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Elephant Man calls out Beenie Man after recent interview

Beenie Man Elephant ManNever one to be lost for words or triggering strong opinions with said words, Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man is at the epicenter of controversy following an interview in which he called out many of his contemporaries, including Elephant Man, who is none too pleased with his commentary.

In a recent interview with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg onHOT 97Beenie Man was asked about the state of Dancehall music and speaking on some of its marquee acts, including Cham and Mr. Vegas, stating that they were both inconsistent while stating Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ and that he is ‘not coming home enough.’ He also called himself ‘the balance of Dancehall music,’ saying the genre needs him to continue making hits to help sustain it.

When further pressed about Dancehall’s state, Beenie told the American radio station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

In an interview published in the Jamaica STAR on TuesdayElephant Man shot back at Beenie, who he performed alongside at the BET Awards last year, intimating that he damaging the genre with such comments.

“Beenie Man badmind until him teeth and the middle of him hair a drop out. He never has nothing good to say about other artistes,” he told the newspaper. “He is all about himself. That’s why him in the music fi suh long and nuh buss no artiste, because him badmind.”

The ‘Energy God’ continued his rant against Beenie, saying, “Yuh gone pon interview gone tell people sey a you alone a duh good inna music, after dem never ask yuh bout yuhself. When Vybz Kartel deh road, yuh run bakka the man and talk bout Gaza yu sey, then yuh same one gone pon interview gone bash di man. Mi deh Europe, and di bwoy know sey mi deh Europe, and gone tell people foolishness.”

He continued, “Yuh too badmind. Yuh try offa Yellowman. Yuh not even own a studio fi record yuh song dem, bout yuh live inna apartment with 300 man. Wicked people cyah pretend too long, ah yourself yuh a trick because yuh nah run no dancehall, go fix yuh teeth dem wey a drop out.”

Watch Beenie’s full interview on HOT 97 here.

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Popcaan lands rotation on Hot 97, to unveil new video this weekend

Emerging Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has continued his meteoric rise to fame in 2012 as one of his biggest songs in 2011 has garnered him strong international exposure.

The Portmore Empire deejay’s number one hit, Only Man She Want recently copped a spot on American radio; earning regular rotation on the playlist of HOT 97 in New York City. Popcaan joins the likes of Beenie Man, Khago and long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel who have been added to the prominent radio station’s playlist.

Johnny Wonder, vice president of digital distribution company, 21st-Hapilos, which helps push some of Popcaan’s material, believes that the Ravin’ deejay has the potential to both launch himself on the international market as well as Dancehall in general.

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Alicia Keys currently recording in Jamaica

American Grammy-winning R&B superstar, Alicia Keys has made Jamaica her temporary home, as she will embark on a recording project in the island.

The songstress, known for several classics such as Fallin, A Woman’s Worth and Superwoman arrived in the island on Saturday for music-related purposes. According to media reports, Keys began attending recording sessions at Geejam Studios in Portland.

The studio complex houses three deluxe cabins, a self-contained villa, spa, gym, swimming pool and restaurant. Additionally, reports claim that the privacy Geejam studios offer assured Keys safe accommodation.

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Mavado signs with DJ Khaled’s record label

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall artiste, David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado has landed a major, overseas record deal. The popular singjay announced during an interview with HOT 97’s Angie Martinez that he’s signed a record deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group.

Mavado took to the airwaves of the New York City based radio station to break the big news; prior to DJ Khaled’s confirmation of said announcement. manchester united schedule “That’s right, New York City! Mavado is officially signed to We The Best Music Group,” said an excited Khaled. The Miami born hip-hop superstar & disc jock further elaborated on the new deal with the “Gully Gaad.”

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Bounty Killer & Mr. Vegas Make Peace


I Am Blessed singjay Vegas and the Warlord Bounty Killer hung out together backstage at the HOT 97’s ‘On Da Reggae Tip’ concert, talking, vibing and even taking pictures for the press and fans.

“Me and him hold a reasoning backstage. Killa ah mi dupes, I don’t have no problem with Killa, you know him personality, and if yu follow him up wid him aggressive personality, yu know wha a go happen. Nuff people tek it on and it nuh work out fi dem,” Vegas said.

Vegas and Bounty Killer had had an acrimonious relationship in the past and Killer had referred to him using several derrogatory names in the past but now they seemed to have buried the hatchet.

