Everyone wants to be “Caribbean”, whether they admit it or not. Doesn’t matter what island, they yearn to rock it like we do. Caribbean energy and vibe’s been making headlines in recent days and weeks like nothing else. Drake’s new 22 track playlist as he coins it- “More Life”, “scans like 80 minutes of club music from Canada, America, the UK, the West Indies, and Africa on shuffle,” writes Pitchfork.com. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago born Nicki Minaj is proving that she’s a game changer and a winning one at that.
Soca heavyweight, Fay Ann Lyons may not be receiving the praise she so deserves- this after her debut album, “Break The World” stood at #3 on the Billboard Reggae Chart upon its debut. The achievement was a first for an individual artist album in the Soca genre. Despite the lack of fanfare at home in Trinidad and Tobago, the achievement was duly noted with Jamaica’s national newspaper, The Gleaner, paying pretty close attention.
Minaj meanwhile has been repping for the Caribbean the only way she seemingly knows how- by twerking her heavy butt and winning! Whether her butt antics on social media is meant to rep the region or not, she’s definitely sending a subliminal message about Caribbean women-, They WIN! On March 20th, the “Anaconda” singer surpassed the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as the female artiste with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits. She’s up to 76.
Then there’s Rihanna. What hasn’t she done? The Bajan pop princess can now add series actress to her resume. Last night Rihanna made a cameo on A&E’s Bates Motel as Marione Crane. Rihanna went live on Inatagram as she caught her debut performance on the show. It’s unclear how long she’ll be appearing.