It seems like dancehall is taking over and becoming main stream than ever, many popular mainstream stars like Nicki Minaj, Drake and Major Lazer are making hits from the Jamaican born genre.

However, it seems like thats not the case for most Jamaican dancehall stars. The real fruits of the genre taking off are not really felt by the people who have been pioneering the genre for the past decade or so.

Artists like Mr. Vegas made hits like ‘Heads High’, which have been remixed a dozen times into popular smash hits, are still yet to enjoy the big break out of the dancehall genre as most of them do not receive credits for their music according to Mr. Vegas.

He told Ebro in an interview, “On the records that Jamaican artists are sampled, no one even sees their names,” he says. “If you were really into the culture and into the artists, at least you would have put some respeck on [their] names on the album.”

A few days ago Sean Paul also accused Drake and Justin Bieber that they “don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it.”

That being said, it seems some of the top dancehall artists are finding their way in the gospel side of the music industry.

At the end of last year Marion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw unexpectedly announced that she will no longer go by her stage name ‘Lady Saw’ and wont be singing dancehall music, instead would be ‘answering her call’ to do gospel music, resulting in all her lined up shows being canceled.

Latest on the line up is Mr. Vegas. He is expected to drop an album titled ‘I Am Blessed’ named after one of his popular hit song, which also had a gospel vibe.

Vegas told Jamaica Observer the album will be his first gospel album and will feature tunes from different genres. “This will be my first gospel album and it will feature different genres of music. It will be appealing to all crowds and will be able to be played in dance sessions, just like the single I Am Blessed,” he said.

It is not yet clear if Mr. Vegas take on gospel music will be as permanent as those of Lady Saw or just a test of the ‘Holy’ waters!

 

Beenie Man was forced to cancel his performance at Drake’s OVO Fest.

In a statement sent to Urban Islandz Beenie reps told us that the deejay not only contracted the virus but also didn’t secure the necessary documents to travel to Canada.

“Beenie Man didn’t get his Canadian visa to travel to that country to do the show,” the deejay’s reps said. “Additionally, he contracted the Zika Virus and is getting treatment for that.”

His team also told us that they made every effort to obtained a Canadian visa but was unsuccessful. Beenie Man posted a photo on Instagram of himself on a hospital bed.

“Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!” Beenie Man wrote. “No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven’t seen the press release) Zika Virus hol’ mi. The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. We a hold firm still.”

Beenie Man was one of the headlining acts on this year’s OVO Fest [in Canada] along with Machel Montana.


Source: UrbanIslandz.com

Jamaican artist Gully Bop found himself behind bars in New York City yesterday as his career continues a downward spiral.

The “Wuk Off A Mi” deejay was booked in NYC for robbery and domestic violence after having a dispute with girlfriend A’Mari. Sources told Urban Islandz that the deejay is still behind bars at the time of this publication and will miss a concert in Guyana.

“They had one of their usual episodes and A’Mari called the cops on him,” sources told us. “She also told cops that he took money from her and was about to leave the country.”

Gully Bop, who was scheduled to leave New York on a flight to Guyana yesterday, was booked on battery charges, a misdemeanor.

The on-again off-again couple has had a rocky relationship from the get-go with A’Mari regularly posting videos on social media bashing Gully Bop.

Back in December Gully Bop attacked his then girlfriend Shauna Chin while accusing her of infidelity. The entire ordeal was captured on video by Chin and posted online.


Source: UrbanIslandz.com

Alkaline may have performed in front an empty stadium during his recent trip to Ghana.

The dancehall hitmaker has been having a bad year coming off a hugely successful year in 2015. But in case you’re wondering why Ghana dancehall fans resented the deejay this is what we’re told.

Alkaline and his team touched down in the African nation last week and immediately did a few interviews ahead of his big performance at the MTNPulse Concert.

During his sit down with Sammy Forson on Live Fm in Ghana, Alkaline spoke about not knowing any local artists.

“I’ve heard some songs on radio whilst driving but I can’t figure out their names,” the “Champion Boy” deejay said. “I must admit, I don’t know any names here yet dem tunes bad still”. He revealed.”

Seems that statement angered the folks in Ghana who rebelled by walking out on the deejay during his performance at the 59th Independence Day celebration.

Sources told us that Alkaline went through his entire set with a fraction of the patrons remaining inside the venue that gathered at the front of the stage.

Last month, Alkaline had another running with fans at a concert in St. Lucia, where a bottle of water was thrown on the stage and hit him in his head. He took that bottle and toss it back in the crowd.


Source: Urbanislandz

Track List:
01. AGENT SASCO – RICH HAFFI WE TOO
02. BEENIE MAN – DYNAMITE
03. BRYKA – PLACE A FUCK UP
04. BUGLE – ME NO LIKE IT
05. BUSY SIGNAL – BAD LONGTIME
06. DEMARCO – ENUFF SAID
07. DOUBLE X (FLEXX) – CIRCLE
08. I-OCTANE & NINJA MAN – DANCEHALL HISTORY
09. K’CONEIL – HOT LIKE YOU
10. KONSHENS – HUSTLE HARD
11. LADY SAW – MY HOUSE
12. LEFTSIDE – MS LEGENDARY
13. NAD G – NEVA SWITCH
14. SEANIZZLE – YOU A WIFE
15. SPICE – BORN WID IT
16. SEANIZZLE RECORDS – 90S DON DADA RIDDIM [INSTRUMENTAL]

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Buju Banton will be getting out of prison a little earlier than
previously expected. U.S. authorities have reduced his prison sentence
by a mere two months.
While two months may not seems as much to us all, for Buju that is a
big deal because that is two months earlier that he will get to be with
his family.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is currently serving a 10-year
sentence in the McRae correctional institution in Atlanta. He is
expected to be released in February 2019. With this new development he
could be out of prison as early as December 2018.
Last year Buju Banton reached an agreement with the US Attorney
Office in Florida where he waived all rights to future appeal in return
for them dropping a gun charge.
Banton was found guilty
on three counts of drug trafficking charges in 2011. He was arrested at
a warehouse in South Florida in December 2009 in a drug sting
operation.
SOURCE: UrbanIslandz

Ninja Man, Beenie Man and Gully Bop were the headlining acts on Sting
2015 stage show. The annual show was held at Jamworld in Portmore Sunday
night.
Over the years Sting has been known for drama and Saturday night was
no different after cops pulled the plug at minutes after 6 AM with some
top acts left to perform including Beenie Man.
The promoters have not commented on the premature end, but sources
close to the show told Urban Islandz that cops cite security concerns
for their reason to shut down the event.
At minutes after 6 AM Sunday, patrons were seen streaming out of the
venue while complaining that they want a refund for their tickets.
Watch The Review Below:

Sting 2015 was advertised under the theme ‘From Now Till Then’, with artists from the 1980s and 90s making up a larger part of the lineup. There was also an advertised clash between Ninja Man, Gully Bop, and Merciless, but that did not happen.

Tiger (left) performes with Malvo and Johnny P

 

Pinchers in action at Sting 2015

Source Urban Islandz