June 27, 2017

Vybz Kartel hates me, says Popcaan

Vybz Kartel
Dancehall artiste Popcaan recently told BBC 1XTRA that he is hated by mentor Vybz Kartel due to his mainstream success.
According to the deejay, who claimed that he loved Vybz Kartel the most during his performance at Sting 2012, the dancehall space is filled with jealousy, and envy.
"Dancehall artistes don't like the ones who are progressive. When you are on a low level, you have the most friends in music. When you going up, you have less friends, and I learnt that a long time ago," he said. "Since I have been around Vybz Kartel, a lot of people used to hate Vybz Kartel, but he stayed on top. I learn that lesson from him and that is why he, Vybz Kartel, hates Popcaan today. I will forever be on top ... because I learn that from him."
The Billboard-charting/MOBO Award winner also said it is unfortunate to see the large amount of hate that has been levelled against dancehall artistes who are simply trying to feed their families through hard work.
"One artiste can contribute to 50 per cent of dancehall and if that person hates you that is a problem. Me as a man from my humble beginnings, who grow with my granny ... man come from bush, real bush, from nothing. All I try to do is take care of my family, and people have a problem with that. It is not my job to tell people what to say or how to live. So it's nobody's job to tell Popcaan how to live," Popcaan said.
However, it would appear that Kartel is not the only person disgruntled with Popcaan. Fellow incarcerated dancehall artiste Shawn Storm recently released a diss song called No Frauds targeting the deejay.
When contacted, a member of Shawn Storm's management team, who requested to remain anonymous, told THE STAR that the song was intended to address Popcaan's alleged disloyalty to Kartel and Storm.
"From Shawn and Vybz Kartel have been incarcerated, I don't think he has visited them even one time or check with their family. Remember that after everybody left Gaza it was only Popcaan, Gaza Slim, Shawn Storm and Vybz Kartel. Popcaan is acting like they never existed. I want you to please note that this song was recorded long time, but we just decided to release it because it's timely," she said, making it clear that Storm hasn't been recording behind bars.
She said the song is not about war, but rather to remind Popcaan where he is coming from.
Popcaan was unavailable for a comment. Several calls to his phone went unanswered.

Source: The Star

June 23, 2017

Spice lands first corporate deal

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Dancehall artiste Spice has secured her first major partnership with a corporate company.

The hard-core female entertainer signed a deal with Sperone Moscato Jamaica, and is now the company's newest ambassador. The line of Italian Sparkling Moscatos is distributed by Select Brands Limited, one of the largest distributors of wines and spirits in Jamaica.
Spice told THE WEEKEND STAR that she was overwhelmed at the opportunity, but was hesitant at first because she wasn't sure if her image and the corporate world would work well.
"Sperone's marketing manager reached out to my business partner, Romeich, to contact me with the proposal," she explained. "When Romeich contacted me, the first thing I said was that I wouldn't be able to do it because most corporate companies probably want me to adjust and tone down who I am, including my wild stage performances."
To her surprise, the deal did not require her to make any adjustments to her raunchy dancehall image.
Spice is flanked by corporate marketing manager for Select Brands, Tania McConnell (left), and Sperone Moscato Jamaica's brand manager, Jhannel Townsend (right)

"When I was told that they know what I'm about and they want me to represent their product regardless, I was so excited and overwhelmed. I realise now how much the brand loves and supports dancehall, and I will encourage every single person to support them," she said.
The new deal will see Spice appearing on Billboards and in advertisements as the new face of the product. As an ambassador, she is expected to promote the product, something she says will be easy.
"It's the only thing I drink since lately. I will use my huge fan base to showcase the product across the island. A di hottest bottle a wine in the streets right now anyway. It's a product that is loved, so this will be easy," Spice said.
The entertainer has been enjoying media attention and much success in recent times, especially following her appearance on the VH1 hit TV series Love and Hip Hop.
Source: Jamaica Star

May 19, 2017

Reggae singer Droop Lion drops new 'Ideologies' album today

Today (May 19) marks the official release of reggae journeyman Droop Lion’s  newest album, Ideologies.

Described as “a profoundly simple, yet rather eclectic mix which brilliantly explores and exposes  multiple layers of musical genres including roots, rock and reggae”, Ideologies is available both as a hard copy and also on various digital platforms.

