September 30, 2009


Calling all dancers. Pay attention. Singjay Mr. Vegas and director Jay Will have just raised the bar when it comes to Jamaican dance videos with their latest Man a Gallis/Sassa Step collaboration. The feedback
so far has been phenomenal and to use the local parlance, everybody agrees that the video 'sell off'.

Music insiders who’ve seen Mr. Vegas’ latest Man a Gallis/Sassa Step video are already calling it “one of the best dance videos ever done”, and a major breakthrough in how Jamaican dances are filmed,
choreographed and interpreted for presentation in the international marketplace.

Mr. Vegas’ video premiere of his latest project, Man a Gallis/Sassa Step was a big riproaring success at SOBs in New York City on Monday night September 28th, 2009. The video premiere wowed the audience in the venue and they broke into a round of sustained applause, shouts, whistles and finger gun salutes at the end.

Afterwards, the birthday boy Mr. Vegas hit the stage and had his supporters in a frenzy as he thrilled them with a delightful mix of his biggest hits such as Heads High, Hot Wuk, Tek Weh Yuself and I Am
Blessed. However, even though Vegas’ performance was great, it was the video premiere which was the real star of the night and the centrepiece of the conversations after the show with many people
complimenting the artiste and his collaboration with acclaimed video director Jay Will to showcase an integral part of Jamaican culture.

With the video having its premiere in New York, the rest of the world will get their turn to see what everyone in the Big Apple is raving about when the video is premiered this Wednesday, September 30th at the Stone Love Headquarters in St. Andrew. The video premiere will be held between 8 and 10 p.m. after which is the weekly Weddy Weddy dance.

All dancers are invited to come out and be a part of this incredible experience.


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All eyes are on Chris Brown and his new single “I Can Transform Ya” (aka “Transformer”). The 20-year-old pop star releases the first official music from his third album Graffiti. The Swizz Beatz production features Lil Wayne and Swizzy.

“I’m trying to make as much music as possible for ya’ll while doing the community service at the same time,” Chris Breezy told his fans on Ustream. “I love ya’ll, thank you.”
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September 28, 2009


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• Songstress Alaine and producer Don Corleon have parted ways after four years of making music together. The singer is now putting together a new team of professionals to continue making strides in the business.

Not discussing much about the reasons behind her split from manager and producer Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett, when the singer spoke with THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday she was her usual cheerful self, as she talked about her future and her time with him. Alaine, however, did state that it was an amicable split on her part.
She said, "First of all I have to big up Don all di way. He is 100 per cent an amazing producer and we've had a lot of success together. We just returned from Japan where we released my second album 'Luv-A-Dub' and it has been doing great, getting serious album sales which is a big feat. It was a very beneficial positive experience, still is, but we're no longer working together."

pursuing her passion

After working as an investment banker in the United States, Alaine moved back to Jamaica in 2004 to pursue her passion for music. Upon returning, she met with producing trio DASECA who launched her singing career and in 2005, met and started working with Don Corleon.
With Corleon, she achieved her first breakthrough hit, No Ordinary Love and followed with songs such as Heavenly, NeverDone and others. Through Don Corleon Records, Alaine released her 2008 album 'Sacrifice' and in August of this year her second album 'Luv-A-Dub' was released in Japan.
While rumours have circulated that the two's relationship was more than just music - neither party confirmed. When Alaine spoke to THE WEEKEND STAR, she was still adamant that her personal life is personal, but did say that rumours about the two being married were false.
As to whether the two will ever work together in the future, Alaine said, "I'm not a fortune teller but wherever there's good music and good vibes, I can work with it."
Currently the singer says there is more to come from Alaine, as there is a lot in the pipelines, including putting together a new team which includes, persons involved in her management and bookings.

making strides

I'm continuing to work and keep smiling, making some strides. I have some work to do in Africa as part of a show that is to be broadcasted in a number of countries. Everyday I'm a new me and trying wonderful new things," she said.
For Alaine, it's all about new beginnings as she doesn't believe the split will affect her fan base or her career negatively. She explained, "I think people just wanna hear songs I write and they want to connect with my music which they will continue to do. It's still me, nothing different. I'm not starting over, I've laid a foundation for myself and travelled all over the world. People have identified and grown with me so it's a continuation of a wonderful opportunity."
For a singer who has worked almost exclusively with one producer for a number of years now, Alaine says she has done good work with a number of successful producers and will continue to do so. Not elaborating on some of the persons she will be working with in the future, Alaine mentioned that she does have a new single out, called, So Simple for Supa Hype on his 'Sunshine' rhythm that has been doing well.
SOURCE: Jamaica star

September 26, 2009


Queen Ifrica with Lioness On The Rise continues to capture the #1 spot on the chart this week. The hot track is now spending its second week at number one.
Young gunner G-Whizz is making his mark on the chart; his scorching single My Life is sits at #2 spot and also grabs the Shot To Watch title.

“Gully God” Mavado with Never Believe You maintains his stance in the #3 position for one more week, making this its sixteenth week on chart.
Unicorn and Macka Diamond with Think Bout Mi made their way in the top five singles on the chart. The flirty track now sits at #4, two places up from the #6 position.
A little tumble for Tony Rebel with Alone as it is now in the #5 spot moving from #4 at the same time as spending ten gracious weeks.
The “Strong One” Etana with Happy Heart holds the #16 spot to capture Greatest Gainer title moving three places up o the on the chart.

