Mavado Drops New Song “Not Perfect” Amid Son’s Murder Trial

Mavado drops a perfect dancehall banger called, “Not Perfect.”

The Gully Gad proclaims that he is only taking on ‘wins’ for 2021, and as such, he is professing that his 18-year-old son Dante will be released from juvenile lockup soon. Mavado reveals these and more on his first release for the year, which is a melodic, somber, and meditation like-song titled “Not Perfect.”

United States-based Sponge Music has been cranking out a ton of new releases since the latter part of 2020, and this track adds to the growing list, which includes tracks from Alkaline, Shaneil Muir, Jahmiel, among others. Mavado explains that, like any other man, he is not perfect. He has had a few “run-ins with the cops,” a few broken relationships with former Alliance members, and his high profile beef with Vybz Kartel.

The singjay also has a few enemies within his community of Cassava Piece. In 2018, an incident within the community allegedly led to the murder of Lorenzo Thomas, also known as ‘Israel’ or ‘Trulups.’ The singer’s son and another man have been held for the crime and are currently on trial for conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mavado is confident his son will be a free man any day now. “Just know very soon dat yuh coming home,” he sings. He also explains that many critics do not know exactly how the incident went down, and he’s just “misunderstanded.” He continues through to the chorus where he sings, “Wish me coulda tell yuh seh me perfect but Am Not.”

Mavado may not identify himself as being perfect, but he does have a way of delivering quality tracks that trod the path of musical perfection. The fans are also of that mindset, which is reflected in them pushing “Not Perfect” all the way to the #3 spot on Youtube’s local trending list.

Vybz Kartel Releases New EP “Dancehall Royalty” With His Sons UTG

Vybz Kartel’s latest project Dancehall Royalty is now out.

As promised, Vybz Kartel released a five-track project EP. The album is called Dancehall Royalty, and features his sons Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi. Other artistes featured on the EP include Renee 630 and his right-hand man Sikka Rymes. It’s about 16 minutes long. There’s no stopping the prolific artiste who has been behind bars on a murder charge since 2011 but has released numerous projects that have dominated Jamaican airwaves.

In fact, he hasn’t slowed down at all and remains the most streamed artiste in Jamaica. This is his third project in the span of a year. The first release, To Tanesha, was also dropped in the first month of the year in 2020, and he followed that up with Of Dons & Divas last June.

Vybz Kartel remains one of the most influential musicians in Jamaica, which was shown by how many birthday greetings he got via social media yesterday, January 7. He hinted last December that he would once again be releasing music to start the new year. He shared the news with a post on Instagram along with his sons and their mother, Shorty.

Last Wednesday, January 6, he posted a snippet of one of the upcoming tracks. He captioned that post, “this friday 1.8.21,” along with a series of tags. The album cover is a portrait of his family, indicating that they are the royal family of dancehall. So far, the album is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Soundcloud.

He shared the news about the release early this morning, January 8, via Instagram. In a later post, he said, “#1 debut thanks to #GAZANATION”.

Take a look at the complete tracklist below:

01. “Titanium Steel” feat. Likkle Vybz
02. “My Own World” feat. Renee 630 & Likkle Addi
03. “Popular feat.” Likkle Addi
04. “Dirty John Crow” feat. Sikka Rymes
05. “Yea You” feat. Likkle Vybz

Vybz Kartel & Sikka Rymes Drops “Dirty John Crow” Video Off ‘Dancehall Royalty’

Vybz Kartel released the “Dirty John Crow” music video in tandem with his new EP Dancehall Royalty.

The first album of 2021 by dancehall mogul Vybz Kartel is available to listen to now. The deejay who has been promoting the project all week, released a music video for one of the tracks from the EP titled “Dirty John Crow”. The Sikka Rymes-assisted track is an upbeat jam with a hardcore delivery of sexually explicit rhymes.

“Mi jus roll down yuh panty so gently / Set yuh pon yuh belly watch yuh p***y looking at me / So mi force up mi c***y till it buck inna yuh belly,” Kartel deejays on the new track.

The music video has a dark undertone with Sikka Rymes appearing as a seemingly devious priest. In the opening scene, the deejay arrives holding a lit candle and accompanied by an eerie group of women who are scantily-clad in full black and fishnet stockings.

The make-up and costume design likened the video vixens to the devil’s spawns and it seems Sikka Rymes is the leader. A hearse serves as a prop in one morbid scene where they mysteriously approach a black casket. Alas, the mood abruptly changes as the women soon begin to gyrate their rumps and perform provocative dances while giving the camera sultry looks – something a bit more typical of Vybz Kartel visuals.

Dancehall Royalty features four other tracks: “Titanium Steel”, “My Own World”, “Popular” and “Yea You”. In addition to Sikka Rymes, Renee 6:30, Likkle Addi, and Likkle Vybz all guest star on the project. As Vybz Kartel announced to fans around midnight when he dropped off the new visuals, the EP is now available in digital stores including Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify and more.

Vybz Kartel’s Wife Shorty Shares PDA Photo On His 45th Birthday, “My husband birthday loading”

Vybz Kartel celebrates his 45th birthday today (January 7) and judging from his wife Shorty’s recent posts on IG, it will be lit.

