Buju Banton Use Prince Harry Gun Fingers To Defend Antonio Watson: “Hypocrites”

Buju Banton is calling out Jamaica’s athletics association and other members of the upper echelon of society for their hypocrisy. This, after there was an uproar over hand gestures made by ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Athletics Championships Class One 200 meters winner Antonio Watson.

The Petersfield High School student made the gesture (which was interpreted by many to be a gun firing shots) as he finished the 200 meters race at the annual championships last Saturday. While the student later issued an apology, the incident continues to be a hot topic on several social media platforms.

Buju Banton is the latest celebrity to wade into the discussion. In a post on his Instagram account today (May 19), Buju highlighted an image of Britain’s Prince Harry making a similar gesture towards another man. Buju captioned the image, “Hypocrites”.

He continued in the comment section, writing, “Weep you haters of truth. No lies can prosper.”

“And the shills are loose wow how truth hurts. A picture really speaks ???” he asked, while adding, “U bunch of pagan i stand with my own Not your prince Sorry.”

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While some agreed with Buju Banton on the issue, many did not see the correlation between the sporting incident and the image of Prince Harry. One critic wrote, “This have no correlation to sports. Sports you have to be a good sportsman. Propaganda. Keep up this energy and people will get tired of it.”

Buju is not the only entertainer that has commented on the incident. Earlier this week, Ce’Cile gave her controversial opinion on the situation. In a comment responding to the athlete’s apology, she wrote, “I think this is a teachable moment and we need these so others and this young man can learn. What you do on the corner with your friends in jest cannot be done on this stage. I think the apology is enough and I think lots of us can learn from this.”

Some fellow commenters were not here for Ce’Cile’s comment and told her to stick with what she knew best music. One commenter told the artiste, “Clearly u never do any sports inna all a u life. Lady go record a song n shut up. Kmt.”

The Dancehall artiste responded to the shady comment saying, “You obviously don’t know about being a business person or protecting ur bag. Look at you with a business… that needs costumers… potentially Me.. and here u are. I think you need a teachable moment yourself. I am going to check out your business though. Maybe I swing buy and print some shirts just to teach you something. I actually need 500.”

In another twist, however, Usain Bolt defended Watson and his use of the gesture, agreeing with Ce’Cile that it was indeed a teachable moment.

In a post on his Instagram story, Bolt wrote, “Ppl don’t condemn and chastise young Antonio Watson. It is important that we mold such young talent so he can develop to maximize his full potential.”

He continued, “Reason with him yes about his action but don’t crucify him. It’s a learning lesson and teachable moment for all.”

Bolt also encouraged, “Youths be strong and remember anything is possible don’t think limit.”

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Buju Banton, Koffee & Popcaan Win Big At 39th IRAWMA Awards

Buju Banton, Koffee, and Popcaan among the biggest winners at the 39th annual IRAWMA Awards.

Three dancehall heavyweights in the dancehall genre dominated the 36th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) last night, May 16. Buju Banton, Koffee, and Popcaan walked away with three trophies each.

Veteran dancehall deejay Buju Banton took home the awards for Emperor of Reggae & World Music — Hon Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year; Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album for his project Upside Down 2020; and the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award. He had the most nominations at the event with 11.

Popcaan won the Best R&B/Hip Hop Collaboration Reggae Song with his track “Twist” featuring Drake; the U-Roy Award for Best Male Deejay; and the Best Crossover Song for “Party Next Door,” also featuring Drake.

Koffee’s three awards included Best Female Vocalist, the Peter Tosh Award for Recording Artist of the Year, and the Gregory Isaacs Award for Best Song for her fan-favorite “Lockdown.”

Other notable names who took home one award each included Chronixx and Tarrus Riley, who tied for the Jacob Miller Best Male Vocalist award. Shenseea copped the Best Female Deejay award. Beenie Man and Bounty Killer shared the award for Best Dancehall Stage Craft Entertainer, and Gramps Morgan received the award for Best Gospel Song. Sevana won the Dennis Brown Award for Most Promising Entertainer, and Sean Paul was named Best Caribbean Entertainer.

There was also a special segment dedicated to honoring the memories of some of the greats who have been lost recently. Bob Andy, U-Roy, Toots Hibbert, and Bunny Wailer were all remembered during a special performance by Daddy Michigan.

The International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA) was established in 1982 as a way of honoring the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists. According to their webpage: “The impetus behind the IRAWMA is its commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, the Caribbean and World Music, Internationally.”

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Dj Khaled – Where You Come From Lyrics (feat. Buju Banton, Capleton & Bounty Killer)

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

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

[Verse 1: Capleton]
Nuh pass your place and nuh cross di line
An no ask me where me from, 'cause me no hard fi find
An di nation wi stand up at di cost fi mine
Right now me a go roll up another spliff, it jus pass me mind
Lowe the music, lowe the weed, a poverty cause the crime
Anytime you see the rastaman, no ask fi mine
Vampire dem a go inna mask fi mine
Seh dem hunting blood samples, hard fi find
This dem fi know (More fire)
Anyting you reap, a that you sow (Murda)
Hands haffi clean an your heart haffi pure
Light up di chalice from me tell dem to
Rastafari, ever safe an secure
[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
Dem seh, "Hey,"
One question "natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?''
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we 'tan strong
Hear dat

[Verse 2: Bounty Killer]
Wen di thing dem a knock-knock, a no door
The forty cal, the forty-four go (Blap, blap)
Killer that step in so hot, me scorch the floor
Premier League, we have the Arsenal fi fight the revolutionary bakkle, 'cause only the bakkle dem fi pour
Di youths dem fi rich, equal rights empowerment

Tell dem fi leave the sun fi shine, or black rain will shower dem
Nuh mek we leggo sixty like di hour dem
DJ Khaled, run out di coward dem
This is a warning like me pop it off and beat one
Food fi reach the people mouth an money fi a reach hand
Bad an brave, nuh tek no chat, Jamaica land me weed from
Shining like a beacon
We The Best!
You diss, yuh nah see me one
[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
Dem seh, "Hey,"
One question "natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?''
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we 'tan strong
Hear dat
Cho (My ganja man)

[Bridge: Buju Banton & Bounty Killer]
These streets are cold, you better bundle up
Don't know who to trust, most of dem corrupt
We look inside dem eyes and see the plan
Bounty, Khaled, Buju, Capleton a step inna Mount Zion
These streets are cold, you better bundle up
Don't know who to trust, most of dem corrupt
We look inside dem eyes and see di plan (See di plan)
Unu did kno di opps would never stop mi nuh, big up
Load up another cup (More fire)
Load up another cup (Murda)
Huh, load up another cup (Blaze)
Well, my locs you can't touch
Wen Babylon me know sey you a bluff
Load up another cup
[Chorus: Buju Banton & Barrington Levy]
If unu mess with we, you a go see a million
We natty congo long, jus like the Amazon
Spliff big like gas cylinder, man a beat like gong
Dem seh, "Hey,"
One question "natty dreadlocks, a where you come from?''
Hammer beat, bwoy retreat wen him hear di ting slam
Dem seh dreadlocks no play inna no bangarang
An anywhere we go, we 'tan strong
Hear dat
Dem say, "Hey natty dreadlocks
Cho, cho, cho ("a where you come from?'')