September 23, 2009

Foota Hype charged with illegal possession of a Firearm

The term, "Trouble comes in twos and threes," has become the latest plague in the life of Alliance selector Foota Hype. First, he was accused of being involved in an attack on Mavado's Range Rover - secondly he was arrested for assaulting a young man from the Cassava Piece community…days after his released from the Constant Spring lock-up Foota was slapped with another charge during his court appearance at the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
According to police reports on September 9, the complainant was strolling along Manor View Drive, St. Andrew when he was approached by Foota Hype and several men who pulled up beside him in a white Nissan motor car. The men then alighted from the vehicle who ordered him to be stilled while they pointed a gun at him.
The complainant immediately went to the Constant Spring Police Station to report the matter when he pounced upon Foota Hype who was there requesting help from the police to move his mother from the volatile Cassava Piece Area. The man then pointed out Foota to the officer as one of the men who attacked him.
Dancehallreggaeweseh.com gets to understand that during Foota's court session on Monday he explains to the Judge that even though he was present on the scene the day the incident took place he did not attempt to search the complainant. Foota Hype however reveals that the police officer who he was traveling with carried out the search.
Detectives have seized the police officer service pistol for ballistics testing. It’s possible he might be slapped with criminal charges.

September 22, 2009


Mr. Vegas will be celebrating his birthday swag style with a champagne-swilling soiree/video launch at the Stone Love HQ on September 30th.

The event, which will be sponsored by Magnum Tonic Wine, will see the highly anticipated launch of his Jay Will-directed video, Gallis/Sassa Step starting at 8pm – 10pm followed by an after party that will see Vegas partying with his superstar friends.

“The event is going to be great. Vegas really knows how to throw a party and this party will go on right into Weddy Weddy at Stone Love HQ. Plus, a lot of industry people are looking forward to seeing Jay
Will’s latest project, especially since it is a dance video, something he has not done for a while,” manager Ray Alexander of Khool International, said in a release.

In the meantime, the singjay’s monster hit song, I Am Blessed, on the Liv Up Records imprint has been blowing up the airwaves in the United States over the Summer alongside other big songs on the same Riddim from fellow entertainers Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Serani.

Mr. Vegas leaves the island on Thursday to perform at a club in New Hampshire on September 24th. The following day, Mr. Vegas will perform in Brooklyn, NY before heading off to shows in Albany, NY on
the 26th and Hartford, Connecticut on the 27th. He will celebrate his actual birthday in New York on September 29th before jetting to Jamaica to kick off his Magnum-sponsored event.

Mr. Vegas was one of the headliners at urban radio station HOT97's "On Da Reggae Tip" show earlier this month.


Baby Tash’s hot new single, Facebook, has everyone logging on to the rise of her career. The saucy new tune has been bombing FM radio into submission since it was released last week, and there is talk that a
video is in the works.

The tech-savvy song, delivered in her trademark aggressive voice, Tash's raw sexuality drips over each line, but it is her singalong hook which makes the song a bonafide hit.

She sings: Mi dun log on to your Facebook/When mi turn it on, yu ah go stay hooked/cause Baby Tash love when yu give it to me proper, /ride pon the hi5 because mi anno chatter.

Baby Tash is a veteran performer who has made a lasting impact on every major competition held in the performing arts — from Festival to Tastee Talent Contest to Digicel Rising Stars — and also Dancing

Now she is turning into a recording powerhouse. Her first single Mix Up was produced by the experienced Scatta Burrell, while the video was directed by highly sought-after, award-winning director, Jay Will. It was among the nominees for the coveted Hype TV Video of the Year Award for 2008. Now, she is ready to crank it up a notch with Facebook.

She has performed on such shows as Manchester Fiesta, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, Stone Love Anniversary, Mavado’s Album Launch and Birthday Bash and Fully Loaded. Baby Tash is emphatic that she will not be ‘boxed’ into any one genre and is eager and ready to share her positive messages across musical lines.

“Dancehall is all about being creative; we have to mix up the thing and ensure that the crossover appeal is there,” she says soberly.

Baby Tash wants - no demands your attention. Do you want Baby Tash to log on to your Facebook? Log on at her 'cute myspace' at www.myspace.com/babytashmusic

Are you addicted yet?

September 20, 2009


Jay-Z doesn't think Kanye West is a "jackass" - just "super-passionate."
The rapper defended his protégé on BBC Radio for ambushing Taylor Swift at Sunday's Video Music Awards and says the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.
Top Moments: Kanye interrupts, Serena curses and True Blood licks the egg
"Of course it was rude, because it was her moment, but that's the way he really felt," Jay-Z said. "I think it was rude, but the way they're treating him... He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed."
Kanye calls Taylor Swift to apologize
West has since personally apologized to Swift, who accepted his apology, meaning it's time for everyone to move on, Jay-Z said.
"I don't think he should lay low," he said, referring to West's announcement on The Jay Leno Show to take a break. "I think he should move on and have a brilliant career."
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September 19, 2009


This week the chart has Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica with Lioness On The Rise has new #1 has dethroned the Cure. The single is also spending its eleventh week on the chart.
Fresh act G-Whizz is sorting out his way up the chart with My Life has he grips the Greatest Gainer title and claims the #2 spot.
‘Gully God’ Mavado with Never Believe You sits comfortable in the #3 position for yet another week which had peaked at number two.
Reggae veteran Tony Rebel with Alone continues to hold firm at #4 while spending nine weeks on the chart.

