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Could only be Bounty Killer of course.
I come across this documentary about him - all the right voices are on there including Killer himself – although some of the things he says should be told through the other voices – which are plenty, some nice shots. I’m not sure of this if the whole thing though, could certainly merit with some structure and added explanations. I wish could have made it properly.
Bounty Killer was arrested on April 5th, 2010 , for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend of 3 years. He is reported to have used his one phone call to ring her up and threaten her. It’s a sad indictment for the artiste – how come they all have to end up in jail? He was released on Friday April 16th after 10 days and was seen in church with his mother.
Now it’s come out that the police allowed in groceries for him whilst he was locked up. It’s another small way that highlights how easy it is to bribe the police.
Right now I’m feeling Tarrus Riley and Konshens …
and Brick and Lace (I didn’t like them before, but this tune is pretty catchy).
Someone is spoiling their fun, their vibes, their livelihoods.
A long standing reggae old hits night is the latest casualty in the clampdown on music events going on in Jamaica. The Noise Abatement Act is a law from 1997 which prohibits loudspeakers after 11pm and at music events after 2am. I mean come on – this is Jamaica where the dances go on until 6 in the morning standard time. What is going on here?
Well the residents of Rae Town are now losing their weekly Sunday night reggae old hits session which many of the people in this poor community based their livelihoods around – whether it was selling alittle fish to the crowds or just to spread some good vibes.
I have no idea why the government are deciding to enforce this law at this time, probably to distract people from the fact that the economy is in crisis.
Article in the LA Times on dancehall artist Mavado.
Here’s a version of Mavado’s ‘On the Rock’ – called We Need Barack !
and one of his latest tracks.. Inna Di Car Back
The dancehall clash everyone was waiting for. Kartel vs Mavado at Sting 2008 and the overwhelming consensus is that Kartel reigns supreme over the Gully God. It was Kartel coming out in army fatigues signalling he was serious about this war. It threw Mavado and he starts stumbling and shouting about his microphone levels not being right when it seems he was covering up for forgetting his lyrics.
I’m not surprised as Kartel is the far more eloquent and media savvy of the two, but just because you’re good at battling, does not change the fact that the big hits of 2008 came from Mavado’s melancholic voice as opposed to Kartel’s aggressive lyrics.
This is the concert that I have always wanted to go to but never have yet. Every year I’m like, wouldn’t it be great to go, but I still never have. One day, one day.
It is a legendary concert. The proper ghetto concert – not for the faint hearted. Go there expecting some shots to be fired!
It happens in Portmore every Christmas time. Run by the promoter called Leng – proper name Isaiah Laing from Supreme Promotions.
It’s the 25th concert this year and it has been launched by Portmore native, Vybz Kartel (who’s been busy promoting Ramping Shop!)
Laing of course and none other than Renato Adams. Adams is a more than controversial police man. To just get a flavour of how controversial he is take a look at some of these newspaper headlines about him – here and here.
Gosh I could write a very long post about Adams, but this is about Sting.
2004 I was set to go but life got in the way – that year was when Kartel bottled Ninja man in the face and there was a lot of blood.
There is always some beef between the artists that has to get hyped up – but hopefully it won’t lead to any actual violence this year. In the past, the big beef has always been between Bounty Killer and Beenie man – but them two are ready to collect their pension now!
It’s all about Kartel and Mavado nowadays.
I always loved Kartel the best – whenever I have met him and interviewed him he has made me laugh and i’ve always been blown away by his eloquence and sense of humour. I like the guy and I’ve always liked his songs.
But I don’t feel like that anymore – since Mavado, Kartel just seems like old news. Mavado is singing about Jamaica now – he’s got the sadness and the grief in his voice. Kartel has got the bravado and cockiness and cheekiness which I think is the past. Today’s Jamaica is much more serious. Read more about this years’s Sting line up and details here.
Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has done a photoshoot with female artists Spice and the photos are unbelievably raunchy. It is so shocking! They must be closer than just a singing collaboration – the rumour is that Spice’s boyfriend was not happy with them (would not blame him at all). I am not going to put any of these photos on my blog but you can see them here.
The song is called Ramping Shop and you can hear it here.
It is XXXXXX rated, so I’m warning you now – don’t click the link if you are easily offended.
I don’t actually think it’s that good myself. It’s like he’s trying too hard to get to the next level. I used to love Kartel the most, but he’s really lowering a lot in my estimation. Long live Movado!!!