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FEATURE: Top 10 Dancehall songs about sex

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BY: Jodee Brown

Dancehall has long been embedded with wide-ranging overtones that have made it one of the leading genres in Jamaica since the 1990s. Whether symbolizing the struggles of inner city life or simply having a good time with friends, Dancehall has always been relied on as a storytelling tool for many everyday topics that other mediums just don’t get into enough.

One topic that Dancehall has definitely shone a light on throughout its evolution is sex. Artists have never shied away from telling the naughty things that go on behind closed doors; in many cases, going into heavily explicit detail to get their points across. You could certainly say the genre has become ‘oversexed’ considering the increased sexual imagery that has inundated the music scene in that last few years. However, there are those songs that have been released along the way that, which being pretty clear about the theme, are also regarded as hits on radio, in sessions and bedrooms alike due to the cheeky metaphors, quality concepts and on point melodies without making everything overtly obvious.

Conjugal Visit, the recently-released collaboration between Spice and incarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel is a solid example of it, especially the concept, considering the song is about Spice’s character wanting to give it up to her jailed boyfriend during her visit behind prison walls. The song’s already been a hit, with the official video topping two million views on World Star Hip Hop within 24 hours of it release.

Inspired by this latest track, here is a list of the 10 greatest Dancehall songs about sex. But first, the honourable mentions:

Konshens – Stop Sign: Arguably the best song in Dancehall in 2012, Konshens scored with this improvisational number, comparing sexual rendezvous with a girl to road signs and treasure hunts. Deejay of the Year type material indeed.

Lady Saw – Stab Up Di Meat/Sycamore Tree/Healing/Heels On: She could honestly have a Top 10 list on her own about this topic given her raunchy, pull no punches persona. The latter was one of the biggest songs of 2013 and help reinforce her status as the Queen of Dancehall while the others helped her ascent to that crown in the mid-90s

Ce’Cile – Do It To Me: This was the first song of its kind that explicitly spoke out about on the biggest taboo topics in Jamaican culture; the issue men giving women oral sex. It gained her a lot of acclaim and criticism from her male counterparts, but it was a lightning rod and pace setter for divas who maybe were hesitant to speak out about it initially.

Vybz Kartel – Virginity: In a way, this was Dancehall’s version of Madonna’s classic, Like a Virgin as the ever polarizing Vybz Kartel scored with this chart-topper, Virginity in 2008.

The idea behind the song is about a man who gets intimate with his girl and triggers memories of the moment they had sex for the first time and he broke her virginity. Add on a nice melody from Kartel’s protégé, Gaza Indu and you get this hit which was one of several in 2008, arguably the best all-round year of the deejay’s career. Safe to say this song remains a hit in the music scene to this day.

 

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10. Macka Diamond – Dye Dye: For years, Macka was synonymous with doing counteractions of popular songs, speaking out about issues of cheating or hot new dance moves.

But the biggest hit of her career to date in her two-decade-long career as an artist was this hot number back in 2013. Dye Dye tells the story of a woman who seduces her boyfriend and drags him into the bedroom, begging him to please her to the point she cursing in patois repeatedly while using selective wordplay and sultry vocals to co-exist well with the rhythm.

The song was a chart-topper in Jamaica and a hit charts in the U.S. and Europe respectively. The video for it, which shows Macka simulating sex while scantily-clad dancers dance around to the beat make it all the more eye-catching. It got so popular to the point her Latin American fans got a treat when she remixed the song in Spanish. What better way to push a song about sex than by singing it in two different languages. Bedrooms all over the world were getting squeaky when this hit the airwaves.

9. Spice – Jim Screechie: It’s one thing for a song to talk about sex between and woman and her man. But when the song is about a woman willing to give it up to man despite having a boyfriend, it gives said song a bit more of that ‘stir the pot’ type element and in Jim Screechie, the proverbial kitchen was heating up whenever it was played.

This chart-topper from the Dancehall diva took the Equiknoxx Music produced rhythm of the same name due to its storyline about a woman who invited her mate, ‘Jim Screechie’ to come over while her significant other was at work and give her the loving she lacked and was desperate for. The irony about the video for the song is that ‘Jim Screechie’ was played by her long-time boyfriend, Nicholas Lall.

