Alkaline has addressed his critics who accused him of buying views on YouTube.
Last year, the Vendetta deejay came under scrutiny from dancehall fans, particularly Vybz Kartel fans, who claimed that he has been paying to over-inflate his Vevo views. The allegations comes after Alkaline racked up a number of views for some newly released music. In one case, he clocked a million views in less than a week for his single “Suave” which went on to add millions more views in the weeks after.
In his new single “Mirage” Alkaline address his critics. “In a league of my own, no am not your opponent, nothing me hate in a life like a snake or a f***** rodent, them can’t stop my show that a one thing me know… Them a say me numbers them too good, them a say me a buy views pon Vevo, okay then still a give them mayhem.”
Alkaline also address his enemies whom he say are actively sending the police after him and although he gets frustrated, he still manages to keep his cool and maintain his focus thanks to the council of his mother. “Mirage” is Alkaline’s first single since the start of the year and his Vendetta fans are basking in the moment because they have been waiting to hear what he has to say.
The track already sparked a heated debate on social media about who Alkaline is referring to when deejaying about taking out someone and their entire crew. It could be a number of people including Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, NotNice, Sean Kingston, Tommy Lee Sparta, and more, all of whom he has been beefing with. Kartel might be the only name you can exclude over the mere fact that he is behind bars. But his incarceration is not stopping him from going after Alkaline musically.
Mark ‘Stone Cold’ Hudson revived a near two decades old Sean Paul song for his compilation album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica.
Stone Cold released the project recently and debut at No. 2 on the Billboard reggae chart. He produced the single “Regular Thing” for Sean Paul in 2001 and while the track didn’t became a massive hit like other songs from SP during the ER. Seventeen years later the song gets picked up for a new album and started to do very well among reggae/dancehall fans.
“The Sean Paul song is back in rotation and is one of the leading songs getting airplay from the project. The sound that Sean Paul had back then is what is becoming popular again,” Stone Cold said. “The beat was created by Jam2 and we recorded the song at Black Scorpio studio. As a label we always try to work with young artistes and explore new sounds.”
The compilation album comes with 15 tracks with guest features from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Safaree, Sean Kingston, Chronixx, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, Wyclef Jean and more.
Vybz Kartel and Popcaan have not made peace despite some recent reporting.
The self-proclaim Worl’Boss celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday and a number of his past and current allies took the timeout to wish him a happy birthday on social media. We saw artists like Popcaan, Sean Kingston, Tommy Lee Sparta, Spice, and NotNice post images of Kartel while sending birthday greetings his way. Kartel liked all the posts except for Popcaan and fans took note and criticized him for it.
The Unruly Boss shout-out his former mentor twice during separate performances in the Caribbean over the holidays. But it’s his post on Instagram that causing some fans to speak out. “Popcaan you is a two face snake, you never go visit the boss not once but you trying to get a hype by posting this, leave the boss name out your bad mind mouth,” one fan wrote in the comments.
Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Popcaan has yet to visit Vybz Kartel behind bars since his incarceration in 2011. We’re also told that he has in the past requested a visit but Kartel denied it. This is a clear sign that these two former friends, who had a father and son-like relationship, are not making peace anytime soon. The below images show Vybz Kartel liking posts from everyone while snubbing Popcaan.
“The boss like everybody posts except for yours yo no have no shame, come off a the man name and stop post up picture with the boss like you and him a friend,” another fan commented.
Vybz Kartel is celebrating his 42nd birthday today (January 7th) in good spirit.
The incarcerated dancehall legend received a family visit from his kids who were brought to GP on Sunday afternoon. A rep for his label told us that he is in good spirit as he marks another milestone in his life and career. “The Worl’Boss is in great spirit and despite his incarceration, there are a lot of things to be thankful for,” his rep said.
We’re told that this year will mark 25 years since Vybz Kartel been in the music business and despite being incarcerated since 2011, he is showing no signs of slowing down. “25 years in dancehall and still active and more relevant than 99% of the artists is something to be thankful for and something to celebrate,” his rep added.
