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Billboard Snubs Dancehall. Jamaicans Are Not Having It.

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Swizz Beatz has since said that he doesn’t want the current controversy surrounding the Billboard cover art reporting on the ‘Verzuz Effect’, to cloud the fact that to date, dancehall legends Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have delivered one of the best clashes the online show has seen.

Speaking with the Jamaica Gleaner, he said the clash was far too iconic to be marred by Billboard’s clear misrepresentation. “Sometimes I wish we were able to see things before they come out. Not to critique journalism or critique the person that’s doing the write-up, but to actually help them because sometimes a person isn’t really tapped into the culture like that. If we were able to see the cover we woulda told them real quick that ‘hey, no disrespect to such and such but Bounty and Beenie gotta be there’. These two legends who are like brothers to me helped to change the face of the Verzuz battle, and so without a doubt, their faces deserved to be there.”

He explained that he did not want the world to think that the Verzuz fraternity was in any way involved in Billboard’s misstep and that was why they attempted to “redo” the cover art in their own way. “The pride of the town is something that has always been a big deal with Jamaicans. Me and Tim are powerful guys but people feel like we had control over that (Billboard cover) and I am a little bit shocked at that. We want people to know that we wouldn’t overlook (Beenie Man and Bounty Killer) like that, no way we would,” he said to the Gleaner.

Meanwhile, Naima Cochrane, the journalist who wrote the feature has since distanced herself from the corntroversy saying that she had no part to play in the creation of the cover art. “I did not have any input in the cover nor did I see it- writers rarely do, if ever do. I saw it today when the rest of the world saw it,” she said in response to someone online.

Beenie Man, one of the artistes caught in the middle of the firestorm, has since said this is what the dancehall genre faces. “Everybody fwd and tek piece and build up dem thing and then do everything to undermine the genre DANCEHALL where they got it from.” The artiste dubbed ‘The King of the Dancehall” argued that no matter the hard work, no matter how powerful the music is, “them still try it every time them get a chance.”

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Machel’s Melee Cruise Offering Refunds, but Date Moved to 2022.

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Machel Montano’s proving to be a stand up guy. You know how some companies hate giving refunds?…well, seems like the Monk and his cohorts at Tribe Carnival, understanding of the current climate, and the global economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, are extending an olive branch to fetters.

In a YouTube message posted last week, Machel is heard explaining why the inaugural Melee cruise, which was originally carded to sail in May 2021, has been pushed back.

He said plans are still ongoing, but explained that for those who have been strongly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing them to reconsider sailing with the Melee family, refunds would be afforded.

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5 Reasons Shenseea, Tarrus Collab Has Racked up 4.5 Million Views.

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In one week, “Lighter” by Jamaican duo, Tarrus Riley and Shenseea, has amassed 4.5 million views on VEVO. The song is now an anthem. Last month, in a virtual chat with global media, Tarrus expressed immense excitement about the single as he gave a sneak peak into his 2020 album, “Healing.” His excitement was undeniably warranted. The song is a hit.

In the past week, blogs, social media pages and streaming platforms have ignited as fans express their love of the song, some accepting Shenseea’s challenge to emulate her chord stretching chorus vocals. Even fellow Jamaican hit maker, Protoje gave it a go!

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