Even though Jahcure featuring Phylisia with Call On Me has lost its top position from number one, it still manages to take a place in the top five position at #5.
The chart’s New Entry for this week goes to the soulful Reggae warrior Etana with Happy Heart. The track makes entry at #19 and it’s off the No Doubt Records label.

September 18, 2009

Sean Paul - First Jamaican artiste to top Billboard Rap Album Charts

Sean Paul might be in Switzerland, but that won't stop his fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze from continuing to blaze fire on the Billboard charts in the US. The album, his first in four years, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Album charts, toppling the likes of Eminem, Fabolous and Twista to top the charts.
Sean Paul is also sitting comfortably atop the Billboard Reggae Album Charts, ahead of a Bob Marley compilation, Ziggy Marley's Family Time, and VP Record's Reggae Gold.
This is his first time atop the rap album charts, and his second time on the Billboard Rap Album charts overall as his third studio album, The Trinity, peaked at #3 on the rap charts in 2005. It is also the first time a Jamaican artiste is topping that chart.


Alliance selector Foota Hype was charged with simple assault by the Constant Spring police and released from custody on Monday September 14th 2009.

He said that he could not discuss details of the case as it was before the courts but that his family was OK.

"Jesus do the most good and dem crucify him, so who is Foota Hype? This ah just my cross fi bear," Foota Hype said.

Last week, Foota Hype was in the eye of a firestorm as there were reports that his mother's property was shot up, and then Mavado's Range Rover was sprayed with bullets, shattering the rear windshield. No one has been arrested in connection with those shooting incidents. Mavado has denied any involvement in the attack on the gate of Foota Hype's mother. Foota Hype has also disavowed having any knowledge of the early morning attack on Mavado's Range Rover SUV at the deejay's uptown apartment in Armour Heights, St. Andrew. The police, we presume, are still investigating.


Deejay Flippa Mafia boasts that he has the flossing title and this could very well be true. However, in his new single, Foundation Over Hype the deejay lists out all the other titles he owns — including house, van, Rolex and land — and really gives it to his detractors.
This song could be titled Unfinished House Part 2 as the deejay again emphasises the importance of owning assets and not simply focusing on the hype. “A foundation over hype, tell dem di Mafia alright, dash way meny when me feel like/No badda watch mi clothes and mi hype,” advises the Flossing King who declares that he “mek money more than how the bees mek honey”.
Flippa Mafia burst on the scene late last year with money-throwing gimmicks which helped to propel him in the dancehall, but which at the same time brought him some amount of criticism. He has since made it clear in his lyrics the importance of setting a foundation:
Some bwoy a run dung di hype and no have nutten yet
A buy bag a champagne and no have nutten set
When me splash champagne tell dem no fi fret
Because mi foundation done set.

In more recent times, the deejay has as been embroiled in a lyrical war with deejay Elephant Man. But according to Flippa, “It’s all about the music.”."


The Warrior Princess, Etana gets really real on her latest single release, August Town, a true tale of police excesses at a dance held in the community.
This experience so impacted on the singer that she had no choice but to put pen to paper and record the incident. Even the sounds of gun shots can be heard on the record.
“A who fa youth dem carry gone, go lock up inna Babylon hall/Tell me what a gwaan in August Town …” Etana implores as she describes the interruption by the police of wonderful vibes being enjoyed by residents and touches on crime in general within the community. “…it used to be a merry place/Peace and calm was the story pon mi Granny face … pure war deh inna di place… ”
Released this week, August Town is a truly poignant tale which speaks to all those who live in and support enclaves which seemingly thrive on gun violence. But, on the other hand, it relays a message of hope as the singer reflects on the good times and asks for a return of unity and upfull livity amongst the members of the community.

August Town - Etana
Etana, The Strong One, since her emergence on the reggae scene has been known for conscious lyrics designed to strengthen and uplift.

September 16, 2009


Demarco latest music video love a come down, directed by Jay Will. The Great Adventures Of Swagger Man. With comic book style graphics by Kritik.


I Am Blessed singjay Vegas and the Warlord Bounty Killer hung out together backstage at the HOT 97's 'On Da Reggae Tip' concert, talking, vibing and even taking pictures for the press and fans.

"Me and him hold a reasoning backstage. Killa ah mi dupes, I don't have no problem with Killa, you know him personality, and if yu follow him up wid him aggressive personality, yu know wha a go happen. Nuff people tek it on and it nuh work out fi dem," Vegas said.

Vegas and Bounty Killer had had an acrimonious relationship in the past and Killer had referred to him using several derrogatory names in the past but now they seemed to have buried the hatchet.

"Anyway, I respect Bounty Killer because yu have nuff artiste who buss internationally like Sean Paul and dem coulda bring yutes wid dem, like how Akon pick up Kardinal Offishal and buss him internationally. Mi rate Killer because him break crazy yute inna the business and yu caan deny him that. Me and him had issues but mi remember when me and him and Tyrical used to de rounda Junior Reid studio, so mi see the good side of Killer. Me and Mavado good, mi come from Big Yard, Mavado come from Cassava Piece and him never show mi no hype yet, him and Serani dem always show mi maximum respect, so right now, mi ah say good over evil."

