HOTTIES FROM OUR GALLERIES
Reggae from around the World
Jay-Z and Wayne (with the help of Birdman) have been going back and forth on who makes the most money. After Birdman claimed Weezy was the best rapper and had pockets bigger than Jay-Z, the rap mogul took to his collaborative single with Kanye West, “H.A.M.,” to respond.
“I’m like, ‘Really, half-a-billi?’ Ni**a, really, you got Baby money/ Keep it real with ni**as, ni**as ain’t got my lady money,” Jay raps.
Wayne fired back on “It’s Good,” featuring Drake and Jadakiss, by saying,
“Talkin’ bout Baby money? I got your baby money/ Kidnap your b*tch, get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money.”
Jay-Z born Shawn Corey Carter shares the same last name with Lil Wayne whose birth name is Dwayne Michael Carter have never really have any problems with each other until now, in fact they even collaborate on “Mr. Carter” from Lil Wayne’s 2008 triple platinum selling album “Tha Carter III”
In an interview on New York’s HOT-97 Jay-Z responded to Birdman’s statement that he has much more than money Lil Wayne, saying he will even put his bank accounts against Weezys. “Being lyrical is just a matter of opinion, it’s who you like, so you know that’s his opinion,” Hov said about Birdman’s comments. “As far as money, you know, that’s a little more factual. We can determine that. It’s gonna cost [to see my bank account]. Put it up, if he’s that confident, I’ll give him a little glimpse. It’s crazy. Knock it off, but as far as being lyrical. That’s for the viewer, that’s everybody. I respect that, that’s his guy so he’s supposed to roll with his guy. I don’t have no problems with that. I don’t have problems with anybody, I want this to be my most positive year. I don’t want no problems.”
In a separate interview Jay-Z states “That’s sport, that’s rap music. Nothing is going to change; the only thing that changes is the participants.”
Jay-Z is widely regarded as one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010.He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving thirteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time.
The issue of whether or not dancehall artistes are negatively contributing to moral and intellectual decay was once again brought to the fore last Monday.
Hitz 92 FM’s Ijahbing challenged a few of the industry’s main players to mount a defence against the argument that their lyrics were negatively affecting the populace.
Mr Vegas, who spoke from Miami via telephone, Macka Diamond and Versatile would not agree with the sentiment, though they acknowledge that, as artistes, they have a very strong influence on society.
Missing from the party was reggae singer I-Octane, who was, at the time, on a flight back to Jamaica.
The songs Cow Foot, Certain Law and Nah Eat, which were done by Macka Diamond, Mr Vegas, I-Octane and Versatile, respectively, are creating much controversy in the public domain. And, despite the pleas from music authorities to listeners to not take what the artistes sing literally, many are adjusting their lifestyle and how they speak to the messages being delivered.
Mr Vegas was first to bat. He was asked to explain a certain line fromCertain Law, which reads, “Well, as a gangsta, yuh affi know certain law, yuh cyah get a drink and a drink outta straw”.
The artiste, known for songs like Heads High and Gyallis Straight said, “Well, it nuh luk right enuh, Ijah.”
He was again asked by the radio host, in a different format, to explain the line.
The result was the same.
After the release of Macka Diamond’s Cow Foot, word on the streets are that restaurants are seeing a decline in meal orders which involve the product. Macka Diamond doesn’t buy the argument. According to her, the song has caused many people to start eating cow foot.
“Mi nuh know how dem a seh Cow Foot mek people stop eat? Nuff people see mi a road and a seh dem just start love cow foot because a mi song,” she said.
Like Vegas, she then shied away from the question of whether her song has a negative effect on the intellect and psyche of Jamaicans, pointing out that “Cow foot is country slang. The other day mi go MoBay go do a show and a nuff cow did a wait pon mi fi dem foot.”
Versatile, in the absence of I-Octane, appears to believe that whether or not they sing positively about a product, the effect is just the same, and that they should not be held responsible for every problem society faces.
“I think it more promotes the products or whatever we sing about. I am not aware of any sales decline,” he said.
However, Sherene, a shopkeeper based in Trelawny, said that she has seen a decline in sales, especially Shirley biscuits, which she blames squarely on the song recorded by I-Octane and Versatile.
“Shirley biscuits slow down badly right now, but the females still continue to buy it,” she said.
Versatile and I-Octane’s single, Nah Eat, ridicules the consumption of Shirley biscuits, Julie mangoes, june plum and several Grace products.
There are now those in the society who simply refuse to eat Shirley biscuits because of the connotation that it might allude to an acceptance of oral sex.
Several listeners called the programme, giving their impression of the songs and the impact they have had. Some have admitted to not eating certain products, others said the songs don’t influence their diet, while there are those who think the songs are insulting.
