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Top 10 – Most polarizing figures in the Jamaican entertainment industry

In the last year, the most talked about entertainer in Jamaica, aside from Kartel of course, has been Alkaline.

From his tattooed eyeballs (though this has often been disputed) to the recent admission to bleaching his skin, the deejay has often drawn comparisons to the aforementioned Kartel in terms of his persona and controversial lyrical style. These elements have made Alkaline one of the most polarizing artists in today’s music industry.

But the entertainment industry at large has provided with several talented figures, whether in music, media or otherwise, who were just as controversial as they were successful, whether due to their persona, alleged incidents or lyrics/statements that made you raise their eyebrows. Here’s a look at the most polarizing figures within the Jamaican entertainment industry.

Honourable Mentions:

Jah Cure – A rape conviction as a teenager in 1999 threatened to destroy his career to and still stirs up talk to this day. However, advocacies for his release due to alleged inaccuracies with the case, the support he has received since rejuvenating his music career after being freed and family

Macka Diamond – Sex sells; that’s a fact which cannot be denied. However, in Macka’s case, she has gone above and beyond to promote her music; from her chart-topper, Dye Dye to having a man in a very compromising position in her Twist Me. Disagreements with some male and female artists, including Spice and Lady Saw get her an honourable mention here.

Isaiah Laing – The STING promoter and ex-detective within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has garnered controversy for disagreements with fellow entertainers with regards to ‘The Greatest Dancehall show on Earth.’

Anthony Miller – Regarded as one of Jamaica’s best journalists, Miller has a penchant for being one of the most controversial and flat-out hated figures in the industry, particularly if you watch his judging exploits on Digicel Rising Stars. His dismissive and blunt approach towards talents on the show combined with his hard-hitting weekly interviews on Entertainment Report.

Lady Saw – When you are widely regarded as the Queen of Dancehall, you are likely to garner as much criticism as praise throughout your accomplished career, with the likes of Tifa, Macka Diamond and Spice having taken issue with her in the past, while her risqué performance style and hardcore lyrics winning her plaudits and scrutiny simultaneously while issues within her on again-off again relationship with producer, John John have often played out in the public, leaving her subject to all sorts of reaction, particularly when his cheating exploits were chastised on social media by the Dancehall diva.

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Alkaline Dancehall10. Alkaline – We start this list with one of the more controversial newcomers to the music scene in recent memory and the inspiration behind this list, Alkaline.

His recent interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report summed up his persona through his two years in the spotlight – Unassuming, willing to do anything to have people talk about him and having an affinity for causing a stir. Having admitted to bleaching his skin was just the latest in a string of controversies involving the old boy from my alma mater (Ardenne High School), including an X-rated video for his debut, tattooing his eyes (allegedly), a lyric about his interest in anal stimulation, among other things.

His image and hardcore lyrical content have drawn comparisons to one Vybz Kartel, with some suggesting he should credit Kartel for paving the way for him and inspiring his persona. Alkaline continuously shoots down those comparisons as he aims to continue making his own waves in the industry. But at just 21, this artist may have only just scratched the surface when it comes to success and controversy in the music world.

Sean Paul9. Sean Paul – Undoubtedly one of the most successful Jamaican artists on the international stage ever, Sean Paul Henriques will always be highly regarded for the doors he helped open for Dancehall in the United States and worldwide.

His Grammy-winning album, Dutty Rock (2002) and collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé and Busta Rhymes have long been celebrated as breakthrough achievements for the genre and made him one of the bigger crossover stars of our generation.

But with that success comes scrutiny, particularly from fans in his native country, who have consistently accused him of ‘selling out’ and abandoning the Dancehall/Reggae sound that helped make him into  a global superstar in favour of more pop-oriented music; even forcing a hard-hitting response from the deejay at one point.

Though Shaggy can also be accused of the same shift, he hasn’t come close to the level of criticism levelled at Sean Paul throughout his career, perhaps because Shaggy was never considered a purely Dancehall/Reggae artist to begin with. Though some of the criticism is warranted, it’s also unfortunate as his work certainly helped raised Dancehall’s profile, both on the charts and in pop culture worldwide, all while endorsing his culture. Nonetheless, such a debate will always make him a polarizing figure in the Jamaican music industry

Mavado 20148. Mavado - One of the most celebrated Dancehall artists of the last decade, Bounty Killer’s ex-protégé won legions of fans through his hard-hitting lyrical content and wordplay.

However, he won just as many enemies as friends from the moment he entered, with his high-profile beef with former Alliance teammate, Vybz Kartel drawing worldwide attention considering the violent lyrical and physical exchanges between camps, with STING 2008 being the peak of their rivalry.