“Anyway, I respect Bounty Killer because yu have nuff artiste who buss internationally like Sean Paul and dem coulda bring yutes wid dem, like how Akon pick up Kardinal Offishal and buss him internationally. Mi rate Killer because him break crazy yute inna the business and yu caan deny him that. Me and him had issues but mi remember when me and him and Tyrical used to de rounda Junior Reid studio, so mi see the good side of Killer. Me and Mavado good, mi come from Big Yard, Mavado come from Cassava Piece and him never show mi no hype yet, him and Serani dem always show mi maximum respect, so right now, mi ah say good over evil.”

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HOT 97 “On The Reggae Tip”

reggaetipAlliance Entertainment is proud to announce the confirmation of its 3 superstar artists for this year’s “On da Reggae Tip,” the annual Reggae show promoted by New York’s #1 radio station for Hip Hop, R&B and Reggae! Held every year at the Hammerstein Ballroom, it’s been 3 years since Bounty Killer graced the stage and the anticipation for the return of the “Ground God” is already immense, especially after his show-stealing performance at this year’s Sumfest. With the world buzzing over the Killer’s return to form, hes sure to make a big impact at Reggae Tip.

Mavado is still riding the wave of his incredible success, that shows no signs of slowing down since he burst on to the scene four years ago. Adored by people of all backgrounds and nations, Mavado scored big on HOT 97 earlier this year with his anthemic “So Special” and is currently Jamaica’s #1 musical export worldwide. Mavado made a triumphant return to New York at last year’s Reggae Tip when Wylcef Jean called him on as a surprise guest and the Hammerstein’s roof nearly caved in.

Both Mavado and Serani were a big success at HOT 97’s Summer Jam show earlier this year in front of 50,000 people that also featured Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Busta Rhymes among others. Serani’s phenomenal rise continues to happen as he carries his sound across the US. His new single “She Loves Me” is already in rotation on HOT 97, with other stations adding it daily.

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mavado_smWhen the smoke cleared in the Giants stadium Sunday night, Dancehall had taken another huge step into the mainstream courtesy of Mavado, Serani and Elephant Man, all of whom represented different aspects of Dancehall music very well to around 50,000 patrons.

All 3 acts did very well on the main stage, Serani’s greatly-improved stage presence shone, with his crossover hit No Games proving to be the monster it is. Mavado, representing the hardcore side of Dancehall, stalked the stage commandingly, and was given a great response to hits such as “Whe Dem a Do?” “On the Rock” and “So Special.” Elephant Man lived up to his Energy God moniker and had the whole stadium signalling the plane!

“We got huge exposure from this show,” said Mavado after his performance. “The on-air promotion HOT 97 gave us in the run-up to the show was priceless, as well as being able to sing in front of so many people on the same bill as Mary J Blige, Jay Z and so many others. Its the first time I’ve performed in front of such a huge crowd and I was very pleased at the response.”

“You could see people rocking way in the upper tiers at the back when we were on stage” added Serani, who’s birthday actually fell on the same day as SUMMER JAM, the biggest show in his life. “The whole crowd wished me happy birthday during my performance which was the best present I think I ever had! Shout out to HOT 97, Ebro, Jill, Bobby & Jabba, Mr Cee, Flex, Cipha, Angie, Willie Daniels, all those who made this possible.”seraninew

Patrons left the stadium very pleased by the newly-added Dancehall segment and HOT 97 have already indicated that it is something they would like to continue with for future Summer Jams.

Apart from the well-received Dancehall segment, the talk of the night was when Jay Z, who arrived Obama-style in a van surrounded by security guards with ear pieces jogging alongside the vehicle, touched the stage with Young Jeezy.

Jay Z released a song titled D.O.A (Death of Autotune) on Friday on the station and by Sunday night he had 50,000 people singing along.

“I’ve never seen that happen before,” said Hip Hop DJ legend Funkmaster Flex. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never seen anything like that!”

Friday night saw Mavado and Serani in Hartford, CT, where they performed on HOTJAM 8, alongside Soulja Boy, Bow Wow, Drake, Fabolous, Trey Songz and more.

“We’ve been on around a half dozen of these type of events this year which has never been done by more than one Dancehall act,” said manager Julian Jones-Griffith. “Our aim is to get Dancehall artists as a must-have on these types of shows, so that our music and our artists are positioned alongside urban music in the US. With the great reception Mavado and Serani have been receiving from the mainstream hopefully things are changing for the genre.”

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