September 14, 2009


• By Steven Jackson Observer writer

The Gully and Gaza rivalry, when taken online, shows that Vybz Kartel has usurped Mavado's popularity, up to September based on Internet search data.
Kartel has been increasing his lead since April this year following Mavado's dominance in 2008. Kartel has extended his lead, getting a boost in summer, and is actually clipping Sizzla's popularity. Sizzla was much more popular internationally than both artistes.
Internet searches worldwide show that for every 10 persons searching for Kartel, seven searched for Mavado, up to September based on data from Google Trends, which compares the search traffic for each artiste over time.
Internet users in Jamaica, France and Germany are searching twice as much for Kartel than Mavado with a 10 to 4 ratio. In the US and UK, that disparity dwindles to a ratio of 10 to 8 in Kartel's favour. There is no data for Japan, which is a popular reggae destination.
Mavado, however, leads in profile views on popular music website MySpace, at 2.3 million to Kartel's 1.2 million.
Both artistes have been at loggerheads since Kartel split the Bounty Killer-led Alliance prior to 2007. Mavado is now the Alliance's front-man.
Mavado's Range Rover was shot-up on Tuesday, which should increase his online searches going forward. The artiste has been at the centre of several controversies in his Cassava Piece home-town. The community is often referred to as the 'Gully Side'. According to the police, the community is divided into factions and is currently tense. It follows the firebombing of Kartel's Honda motor car in August last year. Kartel, however, stated that it was "electrical problems" which sparked the fire. The police have promised thorough investigations on both incidents.



Kartel's publicity team released this statement as it relates to the Utech diss: If the Utech students are as intelligent as I know they are see, they will see that I was just poking fun at them because I was "over the other side" so to speak. Because if the "Chancellor"(me) had been at the Utech campus, the situation would have been reversed in their favour . I have a lot of respect and admiration for students and staff on both campuses. I only "styled" Utech jokingly because I know the two campuses have have been friendly rivals over the years and I meant no harm or disrespect or defamation of the great character of Utech and its students in any way shape or form. And in closing, I would like to ask the utech students when they are going to invite the "Chancellor"to do a lecture on "socio-economics".

September 12, 2009


Jahcure and Phylisia with Call On Me is spending their third week in the covetous #1 position and now claim thirteen weeks on the Hype TV chart.
Meanwhile the Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica with Lioness On The Rise continues to pose a threat for the top spot now copping the Shot To Watch title and jumped in the #2 place moving from #3.
Mavado with Never Believe You moved a meager one spot down to #3 from #2 at which he peaked.
The long standing artiste Tony Rebel’s Alone is climbing the chart this week now in the #4 position to leave #6.

The chart is showing much love to two new artistes this week; first from G-Wizz with his smashing hit Life as it claim the Greatest Gainer title to move a whopping five places up the chart to take the #6 spot from #11. Then there is Wasp with the New Entry for the week entering with another scorching hit single Unfair Officer making it at #19. The track is off the WMP label.

September 10, 2009


Mi hear say Baby Tash get a new stylist now. She have a new look, new song, new management and new production. Everything new, everything sort out. Mi hear say she have a new song name Log on pon the Yellow Moon Production label and it sell off because she say she ah log on pon her man Facebook. Gwaan Baby Tash, ah your time fi shine, Tiki no bad like yu.


Dancehall artiste Mavado has finally decided to come forth to let the public know his side of the story about the ongoing feud between himself and Foota Hype.
During an exclusive interview with Mavado at Oak Land's apartment on Constant Spring Road, he explains that he had nothing to do with the incident that took place at Foota Hype mother's house in Cassava Piece.
"First mi get a call seh mi friend dem shoot up Foota mother's house and mi seh to miself why dem foolishness affi happen after mi deh a farin a hurry fi come back home in time fi keep the back to school treat for the kids dem in the community before school open," said Mavado. He then added "Even Foota Hype's mother was there along with other members of his family and mi mek sure dem get more things than everyone else does."
Mavado continues to question himself as to why Foota's mother would want to say such things about him and whenever he's in the community and she's in need of assistance he would be the one to help.
"Anyways mi send one of di youths dem fi guh si if anything really guh suh because all now mi can believe dat Foota's mother really have the time fi look through her window while man a shoot up har house. Which person yuh know whe hear gunshot a fire and nuh run fi dem life but yet Foota's mother seh shi look through har window and si a who a fire di shot dem. Next thing when the police went down there not one bullet piercing could be found on the house only the gate had three gunshot holes in it."
"Why Foota Hype don't tell people seh him move out a Cassava Piece fi how long and never carry him mother with him. When mi left Cassava mi moved mi entire family. But Foota wants to live a lifestyle that he cannot afford."
Why mi woulda guh send man fi duh bad things to his mother when shi deh pon di Gully Side everyday and why Foota claiming that mi waan fi kill him when him deh a dance every night a play. Which man yuh know in fear of his life and deh a road every night a select pon sound."
Mavado believes that Foota reasons for spreading these malicious allegations about him are that they are no longer friends.
"Foota Hype aim is to mash up mi career but it will tek more than little Foota Hype to mash up mi career suh mi nuh pay him no mind - after mi nuh fool fi mek Foota draw mi out.

Foota Getting Mad?

