Sean Paul Disses Justin Bieber and Drake over Dancehall “Exploitation”

September 29, 2016
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CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday September 9, 2016 – Sean Paul has called out megastars Drake and Justin Bieber, taking them to task for using Jamaican music without giving credit.

“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it,” the Jamaican dancehall legend told The Guardian.

“A lot of people get upset, they get sour. And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did – they take and take and don’t credit.”

While Paul says that he still enjoys Drake’s music, he views the way the Canadian star infuses dancehall less as a tribute and more as exploitation.

Paul is equally dismissive of the term “Tropical House” being ascribed to a genre which draws from dancehall. Tracks such as Rihanna’s “Work” and Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” have been placed in that category.

As Paul works on a new album, he nevertheless understands the importance of keeping up with trends in order to stay relevant. He’s worked with Wiz Khalifa and Blood, the producer who crafted Bieber’s “Sorry,” and believes he can serve as the much-needed link to dancehall’s origins.

“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with rap, and that’s fine with me,” he told The Guardian.

“Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”

Other critics of the appropriation of dancehall include Azealia Banks, who dismissed Rihanna’s “Work” video, which features Drake. She said that it reminded her of a Sean Paul video, “except not as fly.”

Mr Vegas has also been a leading voice in the debate against the misappropriation of dancehall and spoke out against Drake for failing to credit deejay Popcaan on the hit song “Too Good.”

Sean Paul is credited with taking dancehall out of Jamaica and onto the world stage in the early 2000s.

His “Get Busy,” “Gimme The Light,” the Beyoncé-featuring “Baby Boy,” and “Breathe” with R&B singer Blu Cantrell all helped place him among the world’s pop elite.

His 2002 album Dutty Rock launched dancehall into the mainstream, but musical tastes changed and the genre fell out of favour and off the international charts.

Dancehall has nevertheless returned to the world stage over the past year, with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” becoming the most streamed single of all time, and Bieber’s hit “Sorry” mixing a subtle dancehall beat with pop and featuring dancehall moves in the video.

Next came Drake, who drew on dancehall throughout “Views From The Six,” while dancehall talent Assassin made his mark on Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Paul recently regained centre stage with “Cheap Thrills,” his chart-topper with singer/songwriter phenomenon Sia, which landed Sia her first Billboard number one.


Mavado fights against being deported from America

January 17, 2015
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DANCEHALL artiste Mavado has responded to a recent petition to have him deported from the United States.

In an exclusive with the Jamaica Observer, Mavado — whose given name is David Brooks — said a former business associate is behind the scheme.

“Is somebody that used to work with me. Me find out him no real and let him go, so a fi him way dis to get back at me. I don’t know if him create the page or ask someone to do it, but he is the mastermind behind everything,” said Mavado.

The singjay, however, declined to name the former associate.

Created on the White House’s website on Sunday by Maryland resident Trudy A Miller, the petition stated that the dancehall entertainer is a non-residing felon living in the USA. It further stated that it is “grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with no serious criminal records are deported daily, while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here”.

So far, fewer than 10 persons have signed the petition.

Mavado said this is not the first time that his reputation and music career have been attacked by this individual.

“This individual has contacted several media outlets and told them that I had limited amount of days to leave the States, among a bunch of other things; all of which are lies,” he said.

The singjay said he has contracted the services of an immigration attorney, who is handling the matter.

“I have been living here [the United States] for three years. My wife and two of my kids are Americans and I have never committed a crime here. All I am doing is spending time with my family while doing music,” he said.

A member of DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group, Mavado said he is busy working on his upcoming 16-track album slated to be released in May.

On Thursday the singjay released I Ain’t Going Back Broke, a collaboration with hip-hop artistes Ace Hood and Future.

A mixtape entitled The Hands of the Gully God will also be released in two weeks. – Jamaican Observer


Dj’s gear up for the first annual Octane Cup

January 13, 2015
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JAMAICA – USA – Since January 2, sound systems selectors in New York, USA have been enthusiastically pitting their talents against each other as they vie for the first annual Octane Cup.

