Thursday, October 14, 2010
United States Judge Anthony Porcelli has offered bail to Buju Banton at $250,000. Buju is said to be placed under 24-hour surveillance with the costs being paid by the defense.
The Gleaner has stated that Buju will have to receive an immigration bond to prevent deportation. The US authorities, however, would want to keep Buju in the US to face his new trial set to begin in December.
Buju’s lawyer filed the motion for a bail hearing on September 27, after federal judge, James Moody declared a mistrial in the drug case against Buju.
The judge says a new trial is to be held in December on a date to be announced in the near future.
Welcome home Buju, and you will continue to remain in the prayers of your family, friends, and fans!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Actress Maia Campbell, once thought to be one of the most beautiful and promising young African-American entertainers, is now (allegedly) addicted to crack, and meth, and also prostituting herself. Maia found fame alongside singer Tyrese, as leading lady in the video "Sweet Lady". She also co-starred along with LL Cool J in the 90's sitcom "In The House". Maia was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bi-polar disorder in her late teens. She like many others could not commit to daily pharmaceutical medication. It's said that she began treatment, and did well for a while with the assistance of her mother (reminding her to take her medicine, keeping track of her progress..). Unfortunately when her mother died in 2006, it began a downward spiral for Maia. She was no longer taking her medication, she began to abuse drugs and alcohol to self medicate. Maia soon found herself completely out of control. The people around her began exploiting her by recording videos of her, in what appears to be a drug induced state, taking pictures of her nude and under the influence, and publishing them on the Internet. While her current condition is unknown, there are several conflicting reports. Some reports state that since her arrest in July 2010 she had a stay in rehab and is doing better with the help of her father and grandmother, other reports state that she is back to prostituting and drug use on the streets of LA.
It saddens me not only that she is suffering from a number of mental illnesses and has gone untreated for some time, but the fact that she is surrounded by people whom either don't understand or don't care about her illness.
American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino is the most recent victim of an alleged suicide attempt. It is alleged that she overdosed on pills, and was found in the closet of her home by her manager. She was then rushed to the hospital and was treated for an overdose. This incident came after reports that Fantasia was being sued by her long time boyfriend Antwaun Cooks' wife. His wife had also reported that she was in possession of sex tapes with Fantasia and her husband. Fantasia is no stranger to media drama. Back in 2008 Fantasia made media headlines when her house was allegedly up for foreclosure for back taxes owed. Fantasia is the mother of 1, and I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she gets the medical attention needed for issues she may be facing.
Phyllis Hyman, a talented singer and actress, whose career spanned for more than 20 years became the face of suicide amongst black women in 1995. While we may have looked at her as a success story, she felt differently about her life. Phyllis took her life in her New York City apartment in 1995. She was found hours before she was scheduled to appear at The Apollo Theater. She left behind a suicide note starting by saying "I'm tired, I'm tired...". Many speculated her death was due to feelings of loneliness and her inability to find a "good man". However, it goes much deeper than that.
Phyllis had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder ten year prior to her suicide. She like many others suffering from mental health diseases, was not diagnosed until adulthood, and declined pharmaceutical medication. In her choosing to self medicate, she ultimately made her disease worse, and suffered the grave consequence that many do, thinking they can fight mental health diseases alone.
Check out some of the statistics.
• An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year
• In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.3 Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to co morbidity
• More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.
• Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
Mental health and addiction are often tolerated and go untreated within the Black and Caribbean community. This disease affects millions each year including entertainers, mothers, children, men, teens, anyone. We have somehow made addiction and mental health diseases a "normal" part of our life, and sometimes don't know how to recognize signs of a potentially fatal problem. Ignorance is the biggest killer when it comes to these diseases. It is important to educate yourself about the signs and symptoms if you think a loved one may be mentally ill or have a dependency issue with drugs or alcohol. Not seeking medical attention leads to "self-medication" which can range from alcoholism and drug abuse to suicide. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from a mental illness contact your local health care facility.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Veteran singer, songwriter, musician and producer Sugar Minott - born Lincoln Barrington Minott - from Kingston, Jamaica has been a driving force in pioneering the creation of reggae music. Contributing his indoctrination to the reggae music from growing up near a dancehall where some of the best sounds of the day used to play.
From this exposure he began to build a repertoire and entered talent contests like the Little Theatre Company. When finished school he began his journey in the music business selling records and playing in a sound named, Sound of Silence Keytone.