Vybz Kartel might be in jail, but he is still receiving love from his baby mother and common-law wife, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, who is anticipating the Dancehall icon’s birthday on January 7, 2021. The two have been together for over a decade and share three sons, and while they have shared many wonderful moments in public, the two have also shared their fair share of pain as Shorty had had a stillbirth baby girl. They two have also had several spats over the dancehall artiste cheating on Shorty, including once when she allegedly stabbed him in his side after he brought a woman over to one of their homes.

Nevertheless, the artiste seems to have the loyalty of his lady love in spite of the breakup rumors and an album chronicling Kartel’s pain released in 2020. On Instagram on Wednesday, She posted a photograph of the two kissings with the caption “my husband birthday loading,” along with the 100, heart and party emojis.

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She also posted immediately for Vybz Kartel’s birthday, a throwback photo of the couple in happier times where a dark skinned Kartel, before the skin bleaching, is seen smiling while hugging Tanesha from behind. She captioned the post, “@vybzkartel happy birthday to the king of my heart, the man of my dream, and the love of my life.” Kartel also responded in the comments section, “me lifeline thank you and love you.” Meanwhile, her second son, Likkle Addi, joked in the comments section, “it aint even 12 yet.”

Among those also sharing in wishing the ‘Worl Boss’ were also his co-accused Shawn Storm, who posted three IG feed posts in tribute to his friend as he promised a festive birthday. One of the posts, a side profile image of Kartel with caption read “uhyuh mean a mi g Suh one more Post @VybzKartel More Life and blessings and a nuff nuff nuff nuff nuff more fi fwd mi boss.”

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Majah Hype Hints He’s Back With Kirby Amid Leaked Photos Of Him In Female Underwear

Majah Hype left fans confused after hinting that he and Latisha Kirby are back together.

Here lies a classic case of love conquering all, as it seems Majah Hype and Latisha Kirby are looking to mend fences and start anew. Could this be the epilogue of the nailbiting drama series Caribbean nationals have been locked into for the last couple of months? It all started after Kirby accused Majah Hype of physically abusing her. This was followed up by the release of a sex tape starring Kirby and another man, a clip which Kirby explained was years before she started to date Majah Hype.

The comedian then hopped onto his IG Live session to reveal that he was molested in his youth, as well as spoke of the abuse, verbal and emotional, that he received from Kirby. He also showed his thousands of viewers numerous sexually explicit photos, which he pulled from his estranged wife’s phone.

A few days later would see the release of 4 other videos of Kirby engaging in sexual activities with other men. Majah refrained from commenting on the videos. Armed with a Vybz Kartel cosign and a brand new release of his own, the comedian seemingly washed his hands of the situation and got back to his comedic routines.

Things have remained quiet on the front of Majah and his wife for the past couple of weeks, as other drama consumed the attention of dancehall fans. The latest round of leaked images, this time of Majah Hype himself, has pumped new life into their personal battle. The gallery of photos shows Majah provocatively dressed in black, laced, female underwear. It’s unclear if the images are recent.

One recent reveal seems to be Majah and his wife Kirby getting back together. The comedian took to his Instagram account to share an image of himself holding the hand of who many perceive is his estranged ex-fiancee, Kirby. Her face is not included in the shot, but social media detectives have used the nail polish colors being sported as evidence of her presence.

According to Majah Hype, “A man that s truly genuine does not keep changing his colors. Real gold never rusts. If someone is really solid and golden, they will be unbreakable. Not even time can destroy its shine.”

He has not yet confirmed if they are indeed back together, but this would mean a great deal of good for Hype, who is currently up against three civil lawsuits filed by Kirby.

Dancehall Snubbed By Grammys Despite Albums From Popcaan, Vybz Kartel & More

Should the Grammys create a category for dancehall genre?

The 2021 Grammy nominations were announced for Best Reggae Album, and the reggae/dancehall community is reacting to the long-anticipated roundup. Before the announcement, industry players weighed in on the forecast, and it seemed there were a few artists who were expected to get a Grammy nod but didn’t. A number of Jamaica’s top artists delivered great projects this year, and their fans had high hopes for them to get the nomination, but critics say a lot would be factored in by the committee for that final cut.

This recently announced Best Reggae Album Grammy nominees are Buju Banton, Skip Marley, Maxi Priest, The Wailers, and Toots and the Maytals. Buju Banton has been nominated a few times and is a Grammy-Award winner already, and fans expected his album Upside Down 2020 to be among the shortlisted candidates for this year’s Best Reggae Album award. The Roc Nation Management-signed reggae singer was perhaps the least surprising nominee. His splendidly produced album was stocked with solid hits and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Meanwhile, Vybz Kartel also released Of Dons and Divas this year, which spawned a number of dancehall favorites and some absolute killer collaborations. The dancehall guru dominated JM Apple Music charts and peaked at No. 1 on iTunes. The project was also touted as the ‘Grammy album’ during its prerelease press. It was by far the most successful independent album as we know that most of the other releases from this year are from artists who are signed internationally.

According to music critic and former Rising Stars judge Clyde McKenzie, the decision by the Grammy committee “may not boil down to just the music,” he told The STAR. Vybz Kartel has released more than a dozen albums throughout his illustrious career, but he is yet to be acknowledged by the Academy. Many believe the deejay was snubbed yet again after Gaza fans already thought his 2016 album King of Dancehall was cheated. If the “image of his incarceration” will play a role in the ultimate decision, as McKenzie suggests, it explains why he was cut out of this year’s candidates.