DJ Khaled Drops Reggae Anthem “Where You Come From” Ft. Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton & Barrington Levy

DJ Khaled’s new album Khaled Khaled is finally here, and the rich, authentic sound of Jamaica is flowing abundantly through the voices of Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton, and a clever Barrington Levy sample for the track “Where You Come From.”

Levy’s 1985 release “Under Mi Sensi” provides the base for the other Jamaican stalwarts to bless the track with their words of upliftment and power. Levy’s original track was all about fighting against the oppressive forces which hit out against the medicinal herb marijuana. The BBC trio [Bounty, Buju, Capleton] are also known for hitting back at the system, something Buju Banton continues to do to this day through his public lashings of the Jamaican government.

Instead of dedicated verse placements, DJ Khaled ensures his production runs like a fine-tuned wrestle mania showdown, as each entertainer is tagged into the ring to show just what they can do.

Buju Banton and Barrington Levy drop a few lines for the intro/chorus before Capleton handles the first verse.

“No pass your place and no cross the lin / And no ask me where me from, ’cause me no hard fi find / And the nation where stand up at the cost fi mine / Right now me a go roll up another spliff, it just pass me mind / Lowe the music, lowe the weed, a poverty cause the crime,” the fireman chants.

The Poor People Governor Bounty Killer is a bit more abrasive than the rest in how he wants to take on the “revolution,” however, the desired outcome is pretty similar.

He deejays, “Premier League, we have the Arsenal fi fight the revolutionary battle / ’cause only the bottle them fi pour / The youths them fi rich, equal rights empowerment / Tell them fi leave the sun fi shine / or black rain will shower them.”

DJ Khaled journey to Jamaica a few weeks ago with his family to capture visuals for what is now his 12th studio album. Fans are already calling for a music video for this joint. However, it’s unclear if this release will be blessed with one. The music video for “Sorry Not Sorry” by JAY-Z and James Fauntleroy, with harmonies from The Hive, is the only visual to be released so far.

Khaled’s album also features other super teams such as Lil Baby and Lil Durk, Nas, Bryson Tiller, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, H.E.R., Migos, Justin Bieber, 21 Savage, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, DaBaby; Bryson Tiller, H.E.R., Meek Mill, and Rick Ross, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Big Sean, and Puff Daddy.

You can check out “Where You Come From” below.

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Buju Banton Calls The Gov’t The ‘Enemies Of The Jamaican People’ Over DRM Amendment

Buju Banton is not happy with a recent notice by the Jamaica Constabulary Force that says it does not need to warn persons who are found in breach of an offense under the Disaster Risk Management Act.

On his Instagram account, Buju Banton said, “all members of parliament who voted for this have declared themselves to be enemies of Jamaican people. DO NOT TRAD ON US ANYMOOR [sic],” Buju said.

Buju Banton has been a staunch critic of the government and its vaccination drive and measures geared at flattening the curve as infections spiked in the island. He is among a string of entertainers that includes Sizzla Kalonji, Spragga Benz, and others who have called out the government for the oppressive measures which have seen the entertainment industry grind to a half more than 12 months now. The government has failed to provide stimulus to assist mini and micro-businesses that are affected.

The notice in question read, “the public is being advised that as a result of the recent amendments to the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA), the police are no longer required to give warning notices before affecting an arrest for breaches under the DRMA. These persons can be arrested and charged immediately,” the public advisory read.

It seems that the police force is backtracking after Jamaicans released an onslaught of criticisms against the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) after it said that charges against Usain Bolt for a secret birthday bash in August 2020 will not be laid. The JCF, via its Communications spokesperson Stephanie Lindsay last week, noted that the reasoning behind that decision was that Bolt was not given the opportunity to be warned because police were notified of the offense after the fact.

Furthermore, she said that usually, when offenses are committed, the persons are warned, and if they persist, then they are charged. She cited Beenie Man’s case as one such instance where the party promoters and Beenie Man were warned, but the party was still held in violation of the direct orders.

Jamaicans found the argument untenable as many online took to social media to call out the JCF for hypocrisy and favoritism towards Bolt because others are not dealt with in the same manner. Among those who have been charged is entertainer Beenie Man for a party held in St. Elizabeth, as well as ordinary members of the public.

Recent videos online have shown police brutalizing a man for failing to wear a mask. The man in a video was seen bleeding from his mouth as a woman alleged that his teeth were knocked out by police.

Buju Banton previously calls Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ measures to contain the pandemic, “oppression and tyranny.” While he received some support for making the statement, some Jamaicans pushed back against it.

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‘Yaad Man’ DJ Khaled In Jamaica Recording His New Album With Buju Banton

DJ Khaled is in album mode in Jamaica.

The super-producer was met with a warm welcome from his longtime friend, Buju Banton. The warm welcome was not only for the We The Best Music Group chief but was also extended to his family. This meant his wife Nicole Tuck and his two sons Asahd Tuck Kahled and Aalam Khaled, also had their special one-on-one Buju time.

In a video the DJ posted on Instagram, Buju Banton speaks over one-year-old Aalam, “Aalam is the lamb of God, how are you my son, welcome to Jamrock.”

The “Destiny” singer, continued his chant while holding the hand of the toddler. “I just a see you inna di flesh. May God bless you, may God guide you, may God protect you, may God keep you holy. May your life be prosperous and whatever you do may prosper.”