Sugar then started his own sound by the name of Black Roots which then led to the creation of Youthman Promotion.
In 1969 Sugar teamed up with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard and formed the group the African Brothers. Tony was the lead singer and they recorded for Micron Music which was run by Mick Johnson and Ronny Burke of Sunsplash fame. The group then recorded for other producers from the likes of Keith Weston, Winston "Marrytone" Blake, Rupie Edwards and Coxsone Dodd. Some of the releases were "Lead us father", Mystery of nature", Party time" and"Righteous kingdom".
The group sprang up from the gathering at Delacree Rd. and Delamar Ave. corner, properly known as Tony Martin corner where many aspiring artists would mass. Due to strong cultural content of the lyrics the group did not receive the type of publicity it deserved so they all decided to pursue solo careers.
In 1974 Sugar teamed up with Ace producer Coxsone Dodd "Studio One". Bringing the label back to life after the loss of John Holt, Ken Boothe, and Alton Ellis to other studio's, His first hit for "studio One" was "Vanity" followed by "Mr DC", "House is not a Home" and "Hang on Natty", which led to his first solo album "Live Loving".
In 1979 he left Studio One to form his own label - "Black Roots" which led to the foundation of the Youth Promotion crew, recoding artist's like Little John, Triston Palmer, Barry Brown and Tony Tuff.
Youth Promotion started back in 1979, in the Maxfield park area of Kingston, Jamaica. Known as the Ghetto sound by the youths of the area. Started by Lincoln "Sugar" Minott the Veteran singer, songwriter, musician and producer. The sound system was the opportunity of the youths to be heard by the masses.
The Sound Youthman Promotion began to dominate the Dancehall scene by voiceing artist's like Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, Don Angelo, the late Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty and Garnet Silk who did his first recording for the Black Roots Label. The list of Artists goes on - Tony Rebel, Colorman, Daddy Freddie, Johnny Osbourne, Steve "Shalom" Harper and many more.
Courtesy of www.sugarminott.com
Sugar Minott died at the age of 54, on Saturday July 10 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. He was previously diagnosed with Angina Pectoris – a severe heart condition. His death is said to be from complications of this condition. May he rest in peace.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Where in the world is MUNGA HONORABLE?? Last night was the 2nd date scheduled for "Settlement", a stage show that allows rival artist to settle the score. As my previous article shows, the original date was scheduled for June, however was changed to July 9 2010. Deva Bratt arrived at the venue to find that his nemesis Munga was a no-show. Many people had speculated that Munga would not show up for quite some time. I personally reached out to Munga for confirmation of his attendance at the show, and was not successful in getting a response. This no show may be the final act that proves that Munga is no competition for Deva Bratt, and that he fears loosing a lyrical battle. Without Munga's input as requested, I am left to assume this to be true. So Deva Bratt wins this round by default, CONGRATS DEVA!
Vybz Kartel turned himself into police approximately a week ago, after being placed on a "WANTED FOR QUESTIONING" list. Originally the hold order was for one week, however when that week was over, a judge decided that Vybz Kartel should remain in police custody for further investigation. It is not clear if he will be charged or what he will be charged with. The new hold order could allow authorities to hold Kartel for 30 days. Kartels publicist has kept his fans up to date via twitter, tweeting Kartels mood, and personal messages to fans. Follow him @iamthekartel. Keep your head up Addi. Updates as they become available.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
As if making a come back with hit songs like "Hold The Line" w/Santigold, and "Dem ah Pree" wasnt enough, Mr Lexx is now also taking over the big screen. He guest stars in an independent film "Wah Do Dem" written, directed and produced by Ben Chace and Sam Fleischneryes. In "Wah Do Dem", young Brooklyn musician Max (Sean Bones) decides to go on a Caribbean cruise alone when his girlfriend Willow (Norah Jones) dumps him cold two days before the trip. Once in Jamaica, Max quickly escapes the tourist zone for more "authentic" surroundings and in the process is robbed of his possessions and is stranded, and literally misses the boat. As Max sets out for the American Embassy in Kingston on foot, Jamaica is waiting to meet him with unexpected and extraordinary encounters, including a full-moon celebration with the legendary reggae group The Congos, and a dreamy stay with a Rasta prophet.