This is not the first time that the issue of dancehall music affecting the moral progress of the society has come to the discussion table.
Weighing in on the discussion was Herbert Gayle, a senior lecturer at theUniversity of West Indies.
Gayle, while not removing all blame from dancehall artistes, pointed a finger at the combination of media hypocrisy and public demand.
“It’s facilitating a social ill, which is insecurity,” he said.
“There is a big hypocrisy issue in Jamaica, because media are playing the same songs over and over again, and then go about bashing them. Everybody has a part to play in this whole dramaturgy. We are extremely dual as humans,” Gayle explained.
“The people (dancehall artistes) who supposedly can barely read and write have the ability to make ‘upscale’ people sing their foolish songs,” Gayle added.
The artistes also pointed out that that they were abiding by the Broadcasting Commission’s regulations, which forces them to be creative with their lyrics. According to the artistes, they find it strange that even after doing all they can to follow the commission’s regulations they still have to deal with public outcry.
“But, if yuh check it Broadcasting Commission a ask wi fi be creative and all these things, but all when wi get creative dem still a bash wi,” argued Versatile.
Gayle believes that the issue can be resolved easily if people begin to start looking at things objectively.
“For me, it’s (the songs) a commentary. For a group of people, though, who need to belong desperately, they’ll find themselves trying to align their actions to whatever the artistes are saying. It’s a matter of how people look at things. People have to start thinking outside the box. Everywhere I see danger, I see opportunity,” he added.
Gayle also agreed that it is a cause for concern that people are uneducated enough to stop eating certain food items because an artiste sings about it in a song. To correct this problem, Gayle, who is also the president of Father’s Inc, said the media, as well as the public, must start paying attention to the more positive songs.
“The society has to begin to start paying attention to the positive songs. Take, for example, Tony Rebel’s event, ‘Rebel Salute’, even a week after you still hear radio stations playing positive songs and that is why I will say the media has a large role to play in this change,” he said.
Kartel’s lawyers made bail submissions today when the artiste appeared in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in relation to one of two murder cases against him. The magistrate has put off ruling until next Wednesday. Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is before the court in connection with the July shooting death of St. Catherine businessman and promoter, Barrington Burton. One of Kartel’s attorneys, Christian Tavares-Finson, disclosed that the defence has been furnished with the controversial statement a witness in the case gave to the Public Defender. While declining to give details, Tavares- Finson said the document formed the basis of the defence’s bail application. Kartel also appeared in court today on his second murder case but that matter has been postponed until Monday for mentioning. He and another man were charged Monday in relation to the murder of Clive Williams, who was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. The entertainer was further remanded today on drug charges. Kartel has been in custody since September 30.
Dancehall artist Beenie Man fell off stage during a recent performance in Costa Rica. Though it appears he is not seriously hurt, he might have gotten some scratches on his hands. Nevertheless, the deejay quickly return to the stage to continue his performance. While performing his smash hit “Row like a boat”, The Grammy winning artist went too close to the edge, lost his balance and fell to the amazement of fans. Beenie Man who usually wears glasses was not wearing them at the time of the incident.
Having had his name since , dancer Sadiki, said it came as a complete surprise when he recently received a letter from another man who claimed that he should stop using the name because he had copyrighted it. The dancer, whose real name is Sadiki Noel Blackwood, says the letter came from US-based songwriter producer/singer, Henry Buckley Jr., who also goes by the stage name ‘Sadiki In the letter that was sent to the dancer’s producer, Imperial Bash, Buckley said: “This will be my only correspondence to you and your company regarding the use of the name ‘SADIKI’ in recordings etc. Please note that the name ‘SADIKI’ is protected under trademark in the United States. I am kindly requesting that you cease from using the name ‘SADIKI’ in recording as it is a violation of the rights we have secured to use the name in commerce.” He continued, “this will also be posted on your page so as to make it public knowledge that you have been advised of the Trademark Protection surrounding the use of the name ‘SADIKI’.” When received, the dancer said the letter came as a shock because he has had the name since birth. “Him a seh him name Sadiki and mi must stop use the name Sadiki. Mi name Sadiki Noel Blackwood but mi not even use the name Sadiki so much anymore, a Snowman a mi stage name, noting that he started using the name Snowman after collaborating with Assassin on Money Machine. “Mi waan dis bredda man ya leave mi name. Mi deh ya a dance from inna di 90s and everybody know mi a Sadiki. How mi fi thief people name? I don’t know him. I never see this bredda ya inna mi life. Tell dis bredda leave mi name alone ’cause I am not a bredda fi him ramp wid.” Meanwhile, Sadiki says he has new releases like Haffi Mek Di Money and Splice with Shaka Pow that fans can look out for.