The dancehall community also agrees that Popcaan’s debut EP Fixtape definitely deserved to be commemorated with a Grammy nomination. The successful freshman album by the OVO-signed artist topped the iTunes Reggae chart and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae. Moreover, Fixtape peaked at No. 94 on the Billboard 200, which doesn’t really happen unless you’re like Shabba Ranks or something. If anything, the brilliant production and on-point international features should have sufficed in swaying the opinion of the Academy.

Popular Jamaican music producer Dane Ray who recorded a majority of the songs from Popcaan’s album, believes that if either Poppy or Kartel were nominated, it would have been a significant moment for dancehall music. “He is an international superstar that has never been nominated for a Grammy before but has been putting in the work, and so we have our fingers crossed for that one,” the producer told The STAR. “Vybz Kartel have a bad album, too, and if either of them were to get nominated it would be good for the culture.”

“As a music that originated from the streets, it represents the core of our culture, not just the commercial or the refined music that we put out,” Dane Ray added. While Clyde McKenzie thinks what Dane Ray alludes to is just the type of hardcore dancehall music that the Grammys is running from, popular dancehall voice Boom Boom tells The STAR the quality of work should be the only criteria.

“Throughout the years, dancehall and reggae have been classified under one umbrella when it comes to the Grammys and for the most part, reggae artistes have dominated the list of nominees,” he said. “Is the work that you put in that should get the album accepted throughout the world and make a difference, and if you ask me, both Popcaan and Vybz Kartel been putting in the work.”

We got new albums this year from reggae crooners Protoje and Lila Iké as well. The latter’s debut EP The ExPerience peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music in Jamaica. Protoje was nominated for Best Reggae Album in 2018 for his album A Matter of Time. His label was signed to Six Course/RCA Records earlier this year. While his 2020 release In Search Of Lost Time had some notable hits, including his collaborations with Lila, Popcaan, and more, the In.Digg.Nation boss didn’t cop a second nod.

Are you pleased with the Best Reggae Album Grammy nominees?

Kendrick Lamar Delivers First Song Of 2020 “Look Over Your Shoulder” With Busta Rhymes

Kendrick Lamar graces us with his first release in like forever.

Hip Hop fans will be ecstatic to know that rapper Kendrick Lamar’s next verse will be featured on Busta Rhymes’ new track “Look Over Your Shoulder.” The last time Lamar released any music of his own was back in 2018 for the Black Panther soundtrack when he sang “Black Panther.” Lamar’s work on Black Panther earned him a Grammy, and he was nominated for seven.

In this latest rendition, he collaborated with Busta Rhymes on a sampled beat from “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5. The song will be on Busta RhymesExtinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, which will be released tomorrow, Friday, October 30.

Lamar is in pristine form as he spits his bars. Here’s a little taste of what he had to say: “Bite no hand that feed/The culture vulture die and bleed/My focus hold these thoughts and dreams/Control this pen/Boldest lines in rhymes and things/Devote my time and mind it seems.”

The lyrics are in line with the rapper’s current lifestyle as he’s very much caught up in the current Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM). He was spotted during protests over the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. He also recently started a new company, pgLang, along with his longtime friend Dave Free.

The album will feature several collaborations from some well-known artists like Mariah Carey, Q-Tip, Rick Ross, Chris Rock, Rakim, Bell Biv Devoe, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Rapsody, Mary J. Blige, and more. Busta Rhymes, who has Caribbean roots, has shot back on the scene within recent times and recently teamed up with Worl’ Boss, Vybz Kartel, to drop “The Don and the Boss” featuring Vybz Kartel.

Lamar’s last album titled DAMN was in 2017, and many fans have been wondering when he will drop another one. In 2019 he featured on SiR’s “Hair Down,” Raphael Saadiq’s “Rearview,” the Lion King song “NILE,” Dreamville’s “Under the Sun,” as well as 2 Chainz’s “Momma I Hit a Lick.”

Here’s a look at the tracklist for Busta’s upcoming album:

1. “E.L.E. 2 Intro” feat Chris Rock, Rakim, Pete Rock
2. “The Purge”
3. “Strap Yourself Down”
4. “Czar ft M.O.P.”
5. “Outta My Mind” feat. Bell Biv DeVoe
6. “E.L.E. 2 The Wrath of God” feat. Minister Louis Farrakhan
7. “Slow Flow” feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard
8. “Don’t Go” feat. Q-Tip
9. “Boomp!”
10. “True Indeed”
11. “Master Fard Muhammad” feat. Rick Ross
12. “YUUUU” feat. Anderson .Paak
13. “Oh No”
14. “The Don and The Boss” feat. Vybz Kartel
15. “Best I Can” feat. Rapsody
16. “Where I Belong” feat. Mariah Carey
17. “Deep Thought”
18. “The Young God Speaks”
19. “Look Over Your Shoulder” feat. Kendrick Lamar
20. “You Will Never Find Another Me” feat. Mary J. Blige
21. “Freedom?” feat. Nikki Grier
22. “Satanic”

Intence Addresses Rumors He Was Gifted A Benz In New Song “Meditation”

Intence is rubbishing claims he was gifted a Mercedes-Benz in a fire new track, “Meditation.”