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•NEW YORK | Cinema Village | Jun 18 - Jun 25 WAH DO DEM NR Running Time 1:16 9:15p
•LOS ANGELES | The Egyptian | Jun 18 - Jun 25 WAH DO DEM NR Running Time Two showings: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM [Spielberg Theatre]
•BOSTON | Somerville Theatre | Jun 25 - Jul 2 WAH DO DEM NR Running Time 3:00 | 7:15 | 9:00
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After a 1 month stand off between Jamaican security forces and citizens of Tivoli Gardens in search for Christopher "Coke" Dudus, he has been captured and brought to New York City to face federal charges. Dudus was said to be on his way to turn himself into American officials in Jamaica when he and his advisors were stopped and he was subsequently arrested. As the pictures below show, he was in disguise when caught, but appeared to be happy that it was over. Dudus reportedly told one reporter he was "just happy to be alive". Full story about Dudus below in my previous article.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Long time rivals Deva Bratt and Munga Honorable, are scheduled to clash at "The Settlement", a stage show that allows rivals to war lyrically on stage. As you may remember in Decemeber 2007 at Stone Love's Anniversary Party, Munga was performing "Auto Tune" on stage when Deva Bratt approached the stage and pushed one of Munga's entourage member off the stage. Munga then attacked Deva Bratt with a Mic to the head,the two duked it out on stage until they were bother escorted out of the venue. Although the physical fight started there, the two had been battling lyrically for many weeks prior.
Shortly thereafter the Stone Love incident, Deva Bratt was arrested and spent approximately 9 months in jail for incidents not related to the fight. Upon his release both artist recorded diss tracks targeted at each other and showcased them on youtube. This "settlement" is 3 years in the making, and will be nothing short of absolute excitement! The stage is set Saturday June 26 2010 at the Kingston Polo Club. Who will reign supreme?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Gyptian is suffering from head injuries as a result of a recent motorcycle accident that took place this week. His publicist states " he will be ok", however Gyptian had been undergoing MRI testing and in the care of Andrews Memorial Hospital.
Gyptian has regained international success with his hit single "Hold Yuh". It has climbed numerous charts and reached number one on many charts as well. "Hold Yuh" debut on the Billboard Chart at #96, and has since climbed to #46. The single has been counteracted by many artist including Lady Saw, and also got a hip hop boost on the single from Young Money's first lady and hottest female rapper right now, Nicki Minaj. The remix was controversial due to Minaj's usual sexually explicit lyrics and mentions of what some consider lesbian activities. Check out the song and remixes below.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Oneil Edwards from dancehall group Voicemail (seen in the middle above), was shot and robbed at his gate approximately 2 1/2 weeks ago. He has been in the hospital fighting for his life ever since. However this afternoon, he succumb to his injuries and died. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and fans as well. May Oneil rest in peace. Condolences to the family from PRGirlAngel.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Michael Christopher Coke AKA Dudus was born March 13, 1969. His father, Lester Coke AKA Jim Brown, was formerly the leader of the Shower Posse gang, which earned its name from the "shower" of automatic gunfire it often sprayed into its victims' bodies. In 1987, Dudus father was deported from the U.S. for allegedly setting up cells of the Shower Posse in dozens of American cities; he died in a Jamaican prison in 1992 waiting extradition to US on murder and drug trafficking charges. Coke’s brother, Omar, was one of two alleged cop killers shot by police after they reportedly gunned down a police corporal at the intersection of West Kings House and Waterloo roads in May 2003. Prior to that, Mark Anthony Coke, his elder brother, was gunned down in 1992.It's speculated that Dudus sister was also killed by gunfire. Dudas has four children, and according to The Gleaner, whom have all been been removed from the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood.
Dudus major business ventures are Incomparable Enterprise and Presidential Click. Both have been successful, and according to the Gleaner, Incomparable Enterprise has received millions in state contracts, and the Presidential Click company continues to hold some of the country's largest street parties and music events.
In 1988, The New York Times reported that the Shower Posse controlled an estimated 40percent of the crack cocaine market in the United States. A Justice Department report last year said Jamaican gangs like the Shower Posse now work in many North American cities to distribute marijuana and cocaine they obtain from Mexican and Colombian traffickers. In March, Vivian Blake, the former head of Shower Posse's U.S. operations, died of a heart attack.
The US State Department, last August, dispatched a 10-page indictment accusing Coke of the illicit trafficking of arms and drugs, as well as conspiracy, and requested that he be extradited to face the charges. The US had named nine co-conspirators who had cited Coke as a major player in the arms and drug-running scheme. Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on Monday night that Lightbourne would be signing the extradition order.