Once he and Kartel settled their disagreement for good in 2009, Mavado continued to score local hits, particularly his single, Come Into my Room featuring Dancehall diva, Stacious. However, he couldn’t stay out of his own way with a slew of off-stage incidents threatening to derail his career during that period.

With a desire to become more of a crossover act, the singjay, like LeBron James took his talents to South Beach by the turn of the decade, joining with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group in 2011.

Though the move has seen him collaborate with hip-hop superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Akon and others, Mavado, who now lives in Florida, has earned Sean Paul-like criticism for ditching his original style to gain more acclaim. Despite the detractors, his mentor perhaps being the biggest one, he still drops his share of Dancehall tunes, but hasn’t found the same favour with Jamaican music lovers that he did previously.

D'Angel7. D’Angel – Perhaps no Dancehall diva in history has divided opinion more than this one, particularly due to her marriage to Dancehall legend, Beenie Man and the dramatic divorce that followed.

Her marriage to the ‘King of Dancehall’ caused consternation from the minute they said ‘I Do,’ dogged by allegations of infidelity as well as accusations she married the deejay to help boost her then emerging career. When the marriage ended, not even her teary interview with Winford Williams did much in terms of garnering sympathy from the viewing public as she was booed at various events she performed at following news of the split.

To this day, she remains a derisive figure to many music lovers, gaining lots of ridicule for her wardrobe malfunctions late last year, one of which landed her in hot water with STING promoters.

6. Tony Matterhorn – Unafraid of the repercussions from his often eyebrow-raising statements or songs, Matterhorn is certainly one of Jamaican music’s more controversial figures.

The sound selector turned deejay has garnered a reputation for being quite mouthy on the music circuit, mostly to draw attention to his much-lauded work, but in some cases, to simply irk his contemporaries.

After first garnering acclaim and controversy for his 2006 chart-topper, Dutty Wine, promoting one of the most talked about dance crazes since the turn of the millennium, Matterhorn has often exchanged words with some of the music’s most popular figures, including Bounty Killer, Twin of Twins, Mr. Vegas. Kiprich and others. He even caught heat earlier this year in an Instagram video in which he was wearing a wig, making his antics all the more hair-raising (couldn’t help the bad pun).

At least we can credit Matterhorn for being consistent with his persona as he always has tongues wagging with whatever statements he makes.

Yendi Phillipps5. Yendi Phillipps – She’s one of Jamaica’s most successful pageant winners and celebrated for her beauty and eloquence when speaking on several important issues, the latter becoming more evident during her current spell as a media personality.

With those accomplishments, you’d think the former Miss Jamaica World and 2010 Miss Universe runner-up would be as popular as former Miss World winner, Lisa Hanna. However, whenever Phillipps name is mentioned, controversy is somewhat attached and in all honestly, there’s no clear reason why.

Her much-publicized relationships with Asafa Powell and Daniel ‘Chico’ McGregor made her a target of rife rumour-mongering, with people accusing her of everything from infidelity to, in the latter case, over-publicizing her love life. With the announcement of her first child with McGregor came lots of mean-spirited comments, some even claiming that her deceased mother would be ashamed of her having a child out of wedlock. Other critics also point to her personality, claiming she’s far from the darling she appears to be in real life.

The criticism all seems baseless on the surface and fueled out of either jealousy, dislike or a similar emotion. But while she may be one of Jamaica’s most celebrated figures, she’s equally as polarizing for reasons that aren’t necessarily of her own doing.

Mr. Vegas 20144. Mr. Vegas – Always accused of being somewhat of a drama king by both fans and fellow artists, Vegas has found himself in the spotlight just as much for off-stage controversies as he has for his music.

Disputes with Sean Paul, Bounty Killer and I-Octane are well documented. But his biggest public squabble came after finding his ex-girlfriend and baby mother, Shellian McBayne with another man in his Florida home in front of Vegas’ daughter and going on an epic social media rant about the situation.

Initially, many thought Vegas was making the most of the situation for the sake of his career, doing a bevy of interviews, including this tear-jerker with HOT 97 and released a song chronicling the incident. However, after a recent video of the incident was released earlier this month, much of the criticism levied at Vegas initially turned to sympathy and even praise for not resorting to violence to handle the situation.

Still, his aforementioned squabbles within the music world have made him come across as petty, particularly when he claimed his recently-ignited feud with Killer started because he dated one of the Alliance leader’s exes while the Octane feud started because Vegas wasn’t too gung-ho about him being the closing act for Sumfest. His outspoken nature wins just as many detractors as fans, but with a new reality show on the way, he never seems too perturbed by the attention.

