US rapper, Fredo Bang has collaborated with creatives out of Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands on a track that in one week, has amassed over 130,000 views on YouTube. The collaboration signals the potential for a merging of creative ideas and energies between artistes from North America and the Caribbean territories, as the world ultimately gets smaller.
The single, ‘Blowing Up’, was produced by Trinidad and Tobago producer, Shane Howell out of Bing Bang Studios. He has been responsible for dancehall productions featuring the likes of Jamaica’s Aidonia, Charly Black and Trinidad and Tobago’s Medz Boss and Prince Swanny, to name a few. “This was my first international rap production. I got the opportunity to provide the beat for these artistes after an initial collaboration between West Bank Records and Prince Swanny. They called me up to work on this project,” said Howell. He said a previous single done for T&T artist, Medz Boss, had caught their attention, and they wanted to get a sound that was similar. “This opportunity feels really good- the chance to work on a track that Fredo Bang is on and to be a part of creating a song I believe will push De Wapp even further; that’s a good feeling.” he said.
A youth from the country area of the US Virgin Islands, De Wapp, as he’s popularly known on the island, has seen a massive amount of interest being paid to him, in recent time. At 22, he has big dreams of making it to the big leagues in the entertainment industry and credits Caribbean record label, West Bank Records for its involvement in taking his career to new levels. The collaboration with Fredo Bang- a 25-year-old US artist signed to Def Jam Records and known for singles like Oouuh” and “Top”, came as a welcomed surprise for him. “I had already recorded the song and I knew it was hitting. I didn’t know he would’ve been on the song. When he came on the song, I said, ‘wow it really hittin’ now,” he said. He explained that the entire collab was arranged by West Bank Records and T&T’s Bing Bang Studios.
With a thick USVI accent, De Wapp, whose real name is Tevin Chesterfield, jokingly said it was a bit difficult for the international rapper to understand his accent. “When I talked to him, he didn’t really understand what I was saying because of the accent, until I started to ‘yang’ to him and I told him I am from the US Virgin Islands where Money Bag just filmed a video, and that was when he got a better understanding of who he was dealing with.”
The new release is just one of many songs already unleashed by the artist who is fast becoming one to watch in the USVI. With a distinctive rap flow that’s described as Trap rap, De Wapp maintains strong work ethic, putting in the hours in studio to make his dreams reality. “We’re gonna be pushing really hard. This is just the beginning,” he said, confident that his ability and ambitions will prove effective in securing him his own space in the global music industry.
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“We Are a Small, But Proud Country.” – TT Health Minister To Trevor Noah.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister is today being hailed a hero for his professional execution of yesterday’s interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
During the virtual interview with the South Africa born host, Deyalsingh is heard repeating, “Trinidad is a small but proud country.”
The interview was seen as necessary by the team at The Daily Show, according to Noah, to debunk rapper, Nicki Minaj’s claim that someone in Trinidad had experienced testicular swelling after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Introducing the minister to his global audience with a bit of humor and some reference to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival culture, Noah allowed the minister to deliver his Ministry’s statistics. Minister Deyalsingh noted that some 1 million vaccine doses have been administered in a population of 1.3 million. “We are confident that we have brought WHO approved vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, before adding, “of those 1 million doses of vaccines we have administered, there have been only been 5 cases of adverse events, all reported to WHO.” Minister Deyalsingh further stated, “none of them includes testicular swelling.”
In the comments beneath the Daily Show video on YouTube, viewers congratulated the country’s minister on a job well done. One person, Constance Robertson said, “This Jamaican thanks the TT Minister of Health for repping the entire Caribbean.”
HERE’S THE INTERVIEW:
Does Nicki Minaj Hate Trinidad? Artist “Vaccine and Testicles” Tweet Makes Viral Mess.
Tony Chow Lin On- better known as Chinese Laundry, the owner of urban radio station, 96.1WEFM in Trinidad, is baffled by the negative publicity surrounding recent remarks by Nicki Minaj on Twitter as it relates to why she declined this year’s Met Gala invitation. He calmly analyzed the situation on Facebook this afternoon.
Minaj, a St. James, Trinidad born rapper has left international media houses spinning, with even CNN covering her tweet. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she wrote on the social media platform. Her comment came after explaining that she had not been vaccinated, which was a requirement for all guests attending Monday’s Met Gala.
On the heels of coverage by various media outlets, including Variety, and even a humorous highlight by comedian Trevor Noah, Chow Lin On said, “her words were harmful at a critical time.”
The well known Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry executive wrote, “All major news agencies, CNN , Washington Post and others including Dr Fauci , all concluded that Nicki Minaj’s baseless claims were irresponsible at best and highlights the issue of when celebrity influence is terribly harmful. So after all the memes, fun and social media engagement, long after it’s not a trending topic , her words were harmful at a critical time , as the world is engaged in the mother of all battles , THE PANDEMIC!!!! and the unfortunate side show , it’s a Trini with missing brain cells , Jed I want us to be famous for our music , our culture, our sporting achievements, our contributions to protecting the environment, a model for multi ethnic societies etc etc . THIS MY FRIEND IS NOT IT.”
This latest less- than -well- thought -out expression by the 38-year-old “Anaconda” singer comes on the heels of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scandal involving Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye who called out Minaj on Twitter in July, after she congratulated Jamaica’s athletic team and failed to even mention the Trinidad and Tobago athletes who were also at the games.
Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister meanwhile has debunked the rapper’s statement untrue.
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