Dudus is described as Jamaica’s most powerful man, an alleged drug lord with close ties to the island’s Government, revered as a god-like benefactor in the Kingston district that he rules — and wanted in the US as one of the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke inspires such loyalty in the impoverished neighbourhoods of west Kingston, a stronghold awash with automatic weapons, that thousands of his followers have vowed to fight to the death if police try to extradite him to America.
“After God, then Dudus,” one resident’s sign read. “Jesus died for us so we will die for Dudus,”
Such devotion appeared to become bloody reality yesterday after troops and police stormed Mr Coke’s Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood stronghold to hunt for him. By last night, after heavy gun battles, at least 60 people had died, mostly civilians.
When Bruce Golding, the Jamaican Prime Minister, who represents the Tivoli Gardens district in Parliament, announced last week that, after nine months, he would enforce a US extradition request for the alleged drug kingpin, protesters took to the streets. Even fire bombing a police station in Hannah Town.
It is a sad day in Kingston Jamaican, and many fear this is just the beginning. For many days it appeared Dudus' thugs had control in Tivoli Gardens, and had shot and injured many soldiers and police men. The backlash to that is that the fire they returned back also hit innocent people. Downtown Kingston has been terrorized and looted. The country is said to have provided bus transportation for citizens who are considered to be law-abiding and want to get out of Tivoli Garden. However many have expressed a fear for their life if and when they return, if they leave now without helping the community fight for Dudus.
Major airlines including Air Jamaica have issues travel advisories, as well as cancelled and rescheduled many flights. New anchors in Jamaica are warning tourist especially from the US and Canada to stay in their resorts or respective safe dwellings.
Many wonder if one man is worth so much controversy. His extradition has caused the death of many civilians and police and soldiers also, and the numbers continue to rise.
The Security Forces have taken over Tivoli Gardens, but still, there is no sign of Dudus. Many speculate he may have already left the island, or be in a remote location on another part of the island. Updates as they become available.
Sources include: Times online, AOL, CNN, Jamaica Gleaner, CVJ, Sunday Herald JA, Rawtid TV, Jamaica Observer, Air Jamaica
Monday, April 26, 2010
This morning April 26.2010, Mr.Lexx and his attorney left a New York Court House with good news. Mr.Lexx has finally been vindicated from the alleged, rape and sexual molestation charge brought fourth in October 2009. All charges have officially been dropped and Mr.Lexx is once again a free man. "The Prince" has been in New York for the duration of the case. While he was out on bail, the court required his passport be surrendered as they considered him to be a flight risk because of his international citizenship. Now that the case is over, he is free to fly the friendly skies. Mr.Lexx wishes to thank his fans and supporters for believing in him, and supporting him in his time of need.
Lexx has been working on a mixtape for the summer titled "LEX-I-CON" that will be released on MAY 7TH., just 4 days shy of his birthday :-) LOOK OUT FOR THAT!
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The masses have been waiting for an Aidonia vs Deva Bratt clash since 2007 when the former Portmore Empire stars first war of words. Well Easter Monday the stage was set in Portland JA at the Tichfield High School fete. Aidonia was scheduled to perform, and to the surprise of many, arrived with none other than Mr. Deva Bratt. This was a fundraising event for the High School, the atmosphere was upbeat and positive and when they took the stage it only got better. They shared the stage for close to 30 minutes and each performed a medley of their hits as the crowd roared for more! The energy was crazy, the vibes were MAD, the fans were energetic and the forwards didn't stop all night! So what do you think will be next, collaboration or clash? Check out the sneak preview below recorded by Krucial Konflict engineer AR15, not the best quality but you'll appreciate it!
Among being named on a list of artist who are delinquent in paying taxes, and could possibly have their US visa's revoked, Mavado and Bounty Killer should both be thankful for the light of day right now. Well, Bounty will be, soon I hope.