Intence and Skillibeng have been embroiled in a social media standoff for the last few weeks, and now it seems Intence is taking a break from it all to reflect on his experiences since gaining fame and fortune in the music business. The song titled “Meditation” sees the deejay addressing many of the rumors circulating about him in the industry, in turn, highlighting the negative effects of building relationships with persons who would not have looked his way when he was in poverty.

“See the man wa you rate and call you G, yuh boss, swear pon you youth life and put him pon the cross, a p__sy dem from morning dem corrupt dawg,” he shares before denouncing that he was gifted the white Mercedes Benz which hit back in July of this year.

“People who no know me from noweh seh a man buy me vehicle,” he says before hissing his teeth to show his disgust at the crazy assumption.

He also takes shots at specific persons such as Jamaican selector Badda Bling. “Nuff time me see dem chat a bagga things, all pon soundclash ba__yman Badda Bling, call me name fi hype but that neh bother me,” Intence recounts in his spoken word type delivery.

Using a Jamaican proverb, he also hints at artistes who are complaining about his domination of the industry; suggesting that they should assess their work ethics instead of faulting him.

“Like how every hoe have dem stick a bush a so everyman have dem season, so artiste if you never laidback me wouldn’t de ya so a lead you,” he says. Intence has been previously ridiculed by the likes of Popcaan and Vybz Kartel for dominating the local Youtube trending charts while not securing high profile listenership outside of the island.

A Jus Di Vybz Music production refrains from the use of a chorus on “Meditation,” which leaves a tremendous amount of room for the artiste to get his points across.

You can check out the song below.

Beenie Says He Makes 5 Songs Per Week Talks Spice & Legacy In Dancehall

Beenie Man says he is one of the hardest working deejays in dancehall even after so many years.

The dancehall legend also made it clear that he has nothing against Spice despite their running last year. During a sit down on Nightly Fix, Beenie Man opened up about a number of topics including his legacy and current status in dancehall. The deejay insisted that he is still the king of dancehall because he isn’t baptized.

One of the criticisms of Beenie Man and other older deejays in the business is that they still feel the need to compete with the younger generation of artists. When asked about that top, Beenie strongly pushed back against the assumption saying he doesn’t compete with any other artists in the business but still work hard because that is naturally who he is.

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“The problem is I cannot go a week without making five songs, I will be a mad man,” the Doc said. “Listen, music just come by the beat, you hear the beat and lyrics start build, so every beat that plays in the studio you build a different song for it. It’s not competing, this is my job, this is what I do, I make music, so without me making music then me at my yard sit down a watch TV or a play game and I don’t do that.”

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On whether or not he is taking away attention from younger artists, Beenie Man said, “This is the problem with dancehall music, why one man have to get all the glory, why everybody cannot get them own glory?”

“Alkaline have him own fans, Vybz Kartel have him own fans, Popcaan have him own fans, everybody have them own fans, so everybody is getting them own glory,” he continues. “Why is it that I am a threat to everybody? Because you is that man fan and you want that man to be where I am? Two entity can’t hold the same space one of us is going to blow up. Each and every individual in music have their own space, have them own respect and have them own time.”

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Tony Matterhorn Slaps Ban On Alkaline Music For This Year

Tony Matterhorn won’t be playing any Alkaline music this year or perhaps ever.

The beneficiary of this feud of course is Vybz Kartel and maybe a few other artists whose songs will get more airplay on Matterhorn’s platforms. DancehallHipHop reported in December that Alkaline disrespected the veteran sound system selective in front of his face and thousands of fans at Club Euro in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Footage of the exchange went viral online sparking a debate about the deteriorating relationship between dancehall artists and disc jockeys.

Seems Tony Matterhorn had enough of the shenanigan and decided to take a stand. While hosting a party last weekend, the “Dutty Wine” deejay had some harsh words for the young dancehall hitmaker. “Don’t unnu see everybody play? Me say me a give Alkaline one year bom***** ban, who no like it s*** your mother,” an angry Matterhorn said. “Don’t forget say me could’ve shoot up unnu blood**** and I said hold it. So when unnu hear me say one year ban Alkaline s*** your mother.”

Right after making that bold statement, Tony Matterhorm drop Vybz Kartel and Masicka single “InfraRed.” So clearly, Kartel is the biggest winner in this ongoing beef between the disc jockey and Alkaline. Sources told DancehallHipHop that this has been eating away at Matterhorn for the past few weeks and it was only a matter of time before he snapped.

“Alka really disrespected the man and you could tell it was something that was bothering him for a while,” sources said. “He waited to see if he will get an apology or something but nothing, just more disrespect from the other side camp so this is no surprise and he (Alkaline) shouldn’t be surprised either.”

Let’s hope that these two very important figures in dancehall can make peace sometime soon for the good of the music.

#tonymatterhorn drop the hammer. Says one year ban for #alkaline

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Tommy Lee Sparta Visits Vybz Kartel In Prison For First Time

Tommy Lee Sparta finally visits Vybz Kartel in prison.