"A Monday whe gone mi call Foota and ask him why yuh a duh dem things yah - ma reason for calling him was because mi si seh things a get out a hand - sometimes mi wonder if a mad di man a get mad. Anyways mi seh to him wi need fi link up tomorrow and talk about our present situation him seh okay…later that same night Flexxx ping mi pon mi phone between 2 and 3 am saying mi lose off a Foota because look how wi a plan seh tomorrow wi aguh build back di friendship and di man deh a Up-town Mondays a seh him nuh left him gun and all kind of things."
Mavado also stated that before his Range got shot-up -- someone sent him a text a while back confessing that Foota Hype had ordered him to destroy his Range Rover.
"One day mi get a text from a man saying that Foota paid him money fi guh up a mi yard fi gas di Range and light it. Mi show Bounty, and couple friends di text and mi decided not to report it because mi know dat would a send him back to jail. Now mi deh a mi yard and di man dem decided fi shot-up mi Range, mi have two other cars there but a di Range dem shot-up…but that nuh worry mi because a vanity and it can be replaced.
Look at this Kartel sing songs saying bad things about my mother and mi never sing back any song dissing his mother because from mi a youth mi mother always seh have respect for di elders…Foota never seh anything bad about my mother yet -- suh why mi aguh send man fi shoot up his mother's gate. Suh if Foota and his mother know a who shoot up di place why dem nuh guh report it and then come point out which of my friends dem do it but a guess he won't do so because it was his friends dem who was engaged in gun battle down the road. If someone had directly point a gun on his mother's gate then the shot would have went through di gate and hit the house but nothing more than couple stray bullets came from down the road and hit her gate.
SOURCE: OutAroad.com


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The I Am Blessed singjay Mr. Vegas expressed surprise when contacted this morning about a rumoured ban instituted against him by organisers of the Irie Jamboree concert in Queens, New York after it emerged that he had lambasted their poor organisation of the show on the social networking site, Twitter.

Vegas said that he was upset that he had not been allowed to perform even though he had arrived at the venue hours before his scheduled performance time. He reacted with anger to allegations by the promoters that he had walked out of the venue after being asked to perform during a different time slot.

"I did not walk out, I waited until the show ended, when Tarrus Riley went up to perform on Freddie McGregor's band and then I left. If they want to ban me, it is what it is," Vegas said.

No official word has come from the promoters yet, however, insiders say that they are peeved at Vegas' statements, especially in light of the fact that he performed on the Irie Jamboree float during the annual Labour Day parade. Mr. Vegas took the opportunity to apologise to his fans who wanted to see him perform at Irie Jamboree.

“I just want to apologise to my fans who wanted to see me perform but it was not my fault. I was at the venue at six pm and the lineup said I was going to go up at 8 pm followed by Sean Paul and Tarrus Riley would close the show. I was there waiting backstage and mi see the thing get drawn out, and then all of a sudden, Sean Paul arrive at the venue and the stage managers whisked him straight onto the stage,” he said.

“That is the height of disrespect. I was there for more than two hours waiting. The stage manager suggested that I work with Freddie McGregor’s band who knows nothing of my songs, or for me to work on a sound system. How could I do that? The man dem fly mi go New York, pon Air Jamaica flight that delay fi 32 hours, and then mi have mi band ah practice three times a day and den dem waan me go onstage without my band. How that fi work? How would it look for me to work on a sound system? I am a professional,” he ranted.

Mr. Vegas said that this was the second time that he was being slighted by the organizers of Irie Jamboree.

“The first time it happen I was at the peak of my career with Hot Wuk and Tek Weh Yuself, and they gave me only five minutes to perform. Now this time, I wasn’t even given a chance to perform. Sean Paul performed for 45 minutes and draw out the ting, and mi no get no chance to perform. All when the show done, the people dem stand up and ah look and a wonder if the show over,” he said.

Mr. Vegas said that he is particularly incensed at this egregious disrespect in light of the fact that he had pulled out all the stops to make it to the annual show.

“I actually cancelled shows so that I could do Irie Jamboree and this is the thanks I get? Come on!” he said.