Nevertheless, this cheater’s anthem not only became a hit in Jamaica and North America, but it essentially made ‘Jim Screechie’ a part of the street lexicon, similar to the guys who label themselves ‘Joe Grine.’

8. Mavado – Squeeze Her Breast: While he and the aforementioned Kartel were exchanging lyrical blows with diss song after scathing diss song, the ‘Gully Gaad’ took time from the musical battlefield to make this hit for the ladies, entitled Squeeze Her Breast.

While the title pretty much gives away what to expect when hearing the song, Mavado’s wordplay and transition between hardcore deejaying and singing makes it worth the listen. While other effort such as Car Back, Twice a Day and Till She Bawl are other notable sex songs from the former Alliance standout, it was one of the songs that further pushed Mavado to superstardom, topping the local charts and being one of the biggest hits off his critically-acclaimed debut album, Gangster For Live: The Symphony of David Brooks.

7. Shabba Ranks – Bedroom Bully: Long before Kartel set the bar for slackness, Dancehall’s emperor, Shabba Ranks was the original pace setter for singing about bedroom shenanigans in his music.

Songs like Mr. Loverman, Champion Lover and Wicked Inna Bed were strong efforts describing this ever popular topic and helped him solidify his status as an international star in the early 90s. But it was this 1993 effort, Bedroom Bully that left no stone unturned; with Shabba bragging about his ability to please the ladies, essentially suggesting it was in his genes. “My daddy was a bedroom bully, bedroom bully for I man mommy. Then daddy bully Shabba Rankin mommy. Then Shabba mommy have a bully baby. And the bully baby God Almighty was me.”

This was Shabba at his ingenious best as he talked about his own talents between the sheets as well as how his ladies liked it and showed why he warranted a pair of Reggae Grammys in 1992 and 1993 respectively for his efforts.

6. Beenie Man – Wickedest Slam: The ‘King of Dancehall’ has a sizeable catalogue of sexually-charged songs to his credit, including Nuff Gal, Hmm Hmm and many others. But this one stood out not just because of its impact musically, but on popular culture as well.

Beenie, in no uncertain terms, talked about the type of girls he loved most and wanted to be with in this chart-topper, suggesting ghetto girls know how to please their men best. The video for the song was also one of the most popular Dancehall videos during the 1990s.

Not only was the song big locally and internationally, but it also helped trigger the condom brand, SLAM Condoms, which remains one of the more popular brands in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Additionally, the song partly inspired the 2003 smash hit, Dude which featured then teenage singer, Ms. Thing. 

5. Lady Saw and Spragga Benz – Backshot: Back to the Queen of Dancehall and despite her legion of hardcore songs about sex, this was undoubtedly the best of them all.

Muma Saw didn’t joke around on this one; getting straight to the nitty gritty about what her favourite position is and how she likes it while in said position. A pretty simple formula for a successful sex song: Talk about what you most enjoy about sexual interaction, put in a flurry of hard-hitting similes and metaphors and successfully transition with a male artist as each side describes the benefits of engaging in that specific position.

A top notch song with all the right elements to get you moving in the streets and between the sheets

4. Mavado and Stacious – Come Into My Room: On the heels of the squashed feud between himself and Vybz Kartel, the ‘Gully Gaad’ found both local and international success when he teamed with curvaceous Dancehall diva, Stacious for this smash, Come Into My Room in January 2010.

The Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor produced track was the perfect combination of a stimulating beat meshing with sexy vocals by Stacious and Mavado’s hard-hitting lyrics. The chemistry on this track was fluent throughout as the two made you believe they were together given how intimate the song sounded. It was arguably the year’s biggest Dancehall song and personally, I can’t tell you how many times I heard people bopping to this song at one apartment I used to live at. Annoyed much.

3. Shaggy – Boombastic: After the likes of Shabba Ranks and Patra and others helped put Dancehall on the international map in the early 90s with their no holds barred lyrical content, then emerging act, Shaggy took things to another level when he crafted this bedroom banger, Boombastic in 1995. 