Kartel’s right hand man Sikka Rymes confirmed that he brought the “Soul Reaper” deejay to visit the Worl’Boss at GP yesterday and everything went smooth. We’re told that Sean Kingston was the middleman who asked Kartel to make peace with Tommy Lee Sparta and then Rymes organized the visit. DancehallHipHop reached out to the Sparta deejay’s camp for a comment and was told that the meetup was in the works since last month.

“It’s something that’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks now because that’s how the system work, you have to book a visit way in advance, you can’t just show and expect to see someone,” a rep for the deejay told us. “Tommy Lee and Vybz Kartel have a long history, they have been very close friends for years so a lot of what has been reported in the media doesn’t accurately reflect their true relationship. Tommy has a lot of respect for Kartel who first brought him to the forefront of music.”

This marks the first time that Tommy Lee Sparta is visiting Vybz Kartel in prison since his incarceration in 2011. We’re told that they spoke about the state of the music and catch up on old times. “They just sat down and chop it up like old times.” In an interview last September, Sparta spoke about his legal troubles and how his association with Vybz Kartel has caused him problems in his career.

“I feel like they put something on my name,” he said. “Every time I try to travel, they treat me different, like I am some bomber. When they run my passport, Vybz Kartel business comee up and everything. They are acting like I am involved in certain things and pure red lines come up on my documents at the airports.

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Alkaline Addresses Reports He Is Buying Views On YouTube

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.”

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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.

XXXTentacion Says A Vybz Kartel Collaboration Coming

XXXTentacion and Vybz Kartel on the same track should be fire.

The South Florida rapper, who previously claimed he has some Jamaican roots, announced on Instagram last night that he has a collaboration coming out with the incarcerated dancehall star. Rappers wanting to collaborate with Vybz Kartel is nothing new and in fact, over the last few months, we’ve heard rumors of artists like Drake and Cardi B wanting to get the World Boss on a track. The difference here is that this announcement is coming directly from the artist and not some unnamed source tipping off the media.

“Vybz Kartel featuring XXXTentacion, coming soon, lol only the Jamaicans and Hispanics know what i’m talking about!” X wrote on IG stories. XXXTentacion worked with Sizzla Kalonji on his “My Girl” single last year, but if this new single materialized, it will be the first time the “Look At Me” rapper and Vybz Kartel are working together.

Last year XXXTentacion blast Drake for tapping into dancehall for his last two albums saying that he is way more Jamaican than Drake claims to be because his family is mostly from Kingston. There could be some truth to the story since X is from Lauderhill in South Florida where there is a strong Jamaican contingent.

Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder but is still putting out a ton of new music from behind bars. XXXTentacion currently has a mountain of legal troubles and is currently under house arrest while he awaiting trial for kidnapping and assaulting a pregnant woman. In December, he was slapped with 15 new charges for tampering with a witness when he defied court orders and contacted his ex-girlfriend who is the victim in his case. Like Vybz Kartel, X is facing some serious time behind bars if he is found guilty of the charges.

Vybz Kartel Calls YVA Snub “Another Attempt To Silence My Music”

Vybz Kartel thinks that the recent snub from the YVA awards is further proof that the system is trying to silence his music.

The “Mhm Hm” deejay did not receive a single nomination at this year’s Your View Awards, former Youth View, because of some rules changes. The YVA says they will not nominate any artist who can’t perform at the event which automatically disqualifies Kartel because of his incarceration. A rep for the deejay told Dancehall HipHop that he is not angry but still sees it as another attempt to silence his voice.

“It’s not our show so we can’t vex if they don’t nominate us (Vybz Kartel), but this is more clear evidence of a plot to silence Worl’Boss and stifle his music,” his rep said. “Thankfully we are living in an age where the fans can go online and get the music directly from artists so we don’t have to go through radio stations or major labels. The fans know that Kartel is the biggest and baddest artist in the history of dancehall. Him in a league by himself and no other artist even come close to his level. So what is dancehall award show without Vybz Kartel?”

Kartel’s biggest rival, Alkaline, leads the list of nominees this year with seven nods. This further fuel the beef between the two deejays with Kartel’s rep accusing the YVA of being bought out by the Vendetta deejay. “You can’t have an award show where artists can buy them way into and how can that be better than artist paying disc jockeys to play their music,” his rep told us.

Last year the YVA was dominated by Vybz Kartel despite him getting fewer nominations than his counterpart Alkaline. Vendetta fans were highly critical of the award show calling it a Gaza show. So perhaps this is the YVA’s attempt to appease those fans.

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New Music: Vershon – Wul’ Di Grung

Vershon have something for bad mind people who sits on his name, “Wul’ Di Grung.”

The dancehall singjay links up with Simple Youths Productions for his new anti hating single. “Them say yo hype when time yo buy yo things, nasty n**** them want fi yo dead when time yo win, ghetto youths just hold the fort and spread yo wings, and no listen dirty n**** wicked people come a tell yo things,” Vershon sings.

Last week Vershon released a new single, “One More Day,” where he lead a tribute to incarcerated artists like Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel, and Ninjaman. The track received a warm reception from dancehall fans for its positive message and the singjay look to go back to his roots of making positive and uplifting music. The single comes on the heels of his new music video “No Worries” which is another feel good single released on the Cotton Swab Riddim. Listen to Vershon new single “Wul’ Di Grung” below.