September 09, 2009


• Major acts do limited performances, some dropped from line-up

By Yasmine Peru

Irie Jamboree September 6th, 2009 will surely go down in history as the show that Sean Paul took. The platinum-selling artiste took it to a new level of boring and started the trickle out of the York College venue in Queens, New York on Sunday. It is amazing how an artiste who goes on stage with all the right ingredients for success - big hit tunes, wicked backing band, healthy body dancers and two hype men - could have fared so badly. Hit song after hit song, there was still zero connect between Sean and the audience during his close to 30 minutes on stage.
Patrons were heard grumbling that the time should have been better allotted so that the more entertaining acts would have been given a chance to really represent the reggae genre. This, after Tarrus Riley got barely seven minutes on stage, and the Big Ship was shrunk to the size of a canoe, as the entire Big Ship Family of Freddy, Laden, Chino and Stephen got less than 10 minutes altogether to perform to a New York crowd that was obviously hungry for them. Also doing a hurried set during this crunch time was the Flames Crew represented by Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica, both of whom yearned to do full sets.
It was especially frustrating to Queen Ifrica, who having done a scintillating set at Sumfest was really expected to blaze at Jamboree. At one point she even got impatient with the stage managers who constantly beckoned to her from the sidelines. Interestingly, the same ones who let Sean Paul go on and on without interruption.
"Yes bredren, mi hear you," she said as she defiantly continued to do what she was there to do - sing her songs and entertain her fans who were clamouring for her.
Mr Vegas, who was at the venue from early and who has one of the biggest songs in New York, I Am Blessed, didn't even get a chance to touch the stage, thus disappointing his fans who had paid to see him.
Despite this, however, there was still tons of irie vibes inside the venue, as Irie Jamboree, during its seven years, has made its name and so the show is truly a one-day celebration of Jamaican culture and not solely about the performances.
It was being staged for the first time at the York College campus and clearly the venue change didn't affect the turnout as thousands filled up the campus, armed with their Jamaican flags and generously patronising the vendors.
The show got off to the usual early start and by 2:30 artistes were on stage, albeit performing to a moderate sized audience. Advertised acts including the Canadian contingent of Steele, Tasha T and Humble gave New Yorkers real reggae, and so too did Bar-Bee, who was making her debut at Irie Jamboree. Female deejay Lady G, an acknowledged veteran at her craft, was delightful and earned the respect of the crowd. The duo of Daddy Lizard and Flourgon brought the old school vibes on campus, but the only problem is that they performed much too early; they should have come on during the same segment as the 'Bandilero', Pinchers, who also did a good set. Lizard even called up his son, an upcoming deejay, who looks set to walk in his father's footsteps.
The theme for this year's Jamboree was the History of the Music and the orgnisers used representatives from every era to take patrons down memory lane. While this is a good concept which must be lauded, unfortunately the promoters went overboard and put too many artistes on the line-up, hence the unfortunate ending which saw the major acts giving truncated performances.
But those artistes who came in the middle were allowed their given time and some of the performances were truly entertaining. Bushman, an act who is rarely seen on major shows, let the conscious vibes flow and was truly appreciated. His segment was commanding and his 'forwards' were well deserved. Ken Boothe, another of the seasoned veterans, showed his mastery and so too did Mr Lincoln Sugar Minott, a singer who can always be counted on to thrills his audience. The "Jamaican in New York", Shinehead, went through his familiar paces and his home crowd loved him.
Also giving a great solo performance was Gramps Morgan, who had an album release party the previous night.
Etana, who was making her second appearance at Irie Jamboree, did an attention-getting acoustic set which brought a mellow vibe in the venue. Roots and Wrong Address were among her offerings which were well received. TOK came right after and changed the mood drastically, so much so that the audience couldn't quite digest it; but Assassin proved a winner. His was an intelligent set with thought-provoking lyrics, similar to the performance he gave at A St Mary Mi Come From in August, and like he did then, he called on the Flossing King, Flippa Mafia for a cameo. New York loved Flippa, and he didn't even have to use his champagne-popping, money-throwing gimmicks to earn forwards

Grace Hamilton was at her raunchy best and proved a real treat. The deejay known as Spice did her breakout single No Fight Ova Man and to prove this point she did the follow-up single in which she boldly calls the names of all the artistes who are demanding her body - Beenie, Bounty, Mavado, Kartel and even the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs. It was all fun, especially since the Doctor himself was in the house and the cameras kept throwing to him enjoying her performance and calling her back on stage as she teased with the opening line of Romping Shop and declared that she was leaving.
During the breaks, the organisers used the opportunity to hand out awards to artistes who have contributed to the overall development of the music.
Source: Jamaica Observer


An internal war is threatening to destroy The Alliance from within as the mushrooming conflict between Oneil ‘Foota Hype’ Thomas and David ‘Mavado’ Brooks has taken a decidedly sharp turn towards gun violence.

Last week Saturday, Foota Hype said he was on his phone talking to his mother, Doreen, when gunshots rang out in the background. His mother screamed, and his blood ran cold.

“Me and her did a reason when it happen, pure gunshot. Mi lose 10 pound same time, mi shoes full a water, mi head swell up, mi tun eediat and mi drive go round de. Mi mother a bawl, mi just happy say
she never got shot, mi mother house shot up and she no dead, mi just haffi thank God,” he said.

The police said that six rounds were discharged on his mother’s gate.

“Man pop off gun at her gate already and dem turn gun over the yard,” Foota Hype said.

Foota Hype said he knew who perpetrated the act, and that person is aligned to certain factions within the community.

“We know who do it and who that person is affiliated to. 50 persons say him no know bout it and 50 persons say he knows about it, but if that is the case, why not cut all ties to the people who give you a
bad name.”

REPORTER: But why intimidate your mother?

“I guess because I always have a licensed firearm holder around me or somebody is always around me, so they intimidate her to hurt me.”

REPORTER: Are you going to move?

“The Gully ah mine. I was born on the block. Me strengthen him, and mek him into a full grown giant. Now him want to crush who mek him ah eat. We ah go see if God ah allow that to happen.”

The stakes have been raised considerably especially in light of police reports that Mavado’s apartment uptown was shot up on Monday night September 7th 2009.

“Somebody call me from foreign and tell me that it happened. Last night, I went to Uptown Mondayz and mi wrath. Mi talk mi mind, because my defense is music, I am not a gunman, I can’t afford to buy guns and bullets. Him call himself the Gully Gaad, but mi ah leave everything to God. If me live fi live, mi ah go live.”
Source: one876intertainment

September 07, 2009


Amidst a bevy of allegations that has the streets buzzing, dancehall artiste Sheldon Lawrence better known as Aidonia has remained calm in the face of adversity as he attempts to clear his name and add some clarity to the malicious accusations by unscrupulous personnel to taint his character.