DJ Khaled also posted a video of the Reggae singer embracing Asahd and engaging him in light conversations. This may be the first time Buju is meeting Khaled’s youngest son in person, but he already met Asahd. The veteran DJ, who credited dancehall for giving him his big break, is a frequent visitor to Jamaica and has even classified himself as the original “Yaad Man.”

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The producer also shared a photo of himself chilling with Buju, which he captioned, “Holding a firm meditation wit my brother @bujubanton JAH LIV” finished with a Jamaican flag, along with several other pictures and videos of his stay in Jamaica.

Khaled’s love for the island’s culture is well documented, with its music and people holding a special place in his heart. The music mogul began his musical endeavors as a disc jockey, which helped him to form connections with the likes of Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Buju Banton, among others.

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With dub-plates from the aforementioned, Dj Khaled became a popular disc jockey at Jamaican-based events such as Fully Loaded,  long before the fame.

The 45-year-old DJ can be spotted among a star-studded cast in the 2002 Jamaican film “Shottas” in which he played Richie’s henchman; Richie played by Wyclef Jean.

His history with Jamaica has led him to continually show appreciation on his social media pages, whether through cooking ‘yaad man stew,’ or speaking Jamaican patois.

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Buju Banton Leads IRAWMA Nominations With 11 Nods, Vybz Kartel Absent

The nominations for the 39th staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) are in, and veteran performer Buju Banton is leading the pack with a whopping 11 nominations.

The nominees for what will be the event’s second virtual staging were announced at a press conference hosted by reggae artist Gramps Morgan on March 23. This year’s show is being celebrated under the theme ‘Reggae & World Music Still Rise’ – a subtle nod to the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships faced in the past year.

Now in what came as no surprise to many, Buju Banton was heavily featured among the nominee categories, improving on last year’s showing where he scored 10 nominations. He walked away with 7 of those awards.

This year, Buju Banton will be going up for the Peter Tosh Award for Recording Artiste of the Year, the Emperor of Reggae and World Music – Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, the Gregory Isaacs Award for Best Song (Blessed), and the Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD (for his album Upside Down), among several other musical awards.

In recognition of his philanthropic efforts, the entertainer has also been nominated for the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award. Through his foundation, Buju has been making an impact in the lives of children in state care and other facilities. He has donated computers, tablets, and other electronic devices to allow needy students access to classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to providing scholarships. Buju goes up against Bounty Killer, Sharon Wiles, and Sonia Patterson for the Humanitarian award.

Bounty Killer is one of the artists that also picked up multiple nominations for this year’s IRAWMA, with six. Young performers Koffee and Popcaan also scored six nominations.

Veteran Beenie Man and newcomer Skip Marley picked up five nominations each, while multiple IRAWMA winners Gramps Morgan and Tarrus Riley scored four nominations each.

Vybz Kartel absent from nominations

In an unexpected twist, Gaza Boss Vybz Kartel was not among the nominees. The snub came as a shock to many as Vybz Kartel has featured on the nominee and winners list almost every year since the early 2000s. He has consistently featured in the Best Male Dancehall Artiste category, but this year, the competitors for that title will be Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Govana, and Popcaan.

Meantime, a surprise nominee came in the form of D’Angel, who will go up against heavyweights Spice and Shenseea for the Best Female Dancehall/Rap Artiste award.

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Popcaan, Beenie Man, Koffee, Sean Paul & More Covers i-D Magazine Jamaicazine Issue

A ton of reggae and dancehall artists were featured in the Utopia in Dystopia issue of i-D’s Jamaicazine, and they answered questions about the current music scene in Jamaica and their vision for 2021. Gary Sorrenti wrote an extensive article featuring the top artists in Jamaica right now after he visited the island in late December to interview and get shots of them.

Among the plethora of artists he met were the likes of Koffee, Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Ken Boothe, Chronixx, Protoje, Popcaan, Skillibeng, Lila Iké, Sevana, Jaz Elise, Yellowman, King Jammy, Shenseea, Beenie Man and believed it or not, even more. Almost all the artists agreed that the current music landscape in Jamaica is much more diverse than it once was. While some appreciate what the youngsters in music are doing to be more inclusive, others believe they have ventured too far from the roots. One thing that is also prevalent is the evolution has been quick-paced and inspired.

On how the music scene has changed over his lifetime, Shaggy says, “A lot has changed, but you can’t have evolution without change, you can’t achieve greatness if you just stay in your comfort zone. I love the new generation, people like Skillibeng, Koffee, they’re making disruptive music.” Meanwhile, Yellowman believes that “The youngsters, they do music only for themselves and one set of people. Back in the days we did music for everybody. You know? Young. Old. Even now. But I love Chronixx, Proteje, Popcaan, Koffee,” he said.

There seems to be a slight disparity with the view on the way the music has evolved between the veterans and the new school of artists. For example, Shenseea says, “Dancehall’s different – everybody grows, finds new ways, technology changes, but we’re still incorporating our roots into the music.” However, John John, son of the legendary King Jammy, who says he does “hardcore dancehall” music and “never stopped,” believes that “The youths don’t really know the roots.”

Protoje says Jamaican music is cyclical and that just like fashion, some aspects of it seem to resurface over time. “The sound of Jamaican music evolves all the time. But you know it also circles back, so a lot of stuff from the 80s you kind of hear again now, but it’s been updated. Jamaican music is a big cycle we’re always adding to.” On the other hand, Chronixx says the genre has transformed from a soul-reaching one to an intellectual one/ This surely enhances how an artist portrays their perspective of the times.

“Reggae is transitioning from a place where it’s hitting you directly in your soul to hitting you in the intellect,” said Chronixx. “Youths nowadays, we are information junkies. We started to get a better grasp of the concept of English language. So now we can twist it more. We’re making our language now.”

Koffee on the evolution of reggae music

Koffee, who seems to be a favorite among the veterans, tells the mag that “The sound evolves with the times. The message speaks to the times. So even if the sound is nostalgic, or the message is nostalgic, or it resonates with an older era, the vibe is always now.”

Due to the changes that the Jamaican music scene has gone through, people easily identify the new sound as less authentic, and Dre Island says he is a victim of that. “They say I’m not authentic reggae as they know it, but the message is authentic, I just fusion the sound. No divisions, no segregations. Reggae is a message and the music is always evolving. Give thanks for evolution, ’cause that is good and it is necessary.” Protoje seems to be all for it as he describes the music scene in Jamaica right now as “Very vibrant.” “There are so many exciting artists working in different styles of music,” he says. “The scene isn’t really stuck doing one thing. It’s very positive.”