The song showed Shaggy talking about how he had the physical attributes to please any woman, any time and his distinctly deep, rough vocals gave an edge to the song, which including a sample of Marvin Gaye’s classic, Let’s Get It On. It is still regarded as one of the most commercially successful Dancehall tracks of all time, reaching the top of the U.K. singles charts while peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also landed the entertainer his first and only Grammy award for Best Reggae Album for his compilation of the same name.

It’s been played in several movies and television shows during scenes where characters are about to do the nasty, but make no mistake, the clean nature of the lyrics compared to other sexually-charged anthems combined with the range of the artist who sang it makes it a classic in Jamaican music folklore.

2. Vybz Kartel and Spice – Ramping Shop: The song which inspired this list is a follow up to this classic from 2008 and is arguably the best piece of work in each artist’s careers.

Ramping Shop is the best sexually-charged combination single in Dancehall history, hands down, with its hardcore, world class wordplay by both artists. Plus what made it stand out more was the imagery behind the single, as the two took very racy photos in bed together to promote the track.

The song was number one for several weeks in Jamaica and broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2009. However, it courted just as much controversy as it did acclaim, if not more, as the song had to be pulled from radio after the publishing company Grammy-winning singer, Ne-Yo claimed copyright infringement due the song’s use of the rhythm for his hit single, Miss Independent. The song was also banned from radio by the Broadcasting Commission at one point and heavily criticized by public figures, including the then principal from my alma mater, Ardenne High School, Esther Tyson for its raunchy lyrical content.

Any song which talks unapologetically about sex is due to get scrutinized and given how popular and high quality this song was, it got more than most. A classic nonetheless.

1. Mad Cobra – Flex: After signing with American label, Columbia Records following a string of #1 hits in the U.K., Mad Cobra delivered the biggest hit of his career with this 1992 hit and the signature line, ‘Girl flex, time to have sex. Long time yuh have di rude bwoy yah a sweat.”

A Dancehall adaptation of Just My Imagination by The Temptations, this song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains one of the most successful Dancehall songs, about sex or otherwise, to date. One of the more underappreciated lyrics in the genre’s history, the song also includes elements of R&B and Reggae along with soothing and wide-ranging lyrical content, with the song and beat often sampled by younger artists to this day. To date, it’s the best Dancehall song ever about sex.

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876-411 Review Show - The Foota Hype-Ishawna saga and assessing Mavado's run in the U.S.

876-411 Review Show – The Foota Hype-Ishawna saga and assessing Mavado’s run in the U.S.

Check out this brand new episode of the live, online Jamaican entertainment show, 876-411. Hosted by Marc Brown.

In today’s episode, we look at the ongoing fallout from the much publicized breakup of popular sound selector, Foota Hype and singer Ishawna as well as Mavado’s run in the U.S. since signing with We The Best Music Group and whether it has been a success.

Visit the official 876-411 website for the latest news, videos and music within the world of Jamaican entertainment, sports and culture, whether at home or abroad: http://www.876411.com/

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Repeat winners, interesting performances dominate 2014 Youth View Awards

Tifa 2014If this year’s staging of the highly-touted Youth View Awards sounded oddly familiar to the 2013 edition, it did as several winners from last year’s show defended their respective honors on a largely entertaining show.

The National Indoor Centre played host to a somewhat revamped edition of the show Saturday night, including the addition of 44 nominees to 22 of the show’s 24 categories. In most cases, however, that tweak did little to sway the opinions of the young adults and teenagers who mainly vote for the show, given its focus around celebrating entertainers and media personalities they revere.

Performances were mostly lively throughout the night, with I-Octane’s in particular standing out, including a mixture of older and current hits in his set. Additionally, 17-year-old American singer, Zendaya was one of two special guests performing on the night, showcasing hits such as her breakout song, Replay, while another 17-year-old upstart, Samantha J performed her smash hit, Tight Up Skirt. But while performances were fresh and offered variety during the show, the awards results again followed trends set in past years.

