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Mr. Vegas to premiere new reality show

Mr. Vegas Bruk It Down in RealityDancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas has been no stranger to drama throughout his illustrious career and now looks to stir some up in a brand new reality show he is set to unveil in the near future.

On Wednesday, the highly-acclaimed singjay confirmed he is in the early stages of planning the reality series, Bruk It Down in Reality, which takes a behind the scenes look into the life of a Dancehall queen.  Auditions will be held as hundreds of women from across the world compete for 12 spots on the show.

The 12 women selected by Mr. Vegas will then be given the chance to live with him as well as selected judges in his home while he mentors each of the contestants.

Auditions from the show are set to commence in November across the United States, including in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Vegas, who has been promoting his newly-released Bruk It Down 2.0 studio album, says he is working on a new remix album for VP Records. Additionally, he is working on a remix to his single, Party Tun Up, which will feature former nemesis Sean Paul, with whom he fell out with several years ago over their hit song, Hot Gal Today.

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Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder set for 106 & Park this Friday

Beenie Man, Mr., Vegas and Wayne WonderBET will be invaded by the black, green and gold this Friday as internationally regarded Dancehall superstars,Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder are all set to appear on their 106 & Park countdown show this Friday.

This Caribbean Day themed show will see Beenie Man performing and premiering the official video for his single,Thug Love. The single, produced by Grillaras Productions and distributed by Zojak World Wide features prominent Dancehall/Reggae diva, Ce’Cile while the video was recently shot in the Jamaican parish of Portland.

This marks Beenie’s first appearance on BET since featuring on the island segment of the 2013 BET Awards which also featured Elephant Man, Chaka Demus and Pliers as well as Dawn Penn.

Fellow acclaimed Dancehall star, Wayne Wonder will also appear on 106 & Park where he is set to perform his classic single, No Letting Go while also promoting the video for his single, Caught Up the second single off his new album, My WayThis appearance comes as the singjay embarks on a European tour which sees him perform across venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, amongst other stops.

Mr. Vegas will also feature on the show while he embarks on a European tour of his own. The Bruk It Down singer recently joined forces with R&B/Pop superstar, Beyoncé for the single, Standing on The Sun, which marked another major step in his career. He is set to debut his new, 16-track studio album, Bruk It Down 2.0 on September 24, which features a soca remix of his Bruk It Down hit as well as Give It To Har,amongst other tracks.

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Child custody case involving Mr. Vegas put off again

Mr. VegasThe child custody case involving Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mr. Vegas has been postponed once more after the mother of his two-year-old daughter, Shellian McBayne once again failed to appear at a hearing in the matter.

The case was mentioned on Monday at the Bronx County Family Court in New York, but has been put off until September 17 after McBayne was a no-show the hearing, the third consecutive hearing she has missed. An arrest warrant issued for McBayne by New York law enforcement officials last month remains in effect.

Mr. Vegas, who says the next court appearance will mark a year since he last saw his daughter, says the inability to see his child has waned on his mind.

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Damian Marley, Mr. Vegas and Tarrus Riley cop multiple awards at IRAWMA

Damian Marley Grammy AwardsAccomplished Reggae/Dancehall acts,Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Mr. Vegas andTarrus Riley are celebrating triumphs achieved at this year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) after each winning two honors during the show.

The event, which took place at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale Saturday night was highlighted by the three men, who were the only Jamaican acts to take home multiple awards on the night. Marley took home Entertainer of the Year and Best Crossover Song for his chart-topping collaboration with Skrillex (Bun Dem). Riley copped the awards for Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Mr. Vegas won Best Song for Sweet Jamaica and Best Music Video for Bruk It Down.

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Warrant issued for Mr. Vegas’ ex after no-show at child custody hearing

Mr. VegasNew York law enforcement officials have issued a warrant for the immediate arrest ofShellian McBayne, the baby’s mother and ex-girlfriend of popular Dancehall artist, Mr. Vegas.

The warrant was issued by the Bronx County Family Court in New York after Ms. McBayne failed to appear at a child custody hearing Tuesday morning as she and the entertainer are battling for custody of their two-year-old daughter. It is the second such hearing she has skipped as she was a no-show for a February court appearance.

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Mr. Vegas cops six 2013 IRAWMA nominations

Mr. VegasVeteran Dancehall/Reggae entertainers, Mr. Vegas and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley lead the nominations list for the 2013 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place May 4 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Vegas, who topped charts worldwide for his hit, Bruk It Down garnered six nominations including Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper, Best Song and Best Crossover Song while his critically-acclaimed album, Sweet Jamaica earned a nod in the Best Album category.