It is understood that following utterances made by the deejay at this Summer's Fullyloaded, where he said "Big up Bounty Killer", many have now taken it as a foregone conclusion that Aidonia has rejoined the ranks of the Alliance and is now the new ghostwriter responsible for the Bounty Killer diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel.

However Aidonia said he wants to make it clear to the public that though he respects the warlord for his contribution to the industry, he is not a part of the Alliance movement nor is he a Ghostwriter for the cross, angry deejay. "mi nuh know weh people get it fi say mi write song fi Killer fi diss Kartel ... mi even see it pon a site seh mi attack Kartel, I have nothing against Bounty nor Kartel, if the two ah dem feuding that is not my concern, a mi co-workers dem and I wish dem nothing but the best, right now a just music mi seh and J.O.P a that a my focus". - He added.

September 06, 2009


01 01 12 Jah Cure Ft. Phyllisia – Call On Me – Sobe/Danger Zone

02 03 13 *Mavado – Never Believe You – Daseca (Censor)

03 04 09 Queen Ifrica – Lioness On The Rise – Penthouse

04 02 14 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records -2wks@1

05 05 19 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor) -2wks@1

06 09 07 Tony Rebel– Alone – Jamplified Records

07 06 26 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-2wks@1

08 08 10 Stacious-Good Life-Live Up Records

09 10 08 Unicorn & Macka Diamond –Think Bout Mi – Notice

10 07 18 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon – pp@ #3

11 15 05 G Whizz – My Life – TJ Records- Greatest Gainer up4

12 12 06 Mr. Vegas – Up Deh – Clifford-Ray Music

13 14 04 Vybz Kartel – Love Dem – Heart Of Love

14 11 17 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod

15 13 21 Vybz Kartel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

16 18 02 Mavado – Mockingbird – Fire Link

17 16 24 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1

18 NW 01 Vybz Kartel– Like A Movie – Chimny Records

19 17 14 Brick & Lace – Bad 2 Da Bone – Birchill Records

20 19 25 Etana ft. Alborosie – Blessings – Forwards Records

TW -This Week, LW – Last Week, WOC – Weeks On Chart, NE – New Entry & WKS@#1 – Weeks @#1 * Cen


01 Mr. Vegas Gallis Cr203 Records

02 Flippa Mafia Unfinished House Liv Up Records

03 Kiprich & Blacker Ugly Fresh Air

04 Daville Never Gonna Cry Fashozy

05 Chino From Mawning Big Ship


Compilation was done based on information received from the following Sound Systems, Record Shops and Club: Derrick Harriot – Record Shop – St. Andrew, TNG Muzik-Sound System-Kingston, Love Stone–Sound System- Portland, Lazeme- Sound System- Westmoreland, Unique Super Mix–Sound System- St. Catherine, Copper Shot- Sound System- St. Andrew

September 05, 2009


Singjay Mr. Vegas stamped his class with a high-energy 25 minute set chock full of hits during the star-studded HOT 97's On Da Reggae Tip concert last night September 4th 2009.

Hitting the stage at about 8:05 p.m., he belted out Go Up on the Juice riddim, seguing neatly into hits like Heads High - which earned him his biggest forward for the night- and Pull Up which had the Hispanic girls in the audience in a literal tizzy.

Accompanied by DJ Fatta Diamond, Vegas continued with high energy songs such as Hot Wuk, and Tek Weh Yuself. He showed versatility by doing two Bob Marley songs, Buffalo Soldier and Three Little Birds, and even did a soca song, Tek a Jump, before dropping his mega hit, I Am Blessed.

A rejuvenated Beenie Man was in sparkling form, delivering his well-known hits that have done well on the Billboard charts like Sim Simmer. He won round one of the faceoff with Bounty Killer this Labour Day weekend, and the two will meet up again at 'Best of Both Worlds' at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.

Earlier, the show had started off with T.O.K before Spice sparked things up with Ramping Shop before making way for Mr. Vegas. Serani struggled a bit after delivering his signature hit, No Games, but then his energy level plateaued as he struggled to connect with the audience. Serani got an assist at the end from Jim Jones who came on and rocked the stage. Bounty Killer started out well but perhaps chose the wrong forum to attempt to disrespect Vybz Kartel as the audience of mostly females just stared at him like he was some sort of interesting new species of insect and watched him until his set was over.

Elephant Man was at his brilliant best, doing his high energy dances and delighting the audience with his antics. Mavado was easily the best Alliance performer on the night, thrilling the crowd with hit after hit.

September 04, 2009


After rocking a club show in Hollywood, Los Angeles last night, red hot singjay Mr. Vegas is now in New York where he has a number of appearances and live shows scheduled for the hectic Labour Day
weekend. First up, he will be one of the headliners at urban radio station HOT97's "On Da Reggae Tip" show on Friday September 4th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York alongside Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Serani and Mavado. The singjay’s monster hit song, I Am Blessed, on the Liv Up Records imprint has been blowing up the airwaves in the United States over the Summer alongside other big songs on the same riddim from fellow entertainers Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Serani.

“I am going to make a statement on that show,” Vegas, who just completed a highly successful European tour, said.