Vybz Kartel started his dancehall career in the early 90s as part of the group Vibes Cartel. The group was later disbanded and he took on the name Vybz Kartel by just changing up the spelling. However, his big success didn’t come until the early 2000s when Bounty Killer took him under his wings and lifted him up from an underground act to the mainstream of dancehall.
Bounty Killer, along with several other affiliated dancehall entertainers including Sean Kingston, Popcaan and NotNice have since wished Vybz Kartel a happy birthday on social media. “1time fi a real G long live.. #morelife,” Popcaan wrote while Sean Kingston added, “Happy birthday to the greatest in dancehall music period… @vybzkartel 1 more year Pon dem!!! Gwan hold di faith mi don freedom is a must!!! #vybzkartel #seankingston #Gaza.”
Sean Kingston paid a visit to the Worl’Boss at GP last week and came back saying that the dancehall icon is in good spirit and has big plans for this year. You would think that is some great news for the Gazanation fans but turns out that Kingston got trolled instead of a pat on the back all because his pant was a bit too tight for some folks.
Sean Kingston posted a photo of himself and two of Vybz Kartel’s friends, Sikka Rymes and Theo Prince, standing outside the prison on the day he visited the deejay. “2nd day back in Just went to pay the Wurlboss @vybzkartel another visit di teacher is in good faith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation,” the reggae-pop singer wrote.
Some of Vybz Kartel fans went in about his outfit among other things that I think went a bit too far. “Free up the World Boss and tell Sean Kingston fi free up him pants,” one fan wrote, while another added, “His bottom half fava when miss kitty stand up and pose.”
One fan even suggested that Vybz Kartel should refuse to meet with him dressing like he was. “Why would the boss meet with this man dressing like that is not a good look,” the fan said.
The two dancehall heavy hitters link up for their first collaboration released last weekend. The track was produced by Damage Musiq, who has produced a number of tracks for Tommy Lee last year including some of his biggest hits. “big up my friends them, me love them jah, protect them jah,” Sparta sings over a dancehall beat.
Masicka comes through with a killer verse while showcasing his lyrical prowess. “From them diss one a we them diss all, Crux ready fi go defend it no care how it small, Some a we a smoke some a we a play ball, No a we no joke from yo diss the rain fall,” the Genahsyde leader spits.
Both Tommy Lee Sparta and Masicka had a big year last year with both deejays dropping songs that dominate dancehall airwaves throughout the year. The Mobay deejay has already hinted at his plans to push his career even further in 2018 with the release of his debut album through Sean Kingston‘s label Time Is Money Entertainment. Listen the new single “Real Link” below.
The Mobay deejay signed a record deal with Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment label this year and now he is getting ready to drop the first project on that deal. According to Kingston, Tommy Lee already recorded around half a dozen songs for the album as they prepare for a spring 2018 release date. The singer says the new project will be like a rebirth for the Gothic dancehall star.
“We don’t know if all the seven songs will make the final cut, but we’re working on it,” Sean Kingston said. “It’s just a rebirth; a new chapter of Tommy Lee that has all the dimensions; switching voice tones, mad song concepts, melodies, instruments. It’s a whole different vibe. The chemistry is crazy.”
Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta collaborated on two new singles this year so he will likely be on the dancehall spitter’s new album. The two drop their new song, “Crossover,” last month and its been getting plenty airplay since including clocking over a million views on YouTube. Tommy Lee is not the only artist in the camp who is currently working on a new album, Sean Kingston has his “Made In Jamaica” project coming out on February 3, 2018.
The reggae pop singer recently concluded his tour overseas and returned to Jamaica just in time for Christmas to spend the holidays in his homeland with his family. One of the first thing he did when he returned home was to visit Vybz Kartel and sources told us that it was the incarcerated deejay’s request to have Kingston visit him over at GP to discuss some business, as well as, some big plans for 2018.