Beenie Man3. Beenie Man – Where do we begin with this guy? No doubt, the ‘King of Dancehall’ has earned his rightful place as one of the greatest deejays to ever pick up a microphone.

However, he surely knows how to agitate as much as he gets the ladies to gyrate to his songs. His feud with Bounty Killer could be a story within itself, his marriage to and eventual divorce from D’Angel, taking unnecessary shots at artists such as Shabba Ranks, Elephant Man and others in recent years, Beenie is constantly accused of being full of himself by detractors and a drama king in his own right.

He has been less of a fixture in the news in recent years as he focuses more on his career, but still ignites furious debate whenever he speaks.

 

Beenie Man2. Bounty Killer – You can never accuse the ‘War Lord’ of being shy. Matter of fact, the confrontational aspect of his persona has made Bounty one of the most revered and respected lyricists and entertainers of all time.

He could have his own list of feuds frankly (one compiled by yours truly a while back), with his issues with Beenie Man, and ex-protégé, Vybz Kartel well noted, while his penchant of speaking out against homosexuality and perceived slackness in Dancehall has made him both celebrated and disliked for being ‘badmind’ by his detractors, making him a lightning rod within the industry.

Allegations of ‘hammering’ one of his exes, gun charges and other off-stage incidents such as the fatal shooting of a friend of his ex-protégé, Mavado outside his birthday party in 2011 which triggered their feud, have made him the subject of conversation for the wrong reasons at times.

But, as said with Matterhorn, Bounty is at least consistent with his approach and refuses to change who he is for the sake of being liked. This is how Killer is. Love him or hate him, he cares not.

maxresdefault1, Vybz Kartel – Who else was going to top this list? Not only is Kartel the most polarizing figure in Jamaican music history, he may be one of the most controversial music stars worldwide considering his resume.

Captivating countless audiences with his world-class wordplay, song concepts and ability to set tones in his songs with various personalities, Kartel’s musical legacy will forever leave an impression on Dancehall music and certainly took the genre to another level. However, allegations including ties to lodges, alleged beatings issued at his former protégés and links to gangs long dogged the deejay and made him a hard figure to warm to.

More serious allegations, however, would come to his undoing as he was later charged and convicted for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams back in April. That conviction put a huge black mark on his musical legacy and perhaps validated the concerns his critics had towards him given what was levied against him in the past.

Even then, his most loyal of fans refuse to accept the fact the ‘World Boss’ will be imprisoned for at least the next 35 years, with some stunningly saying he should be released due to the fact the victim was not famous. As delusional as it gets.

He may be the greatest lyricist in the history of Dancehall, but he is also Jamaican music’s most polarizing figure by some distance.

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876-411 Review Show – Episode 5

Shaggy and Friends 2014This is the fifth episode of the new, weekly entertainment review show, 876-411, which takes a look at all the hot topics in Jamaican music, entertainment and pop culture. Co-hosted by Jodee ‘Marc Parc’ Brown and Jodiann ‘Jodz’ Perry

This first episode for 2014 looks at highlights from Shaggy and Friends, Sizzla and D’Angel being banned from STING and much more.

For more about 876-411, check out the official Facebook page for more: https://www.facebook.com/RAYKINGlive for more details.

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D’Angel, Sizzla speak out against STING ban

Sizzla and D'AngelTwo days following the announcement that Reggae/Dancehall artists, Sizzla and D’Angel were banned from future editions of STING following their controversial performances at the show’s 30th anniversary, both are crying foul following their punishments.

Isaiah Laing, the show’s lead organizer, announced Tuesday that Sizzla was banned from the show for promoting ‘hate music’ during his performance, in which he repeatedly hit out against homosexuality.D’Angel, meanwhile, was banned for at least five years as a patron following her impromptu clash with Ninja Manat the Dec. 26 show, which saw her spread her legs and gyrate while wearing a short dress during her set, before giving a bizarre post-performance interviewlater in the night.

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Sizzla, D’Angel banned from STING, says Isaiah Laing

Sizzla and D'AngelDays after giving what some said was the best performance of STING 2013, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonji has been banned from future editions of the show by its lead promoter, Isaiah Laing, for alleged hate lyrics performed during his set, according to reports Tuesday evening.

The Grammy-nominated artist gave a rousing, hard-hitting set during the 30th anniversary show, in which he spoke out strongly against homosexuality, negative connotations attached to marijuana, among other societal issues. According to Laing, Sizzla’s ban comes as result of continuous rants against homosexuals throughout his performance, which went against a pre-show agreement with organizers not to sing anti-gay lyrics during his set.