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Ninjaman Transfer From GP Over Beef With Vybz Kartel

Ninjaman was transferred from GP last week following a beef with Vybz Kartel and other inmates.

The Don Gorgon, who was sentenced to life in prison for murder, was involved in a feud with some other inmates while being housed at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, also known as GP. He was subsequently transferred to the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, in Spanish Town. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that Ninjaman got upset because Vybz Kartel and other inmates were allowed to have certain electronics like flat screen TV and DVD players.

“He felt like Kartel was being treated better than him when he is a celebrity too,” sources said. “I think he was denied a request to get a flat screen TV and a DVD player in his quarters and that didn’t sit well with him. So when he complained about it, the other inmates got upset because its bringing too much attention because these things are illegal. It’s like he just came in and want to run the show, but you have to pay your dues.”

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We’re told that Some inmates are also angry at Ninjaman because he previously disrespected Vybz Kartel in interviews before going to prison and also advocate against a Ministry of National Security initiative to allow inmates to get conjugal visits. “The other men in prison weren’t too happy with him talking bad about Kartel during the Lizard trial and even after the sentence, so there were a lot of bad blood and tensions were high, so that’s why they transfer him to Spanish town to prevent war from breaking out,” sources added. “Plus he was the one who spoke out against inmates being allowed conjugal visits when the National Security Minister said he wanted to humanized inmates. It’s not a good look because now some men sees him as a traitor.”

Ninjaman attorney didn’t deny or confirmed the reports, but reliable police sources told us that the dancehall legend is currently being housed at Spanish Town prison and he is not too happy about it since conditions at that prison is far worse than GP.

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Alkaline, Popcaan, Aidonia Leads 2018 Your View Awards Nominees

Alkaline, Popcaan, and Aidonia leads the 2018 Your View Awards nominees.

The YVA has rebranded this year to Your View Award and the producers are promising a bigger and better show set for February 24. The Your View Award is already stirring up some controversies with a major snub to Vybz Kartel due to some changes in the eligibility rules. Alkaline lead the list of nominees this year with six nods including Hottest Summer Song (Red Eye), Favorite Local and International artist, and other categorgies like Chart Topper and Collaboration.

Popcaan and Aidonia each have four nominations including nods in some of the same categories as Alkaline which means that the three of them are going head to head against each other for some of the most coveted trophies. Several other local acts who have done well in dancehall and reggae over the past year have received nominations including Spice, Shenseea, Mavado, Chronixx, Sean Paul, and more.

There are some rules for some categories in case you’re wondering why some artists didn’t get included for new categories like Album of the Year and Music Video Concept. “The YVA defines an album as having no less than five different tracks,” the Your View Awards said in a statement. “Sampler albums or albums which are compilation of tracks from other previously released albums are not eligible.”

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Vybz Kartel Gets Snubbed From This Year’s YVA Awards

Vybz Kartel gets a major snub from this year’s Your View Awards (YVA).

Naturally, Gazanation fans are in an uproar over the snub but Kartel will continue to get snub as long as he is behind bars, according to the eligibility rule changes. The annual Jamaican awards show has rebranded for this year from Youth View Award to Your View Award. With the rebranding comes new rules which is at the center of contentions between the YVA and Vybz Kartel’s fans.

To be eligible for nominations, artists must be able to perform at the event ceremony set for February 24. Alkaline leads the 2018 YVA nomination with six nods including Hottest Summer Song (Red Eye), Favorite Local Male Artist, Favorite International Local Artist, Favorite Dancehall Artist, Favorite Chart Topper, Favorite Video Concept (Afterall), and Favorite Collaboration (“Gyalis Pro” featuring Sean Paul).

Popcaan and Aidonia trail Alkaline with four nominations each. But one of the hottest deejays in dancehall over the past year, Vybz Kartel, did not get any nominations solely because of his incarcerations. Dancehall fans have mixed reactions to the snub with some believes that the YVA took the right step, while others are saying its a move to silence the incarcerated deejay.

“So they have to ban Vybz Kartel so that other artists like Alkaline can win such a shame on the YVA, what is an award show without the Worl’Boss, in a Addi voice,” one fan said. Another fan commented saying, “We all know that the YVA is a Gazanation award show because every year Kartel dominates even when other artists out a road a put in the work. So I guess them a try remove the bias now.” Kartel was the biggest winner at last year’s YVA awards.

We will be publishing the full list of nominees soon, so stay tuned to Dancehallhiphop.com for more details on the 2018 YVA awards show.

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Usain Bolt Name Ding Dong As His Favorite Dancehall Artist Now

Ding Dong is thankful for a major endorsement from Usain Bolt on the global stage.

The fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, was at CES 2018 this week when he did an interview with CNET. Among the many things he spoke about was music where he listed a few of the local dancehall artists that he has been listening to. Bolt, who is a longtime fan of Vybz Kartel, says Ding Dong is one of his current favorite deejays because he likes to dance and have fun.