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Mp3: Mavado & Jadakiss – Just Like Magic by Musical Masquerade

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Live: Mavado Brings Out Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled at ODRT

Live: Mavado Brings Out Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled at ODRT

Live: Mavado Brings Out Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled at ODRT

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Mp3: Mavado Ft Nicki Minaj – Give It All To Me – Overdrive Riddim

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Mavado freed from assault charge following settlement

MavadoA two-year old assault charge against Dancehall superstar, Mavado has been dropped as his case has been settled out of court.

The singjay, whose real name is David Brooks was freed from the charge during a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court Thursday afternoon. Mavado’s lawyer, Peter Champagnie announced during the hearing that his client’s case had been settled in mediation.

Furthermore, prosecutors confirmed that they had no evidence to try the ‘Gully Gaad’ on the assault charge, causing the judge to dismiss the case.

Mavado expressed relief at the judge’s decision, tweeting, “Charges against me dismissed in court today, to God be the glory.”

The assault charge was slapped on Mavado following an altercation with an off-duty police officer at Bounty Killer’s birthday bash at the QUAD Nightclub in New Kingston in June 2011. Said altercation led to the shooting death of Mavado’s close friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards.

Mavado subsequently came out in interviews, claiming that the shot which killed Edwards was intended for him while also chastising law enforcement officials for their handling of the situation.

The incident also reportedly caused friction between Mavado and Bounty Killer, who is the entertainer’s long time mentor. However, Bounty Killer showed his support to his protégé following the judge’s ruling, tweeting, “Vado buss up the idiot case bout police assault god a god gully gaad!”

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Tiana features on remix with Nicki Minaj and Mavado, stars on European tour

Tiana European tourThe reigning ‘Dancehall Duchess,’ Tiana has been on a roll in recent weeks as she continues her tour of Europe; scoring a major collaboration of sorts in the process.

Tiana has been featured on a soon-to-be-released remix alongside Trinidadian-American rap sensation, Nicki Minaj and Dancehall stalwart, Mavado. The remix, done by ‘The Remix King,’ DJ Dain features a mash-up of Tiana’s Freaky Man, a remix of Vybz Kartel’s Freaky Girl: Part 3 and Freaks, by Nicki Minaj and French Montana, with a sprinkling vocals by the ‘Gully Gaad’ across the song.

This remix is sure to be a smash for Dancehall and hip-hop fans as it encompasses various elements of urban music in one song.

It is another achievement for Tiana, who has been enjoying her first tour of Europe since April 13th. The Tiana: Live in Action tour has seen the Duchess perform at shows in Austria and across various German cities, including Dortmund, Bochum and Detmold.

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Mp3: Mavado – Rise Up ft. Akon & Rick Ross

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Mixtape: DJ CHUTA – DANCEHALL TIME MIXTAPE VOL 7

Mixtape: DJ CHUTA – DANCEHALL TIME MIXTAPE VOL 7

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TRACKLIST:

