vocals find a home over the production’s subtle pulse. Directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Sara Elgama, the track’s visuals are all about the singer’s flowing choreography and braided crown, playing out like a dancefloor fever dream.

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    Jamaica’s Tessellated teams up with Protoje on “Sweeter”

    Jamaica’s Tessellated teams up with Protoje on “Sweeter”
    The track appears on Tessellated’s Tropics Vol. 1 EP.

    By Sajae Elder

    July 01, 2021

    Jamaican artists Tessellated and Protoje teamed up for the new single “Sweeter,” sharing its cinematic video earlier this week. Appearing on Tessellated’s debut EP Tropics Vol. 1, the genre-bending track blends reggae delivery with soulful, Latin-inspired production. The clip finds both artists trying to woo the same woman, only to both end up losing her in the end.

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    “For me, ‘Sweeter’ is a milestone both sonically & visually,” Tessellated said of the track and its video. “From getting to collaborate with Protoje & make a genre-bending Latin & Jamaican fusion to then working alongside Gabrielle Blackwood to tell that story into a visual format, I truly feel it’s my most solid work to date & one that truly represents me as an artist.”

    Watch the clip above.

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    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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    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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