Lila Iké: “I don’t really believe in genre”

What’s interesting is that we see where those “different styles of music” cause these newer artists to refrain from putting themselves in a generic category. While veterans could proudly say they make dancehall and reggae music or, in Yellowman’s case, also “Pop. R’n’B. And… a little opera,” the younger creatives unanimously disagreed with traditional genres. Lila Iké even said, “I don’t really believe in genre. I just make music that my soul wants me to make. Louis Armstrong said there is only two types of music. The good music and bad music. Exactly! Exactly. I guess I make good music then.”

This is a popular take among the new generation of artists who have expanded their scope and creativity to include a variety of non-traditional sounds and styles. Sevana says though it might sound pretentious, she would say she does “honest music.” “I don’t necessarily know how to give it a genre because I don’t follow any of the genre rules,” the “Mango” crooner explained. Similarly, Jaz Elise called the music scene “dynamic” and says she does “every kind of music,” while Shenseea told the publication, “I make everything. You know? I represent music entirely. Give me any track, I can go on it. Soca. Afro. Pop. Rap. Dancehall. Reggae. Just name it. Anything. I represent music. I’m a lover of music.”

Sevana says the evolution and how far the music has come is all “thanks to the likes of Protoje, Chronixx, Beres Hammond.” As a veteran and a very successful Jamaican artist, Beres Hammond is one who has always stayed in tuned with the times and enjoyed the evolution of the music and seeing youngsters rise with their new sounds. He is a lover of music as a whole and the type you can collaborate with no matter what style you dabble in. It came as no surprise that this forward-thinking music icon explained his take on the genre in a way that anyone could easily relate to.

“I’m a Jamaican, so the majority of the world when they hear Jamaican music they think of reggae, but I am not a reggae singer. I am a singer who sings reggae. There is a difference,” the famous singer said, echoing the opinions of young artists like Leno Banton, Rosh Rebel, and more. On how he feels about the current landscape of the music, Beres said, “I never have a problem with any music coming out of Jamaica because the youths are having a grand time doing what they are doing and I am always supportive. We have to let each generation express themselves in the way they know how.”

Sean Paul talks the rise of females in reggae/dancehall

Sean Paul and Sevana spoke to the fact that more women are rising up in Jamaican music than ever before. While the genres were historically dominated by men, it is clear that in a few years, that will be a thing of the past. “I’m very proud of the ladies stepping up. Shenseea, Koffee, Spice is doing her thing as usual. Ishawna. A lot of these young ladies are stepping up,” said Sean Paul. Sevana says the music scene is “the most diverse it’s ever been. More women pushing forward than we’ve ever seen in the history of Jamaica. There’s a lot of unity. Less beef, less rivalries.”

Most artists agreed that 2020 was a struggle, but while it was in a way a setback, it also doubled as an opportunity to better their craft. Shenseea admits that while she hasn’t been writing as much, she has “been reading, watching, learning to dance” and “making improvements.” Meanwhile, Protoje says he spent the year “basically living in the studio. A lot of introspection. A lot of deep thinking. Making a lot of music.” Jaz Elise says the emotional and mental toll that 2020 took is evident in her music. “A lot of pain. A lot of love. A lot of longing as well, due to the curfew. There’s a lot that is missing in our social life, that I’m feeling, that is in my music.”

As they all look on to the future, artists were asked about their hopes for 2021. They are excited about the prospect of performing for live crowds and touring again. “2021, man, I’m trying to get back on that road. I want to get in that tour bus, and I want to see people and watch them enjoy my music, and talk to people and just, you know, have real life interactions,” Lila Iké told i-D. Vanessa Bling is hoping for a “A Covid-19 free world,” she says. “Hit songs, world traveling, performing in front of crowds again.”

Buju Banton’s faith in humanity remains strong

When tackled with the question, Buju Banton delivered a moving speech, as usual, encouraging the masses to use their independent minds and not be swindled into the herd mentality. “I’m not a man of hope, I deal with faith. You know what I mean?” Buju said. “Faith in the people. Faith in humanity. Faith in one true and living God of creation. Faith that each man and each woman will question everything. Faith that the complicity that’s pervasive will one day be no more. Faith that to rule my people with fear, which is the greatest invisible weapon, will be extinguished. Faith that the people will have faith in themselves. Hope? We need faith man. God is good.”

These artists agree that other than the amazing food (and I truly am drooling as I think about it), Music and the unparalleled energy is the best thing about Jamaica. No matter how much reggae and dancehall sounds evolve, they will always be a part of the DNA of the famous island, and these sounds will no doubt continue to impact the rest of the world.

The images were shot by Gray Sorrenti on her iPhone 12 Pro Max when she traveled to Jamaica in the winter of 2020. She views Jamaica as her Utopia.

You can check out the full spread on current reggae and dancehall artists, old and new on i-D’s Jamaicazine: The Utopia in Dystopia Issue. You can pick up a copy here.

Buju Banton Calls Out Jamaica’s PM Andrew Holness For, “Oppression & Tyranny”

Buju Banton rains scorched out down on Jamaica’s PM Andrew Holness calling his measures to fight back the pandemic, “ppression and tyranny.”

Reggae/dancehall artist Buju Banton certainly has a lot to say as it relates to the Jamaican government, and he is not shy about sharing his thoughts with his fans and the public in general. As Jamaica follows the COVID-19 protocols, there have been tighter restrictions in all sectors across the country. From wearing masks, curfews, and lockdowns of certain things, including the entertainment industry since 2020, the Jamaican landscape has certainly changed in a year.

In a video that has since been shared across most social media platforms, the “Til Shiloh” singer had a few things to say to the Jamaican government. Speaking about the issues Jamaicans have been facing since Corona reached the shores of Jamaica up to the recent arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines on the island last Tuesday, Buju gave his take. He addressed both the populace at large and the Jamaican government, at times questioning the public about how they seem willing to believe everything that is meted out to them by the government of the island.

He opened by addressing the people, “Good morning Jamaica and good morning to the world, all the while mi tell unnu seh today fi mi tomorrow fi unnu unnu laugh.”