Mr. Vegas will make guest appearance at the soca party dubbed Hypnosis at the CPAC, in Brooklyn alongside Krossfire among others on September 5th.
Next up will be Irie Jamboree on Labor Day, September 6th which is expected to pull in excess of 25,000
people to the York College Outdoor Complex in Queens, New York. The artiste is really looking
forward to connecting with New York residents of Caribbean descent who make the event such a colourful one each year.

"The Irie Jamboree crowd is my crowd and mi ah drop all my dance hits over the year, the show ah go mad," Vegas said. The singjay's hits like Heads High, Tek Weh Yuself and Nike Air are big favourites in New York.

Other headliners on Irie Jamboree include Sean Paul, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Assassin, Spice, T.O.K, JahVinci and Blak Ryno, Freddy McGregor, Pinchers, Shinehead, Lady G and Tony Rebel.

Last weekend, Vegas delivered a mesmerising performance in front of an audience of more than 28,000 in Guyana. Press reports say that he eclipsed Busy Signal with a masterful performance that left the huge crowd buzzing especially when he delivered his huge I Am Blessed hit.


Gargamel Music is pleased to confirm that four-time Grammy nominated Reggae artist and icon, Buju Banton will kick off his hotly anticipated Rasta Got Soul US Tour on September 12th in Philadelphia. We are disappointed by the hasty cancellation of a few shows by Live Nation/House of Blues and Goldenvoice/AEG, but fans will be happy to know we have over 30 confirmed shows that are definitely playing and we are working to replace the canceled dates. Now our team is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the grossly inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organizations and systematically relayed to the masses and the media.
Buju Banton was all of 15-years-old when he wrote "Boom Bye Bye" in response to a widely publicized man/boy rape case in Jamaica. It was not a call to violence. The song was re-released on a popular dancehall rhythm in 1992 and caused a huge uproar after receiving commercial radio play in the States. Following much public debate back then, prominent gay rights leaders - and Buju decidedly moved on. For the record, it is the only song he ever made on the subject - and he does not perform it today.
Those who have followed Buju Banton's musical journey and have actually listened to his extensive catalog, know of his development into a world-class singer, songwriter and performer who can quietly sell out such prestigious venues as the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and Brixton Academy in London. He does not advocate violence. There has never been a shred of violence at any of his live shows. In fact, he commonly preaches against violence - against all people.

September 02, 2009


After yet another successful and headline-grabbing Champions in Action stage show earlier this month, that has had the media and various artist camps buzzing ever since, the monumental stage show moves on to Canada for its first-ever overseas staging.

"Champions in Action has grown into a world-recognised brand," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "The natural step for us is to take it international so that dancehall and reggae fans overseas can get a piece of the Champion vibes that they've been watching on tape and DVD for nearly 20 years."

With a line-up that includes Elephant Man, Anthony B, Vegas, Coco T, I Octane, Chino, Laden, Spice and more, Champions in Action Canada is sure to deliver some great performances come October 10 at the Downsview Park in Canada.

Plans are also being put into place to stage Champions in the Caribbean and other countries, details of which will be announced in the near future.


It was in the early nineties that the deejay ninja Kid enjoyed a measure of success and made his name in the dancehall. Although he has not scored any hits in recent times, the deejay says he seems to be a target for other artistes to hit on lyrically.
First, it was Mr. Vegas who singled him out in a recent song, saying he “wears fake Gucci” and then the Flossing King Flippa Mafia called Ninja Kid’s name in a song dissing Elephant Man. And Ninja Kid says that now that he has responded “all hell break loose” as he has been “getting page from man who claim say dem connected to Flippa.”
According to Ninja Kid, “Flippa diss mi in a song and say me a Ele girl, so me make a tune bout him and now man no stop page me and all a send death threat,” Ninja Kid told Chat!
Flippa Mafia, however, says he has absolutely nothing to do with any such threats.
“In my song I said, ‘Ele nuh want Sydonnie, a Ninja Kid him want’ because Ninja Kid took my name to Ele and that to me was a very girlish kind of a behavior. I hear that Ninja Kid do a tune, but to tell the truth I don’t even listen to it yet because I am just too busy promoting my show in Philly to focus on that right now,” Flippa told Chat! in a telephone conversation from Philadelphia.
“I know nothing about those threats that Ninja Kid say he is getting,” Flippa emphasized. “I say things about people in my songs, so I suppose dem going to say back things in their songs. Is just music. But, could it be that Ninja Kid is looking hype?” he quizzed.
According to Ninja Kid, his song Defend It, done on the same riddim as Flipp’s song, was “leaked” on the internet over the weekend and since then he has been “paged” continuously.
“Three people in the business all tell me that Flippa call dem and tell them that him a go do mi things. But Flippa fuss diss me….. and him fi know a just music,” he said.
Ninja Kid noted that Ele had told him to leave it alone and not put out the counteraction tune, but his other friends urged him to do it.
“Him can’t do tune say me a Ele girl and me nuh defend it,” Ninja Kid explained. He added that he had also answered the other song in which his name was called, but nothing came of that.
“Dem have me as a gay pon di tune. And me neva deh pon no tape like some artiste,” the deejay who came to prominence with the song Boom Bye Bye (Between Di Girls Dem Legs) declared spiritedly. In the mean time, Flippa has replaced Elephant Man with Portmore Empire young giants Jah Vinci and Black Ryno for Philly Summer Fest, to be held on September 7 at the Wall Street Courtyard in Philadelphia, USA.