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Top 10: Jamaican music industry’s sexiest female personalities

To leave an indelible mark within the Dancehall/Reggae industry, you not only have to showcase outright skill and determination but also have some amount of sex appeal.

The combination of a delightful personality, sharp intellect and attractive figure allows females who ply their trade within the local music industry to build strong fan bases while acclimating deserved accolades. From artistes to media personalities and even dancers, the Dancehall/Reggae industry has produced several females who’ve embodied said sentiments. Ten in particular currently personify those qualities; acquiring mass popularity in the process.

10. Mystic Davis: Dancers are wholeheartedly unappreciated within the Dancehall/Reggae framework as they’re considered as the background in many music videos. However, Mystic Davis possibly defies that logic. With unbelievable flexibility showcased throughout her craft and an hourglass shape to match, Davis hails as arguably the most popular dancer in Jamaica and possibly the Caribbean.

With videos such as Vybz Kartel’s Go Go Wine, Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj’s Letting Go and several others on her resume, Davis stands out in ways which many other dancers would become side elements. Plus, if you’ve ever watched her perform live in short shorts, you’d see why.

 

 

 

9. D’Angel: Despite a turbulent six months that included her divorce from Beenie Man, model turned Dancehall artiste, D’Angel still continues to prove that she’s one of the genre’s sexiest divas. Songs such as Blaze, Come Over amongst others have showcased that fusion of made-for-runway looks as well as lyrical dexterity, making her one of Dancehall’s most respected acts.

Though she did lose some popularity amongst fans since the divorce, she still hasn’t lost the qualities which made her attractive since her debut in 2005: Independence, beauty and intellect, all of which make her an interesting catch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Tiana – Perhaps the fastest rising female artiste in quite some time, Tiana not only made herself relevant within the Dancehall ranks, she asserted a strong presence in the industry. She made no stronger announcement as a potential superstar than with the release of Pum Pum Phat, a remake of Popcaan’s chart-topping smash, Ravin’. The risqué single showcased a hardcore, sexually appeasing side of the self-proclaimed “Princess of Dancehall” that fans never saw previously, making this curvaceous diva a household name.

Additionally, an unheard of 11 videos including Bruk Out and Whine and Gyal Mi Luv Yuh (featuring Konshens) as well her intellect; shown while making a defiant stance against what she described a ‘sexist’ music industry labeled her as a very reputable force. A deejay of the year candidate and upcoming superstar, her resume seemingly could include several more accolades going forward.

 

 

 

7. Pepita Little: Though currently out of a job after her recent release from the Television Jamaica (TVJ) show, Intense, it’s inconceivable to think that Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita won’t find her way back onto everyone’s television screen sooner rather than later.

For three years, her bubbly personality, easy-going approach to her hosting duties and a bust line that’s hard to ignore made her a popular figure within the industry. Additionally, she served as a backstage host on Digicel Rising Stars and copped a Youth View Awards nomination for Media Personality of the Year.

Despite her recent setback, Pepita has returned to spotlight in strong fashion with the release of her highly acclaimed debut single, Luv Luv Me. Given her versatility there’s no doubt that this is only the beginning of Pepita’s journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Timberlee: Sexy in two different personalities, posh and gangstress, Timberlee attracts several eyes and ears with her sultry vocals and class-personified physical attributes. Both personalities were on full display during her single on the female-dominated Bedroom Riddim with the single, Inna Mi Bedroom.

A shape to behold with confidence displayed in several singles such as Bubble Like Soup and Heels, Timberlee remains a sex symbol with her crafty word play and accompanying physical attributes.

 

 

 

5. Stacious: Similar to Timberlee, Stacious’ thought-provoking physique makes her easily identifiable figure within the local music industry. Often known for her pulsating singles and racy dressing in videos, Stacious earned comparisons to the “Queen of Dancehall,” Lady Saw, who rose to prominence for similar antics.

Additionally, Stacious’ lyrics back up said comparison as past singles such as Goodaz Clap and Make It Snappy as well as more recent singles like Come Into My Room (alongside Mavado) and Got It Like That.

 

 

 

4. Tifa: Perhaps the best at her musical craft amongst females, Tifa continues to dazzle fans, male and female, with her strong physical attributes while continuing to unleash smash hits. As her videos for Move Yuh Body and Get Flat proved last year, Tifa has a unique, classy fashion sense. Combine that with her no-holds barred lyrical display, and this prominent diva has stamped her authority on the Jamaican music framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Ce’Cile: It’s hard to believe that Ce’Cile has been in the mainstream spotlight for over ten years now as she seemingly hasn’t aged. An obviously attractive and sensual persona made the singjay one of Jamaica’s musical stalwarts.