Buju Banton

He continued, “Fi everyone weh mi see a post out deh an a gwaan like seh unnu a ridicule unnu fellow Jamaican when dem a talk out fi unnu, an a talk out fi all who out deh weh cant talk fi dem self because a nuff a unnu lock up behind close doors an because unnu so rich and some a unnu have so much nice frens unnu know how unnu feel inside but unnu cant seh it cause unnu don’t wanna offend anybody. We don’t haffi offend anybody we can tell it to yuh like it is.”

Taking them to school, Buju Banton goes through a series of charges recently laid against a citizen that went viral following events leading up to his arrest. Calling the charges laid as utter and complete “oppression and tyranny,” Buju questioned the law enforcement imposed in Jamaica. He addressed the law enforcement officers directly and stated, “Unu tek this job fi protect and serve Jamaica but unnu a protect and serve politician and political interests.” Buju then went on to question why citizens do not seem to have freedom of speech anymore. He further queried why citizens are being oppressed when they do speak out.

Advising Jamaicans to “wake up,” he urged his fellow citizens not to become “sheep” as he has seen this becoming a growing trend that has become more and more popular. He said not all Jamaicans “are fools” and reminded the government it was the citizens that voted them in, and as such, they should be working for the people. He reminded the politicians that they work for the country, not the other way around, and chided them, calling them “thieves” and accused them of “tyranny.”

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Preaching a message of no “tyranny,” he advised the government to “free the people” and stop being “reactive.” He also touched on the issue of taking the vaccine and said, “An unnu a tell people bout shots and none a unnu nah tek no shot.” He continued, “We waaa see unnu tek weh unnu a try gi my people dem fi tek.”

Buju Banton has always been very vocal about anti- covid measures in place, which were imparted on the island since the emergence of Covid-19 last year. Spragga Benz, another recording artiste, also recently voiced his opinion on the covid vaccine. What are your thoughts? Are there any merits to Buju’s rant?

Beenie Man Joins Growing List Of Artists Angry At PM Andrew Holness Over Curfew

Beenie Man joins a growing list of dancehall artists venting about Prime Minister Andrew Holness curfew measures.

The onset of the Covid pandemic has led many Jamaican entertainers to assess the government’s plans to halt the spread of the virus. The measures which have since come under scrutiny by a handful of entertainers include mandatory wearing of masks in public spaces, tightened curfews, a band on large public gatherings, and most recently, the distribution of vaccines.

The likes of Spragga Benz and Buju Banton have publicly blasted both their fellow entertainers who promise to take the vaccine, as well as the government’s instructions to the citizens of Jamaica. Another dancehall veteran is seemingly hitting out at the Andrew Holness-led administration for apparently strong-arming the island’s natives in the name of Covid without placing much emphasis on other social problems such as homelessness and hunger derived from said measures.

Beenie Man decided to have a quick chat with his legion of fans on Instagram while preparing for a day out with his family at the Pegasus Hotel.

During his Instagram LIVE session, he questioned, “None a we no have no Covid and as rasta wa we fi do?” That transitioned into the deejay’s explanation of the various acts from the government and the police, which he disapproves of.

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“Me no like how dem a deal with the law a Jamaica. Dem a deal with the law like its a occupation. Because, police dem ketch you pon the road all after 9 or after 10 you affi pay dem money or you go a jail eno brethren,” Beenie explained to his fans. The deejay criticized the government for not providing enough positive options for the citizens to do right.

“The Man dem nah give you no mask, no sanitizer, dem nah give you nothin fi help yuhself, dem a lock yuh up say you breach the Covid law,” Beenie said while questioning the validity of a ‘Covid law’.

“You can’t tell poor people to go in them bed when no bed no de de fi sleep inna my yute, and is ghetto people uno a pressure,” he said while highlighting that he has never yet witnessed the police in the upscale community of Cherry Gardens where he resides.

“The man dem fi deal with the people dem with more respect…stop people and talk to people the right way,” Beenie advised the Police officers enforcing the law. “‘You a tell man say go over de so cause’ a after 1 now and ray ray,’ – Man a come from work. You de pon work you expect man fi lockdown cause uno say it fi lock down. How the money go come in? How my youth dem a go school?”

He added, “Uno stop dem thing de brethren. So is only security and police, and doctors and nurses suppose to de pon the road after 1, it no make no sense. If your money come in 12 o’clock, how you go make your money 8? Police can’t stop your money from come in.”

Beenie Man also cosigned Buju Banton’s recent address to his fans as he continues to rail against the government’s Covid mandate. “Buju do a ting today weh me respect,” he said. The Gargamel recently called at wealthy Jamaican citizens to let their voices be heard instead of hiding behind their masks while the government enacts tyranny and oppression over the nation. The calls from Buju came after numerous recordings of stand-offs between police and citizens who have grown weary of the stringent curfews and confinements.

Beenie Man has had his own issues with the law. Last year he was accused of breaching Disaster Risk Management and Noise Abatement Acts in Jamaica when he hosted a party in St. Elizabeth. He is set to face trial next month for those charges where he could face jail time or a fine. “Bun out government and them system,” he said, as he closed out the LIVE to spending some quality time with his family.

Beenie Man is scheduled to headline Sunclash meets Shutdown show in Ibiza, Spain, later this year alongside Bounty Killer. The Warlord urged fans to take their vaccine in order to experience the performance in person. The move angered Spragga Benz, who seemingly questioned the approach of Bounty and other entertainers who have endorsed the vaccine.

“Mi see some BIG BAD Jamaican artist promoting di vaxi agenda already… either dem get a promise or dem really dunce to the program,” Spragga wrote on social media.

The battle between pro-vaccine and no-vaccine continues to rage on.

Spragga Benz & Buju Banton Calls Out Pro-Vaccine Dancehall Artists

Spragga Benz and Buju Banton doesn’t agree with Bounty Killer and other dancehall artists pro-vaccine message.

Earlier this week, the Jamaican government received the first shipment of the much sought-after COVID-19 vaccine. Prior to its arrival from India, there had been much debate as to who would be rolling back their sleeves to take what could be one of the most important impalements of their lives. Conspiracy theorists have been quite vocal about their stance on the ‘deadly’ Covid-19, the pandemic, and the rushed vaccine. Though these people are prevalent around the world, it is the varying positions taken by Jamaican entertainers and the subsequent pushbacks they have been receiving that have Caribbean locals talking.

Both Buju Banton and Spragga Benz have lashed out at the government’s protocols to quell the spread of the virus.