Comprising 14 tracks, this destined-for-success album includes songs such as Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Pray For Them, Ganja Baby, fan favourite Freeway, Leaders Sell Out, Modern Slavery, Rags To Riches; Screaming, Katta, You Can’t Hurt Her, Time For Love, Talk About It, Jah Wind is Blowing and Lockdown.

Each song has its own distinctive flavour that evokes a response from the avid listener, whether it is a cool slow jam or a  rollicking 'pull up'. Sheer, undiluted passion is the common  thread which easily connects all the songs on this set, which will undoubtedly fulfil the singer’s vow to “make Reggae great again.”

According to Droop Lion, “There’s a special song on it for everyone … and some persons will find more than one special song.

“We took the decision to do just one cover, and that is the lead single, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, and from the response, it seems like we made a great choice,” added the Rastafarian singer with the signature, soul-searing voice.
Have You Ever Seen The Rain was released on March 17 to critical acclaim.

Ideologies lists Cabel Stephenson and Tameka Reynolds as executive producers and VPal Records as distributors.


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May 03, 2017

I-Octane Shares Sexy Scenes of Upcoming "Long Division" Video featuring Spice


Kingston, Jamaica (MPR Consulting) - Dancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/LongDivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.

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"Blessed with a striking voice that combines Bob Marley’s broken tone, Buju’s rock stone grain and the vulnerable yearning of Jah Cure, he dwells at all points on the singer-to-deejay spectrum. " - Angus Taylor/Reggaeville

"He is a strong songwriter with a great deejay style and a good singing voice." -David Katz/BBC

"the sing-jay's chief contribution to dancehall reggae is his persuasive socially conscious voice denouncing violence and the lack of opportunities facing the island's poor." - Patricia Meschino/Billboard

April 13, 2017

Beres Hammond, I-Octane Give Thrilling Performance ... During Former NoMadz Member's Wedding Reception

Vibes master Beres Hammond, dancehall artiste I-Octane and a rising star by the name of Daniel 'Brighter' Gordon created musical magic at Christopher and Maria Gordon's wedding reception at the Tryall Club in Hanover over the weekend.
Beres Hammond

Gordon, formerly of No-Maddz, also joined the amazingly awesome concert, performing for his new bride, in what could easily assume the position of being one of the most entertaining weddings this year.

Held at the stunning Stella by the Sea Villa, Beres Hammond entered the stage at just about 10 p.m., and his one-hour set totally mesmerised the intimate audience which waited anxiously for his arrival.

It was obvious that the party people who turned out for the wedding were willing to watch their idol, transfixed on stage, not saying a word, while his efficient backup singers, Deja and Dorette Wisdom, took charge. However, the veteran crooner, who is as good as every dollar he charges, serenaded the couple with one of his hit songs, She Loves Me Now.

When he pulled for popular personal anthems such as, Come Back Home and belted the words, "I wish you would stay longer," he never even needed to repeat the words, because it is an undisputable fact that Beres Hammond fans will stay with him all night.

The words from one of his songs, 'Thought I Could Live Without You', sounded almost like an inappropriate statement, as there was no one at this wedding party that would go home without Hammond, even if it was only the sound of his voice humming in their head.

A feel good jam session it was, to the extent that when the vibes master pulled for songs like Double Trouble, and Pull Up The Vibes, it was evident that he had only one care in the world, to satisfy the souls of his audience.


Living up to expectations of being one of dancehall's best, I-Octane brought a lot of energy and magnetism to the stage, choosing to have a performance built on conversing with the audience. Decked out in all-white, the artiste known for hits such as, Lose A Friend, Buss A Blank and Party Turn Up, performed for a solid 60 minutes, dedicating some of his time to mothers and women in the country.

Allowing young Daniel 'Brighter' Gordon, brother of the groom to have his five minutes of fame on stage, the youngster with a voice of gold, did not disappoint.

In fact, Brighter, brought immense excitement to the event. His presentation was followed by the unorthodox and extremely talented group that goes by the name NoMadz.

Christopher and Maria Gordon, tied the knot late last year and shared the moment officially with friends on Saturday.

source: jamaica gleaner