Never afraid to show off her smooth skin, Ce’Cile embraced the sex symbol status with videos like Hot Like We, Hot Like That and several others. Permanent eye candy in her own right, she continues to stay relevant within an ever changing Jamaican music framework; recently releasing the highly acclaimed album, Jamaicanization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Tami Chynn: Dancehall singjay, Wayne Marshall must feel like the luckiest man on Earth as he has the sensual songstress, Tami Chynn to proudly boast as his wife. Chynn never ceases to amaze onlookers with her natural beauty and heartwarming vocals.

Classic songs such as Over and Over, Hyperventilating and Certified Diva, featuring the aforementioned Tifa, had fans locked into her presence. An effervescent sense of style, class and wit made Chynn a very lovable figure. A musician, host or a part-time charity worker, Chynn’s place as an internationally-regarded superstar will forever remain. Plus, as she proved with Neva Know, she has some spice to her also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Yanique Barrett: Jamaican music fans have only known her for a short time, but certainly there’s a long list of men who’ve surely kept this media personality on their watch.Debuting as host of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall in March 2011, Yanique Barrett quickly won over fans of the highly regarded talent show with her curvaceous figure, outgoing personality and several sexy dance moves. Now earning strong acclaim for her strong work and intellect, Barrett continues to spread her wings as a host/presenter as she also co-hosts E-Blaze on FAME FM as well as RETV 5 to 7 Live.The only sad part about this young starlet, for her male fans anyway, is that she’s already married. If you listen closely, the collective sighs from men can be heard worldwide.

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Freddie McGregor to unveil novel, Chino and Di Genius not being managed by Yendi

Big Ship captain, Freddie McGregor will become the latest Jamaican musician to join the literary ranks.

The Reggae patriarch has been working on his debut novel, I Will Wait For You, which will be released via Pageturner Publishing House. McGregor joins a plethora of Dancehall personalities such as Macka Diamond (Bun Him and The Real Gangster’s Wife), Miss Kitty (Good Girl Gone Bad) and most recently, D’Angel (Love Triangle) who’ve released novels through Pageturner.

The official release date for I Will Wait For You has not yet been confirmed but should hit book shelves later this year.

Meanwhile, Freddie McGregor’s sons have also hit the headlines but for different reasons.

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Are Beenie Man and D’Angel back together…again?

Just days after reports emerged of a possible reconciliation involving American pop sensations, Chris Brown and Rihanna, it seems as if Dancehall’s most enigmatic power couple may be following suit.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstars, Beenie Man and D’Angel have endured public ridicule and scrutiny since the latter artiste filed for divorce last summer following a rollercoaster five-year marriage. Both deejays have fired occasional salvos in each other’s direction since the divorce proceedings were publicized, with D’Angel’s former boyfriend, Bounty Killer even weighing in on their break-up, leading to the re-ignition of Beenie’s long-time rivalry with the “War Lord.”

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D’Angel to release new novel, biography

Prominent Dancehall diva, Michelle Downer, more popularly known as D’Angel will unveil an in-depth novel involving a girl, two guys and a lot of relationship drama. But it’s not the threesome you might be thinking of.

D’Angel will unveil her debut book, Love Triangle in February, a book already dubbed “the most controversial dancehall novel.” The book marks the first part of a two-book deal with Pageturner Publishing House as she will also release an autobiographical entitled, Break Free later this year, which will talk about her many successes and controversies on and off stage.

Love Triangle talks about three contrasting individuals, Dylan, Brandy and Malcolm involved in a steamy back and forth relationships. According to D’Angel, via press release, her new novel is far from PG.

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D’Angel wants no part of Beenie-Bounty feud, claims she deserves respect

Prominent Dancehall deejay, Michelle “D’Angel” Downer has called for her exes & fellow artistes, Beenie Man & Bounty Killer, to stop using her name to promote their lyrical feud.

On Friday, D’Angel unveiled her latest single entitled, “Good Good,” where she makes claims that her “Goodies” is what recently re-ignited the rivalry between Bounty & Beenie. In the single, D’Angel refers to herself as “The Ex” before deejaying, “Di odda day mi see two man a par, All of a sudden my goods mek two man a war, and di two man a two mega star, Me unnu wan blame? Betta doe tek it too far.” Later in the song, D’Angel warned Bounty Killer that he’d be a b***h if he counteracted the single while reminding Beenie that he’s her baby’s father and should be careful what he says publicly about their relationship.