Buju Banton went on an “anti-mask-wearing” tirade late last year via Instagram, for which he received some backlash. Adopting a very Darwinian stance as it relates to “survival of the fittest,” several persons, including his children, criticized his standing on the matter.

From all indications, he has not backed down, recently joining fellow entertainer Spragga Benz in criticizing the government’s latest actions.

Before Spragga stuck it to the government, he seemingly made a bit of time to comment on Bounty Killer’s recent pro-vaccine post. On Monday, the self-proclaimed Poor People Governor shared a poster for an impending show which he and fellow entertainer Beenie Man would be headlining in Ibiza, Spain, later this year. In his caption, he urged his Instagram followers to get vaccinated so as not to miss out on the opportunity to see the one-time rivals perform live.

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Spragga took Instagram to express his disgust toward Bounty’s call to action.

“Mi see some BIG BAD Jamaican artist promoting di vaxi agenda already… either dem get a promise or dem really dunce to the program,” he said.

A newspaper article published a day later further angered Benz. The attention-grabbing headline expressed that the Jamaican government would be granting immunity to the makers of the vaccine. This means the company would not be liable if persons became ill after taking the vaccine.

“Unoo agoh bawl fi Jah…. MEMBA ME SPRAGGA BENZ SAY DAT…COVID vaccine manufacturers to get protection from lawsuits!” He chanted on social media.

He further questioned if the government should not be responsible for protecting its people over a vaccine company.

Aside from Spragga Benz and Buju Banton, other entertainers have voiced anti-vaccine sentiments, including Sizzla, Tony Rebel, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, and Lee’ Scratch Perry. On the flip side, entertainers who have voiced their willingness to take the jab include Shaggy, Ce’cile, Macka Diamond, and Bounty Killer.

Michael Rainey Jr. Dating Buju Banton’s Daighter Abihail Myrie, Calls Her “Mrs Rainey”

Is Power actor Michael Rainey Jr. dating Buju Banton’s daughter Abihail Myrie?

The pair somehow got fans talking after sharing a few images on Instagram. On-screen, we know him as Tariq St. Patrick, the villain in the original Power series who famously murdered his father James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick. Fans of the show hated him for. They hated both his TV character Tariq and him in real life. Some folks don’t know how to separate the fictional character from real life.

Tariq, whose real name is Michael Rainey Jr., is warming our hearts with a budding new love. Speculations are ripe that he is dating reggae legend Buju Banton’s daughter, Abihail Myrie, a gorgeous model.

Yesterday, Rainey posted a photo of himself and Myrie on his Instagram Story, sending both their fans into a frenzy. He wrote on the pic, “Abiii @abihailmyrie +1.” That statement sounded as if he’s saying that she is his plus one while he enjoys his downtime from shooting scenes for Power Book II: Ghost. He also shared a photo of a mystery female who used her hair to hide her face. But then he tagged her in an animated photo.

Of course, the two might just be close friends and might be a little flirting going on, but all indications are pointing towards a blossoming relationship. He also hit the like button quite frequently on her photos on IG and occasionally leave some comments. In one comment, he called her “Mrs Rainey.”

For those of you who didn’t know, Michael Rainey Jr. has strong Jamaican lineage through his mother, who was born on the island before immigrating to the United States. Although he was born in the States, Rainey, who will be 21 in September this year, maintain his Jamaican heritage and frequently visit the island for vacation and charitable events.

Sean Paul Set To Drop 15 Collabs On New Album, Says ‘Collaboration over Confrontation’

Sean Paul is releasing a new album with a slew of dancehall artists on the guest list, a total of 15 collaborative singles.

The dancehall star announced that he will be dropping off one of two albums on March 12. The project titled Live N Livin will feature 20 veteran and relatively new artists who have no doubt left an impact on the dancehall arena. The 16-track album will have guest stars from Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Buju Banton, Serani, Mavado, and Busy Signal to Intence, Squash, Skillibeng, Masicka, Govana, and more.

Executively produced by Dutty Rock Productions, Live N Livin’ is distributed by ONErpm who is happy to work with the international dancehall sensation on a project of such relevance. “We are all excited at ONErpm to be partnering with Sean Paul and Dutty Rock for the release of this timely and well-curated album, ‘Live N Livin’. We look forward to assist in broadening the reach of dancehall globally” Martin Price, ONErpm’s Director of A&R for Africa and North America said in a statement.

Sean Paul often talks about how “clash culture” is more detrimental to the culture of dancehall music than we realize. Now, he seems intent on proving that by dropping one of the biggest features albums that we’ve seen from him yet.

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“It was important to me to show that in our genre of dancehall, we don’t need to clash in order to attain the spotlight,” Sean Paul explained. “We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams. Over the years myself, Shaggy, and more recently Koffee, Shenseea and others are tapping into the world stage and we are not clashing our co-workers, nor are we dividing our fans. This album ‘Live N Livin’ is an album I hold very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation.”

Sean Paul announced in January that he will be releasing two projects this year. The next album to follow will be Scorcher which will feature international acts like Sia, Gwen Stefani as well as women in dancehall like Shenseea and Jada Kingdom. Live N Livin’ is slated to arrive on March 12. Check out the star-studded guest list below.

Live N Livin’ Tracklist:

1. Buss A Bubble Remix – Sean Paul feat. Sotto Bless, Looga Man, Ras Ajai, Chi Ching Ching
2. Boom – Sean Paul Feat. Busy Signal
3. Space Ship – Sean Paul feat. Suku Ward
4. Real Steel – Sean Paul feat. Intence
5. The Plug – Sean Paul feat Chi Ching Ching
6. Dem Nuh Ready Yet – Sean Paul feat. Left Side
7. Crazy – Sean Paul Feat. Buju Banton
8. Schedule – Sean Paul feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Chi Ching Ching
9. Money Bags Sean Paul feat. Govana
10. Protect Me – Sean Paul feat. Serani
11. Lion Heart – (no feature)
12. Guns of Navarone – Sean Paul feat. Jesse Royal, Mutabaruka & Stonebwoy (Remix)
13. Danger Zone – Sean Paul feat. Bugle, Scotto Bless
14. Life We Livin – Sean Paul feat. Squash
15. I’m Sanctify – Sean Paul feat. Mavado & Agent Sasco (Remix)
16. Everest – Sean Paul feat. Masicka and Skillibeng

Koffee’s “Lockdown” Is YouTube Most-streamed Song Out Of Jamaica In 2020

Koffee remains one of the top artistes out of Jamaica for a second straight year.