“For me as a DJ, as a guy who listens to music on the regular, I try to stick to every genre of music, you know what I mean, but am much more into dancehall music, I love to dance so one of my favorite artist is Ding Dong,” Usain Bolt said. The sprint legend also spoke about some recent news about trying out for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

Ding Dong says that the endorsement is a big deal for him because it exposes him to a new audience who never know about his music. “this is a good look’ because me know him deep wid Vybz Kartel music and thing because him always a big up Vybz Kartel,” he said. “For him to acknowledge me like dat and den him say artiste, him never say dancer, dat fi show yuh say him consider me pan da level deh.”

Earlier this week, Usain Bolt posted a video on Instagram of himself and professional footballer Leon Bailey dancehall to one of Ding Dong songs. The Ravers deejay also currently has one of the hottest dance songs out right now “Fling Yuh Shoulda.”

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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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Did Vybz Kartel Confirmed He Is Recording Music In Prison

Vybz Kartel is either just trolling us or confirming that he has been recording music in prison.

Since December, Kartel has been very active on Instagram, a tool he used to keep his fans up-to-date with his new music and post new photos of himself and his kids. On Monday, he shared a meme which pretty much expressed how he feels about his haters. “When badmind a wait fi hear seh Vybz Kartel stop voice inna prison,” the meme reads. In short, he is taking shots at his haters who want to see him stop recording music behind bars.

In 2016, Vybz Kartel broke his silence about the controversial issue of him recording music in prison. Not only did he dismissed the claims, he also said electronic devices are not permitted in prison which begs the question how is he able to be on Instagram so frequently?

“I’ve always been a prolific songwriter, and I record at breakneck speed as well, so I have a lot of surplus material to choose from,” the dancehall deejay told Rolling Stone. “There is a recording studio at another correctional facility [in Jamaica] but none here … cellphones, laptops, or any Internet-capable instrument are prohibited items.”

That same year, the National Security Minister ordered the department of corrections to conduct an investigation to determine if Vybz Kartel and other musicians are illegally recording music in prison. The investigation came up empty-handed, but the prison reinforced its security operation while also installing cellphone jamming devices. It’s also illegal for Vybz Kartel to be recording music in prison and if caught, he could be sent to solitary confinement and faced other penalties.

Nevertheless, he has been dropping more music than even artists who are free and his team has been saying that his slew of new music s from previously recorded unreleased material. That still doesn’t explain how Kartel has been deejaying about things that are happening now and he has been incarcerated since 2011. Unless he is a time traveler.

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Vybz Kartel Publicly Shamed Popcaan With Epic Snub

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.

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Vybz Kartel Celebrates 42nd Birthday In Good Spirit & Marks Milestone

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.”

1time fi a real G long live.. #morelife ??

A post shared by 876GUD (@popcaanmusic) on Jan 7, 2018 at 11:18am PST

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is serving a life sentence for murder. His appeal trial is set for July of this year. He is eligible for parole after serving 35 years of his sentence.

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

A post shared by Sean Kingston (@seankingston) on Jan 7, 2018 at 10:23am PST

More life and prosperity, blessing pan yu birthday #nevaungrateful #notnicerecords ? @vybzkartel

A post shared by Notnice Records (@notnicerecords) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:59pm PST

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Vybz Kartel Fans Roast Sean Kingston Even After Prison Visit

Vybz Kartel fans are savage for this.

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.

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Wyclef Jean Explains Why He Likes Vybz Kartel So Much, Talks Reggae Influence Globally

Wyclef Jean is a big fan of Vybz Kartel and here is why he has so much respect for the incarcerated dancehall icon.

Clef is currently in Jamaica for the upcoming Shaggy and Friends benefit concert this weekend in Kingston. But before he graced the stage, he had a sit down with Winford Williams on OnStage where he opened up about local talents and the heavy usage of reggae/dancehall in mainstream music currently. Despite the heavy sampling of Jamaican music by international acts, very few local artists are making it to the mainstream like Shaggy and Sean Paul did.

“Do you know why I like Vybz Kartel so much,” Wyclef said. “Because he understands this, at the end of the day right, if I can’t sell you a CD right now and you said man Clef can’t sell music no more but guess what I know I can sell you for sure, a Wyclef guitar.”

The former Fugee frontman spoke at length about Caribbean artists talent and their need to understand the music business fully in order to push their careers to the top. “This is what I want kids to understand, the music business is a 360, when you coming in now create a brand, do not be just an artist no more, become a brand,” he said.

Wyclef Jean also spoke about his new album Carnival 3, going on tour next year, and his presidential bid for Haiti. He started out by clearing up some rumors about his foundation Yele Haiti after a New York-based state attorney conducted an investigation over financial irregularities. Clef said that the whole investigation was a smear campaign to take down his presidential bid. The entire interview was well received with the music icon opening up about a lot of topics. You can see him live this weekend at Shaggy and Friends on the lawns of Jamaica House.

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Vybz Kartel Told Sean Kingston Some Good News About 2018

Sean Kingston paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison recently and came back with a message from the Worl’Boss.

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.

2nd day back in ??…Just went to pay the Wurlboss @vybzkartel another visit… di teacher is in goodfaith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation!! @theoprince53 #Gaza #vybzkartel

A post shared by Sean Kingston (@seankingston) on Dec 29, 2017 at 2:26pm PST

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How Ninjaman Conviction Could Shatter Vybz Kartel Appeal

Ninjaman murder conviction could affect Vybz Kartel appeal.