D’Angel insists that “Good Good” was released after reaching her breaking point; claiming Beenie & Bounty’s constant use of her to promote their feud was getting annoying. “This is something I’ve been watching and absorbing without saying anything so mi just tek a stand now ’cause it a get extreme. What is joke to you is death to me. Everyday bucket go well, one day the bottom must drop out,” D’Angel told the Jamaica STAR.

D’Angel also implied, via press release, that she did the single not only wanting both artistes to show her respect, but for men to regard women as more than sexual objects. “This song is just a call to both parties to let sanity reign. This is the 21st century. Men cannot keep disrespecting women and painting them as merely sexual objects. I am a human being, a mother, an artiste, a businesswoman, a daughter and a woman,” D’Angel intimated.

Additionally, the “Stronger” singer said, “There are many different facets but there are certain people in my past who refuse to see me as such, and that is one of the reasons that they no longer play a certain role in my life. I am asking both of them to cease and desist from using my name to score cheap forwards and cheap thrills in the Dancehall space, and to respect themselves and just make good music.”

D’Angel stated that Beenie & Bounty should try to be much more creative instead of resorting to defaming her character while they clash lyrically. However, the deejay claims that their songs didn’t affect her negatively; boosting her own lyrical versatility in the process. “I wasn’t disrespecting either party, just taking a stand as a woman,” Angel claimed before adding, “The response has been overwhelming ’cause my fans have never seen me in this light. My fans are embracing it. They are loving it ’cause it is empowering to them, especially the females.”

D’Angel & former husband, Beenie Man announced last month that they were filing for divorce after five years of marriage. Since the announcement, Beenie Man made claims that D’Angel’s decision to attend Bounty Killer’s birthday party & not his was the final straw in the relationship, while later making claims that there was a lack of intimacy in their marriage. Bounty Killer then made his feelings known regarding the divorce; intimating that D’Angel was using Beenie for her own personal gain throughout the marriage, hence, restarting a long-standing rivalry between the two deejays that spans nearly 20 years.

Meanwhile, D’Angel has turned her attention to building her career; releasing singles such as “Stand Firm,” produced by Cashflow Records, “Baddest Angel,” produced by Young Veterans & “Break Free.” A video for “Break Free” will be unveiled within the next week, according to D’Angel.

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Ity & Fancy Cat apologize for Beenie Man-D’Angel skit

Popular comedic duo, Ian “Ity” Ellis & Alton “Fancy Cat” Hardware have apologized for any harm or embarrassment caused following a recent skit they did about the Beenie Man-D’Angel divorce.

The skit was aired on this past Sunday night’s episode of the Ity & Fancy Cat show; depicting a scenario in which Beenie Man’s character visited the home of his estranged wife, D’Angel. This followed a confrontation involving Beenie Man’s character & Bounty Killer’s character; ridiculing the comments Bounty made regarding Beenie & D’Angel’s pending divorce via Twitter. Once Beenie made it to the house, D’Angel’s character was later joined by a look-a-like of controversial actor, Keith “Shebada” Ramsey who claimed that he was the new father of Beenie’s son, Marco Dean. Marco Dean’s character then made an appearance telling Beenie, “Yuh Luddy,” which is one of Shebada’s signature catch phrases.

Ity & Fancy are now apologizing for any damage or inconvenience they have caused Beenie’s family since the airing of their skit.

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Beenie Man upset with Ity & Fancy Cat for using his son in skit

The public falling out from the divorce of long-time couple, Moses “Beenie Man” Davis & Michelle “D’Angel” Downer has drawn mass public scrutiny & ridicule in recent weeks. However, Beenie Man claims that popular, Jamaican comedic duo, Ity & Fancy Cat have taken it too far.

On Sunday night, Ity & Fancy unveiled a skit mocking Beenie Man & D’Angel while also making fun of Bounty Killer’s recent comments regarding the divorce. The skit also included controversial actor, Keith “Shebada” Ramsey who was the “new man” in D’Angel’s life. At the end, Shebada’s character says, “It soon TV time too..Spongebob! TV time with Marco Dean & his new Daddy,” before Beenie Man’s character said, “Wah..mi nuh wan mi son call no odda man Daddy.” A boy posing as Marco Dean Davis responded to Beenie Man’s claims by saying, “Yuh Luddy.”

Beenie Man was not amused by the comedians’ use of his son for entertainment value.