Rodney "Bounty Killa" Price, was arrested after a woman he was with for 3 years allegedly ended the relationship, and states at that time he got "CROSS, ANGRY, MISERABLE" and assaulted her causing bodily harm. These are not unfamiliar charges to Killa, and he has been in this hot previously for assaulting a previous mate. It is said that according to laws, anyone arrested has a right to make one phone call, and when he was given this right, he called the woman who allegedly filed charges and threatened her life, even in the presence of police. This act is said to be the reason he was not granted bail. I do not condone acts of violence upon woman by men, however, Bounty Killer has publicly admitted and boasted about "beating his women", he has never denied it. With that said, any woman who engages in a relationship with him is clearly walking into a fire pit. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT LADIES???? Now granted their are some woman out there who secretly like the beatings, who feel it makes them feel loved and wanted by the man, well if so be the case, why file charges??? Killa, I don't agree with what you do, but woman, you need to take responsibility too. Let me be the first to say, he just hasn't met his match yet. And no that's not a threat of any form, I love Killa, but hey, it is what it is. There are some woman who would pick up something, a pot, a pan, a iron, and knock him one good time in his head. I guess he hasn't come across ME, oops, i mean any of them yet... LOL
Wishing a speedy recovery to Mavado who sustained minor injuries in a motorcycle accident this week. There were not many details released but he is said to be OK, and doing well.
World clash certainly had it's ups and downs last night. I watched via a live stream on ustream.tv and actually bounced between one page with just audio, and one page with audio and video that seemed to chip in and out through out the clash, so first let me big up the 2 ustream pages, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dj-tooshort-mix-show for audio, and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mr-showtime1 for audio and video. Now in the beginning I must say Sentinel lead out most of the rounds. In fact by the time I got mad when Mighty Crown was kicked off, I hope that Sentinel would take it home. Many wondered who had this infamous Jay-Z Dub, and it was none other than Sentinel. Of course Mighty Crown came back and said it was a fake dub and we all expected Sentinel to defend it. However in the dumbest come back line I ever heard in my life, Sentinel comes back and says "of course it's a fake dub, I don't have money for Jay-Z dub, it's a fake dub cause mi a scammer! Big up all di scammer dem in Galtego-Bay cause money haffi run". WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS GUY THINKING. We all know that Montego-Bay is the capital for the scamming business and Mo-Bay people nuh rump when it come to dat summin deh... but WHY OH WHY say you are playing fake dubs???? The next foolish line came from none other than Sentinel again, he was trying to diss Pantha and said "his teeth yellow like Ackee seed". Last i checked ackee seeds were black LOL. But none the less Sentinel still had some good antics, he called a woman on stage and said it was Pantha mother, and asked how "from what age Pantha start fuck batty", the crowd went wild! From there him and the woman exchanged a couple questions and answers about Pantha being a batty man. The upset came when Mighty Crown who are no strangers to world clach were kicked off early in the night, even the MC had to do a re-vote, and even after that allowed Mighty Crown and Pantha a tune fi tune. But it didn't work out in there favor. Bredda Hype was the first to go and no one questioned why. They seemed to be young in the business and not ready for a clash of this caliber. They weren't equipped with proper dubs, it seemed like more juggling. In my opinion the overall clash was weak, and I think the only thing that could have strengthened it would have been the old time glory of Tony Matterhorn, and Ricky Trooper. I'm sure the clips will be on youtube soon. There are many more highlights, those of Bass Odyssey and more of others i mentioned, these are just moments that stood out to me that i wanted to share.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It seems that every week, there is some new controversy from the GAZA. I must say, if it's Di Teacha's intention to keep the media and the world focused on him, he is definitely achieving his goals and maybe even surpassing them. It was not long ago that a compromising picture of Lisa Hype circulated of her performing fellatio on an unknown man, rumored to be Vybz Kartel. This of course lead to her dismissal from the group. Now, only a couple months later, more photos have surfaced, of a different woman in the same act. Could Kartel be the "Judas" Deva Bratt alleged him to be and purposely be out to ruin the lives and reputations of these woman, and if so why? Unlike that last episode, this woman does not appear to be an artist, and therefore the photos may not create as much "Hype". However, many are saying the lady involved does favor a woman who Kartel mentions in some of his songs. You be the judge, see for yourself below. Also check out the comparison of Lisa Hype's famous photos, and a different "partner".
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE EXPLICIT AND GRAPHIC IN NATURE.
AS OF 03/31/10 KARTEL RELEASED A NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO BOASTING ABOUT HIS RECENT "SITUATION"
Saturday, March 20, 2010
At some point last night, March 19 2010, rumors started circulating that Deva Bratt had been shot and killed at his gate. Friends and fans began congregating at his gate crying and pleading for answers, police were even called to the scene. It was total chaos for well over an hour.