01.INTRO – EKLYPSE
02.ANDRIDE FT EKLYPSE – VIBEZ THEM SICKA
03.TWIN OF TWINS – SO MUCH THINGS
04.CHAM – LAWLESS
05.CHAM – STRIPPER POSE
06.VERSION – 630
07.BOASY – 630
08.VERSION – MEAN MAN
09.DAJIGGA – MEAN MAN
10.VERSION – ALL OUT
11.POINT O – ALL OUT
12.VERSION – DONE SEE DEM
13.DEMARCO – DONE SEE DEM
14.BEEZ – RIDE AS U LIKE
15.VERSION – NO CHIP TO MY BRAIN
16.DI GOVANAH – NO CHIP TO MY BRAIN
17.VERSION – MY CONFESSION
18.DEMARCO – MY CONFESSIONS
19.VERSION – SPECIAL KINDA GYAL
20.MAVADO – SPECIAL KINDA GYAL
21.VERSION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED
22.VYBZ KARTEL FT. GAZA SLIM – EVERYTHING YOU NEED
23.VERSION – WEED SMOKERS
24.VERSION – FLY OVER BADMIND PEOPLE
25.I OCTANE – FLY OVER BADMIND PEOPLE
26.VERSION – NAADA LEVEL
27.HICE WATA – NAADA LEVEL
28.COLLIE BUDDZ – LIVE LIFE
29.VERSION – GONE TOO FAR
30.CHAN DIZZY – GONE TOO FAR
31.VERSION – PARTY VYBZ
32.VYBZ KARTEL – PARTY VYBZ
33.DE’VIOUS – GIVE THANKS
34.NINJA KID – NATURE A RISE
35.T’NEZ – HEARTLESS
36.MASICKA – LIVE THE LIFE
37.ZAGGA – LITTLE SOMETHING
38.VERSION – CROSSFIRE RIDDIM
39.TWIN OF TWINS – BIG TRACY-ANN
40.NINJA MNA – BUNN
41.TWIN OF TWINS – CHRISTMAS A COME
42.KIPRICH – HEAD A BUNN
43.VERSION – FACE OFF RIDDIM
44.AIDONIA – PSALMS
45.SEAN PAUL – TALLEST
46.DI GENIUS – PRAY
47.MAVADO – DISRESPECT
48.VERSION – STREET BOMB RIDDIM
49.BLAK RYNO – MI DISCIPLE DEM
50.BEENIE MAN – BURN DEMON AND GOAT
51.MATTERHORN – DEATH FROM THE RED PLANET
52.BOUNTY KILLER – DI GAAD
53.VERSION – RADIOACTIVE RIDDIM
54.BEENIE MAN – BADDA DAN DEM
55.KHAGO & ZAMUNDA – MI DI GAL DEM A TALK BOUT
56.ZAGGA – DAT IS A MUST
57.POPCAAN – YOUTH AFFI BORN
58.VERSION – INCURSION RIDDIM
59.KIPPO – FEAR NO EVIL
60.NAVINO – CAH FEAR ME
61.MAVADO – NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU
62.KALADO – SQEEZE IT
63.MUNGA FT SASSY D – BUBBLE
64.DEMARCO – REAL QWENGA
65.ELEPHANT MAN – POSITION
66.TOMMY LEE – BRAVERY
67.VYBZ KARTEL – CONVERTIBLE
68.VERSION – DUTCH POT RIDDIM
69.GYPTIAN – HERE I AM
70.NAVINO – WE NUH RUN EEN
71.PUMPUTAE – DASH OUT
72.MUNGA – DRACULA FI SCREAM
73.VERSION – SOAK
74.BENCIL – ANYTIME DI RAIN A FALL
75.TIANA – MAD OVA ME
76.CHARLY BLACK – LOVE ME
77.DAVILLE – COME MEK WE TOUCH
78.VERSION – 1990 RIDDIM
79.FRISCO KID – DAT MI LIKE
80.FRANKIE SLY – NUH BOY CYAA
81.SPICE – CYAAN MANAGE IT
82.MR LEXX – NUH MORE THAN YUH
83.VERSION – BAR BOUNCE RIDDIM
84.ELEPHANT MAN – HAPPY
85.BLAK RYNO & MARKUS – BAR AFFI SHELL
86.BEENIE MAN & FAMBO – LETS MAKE A TOAST
87.MAVADO – LIVE MY LIFE
88.VERSION – BED KNOCKINGS RIDDIM
89.TWIN OF TWINS – BIG TRACY-ANN
90.NINJA MNA – BUNN
91.TWIN OF TWINS – CHRISTMAS A COME
92.KIPRICH – HEAD A BUNN
93.VERSION – FACE OFF RIDDIM
94.AIDONIA – PSALMS
95.SEAN PAUL – TALLEST
96.DI GENIUS – PRAY
97.MAVADO – DISRESPECT
98.VERSION – STREET BOMB RIDDIM
99.BLAK RYNO – MI DISCIPLE DEM
100.BEENIE MAN – BURN DEMON AND GOAT
101.MATTERHORN – DEATH FROM THE RED PLANET
102.BOUNTY KILLER – DI GAAD
103.VERSION – RADIOACTIVE RIDDIM
104.KEIDA – WINE FI YUH
105.MR VEGAS – LOVE ZONE
106.DEMARCO – EVERY GYAL A MINE
107.LEFTSIDE – NAUGHTY
108.VERSION – DOG BITE RIDDIM
109.T.O.K – GYAL MAD PON DI BUDDY
110.TIANA – MINE DI DOG BITE YUH
111.SEAN PAUL – NUH BADDA WID DEM
112.KONSHENS – GUERILLA FOREVAH
113.VERSION – SMEAR BASS RIDDIM
114.T’NEZ – HUSTLE [GO HARD]
115.I-OCTANE – LIFE
116.NAVINO – DOLLAR SIGN
117.PATEXX – MORE MONEY
118.NAVINO – IT’S ALRIGHT
119.BABY CHRIS, DING DONG & NEW KIDZ – PARTY LIFE
120.BEENIE MAN – STYLE
121.DEMARCO – MAKE ME PROSPER
122.VERSION – THE KING RIDDIM
123.I OCTANE – STILL NAA RUN
124.I OCTANE – STILL NAA RUN
125.AGENT SASCO – MY OWN
126.ALAINE – US AGAINST THE WORLD
127.VERSION – HOLIDAY RIDDIM
128.ONTON – BROAD OUT
129.DEABLO – WINE N TURN ME ON
130.TONY MATTERHORN – ONE LIFE
131.AIDONIA – SWEAT UP YUH BODY
132.ROMAIN VIRGO – BEAT YOU DOWN
133.JAH VINCI – NEVER TOO LATE
134.COLLIE BUDDZ – NO TIME
135.CHRIS MARTIN – MI FRIEND DEM
136.VERSION – TROPICAL ESCAPE RIDDIM
137.ALAINE – AMAZING
138.ROMAIN VIRGO – EVERLASTING LOVE
139.CHRISTOPHER MARTIN – TOO BIG
140.ZAGGA – NEVER GIVE UP
141.VERSION – JOURNEYS RIDDIM
142.BUGLE – PRAYER
143.BLAK DIAMON – MY JOURNEY
144.KONSHENS – DON’T DISS MAMA
145.TOMMY LEE – LIVE MY LIFE
146.VERSION – UNSTOPPABLE
147.CHARLY BLACK – UNSTOPPABLE