“2nd day back in [Jamaica],” Kingston wrote on Instagram in the caption of a photo of himself and Sikka Rymes who is a close friend of Kartel. “Just went to pay the Wurlboss [Vybz Kartel] another visit… di teacher is in goodfaith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation.”
While he didn’t revealed the exact plans that Kartel has for the new year, sources told us that he is planning to drop a new album as well as a ton of new music. “We have a major project in the works for the new year,” sources told us. “2018 will be bigger and better just stay tune its total domination from the Wor’Boss boss it ago sick.”
This is the second visit Sean Kingston made to Vybz Kartel in prison this year following his first visit in March. The two also collaborated a single “Chance” which has been getting plenty airplay locally and overseas. Since returning to Jamaica, the “Beautiful Girl” singer has bought a new mansion and a new fleet of luxury cars. He also signed Kartel’s protege, Tommy Lee Sparta, to his Time Is Money Entertainment. The two are currently working on their albums due early next year.
Sean Kingston is getting a lot of praise for feeding homeless people in Kingston on Thanksgiving day.
Sean Kingston is now living in Jamaica but he is still celebrating some American holidays and for Thanksgiving last week Thursday, the “Beautiful Girl” singer and his mother took to the streets of Kingston to dish out some hot meals to the homeless in Jamaica’s capital. “Knowing that Jamaica doesn’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s something new,” Kingston said. “I always give back in the States, and I feel like bringing it back to my home, my culture, my country is something dope. Last year I did it with Soulja Boy and Tyga. I do it every year because Mama Kingston loves to give back.”
Sean Kingston is currently touring the US and Canada for his Made in Jamaica tour which supports his latest mixtape Made In Jamaica, released earlier this year. The singer’s mother Janice ‘Mama Kingston’ Turner said she spent all day cooking up some classic Jamaican dishes like curry chicken, oxtail, jerk chicken and more. “We brought 500 plates and they ran out, and I had to get more,” she said.
Mama Kingston said she has been doing this for the past decade in Florida and California. “We did Florida for four years, California for six years and now, for the first time, Jamaica,” Janice said. Sean Kingston says that he will be spending the holiday at his newly purchased home in Jamaica with his family.
You can always count on Tommy Lee Sparta to drop some good videos. The Mobay deejay drop the cut for his catchy single “Bad Gyal Duppy.”
Lee surrounded himself with plenty female just like the theme of the single. “Mi girlfriend got a gloc a road / Sparta gal them no take chat a road / Them no take check a body drop a road / Some wonna be thugs never shot a soul,” the Spartan deejay spits.
Earlier this month, Tommy Lee Sparta was accused of recording mumble dancehall music following the release of his new video “Cross Over” with Sean Kingston. The deejay released some excerpts of his lyrics on the single for some of his critics who are complaining that they have no idea what he is saying.
Tommy Lee Sparta is being accused of making mumble dancehall music?
While mumble rap became a thing in hip hop in recent years, mumble dancehall is not a thing, at least not yet. Some fans are accusing Tommy Lee Sparta of making mumble music, but unless you’re a hardcore dancehall follower you may not always understand what he is saying in his songs. Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee debut their new video for their first collaboration “Cross Over” on WorldStarHipHop yesterday and fans have been weighing in.
“WTF when since dancehall artist start with this mumble rap foolishness, this guy [Tommy Lee Sparta] isn’t even saying real words, this is trash,” one fan wrote while another added, “This guy is just making a bunch of sounds he is not even rapping they should keep this mumble foolishness out of reggae at least cats like Sean Paul and Beenie Man use real words even if its patois.”
One thing we should point out about this is that most of the critics were American based fans who are probably used to Sean Kingston reggae-pop flavor of music and not hardcore dancehall. So for those who don’t understand what Tommy Lee is saying here is a snippet of his lyrics. “Clean in a new bank robber / Time is money watch the gal them a fallow / Full of gold chains like a me name Shaba / Every body know me a the lyrical bomber / Scarface, Toni Montana, mi jus spend a million dollar / Weed me smoke me don’t run coke joke / Last boy this run up inna gun smoke,” Sparta spits.