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Beenie Man, Bounty Killer feud takes another turn following, “Cah Puff Mi Chest” release

The long-standing rivalry in Dancehall music between legendary entertainers, Beenie Man & Bounty Killer continues to intensify following the release of Beenie’s new single, “Cah Puff Mi Chest.”

Both deejays have exchanged a plethora of sharp-shooting diss songs at each other over the last week; starting with Bounty Killer’s counteraction to Beenie’s “Nah Talk Too Long” entitled, “Who Tell Him Dweet.” That song followed comments that Bounty Killer made regarding Beenie’s divorce from his ex-girlfriend, D’Angel earlier this month; claiming D’Angel was using him for her own personal gain. Beenie responded this past Saturday with the single, “Da Idiot Song Deh,” where took shots at both Bounty Killer & fellow adversary, Tony Matterhorn. The next day, Bounty counteracted that song with, “Run Inna War,” suggesting that D’Angel didn’t want any “pissy tail bwoy” and even took a jab at Vybz Kartel; calling him “Lady Gaga.”

Beenie’s new effort, “Cah Puff Mi Chest,” was released on the War Monger Riddim; produced by Open Ear Records. In the chorus of “Cah Puff Mi Chest,” Beenie deejays, “P***y yuh cyaah puff mi chest, yuh cyaah beat me, Bounty have an eating disorder; yuh freaky, Gyal use yuh tongue as red carpet weekly, yuh teeth dem soon drop out, yuh too greedy.” Beenie later addresses Bounty’s claims regarding his association with controversial actor, Keith “Shebada” Ramsey; claiming the “War Lord” would fill a full segment of Shebada’s story while re-affirming his heterosexual status.

Additionally, Beenie also claims that D’Angel told him about Bounty’s freaky ways & implies that the “Grung Gaad” is overly focused on Vybz Kartel’s & Mavado’s career.

Meanwhile, many fans have expressed mixed emotions regarding the re-igniting of the Beenie-Bounty war. Some have intimated that the beef has gotten stale between the two deejays while others believe that the two are using this as a marketing ploy to draw attention to STING 2011, taking place this December. The two established entertainers made peace earlier this year; performing together at Fully Loaded 2011 amongst other show. However, when Beenie claimed that D’Angel’s decision to go to Bounty’s birthday party & snub his own played a major role in their divorce, their perceived friendship seemed to deteriorate once more.

Beenie Man – Cah Puff Mi Chest (Bounty Killer Diss)

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Bounty Killer continues lyrical assault on Beenie Man with “Run Inna War.”

Prominent Dancehall deejay, Rodney “Bounty Killer” Price wasted no time in responding to Beenie Man’s counteraction released this weekend entitled, “Da Idiot Song Deh.”

The “War Lord” unveiled his own counteraction, “Run Inna War” on Sunday; unleashing his lyrical ammunition against Beenie Man. In the opening, Bounty says, “Angel she she nuh wan nuh pissy tail bwoy, run inna war mi nuh force yuh, call up mi name like a me mek di b***h divorce yuh,” referring to Beenie’s claims that Angel’s appearance at Bounty’s birthday party was the last straw that led to their recent divorce.

Additionally, Bounty Killer calls out fellow, long-time rival, Vybz Kartel along with well-renowned actor, Keith “Shebada” Ramsay.

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Bounty Killer takes shots at Beenie Man in new single

It seems as if any co-existence between Dancehall legends, Bounty Killer & Beenie Man has ceased once more due to the release of Bounty’s latest single.

On Saturday, the “Grung Gaad” unveiled his new single, “Who Tell Him Dweet,” taking lyrical aim at Beenie Man; counteracting the “Doctor’s” single released in April entitled “Nah Talk Too Long.” In Beenie’s song, he took a shot at Bounty Killer in the opening line; deejaying, “How Bounty fi she mi cyaah call him name again? BOUNTY! BOUNTY! Mi call yuh name again.”

Bounty offers a stark reply with “Who Tell Him Dweet,” deejaying in the chorus, “A who tell him fi dweet a who tell him go dweet? Mi hear mi name, A who say Bounty? Nuh Beenie, Him tek di bait and now him haffi get defeat, Yuh shouldn’t mess wid Warlord, Di Grung Gaad at every street.”  Bounty continues his lyrical assault by singing, “Mi nuh wah nutten fi kill him mi do dat fi free, By now Betweenie shoulda know how mi dweet, So any day again we buck again down a stage show, Him a dead around one a mi murder round three.”

In addition of his lyrical jabs in the direction of the self-professed “King of the Dancehall,” Bounty Killer also calls out former protégé & long-time nemesis, Vybz Kartel. He deejays, “All the dead can hear mi have the zombie scared inna him bleach out pink skin an woman hair.”