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Mavado becomes first Caribbean singer to premiere video on Billboard

Mavado and Karian SangRenowned Jamaican entertainer, David Constantine Brooks aka Mavado has become the first Caribbean singer to have his video exclusively premiere on Billboard after the visuals for his hit, Take It debuted on the magazine’s website on Monday.

Take It, which features Jamaican-born singer/songwriter and Mansion Records recording artist, Karian Sang was initially unveiled in September, topping the BBC 1Xtra and Choice-FM charts in the United Kingdom last December as well as CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto. On the day of the video’s premiere, Billboard journalist, Patricia Meschino lauded the Gully Gaad, “Now aligned with a powerful hip hop conglomerate, Mavado nonetheless has pledged allegiance to the music that birthed his career.”

The single was produced by Troyton Music and distributed by Zojak World Wide while the accompanying video was directed by Scorpio 21. Said video has also been featured on WorldStarCaribbean.com and YouTube, garnering thousands of views in the process.

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Mavado alleged to have bribed American official to get visa

Mavado-600x320Dancehall superstar, Mavado has been enjoying a strong run of form in the United States since being re-issued his via two summers ago. How the singjay acquired those documents has now come into question.

A report in the Washington Examiner on Thursday revealed that a U.S. Department’s Diplomatic Security Service official, David J. Rainsberger plead guilty to accepting bribes from a well-known Jamaican entertainer in exchange for a visa to the country. Reportedly, court documents only revealed the entertainer’s initials as D.B. However, sources close to the Washington D.C. based newspaper later revealed said entertainer to be Mavado, whose real name is David Constantine Brooks.

Prosecutors said the singer presented Rainsberger with several gifts, including two luxury watches worth US$2,500, free nightclub passes and special VIP passes to events as a trade-off for help in attaining the visa. Additionally, Mavado is alleged to have hosted a birthday party for the former assistant regional security officer for investigations at the U.S. Embassy branch in Kingston.