This year proved to be a challenge for the music industry and many musicians alike. Many had to find new ways of keeping their career alive. Some flourished like Koffee, who continued on her upward trajectory. She will also be able to end the year on a high as it’s been revealed that her song “Lockdown” was the number one streamed YouTube song in Jamaica.

The track has over 38 million views on YouTube at the moment and climbing. Coming in second is Shenseea and Tarrus Riley’s hit collaboration, “Lighter” with 34 million views. Alkaline’s “Ocean Wave” comes in at third with 11.5 million views. Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth” took the fourth spot with 8.7 million views, while Teejay rounds out the top five with “From Rags to Riches” getting 8.5 million views.

Lockdown” was released in July and, within two days attracted a million views on YouTube. It was a sign that the single would do well as the Grammy-winning songstress became the first reggae artiste to get to that mark in such a little amount of time. The song also held steady at number one on the local charts for many weeks. When the song came out, Koffee spoke with The Gleaner and said that she was humbled and excited by the response.

She spoke with The Gleaner again following the revelation that her song had topped the charts. She explained some of the motivation behind writing the song.

“At the time I wrote it ( Lockdown), it was the beginning of the pandemic and I was looking forward to being able to go out again and have fun. I’m glad people were able to relate to it,” she said. She added that 2020 had been an interesting year, which was filled with ups and downs, and that she’s “just happy we are able to still connect with each other, especially through music.”

One of her most successful tracks to date, “Toast,” also maintains impressive numbers on YouTube and has over 152 million views. Her other hits for this year have also easily crossed the million mark showing that she definitely has international appeal. “Pressure,” which was also released this year, has almost 1.5 million views, and the remix, which features veteran Buju Banton, has over 4 million.

Koffee has maintained that her primary interest is in connecting with people through her music and not in the numbers. “I try to keep my mind focused on the music. I think that for me, as an artiste, I want people to connect with the music I put out. I’m always happy when I can reach people on that level,” she said.

Bounty Killer Names Buju Banton’s “Til Shiloh” Among Best Reggae Albums Of All Time

Is Til Shiloh one of the best reggae albums of all time?

Bounty Killer is congratulating the Gargamel, Buju Banton for having one of the best roots reggae albums of all times- Til Shiloh. In a post made on his Instagram account, the artiste posted a photo with the caption “goals salute to the Gargamel @bujubanton and germaine @penthouse_records certified Gold. One of the best roots rock reggae albums of all times.”

The post featured the Gold bordered plaque that frames an image of a young Buju Banton. Bounty Killer has always had a high opinion of Buju Banton, having referred to the latter as among the greatest of all times (G.O.A.T), to include himself and Beenie Man.

Til Shiloh is the fourth album by Buju and was released in 1995 on Loose Canon Records. Many regard the album as the turning point for Buju’s international breakout and also signaled his seriousness towards the Rastafarian faith which the artiste practices.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it the Blessed artiste’s first Gold certified RIAA award, which was conferred in July 2020 on the 25th anniversary of the album’s release. At the virtual ceremony conferring the Gold certified album, Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO of RIAA, noted that it’s “becoming increasingly difficult these days to earn a gold record.” He added that it is also “incredibly significant that Til Shiloh is THE only RIAA gold certified roots reggae album,” which is a significant achievement for any artiste in the genre to accomplish.

Originally regarded as a rude boy, favourite songs on the album- Til I’m laid to rest, and Untold Stories were viewed as the transition from his rude boy persona to a roots-oriented fashion and persona. The album hit the U.S Billboard 200 at number 148 and the U.S Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums at number 27th. It reached the #2 spot on the U.S Top Reggae Albums chart.

The Plaque ceremony for the album was held this year in July, but it seems that the artist is only now receiving his plaque. Buju Banton continues to set the trend with his many plaques and accolades for his work. The artiste recently returned from spending time in jail in the United States for drug trafficking.

However, his past has not hindered him as the artiste has released a new album and many hit singles since his return to Jamaica.

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Beres Hammond Ready To Perform With Buju Banton

Beres Hammond and Buju Banton on the same stage would be one for the ages.

Buju Banton is a few months away from being released from prison and several local promoters are already gearing up for his return to the musical scene. One thing is for sure, his first concert will be a grand affair. Reggae legend Beres Hammond has already indicated that he wants to share the stage with the Gargamel and he doesn’t care where the show will be.

Beres and Buju have collaborated on a number of singles over the years including “Pull It Up” and “Who Sey (Big Man Don’t Cry).” The two singers have remained closed friends outside of working together musically. Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is currently in the final year of his 10-year prison sentence in Florida for drug trafficking. He is slated for release in December of this year.

The last time Buju performed at a concert was in 2011 at a show in Miami during his high profile drug trial. The Grammy-winning reggae singer was convicted on three counts of drug trafficking charges in 2011 and sent to federal prison for 10 years. He appealed the conviction several times over the years but lost on all of his attempts. Since his incarceration, Buju has not released any new music and sources say he has been writing behind bars so you can expect some new music later this year or early next year.

Vershon Pays Homage To Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel, Ninjaman In New Song

Vershon had Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel, Ninjaman and more on his mind when he was recording his new song “One More Day.”

The young dancehall deejay pays homage to three great reggae/dancehall icons who are currently incarcerated while also paying his respect to a few other acts who were murdered over the last few months. “I had a close one yesterday, jah put an angel over me, be strong and hold a firm meditation, one day things must get better, don’t you go down keep your head above the water, words from the great Buju Banton,” Vershon sings in the intro for the Dakrome Productions-produced single.

“When them talk me do like me no hear no man, nuff blame the system but me blame the devil, cuz’ a him make Worl’Boss deh a jail so long,” Vershons sings in the second verse. At the end of the song, he played some old recording of Buju Banton, Kartel and Ninjaman before their incarceration.

“Well I am going to tell you something, is one person you can’t beg for publicity stunt, almighty god, any one of you feel like you can play with god then something is going to reach you,” Ninjaman said while Kartel added in an old interview, “right now I am concern over both my life and both my freedom because maybe by now and next week you can hear that anything happen to Vybz Kartel.”

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Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton: Fans Cry For Their Freedom This Year

Could 2018 be the year that both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton gets released from prison?