The truth of the matter is, while there was an incident close to his home, it did not involve him nor anyone in his home. These rumors are totally false. Deva Bratt is very much alive and has been recording under his Krucial Konflict label. His most recent tracks include "Tribute" on the Triumph Riddim, a dedication to his late Father C and "Figure You Out" on the Candlelight Riddim. Look out for more new music from Deva Bratt as he is in the studio day and night voicing.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Several weeks ago I blogged about the death of Portmore Don and Danger Zone Music Group artist Mikey Pelpa. According to a report in the Jamaican Star newspaper, Pelpa was among a group of men who took a boat from The Bahamas and tried to enter the United States illegally. The men are said to have jumped from the boat in a bid to escape the US Coast Guard, and unfortunately Mikey Pelpa drowned.
Friend and fellow artist Geeze-B recorded a tribute for Pelpa "Since You Gone". Chilling voice clips of Pelpa were sampled in this song from a messgae recorded just hours before his untimely death. Gone but not forgotten, he will be missed by his family, friends, and fans. To learn more about Geeze-B you can log on to www.myspace.com/geezeb.
Since You Gone (Tribute To Mikey Pelpa) by yardiemuzik
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
As reported in the Jamaican Gleaner on Sunday, Ronald Jones, the minister of education and human resource development, said the heavy diet of dancehall artistes performing in Barbados is an overkill and doing more harm than good.
"Even though we share the same Caribbean space, it does not mean we have to welcome everybody. Vybz Kartel and Mavado can stay in Jamaica," Jones said.
His statement came a day after the country's police commissioner denied the notorious Jamaican artistes permission to perform in the Caribbean nation.
"As a country, we must say enough is enough," the Barbados Nation quoted the minister as having said.
"This is Barbados. It must not go down the path of some other Caribbean societies. If reaching First-World status means we have to embrace all and sundry, then let us keep the status that we have," Jones added, according to the Nation.
The education minister said there was a linkage between dancehall music and some of the increasingly aggressive behaviour exhibited by young people in Barbados.
"Barbados is becoming loud, and some of our people are becoming uncaring, uncharitable. There are places in the Caribbean that they don't want Barbadians to come anymore. There are planes in the Caribbean that don't want to transport Barbadians to and from here. What is that saying?
"It is saying that we are loud and aggressive, but it is part and parcel of the diet that we are being fed as a people and as a nation. People like the music, so be it. But we don't need the transplantation of all the negativity that comes around that genre of music," Jones said.
This is a bold statement and I'm sure does not represent everyone in the country. I must say it makes sense however. Especially right now when artist "badmonism" is at a all time high with the recent happenings between Vybz Kartel and Black Rhyno. I understand that when Mavado first became ever popular he was being blamed for a large percentage of criminal activity in Jamaica, but, is it me or hasn't Mavado surpassed that stage? I definitely do not look at Vybz Kartel and Mavado in the same social category especially when it comes to promoting violence. Something tells me this will not last very long, because these very artist generate substantial income for the country and we all know MONEY TALKS.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
After a successful run, and approximately 4 years, Mavado and VP records have parted ways. Mavado’s manager Julian Jones-Griffith used the popular social site TWITTER to announce the breaking news stating “Mavado is no longer signed to VP Records, the deal has been officially terminated. We are currently exploring the many options b4 us". It was initially rumored that Mavado and his team made the decision to part ways. However, VP Records released somewhat of a confusing statement;
"VP Records can confirm that is released Mavado from his recording agreement.Contrary to reports which have been circulated, however, it was VP that elected, in its sole discretion, not to exercise its option for a further album."
I'm assuming what this means is that, they are clarifying that Mavado did make the decision to leave, but rather VP decided not to continue the contract. As the streets buzz, people are saying VP Records have a reputation for lackluster treatment of their artist and some are not surprised. Good luck Mavado! I'm sure you will stay progressive with or without VP Records! More as this story develops.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Black Rhyno is the latest casualty of the "Falling Empire" as he exits the group simply stating "mi lef".
Since the end of 2009, 3 members have left or been kicked out of Portmore Empire, all in very controversial situations. Lisa Hype was involved in a sexual photo scandal, while Kym (formerly Gaza Kim) was allegedly called to the studio and beaten by 4 men, and now Black Rhyno "lef". This after weeks of speculation that he as well as Jah Vinci were leaving the group. Prior to his announcement that he is no longer part of Portmore Empire and his diss track to Vybz Kartel, a statement was released stating that he was still a part of the group and these were rumors. Makes you wonder "what's really going on, PON DI GAZA". Although the exact reason for Rhyno's departure is not clear, it is rumored that financial stress is an underlying issue as well as Vybz Kartels dominant practices and personality.