The inaugura Octane Cup, a competition sponsored by high-riding dancehall singjay, I-Octane, in association with King Fargo Entertainment and Sound clash Fridays, is being held inside Club Freeze, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

The keenly contested event has steadily gained momentum and fans have been taken on an exciting musical journey through reggae, dancehall and pop music. The format of the competition is that eachFriday,three sounds have a play-off which is judged by the guidelines set out by the committee in addition to crowd response.

It continues every FridayuntilJanuary 30,at which time the winning sound will receive the trophy, presented by I-Octane himself.

According to King Fargo, “The Octane Cup ‘tun up’! It’s loud. We have been having a wonderful time celebrating the skills of the selectors as they pull out all the stops to make sure that their time at the turntable is memorable. We have to commend I-Octane for sponsoring this competition and for showing so much interest in the weekly outcomes.”

So far, six sounds have been played – Trendsetters, King Ramsey and Superforce in the first week, and Generationz, One Don and Brimstone Gold last Friday.

“We have three more weeks and nine more sounds, and everybody is on edge,” King Fargo stated.

An upbeat I-Octane said that he was more than happy to sponsor the competition, whose cup is named in his honour. “The sound system is, and has always been, an integral part of the building and shaping of our music, from the days of ska, right up to the present,” the popular artiste stated in a release.

He further said; “So this is Team I-Octane’s way of paying tribute to the sound system. We all grew up listening to the sounds blaring in our ears and ‘rinsing’ out the latest tunes. Every artiste knows the thrill of driving through an area and, just by chance, hearing the sound system playing your own song. So big respect to every selector and sound man and may the best sound win.”

Meanwhile, I-Octane’s team has been busy in the streets promoting two of his latest singles Call Me Overand the Seanizzle-producedWine And Ride that have already showed great potential.

The charmingly provocative video for Call Me Over was premiered recently on influential urban website Vibe, to excellent reviews. Kevin ‘Killavision’ Allen directed the video with Ross Lavine of Rkade Media creating the animated lyrics. Creative Director for the video is The Parris Agency. – The Jamaican Star


Frassman collaborates with platinum-selling American rapper 2 Pistols on a track called My Town

May 16, 2014
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American rapper 2 Pistols (left) with dancehall artiste Frassman.

DANCEHALL artiste Frassman has collaborated with platinum-selling American rapper 2 Pistols on a track called My Town.

The single is produced by Keino ‘Mountain Lion’ Johnson from the NS Music/Brownstone Entertainment camp.

Frassman explained to Splash how the collaboration came to be.

“2 Pistols was heading to Hartford, Connecticut, and his manager reached out to my management team. 2 Pistols arrived at the studio and Mountain Lion started to build the riddim and you know the rest! Another big tune that will soon hit road,” said Frassman.

He also spoke about the recording process and the vibe in the studio with the rapper.

“The track came together naturally. The vibe was right and anytime we are in the studio the ting proper! These days, I spend the majority of my time in the studio. I have been working overtime on the mix tape. We have a lot of songs to choose from. The mix tape soon do road and I think that my fans will be happy to hear more material from Frass!,” he said.

Frassman recently teamed with deejay Spice for the track Mama Papa Love.

Based in Florida, 2 Pistols is a platinum-selling rapper signed to Cash Money/Universal Motown. His debut album, Death Before Dishonor (2008), peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and rose to number 10 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart.


VIDEO STUDIO SESSION – King Ashandi and Patexx – Coming Soon King Ashandi New single ”Sun Top”

March 31, 2014
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Uprising Dancehall star Patexx visited St Maarten over the past week , and had a chance to link up with Local rising media team 37SQ Miles The Affiliates. The studio session was off the chains as Local Artist King Ashandi give them a sample of his new Single soon to be releaseed call ”SUN TOP”  on the New Riddim called ”GINGER WINE”  straight out of SXM by the Affiliates Team. Riddim was influence by the Team being up all night working hard , sipping on Stone Gigner Wine .

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