Reggae/dancehall fans have been crying for their freedom, but will their cries be heard this year? We know for sure that at least one of the two Jamaican music icons will be released this year. Buju Banton release date is set for November this year after getting a few months reprieve in his 10-year sentence. On the other hand, Vybz Kartel appeal trial is set for July of this year and his legal team is pulling all the stops for a breakthrough in the controversial murder case. This will be the last chance that they have to prove his innocence.

Unlike Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton has already served his full sentence and has exhausted all of his legal options after losing several appeals. The Grammy-winning reggae singer was convicted on three counts of drug trafficking charges in Miami in 2011, the same year that the dancehall superstar was arrested and slapped with two separate murder charges. Banton, born Mark Myrie, was sentenced to ten years in a federal prison for the crime as he bemoaned his innocence.

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Kartel, whose government name is Adidja Palmer, was acquitted of the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in 2013 after the prosecution failed to prove his guilt. The following year he wasn’t so lucky and was convicted of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a man whom authorities say was a member of Kartel’s inner circle of friends. One of his protege, Shawn Storm, was also convicted of the same murder and both men and their two co-accused are currently serving life for the murder. Kartel’s only hope now is a successful appeal that would set he and his co-accused free.

Buju Banton has not released any new music since his incarceration as ordered by the judge during his sentencing, but Vybz Kartel has released a ton of new music and has dominated dancehall since his arrest in 2011. His success from behind bars even promoted him to make a bold statement that dancehall is in jail. “Dancehall is in jail,” he said. “And although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow, dancehall will continue, it’s also a fact that the next artiste to bring the energy, panache, and ‘vybz’ to dancehall, isn’t here yet.”

Legal sources told us that Vybz Kartel appeal will be a hard-fought battle for the defense despite the numerous issues with the original case. “Getting the green light for an appeal doesn’t mean that they automatically have the upper hand, they still have a case to prove and this time it’s not a jury that they will have to convince, but seasoned judges who know the law inside-out, so it is a much more difficult case,” sources said.

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Listen Popcaan New Song “Rich & Bad” Prod. By Markus

Popcaan has a clear message for his enemies and that is he is “Rich & Bad.”

The Unruly Boss teamed up with producer Markus Myrie, Buju Banton son, for the new dancehall banger. “Pu**y dem diss man a die out / Can’t diss one and fly out / New submachine man try out / Rich and bad, yeah,” Popcaan deejay over a drum heavy beat. “The Killy dem make a murder step / Assault rifle a beat, so a murder make / And anuh no likkle girl a step / Hundred buss dem head with the Intratec.”

This marks the second single released by Popcaan this month. He also drop the visuals for his gangsta anthem “El Chapo” earlier this month, sending a signal that he is ready for war. Since last year he has been beefing with Mavado and Alkaline and this new track “Rich & Bad” would make for a clever diss record although he didn’t released it as a diss.

Listen to Popcaan new song “Rich & Bad” below.

Chronixx Calls For Buju Banton Concert Promoted By Government

If Chronixx has his way then the government would promote a massive concert for Buju Banton when he is released next year.

The young reggae act made a surprised performance at Dubwise in St. Andrew last weekend where he calls for the Jamaican government to support reggae music, as well as, to host a massive concert for Buju Banton. “It is the number one export in this country,” Chronixx said about reggae/dancehall music.

“It’s the only thing that we export all year round. The city of London invite me the city of Kingston neva invite me to do a show yet, enuh,” the singer added. “They don’t think it’s worth it to say we are going to put in our budget $20 million for Buju Banton and Sizzla to perform.”

Buju Banton is a legend in reggae and dancehall music after starting out his career doing hardcore dancehall and later transitioned into Jamaica’s more conscious musical art form. The Grammy-winning reggae singer is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence for drug trafficking and will be released from prison at the end of next year. Buju was convicted in 2011 for three counts of drug trafficking and filed numerous appeals which he lost.

Do you think that the Jamaican government should fund a Buju Banton benefit concert when he is released?

Looks Like Rihanna Finally Gets Her Money From The B*tch, New Pic Inspired Meme

Looks like Rihanna finally got her money from the b*tch.

Last night, Rihanna posted a pic Instagram of herself standing in front of a giant $100 bill painting. RiRi looked stunning as usual, but it’s the painting that’s getting the most attention from her fans. In 2015, she had one of the biggest singles on the planet “B*tch Better Have My Money” a song that spawned a very explicit music video of the pop star torturing her accountant and his wife. In the pic, she donned an 80s themed outfit that was recent debut at the Paris Fashion Week.

The pic has already inspired a few memes most of which centered around the smash hit single “BBHMM.” “How you feel when you finally get your money from the b*tch,” one fan wrote, while another added, “My gal RiRi finally get her money from that bish just look at the size of that dollar bill.” Rihanna is creating a bit of history of her own on Billboard despite dropping her last album almost two years ago. This week she became the first artist to have five number one singles on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in a single calendar year.

Aside from racking up more accolades on the charts, Rihanna recently conquered the cosmetic products market with the release of her Fenty Beauty line of makeup products. Her Fenty Beauty products have been selling out as fast as they can be stocked and other competitors in the market are already feeling her presence. The Bajan pop star is also quietly working on her upcoming album. She has a song coming out with incarcerated reggae legend Buju Banton. There is no word yet on when the new project will arrive, but she has already started registering some songs slated for release in the coming months.

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Sean Paul Visits Buju Banton In Prison Says Greatness Is Coming

Sean Paul visited Buju Banton in prison earlier this week and returned with a simple message from the Gargamel, greatness is coming.

Buju Banton has just over a year more to serve his prison term and will be released at the end of next year. This week, Sean Paul visited the McRae Correctional Institution in Georgia where Buju is being housed and sat down for a chat with the Grammy-winning singer. He said the reggae legend is in great spirit and sends shoutouts to all his fans.

“Today I went to check Buju Banton the great legend,” SP said. “He is in great spirits and him a tell everybody say 12 months time and you can expect greatness again. Big up Jamaica. Him say fi hail up everybody. All who doing good and doing bad. Big up uno self. Big up Buju Banton! Legend!”

Sean Paul has been a close friend of Buju Banton for years and has visited him in prison more than once since his incarceration in 2011. The Grammy-winning reggae star was sentenced to 10 years for a drug trafficking conviction in South Florida. He appealed the conviction several times over the past years but lost each on of them until he eventually gave up and opted to serve out his sentence.


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