Bounty & Beenie were seemingly in good graces following a slew of performances together within the last 12 months; most recently at the Grand Gala inside the National Stadium on Independence Day (August 6). However, Bounty’s counteraction against Beenie Man follows recent comments made by the “War Lord” about Beenie & D’Angel’s marriage via Twitter; claiming D’Angel was using Beenie from the get go. “No diss still but Angel didn’t love Beenie she loves all the things he was doing and which woman nuh want wedding and a puppet?” Beenie implied prior to those comments that he felt betrayed by D’Angel’s decision to go to Bounty Killer’s birthday party but not his; given that Bounty had disrespected her several times in the media.

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D’Angel booed at Digicel Summer To Di World show

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Michelle “D’Angel” Downer was jeered & booed heavily in her first performance since the announcement of her divorce from Beenie Man nearly a month ago.

D’Angel, who’s faced massive public scrutiny since the divorce was made public took the stage at Digicel’s Summer To Di World stage show in Downtown Kingston last week Friday & was immediately booed after she was announced by the show emcee, Ms. Kitty. Seemingly angered by the fan reaction, D’Angel asked, “Wah unnu a boo mi fah? Weh mi do unnu?..Unnu a boo mi fi mi talent?” D’Angel accused the fans of taking sides with Beenie Man; intimating that what goes around comes around & that they shouldn’t be biased against her given that her marriage with the “Doctor” didn’t work out.

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D’Angel has emotional breakdown as she,Beenie Man talk divorce

Prominent Dancehall couple, Moses “Beenie Man” Davis & Michelle “D’Angel Downer continue to offer their best explanations to the public; revealing more details as to why their marriage of five years has finally reached its conclusion.

In separate interviews to Winford Williams on CVM’s OnStage that aired last night, both deejays told their sides of the story that continues to play out through the media. First up was Beenie who claimed that he was the first person to issue divorce persons & not D’Angel; explaining that the “Blaze” songstress avoided the papers he sent before he received hers hours later. The “Doctor” also insisted that he was putting out maximum effort he tried to help the couple repair their marriage on several occasions. “Outta all di years, is me. Anytime yuh she me & D’Angel back together, is me. But is always fi di ute. It no mek no sense, yuh a work so hard & yuh nuh happy,” Beenie intimated.

In addition to their emotional problems, Beenie suggested that there was a lack of physical intimacy at times within the marriage; causing the connection to be lost. Regardless, the self-proclaimed “King of the Dancehall” maintained that despite his attempts to make his wife happy, she wasn’t. “There’s no acceptance of what you have done, everything you have done is nothing. So it nah go mek no sense if you try fi do everything fi please a person & that person is not pleased,” Beenie said.

Responding to Beenie’s claims, D’Angel gave an emotional interview; vividly stressed out by the way their divorce has been dissected in the public. The “Stronger” singjay expressed that she & Beenie had constant issues communicating. “I actually came to my breaking point where there was too much confusion. We’re not seeing things eye to eye…We can’t have a discussion without an argument, we don’t have the same dreams, we don’t have the same beliefs. All that take a toll on me so I finally reached my breaking point,” D’Angel explained. Furthermore, the songstress has no regrets about the marriage but implied that if she could start over, she would have tried to get to know Beenie before they wed in 2006.

However, what seemingly upset D’Angel most was the way Beenie Man has handled their divorce since the papers were issued; insisting that Beenie has been playing an innocent role via & the media when talking about their issues. “Why rush into di public, being di victim? Why you telling a story? This don’t belong in the public…I don’t want to be a part of this drama anymore,” D’Angel implored. When asked about how the divorce would impact their son, Marco Dean, D’Angel broke down in tears after stressing that she & Beenie can still be parents to their child despite their personal issues.

D’Angel later pleaded with Beenie to stop going public with these issues & making disparaging comments about her for their son’s sake. What we having personally as an adult has nothing to do as a child.” “Embarrassing me is embarrassing your son that you & if you love your son the way you said you do, now is the time to stop because not everything is entertainment, not everything is fun,” D’Angel stated.

D’Angel now is turning to music as her source of healing; releasing her latest single, “Break Free” that speaks to her battles within the relationship.  “Music is a healing for me & when I’m going through my breaking points, I just channel my energy through music. Hopefully my music can comfort anyone that’s going through a similar fate,” D’Angel intimated.

CVM ONSTAGE (SEPT. 10,2011) FEATURING BEENIE & D\’ANGEL INTERVIEWS

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