“Any American saying they dont understand Tommy Lee verse gotta embrace it cuz u know y i don’t understand sh*t you’ll mumble rappers be saying yet still I’m from the Caribbean an i embrace you’ll sh*t so dont get it twisted,” one dancehall fan wrote. “Too me Tommy’s verse sounds more like a new style in mumbling so maybe he might be bigger than lil pump, xxxtenation, ski mask.”
The cut has been in the works since the summer and now its finally here. Kingston debuts the video on WorldStarHipHop yesterday and already it clocked 200,000 views. The OutHereVisuals-directed video starts out with SK and Tommy Lee hanging out with their crew at the mansion. The singer then gave a female a briefcase full of cash to deliver to someone but things got ugly on her journey as she was ambushed by robbers.
“Cross Over” marks the first time that Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta are working together and during the summer the reggae-pop singer announced that he wants to sign the Mobay deejay to his label Time Is Money Entertainment. “Haven’t been this excited about signing a artist since @torylanez.. mi nuh hide an talk @tommyleesparta is undeniably talented.. big news soon come!! Time is money Ent/Sparta leave a comment if u agree,” Kingston wrote.
Watch the video for Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta new video “Cross Over” below.
Kartel spent a week in the hospital last week for a severe kidney infection. He is currently back behind bars, but his family members are deeply concerned about his health. Tommy Lee spoke with What’s Up where he expressed his shock and concerns for his former mentor’s health. “Vybz Kartel in the hospital me no know if it’s stress cause it,” he said.
“Me just wish him a speedy recovery yo see me, just want the dog [Vybz Kartel] forward a road and be there for his kids because they are turning into men now and they need him to guidance,” Sparta added. Tommy Lee also said that he is currently working on his debut album which will be comprised of only new singles. Seems the new album will be part of his new deal with Sean Kingston’s label.
“Look like they need an album so it me a work on right now,” he said. “I start to work on the album already. Pure new songs and these songs are different levels of songs because of the type of riddim a some big producers in America I am voicing for.”
Tommy Lee Sparta didn’t revealed the title or release date for the album.
Sparta is one of Vybz Kartel’s former protege and he along with Popcaan and Vanessa Bling went on to have well recognized careers in dancehall. While all three artists are not on good terms with the incarcerated deejay, that doesn’t mean that they don’t often praise him on stage and in songs. Speaking with Anthony Miller on ER, Tommy Lee says he deeply misses Kartel and want him to be released from prison.
“Kartel know artists any artists that you see Kartel take, every single artist in the Gaza bad [great], because he has a good ears and him know what he is looking for,” the Mobay deejay said. When asked by Miller if he misses Vybz Kartel, Lee didn’t hesitate to say yes. “Me miss Kartel yes yo think its an easy thing that he is going through. Remember Kartel is a man who is use to his girls, him money, him hype life.”
Tommy Lee Sparta also revealed that he is currently in talks with Sean Kingston for a new record deal on the singer’s Time Is Money Entertainment label. “It’s going to be signed, its just the paperwork we going through and putting some agreements together,” Lee said. “They came with and agreement and we put forward our agreement also.”
The reggae pop star has been under scrutiny in recent weeks over his finances after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest for failing to pay a Miami jeweler thousands of dollars. Despite posting photos of his mansion and luxury cars in Jamaica, Sean Kingston has been getting criticism on social media for living lavishly while still not paying his debts.
In a video clip posted recently, Kingston said he is far from being broke. “Yo can write songs for Chris Brown and Justin Bieber and them man there and broke, a what happen to some man, stop believe everything yo hear,” the singer said. Sean Kingston also recently launched his own line of headphones called Monster Box. He will be working with the same company that make Beats By Dre and will be giving a twelve percent stake in the new venture. He will also include a Jamaican version of the headphone line which he said will have more bass in the speakers.
Kingston also revealed that he will be launching a reality show on E! this fall that will give fans a deeper look into his life.