The dancehall legend was convicted of murder on November 20, 2017, and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. In the middle of Ninjaman’s trial, Vybz Kartel upcoming appeal was pushed back from February to July of next year and now we are learning the reasons behind the delay is because of Ninjaman’s trial. But just how much could a trial involving another dancehall deejay affect Kartel’s appeal? Dancehallhiphop.com reported last month that Kartel attorneys requested more time to prepare for the case and it was granted.

Sources close to the incarcerated deejay told us that his attorneys became worried that Ninjaman’s highly publicized trial could have some impact on the outcome of his appeal case. “Maybe they thought that Ninjaman conviction could sway the judges in some way shape or form so it was a smart move to have the trial push back further down the road,” sources said. “You just never know what could happen with these delicate cases and the fact that this may be his last chance at freedom, they want to get it right so I think they made the right decision to push back the case.”

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Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, has indicated that he is considering appealing his conviction, but our legal sources told us that his case was a slam dunk for the prosecution which makes it much harder for him to even get a green light from the appeal court. “Unlike Kartel’s case which had a lot of things wrong with it, Ninja’s case was a slam dunk for the prosecutor who had solid witnesses in that case. That makes it much more difficult for the appeal court judges to approve an appeal.”

Both Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman are currently serving life in prison for murder, but the Gazanation deejay and his attorneys have one more shot to secure his freedom. The Don Gorgon will have to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole while the Worl’Boss will have to serve 35 years.

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Listen Vybz Kartel New Explicit Single “Yabba Dabba Do”

Vybz Kartel drops his new explicit single “Yabba Dabba Do” just in time for Christmas.

The single features a Flintstones theme with even the artwork features Kartel living in a world inspired by the famous cartoon. “Hold on, hey gal a so the bleach make yo face look old, and yo a just 35 years old, a weh the young gal them deh weh bleaching fit yo, make yo bumper roll,” Kartel deejay over a beat produced by Purple Skunk Records.

Vybz Kartel promises his fans five new singles this month and so far he has delivered three of them. the deejay is not just looking to end the year on a high, but also start the new year on a high by prepping several new singles for release in January including a song titled “Exiled Pharoah.”

YABADABADOO @djwizzzle

A post shared by EXILED PHARAOH (@vybzkartel) on Dec 23, 2017 at 6:13pm PST

Next year will also be a big year the Worl’Boss who will be back in court for his appeal trial in July where he will have his final chance to secure his freedom. If his attorneys failed to win his appeal, it means he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Listen to Vybz Kartel’s new song “Yabba Dabba Doo” below.

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Tommy Lee Sparta Praised Vybz Kartel While Ripping Alkaline At Ghetto Splash

Tommy Lee Sparta and Alkaline will not be making peace anytime soon.

The “Uncle Demon” deejay put on a show for his fans at last weekend’s annual Ghetto Splash in Kingston. His set was well received and he even called out JOP/4th Genna deejay Deablo to join him on stage. Tommy Lee Sparta used a part of his performance to lay waste to Alkaline while praising his former mentor Vybz Kartel, despite his rocky relationship with the former Portmore Empire boss.

“Big up every artist in the industry,” Tommy Lee said. “But yo have some bwoy now a days them forced ripe and feel like them bigger than music. All who know say Worl’Boss work hard for it me want to see the hands them. Some bwoy just… yo have some people them just want to give some boy the Worl’Boss legacy and act like Worl’Boss never do nothing, but a long time the Worl’Boss a do it.”

Tommy Lee Sparta’s statement comes only a few months after Vybz Kartel once again reminded his fans that Lee and Popcaan are disloyal former members of his Gazanation crew. While that statement resonate with fans, that is not stopping Sparta and Popcaan from still shouting-out Kartel every chance they get.

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LA Lewis Breaks Silence Viral ‘Equal Rights’ Video “Yes It’s Me”

LA Lewis says “yes I am the one who is in the video.”

The dancehall artists is not shying away from the cameras and is not in hiding contrary to some reports in the media. Earlier this week a video that has since gone viral surfaced on social media show a man closely resembling the enigmatic dancehall deejay. Now that he has confirmed that he is the one in the picture, LA Lewis is dismissing allegations that its a publicity stunt to gain more followers.

“When yo have your real woman and you know your a gallis after a while you know your going to make love to your woman you understand,” Lewis said. “So she and her friend kick off (had a falling out) and her friend get her phone and drop some video, but we not f**** any batty and we not killing anybody and we not doing any child molesting and we not badminding people, the only thing we doing is making f**** money.”

LA Lewis isn’t shying away from saying that he is the one in the viral video and is now saying that since the video was released his bookings and his following has significantly increased. “I deliberately leggo the picture not as a publicity stunt, but to let Jamaican man dem know that a modern time now and dem have to leggo off a the foolishness and stop hide,” La Lewis added. “Me support the lifestyle, and as me say, a whole heap a top man a dweet. It is all about pleasing you partner. A nuff time me get it and me partner used to ask me back fa and me na dweet, but me decide to dweet now.”

LA Lewis also reinforced his popular opinion that he is the most influential artist in Jamaica outside of Vybz Kartel and Ninja Man.

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