As the empire continues to fall, one must look back and question how it got to this point. It is said that how you attain something is also how you will loose it. It was also said that Portmore Empire was attained by Vybz Kartel from Deva Bratt using thievery, disrespect and dishonesty, and it appears Kartel is loosing his most popular artist because of the same. The Empire has previously been one of the most successful, and respected group of artist in the dancehall but has quickly turned into the laughing stock of the industry as depicted in the Clovis cartoons below.
Fans and ex-fans seem to be growing more enraged as the incidents, or attacks if you will, grow more serious, with each departure from the group. The leaked cell phone photo of Lisa Hype seemed to be damaging enough, to then be followed by an attack on Kym, to now Black Rhynos family home in Waterford being sprayed with bullets. Readers on a popular message board are quoted as saying "damn hypocrite …..lmfao….him really tek jamaican people fi fool eeh!", while another adds "Kartel is a wicked bowy him feel like him roll thunder or he is God him wrong but his day will come".
Kartel denies any involvement in the shooting of Black Rhynos home, as well as the attack on Kym.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Mavado is no stranger to #1 hits however for Stacious, "Come Into My Room" marks her first hit single! "The Gangstress" as she calls herself has been described as one of the "lyrical queens" in dancehall. She has even been compared to the queen Lady Saw and her mentor Bounty Killer. On a FiWi Choice interview back in 2009 she stated acting was her first love, however it is clear now that her music has taken over her career path. More recently Stacious became the center of attention via a lyrical war between herself and former Portmore Empire member Lisa Hype. When asked about "No Freak (Lisa Hype Diss)", The Gangstress is quoted as humbly saying;
“This song will be the first and only time that I will address the Lisa
Hype issue. I absolutely refuse to engage in a senseless back and forth
war of words, which on her part consists of lies and lackluster insults.
Especially when her ‘daddy’ and my friend have decided to prove to the
world the great men they are and bury the hatchet. I have many songs
that I poured my heart into, which displays my lyrical prowess.
I will now turn my attention to promoting songs such as, ‘Fight Back’
produced by Don Corleon and a number of other great tracks of which includes a collabo with Mavado, produced by Stephen McGregor.”
In an exclusive interview with PRGirlAngel, when asked about the success of "Come Into My Room" Stacious stated, " It's great knowing that people love the song so much!! I wanna big up Steven (Di Genius) and the Gully Gad for making a great song and thanks the fans for putting it at number 1!"
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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Danger Zone Music Group wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mikey Pelpa. Over the years Danger Zone has had a productive relationship with the artiste and is deeply saddened by his untimely passing.
CEO of Danger Zone Music Group Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond who was a friend of Mikey Pelpa summed up the mood in the camp: “Mikey Pelpa was one of the young artistes on the Danger Zone roster. Words can’t explain the grief that has gripped the Danger Zone family; we are yet to come to terms with the news of the death of this young talented artiste. All members of the team remember Mikey as an artiste who was trying to use music to bring people together and who believed in the vision of Danger Zone Music Group which is Unification Through Music. Danger Zone misses Mikey Pelpa”.
Mikey Pelpa is noted for his collaboration with Limey Murray, Emergency on the ‘Jam Down’ rhythm, Parental Guide on the Cloud Nine rhythm, Say What U Want on the ‘Pay Back’ rhythm and his recent release Mama Don't Worry At All. He was acclaimed for his focus on family values and once revealed: "Di yute dem haffi show respect and remember seh dem parents a di real guide. Me never diss my mother yet cause a she a mi real inspiration and if the yute dem inna the society focus pon that and transfer it to dem brother then evil will cut in half".
January 2010 marked a new start at the turn of the new year for deejay Deva Bratt. Riding the wave of the newly formed Krucial Konflict label and a newly built studio, who would have ever thought that the first song recorded would be a "Tribute" to his late Father C. The song chronicles the cries of a son who untimely lost his Dad. This is definetly the most sentimental song the deejay has recorded thus far.
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Friday, February 26, 2010
Okay, let me start by saying welcome to my brand new BLOGSPOT. This blog will be used to publish my weekly entertainment news, as well as updates from my artist and clients around the world. Remember to check me out @
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