Rainsberger allegedly befriended the entertainer after his United States visa was cancelled in 2010 after being suspected of criminal conduct, according to prosecutors. He was one of five prominent Jamaican entertainers at the time who had their visas revoked in April of that year by the U.S. Embassy, including Beenie Man, Aidonia, his mentor, Bounty Killer and sound system owner, Ricky Trooper. No reason was given for the visa cancellations at the time. However, prosecutors say that after investigating allegations against the singer, Rainsberger granted him a U.S. Visa in July 2011.

In addition to his alleged relations with Mavado, Rainsberger was also found to have been engaged to a Jamaican woman while married to an American woman. He intentionally withheld details of his engagement from the U.S. Government, according to prosecutors.

Rainsberger is now due for a sentencing hearing on April 19, where he could face up to seven years in prison for his actions.

Since acquiring his visa, Mavado signed to We The Best Music Group, a Miami-based record label under the Cash Money Records imprint and has recorded several songs with American acts such as Akon, Ace Hood and Papoose while touring across several American cities. He reportedly wed his long-time girlfriend, Monique McKenzie in Florida in January of last year.

No charges have been filed again Mavado, nor has it been confirmed by the U.S. Embassy, nor the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, who initially issued a statement on the case on Wednesday.

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Mavado set for 106 & Park return Friday, to perform during NBA all-star weekend

mavado-khaled-montana-ace-hoodWith his stock continuously growing in the United States, Mavado will capitalize on his high demand in the country by performing on two big stages in February.

The highly-revered Dancehall singjay will return to BET’s 106 & Park countdown show on Friday, where he is scheduled to give a solo performance, according to long-time manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths. This will mark the second appearance for the ‘Gully Gaad’ on the popular BET show after appearing alongside We The Best Music Group CEO, DJ Khaled, label mate, Ace Hood and Bad Boy recording artiste, French Montana.

Reportedly, Mavado will premiere the official video for the single, On Top of my Game alongside Brooklyn-based rapper, Papoose on the show.

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Snoop shoots first video in JA as he unites Mavado and Popcaan

mavado-snoop-lion-popcaan1Recently reincarnated American musician, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) continues to showcase his infatuation for Jamaican culture by shooting his first music video in the island. He is also using it as an opportunity to bridge two of music’s camps together.

Snoop Lion arrived in the island last weekend to shoot his second Reggae video since shifting his moniker earlier this year. The video, for his single Lighters Up, features appearances from prominent ‘Gaza’ artiste, Popcaan and popular ‘Gully’ singjay, Mavado. The trio shot the Andy Capper directed video in Portland.

In an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report aired Friday, Snoop Dogg admitted that he used Lighters Up as an opportunity to bring together two of the biggest names from the ‘Gaza’ and ‘Gully’ camps, known for their animosity towards each other in recent years.

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Sizzla, Busy Signal shine at drama-filled STING 2012

Spice prop at STINGIn the New Living Translation version of the Bible, John 1:5 reads, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Perhaps this enlightening quote from scripture sums up STING 2012 in a nutshell: A night filled with few stellar performances standing out above the drama and sub-standard efforts that dominated Dancehall’s biggest stage show.

STING 2012 was hyped in recent weeks as a revamped stage show focusing on strong performances, unearthing more young talent and an adjusted clash format. Though the show left a somewhat disappointing taste in the minds of hardcore Dancehall fans, some noteworthy acts and less recognizable names added flavor to an event that has lost some taste in recent years.

After a number of unknown acts and a clash of the bands dominated the first few hours of STING, it took a couple of veterans to finally put life into the show; primarily Wickaman, who delivered a spirited performance while honoring his long-time friend and fellow deejay, Captain Barkey, delving into their catalogue of hits from the 90s and 2000s.

Fellow veteran, Lady G proved she still has gas left in the tank while comedic entertainer Food Kartel also engaged the crowd by ‘cooking’ some of this year’s biggest hits like Uncle Demon (Shook) and many others.

However, it was a newcomer that really ignited the crowd inside Jamworld in Portmore early Thursday morning as emerging Reggae star, Chronixx elevated his worth, delivering a wholesome set capped off by his smash hit, Warrior while proving himself as a must-see attraction for 2013 and beyond. From there, things heated up as ‘The Strong One,’ Etana gave a rousing set while Iba Mahr and I-Wayne also delivered strong sets.

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