Marley copped five nominations of his own, including the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year as well as Best Song for his number-one hit, Affairs of the Heart.

Newly-established mainstream stars, Konshens and Romain Virgo earned four nominations including Most Promising Entertainer while Sean Paul and Third World copped the same amount of nods.

Grammy-winning Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff is one of four acts with three nominations, includign one for Entertainer of the Year where he contends with the likes of Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley as well as the aforementioned Damian Marley, Third World, Romain Virgo and Sean Paul.

Other notables include Chronixx, No Maddz and Tommy Lee Sparta, who were each nominated for Best New Entertainer, Lady Saw, who contests rivals Tifa and Macka Diamond for Best Female Entertainer and rap legend turned Reggae crooner, Snoop Lion who earned a nod for Best Crossover Song (La La La).

Meanwhile, former Jamaican prime minister, the Hon. Edward Seaga, famed producer, Donovan Germain and the first winners of the Best Reggae Album Grammy, Black Uhuru will all be receiving special honors at IRAWMA.

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Child custody case involving Mr. Vegas postponed

vegasheadshotThe child custody trial involving Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Mr. Vegas has been postponed.

Originally scheduled to commence on Monday, the trial was set to begin the process of determining whether Vegas, or his ex-girlfriend, Shellian McBayne would win full custody of their two-year-old daughter. However, the case has now been postponed until April 23 after McBayne reportedly failed to show up for the hearing, which took place at the Bronx County Family Court in New York.

Vegas has been campaigning in recent months that he should receive full custody of their young daughter after she allegedly witnessed her mother, McBayne, being intimate with another man inside the prominent singjay’s Florida home. He later claimed in subsequent interviews that McBayne secretly wed in the United States, meaning their child had been born in wedlock and that he had no legal rights to the baby.

Vegas has since sold the aformentioned home and is auctioning off furniture from the residence as part of his Turning Dust Into Bricks charity.

Later this month, Vegas is expected to release his first book, Bare Tingz, a cheating novel based on this alleged incident.

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Excerpts of Mr. Vegas’ upcoming cheating novel leaked

Mr-VegasThough Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Mr. Vegas isn’t scheduled to release his debut novel until February, excerpts of this highly anticipated book have been leaked to the public; revealing some juicy details in the process.

In December, Vegas announced he was penning a cheating novel, Bare Tingz which he described was a fiction oriented piece. That announcement came two month after the singjay made headlines after catching his baby’s mother, Shellian McBayne sleeping with another man in his Florida home, allegedly in front of their almost two-year-old daughter.

Though Bare Tingz is slated for release next month, excerpts of the novel were leaked online, unveiling some eye-catching details of love, heartbreak and abuse.

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Mr. Vegas reportedly set for court hearing in custody battle

Mr. VegasThe ongoing saga involving prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas and his baby’s mother, Shellian McBayne continues as they will fight for custody of their young daughter.

According to multiple reports, Vegas is expected to appear in court on Feb. 4 as he seeks to secure full custody of his nearly two-year-old daughter. This following a controversial incident in which McBayne was caught involving in sexual relations with another man in Vegas’ Florida home, allegedly in front of their daughter.

Vegas signaled his intention to pursue full custody of his daughter this past October during a talk show interview, insisting he is willing to put his career on the line in order to protect his daughter. The Bruk It Down singer also relented that while it would be ideal to have both parents in is child’s life, he is the fitter parent for their child.

The public has gotten a heavy dose of drama in the aftermath following this cheating scandal. Vegas has done several interviews on the matter, even revealing to HOT 97 that his daughter was born in wedlock while McBayne was married to a man overseas.

Vegas has since put his home up for sale and recently started a charity, Turning Dust Into Bricks, in which he will auction furniture from the residence. The entertainer also released a music video, Bare Tingz, which recalled the controversy and now has a website bearing the same name.

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Mr. Vegas to sell furniture from home of cheating scandal

mr.vegas_Add another way for Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas to capitalize on the recent cheating saga involving his baby’s mother and alleged lover as the prominent singjay will auction furniture from the infamous, ‘house of infidelity.’

Vegas has found a myriad of ways to deal with the image of discovering his baby’s mother, Shellian McBayne sleeping with another man in his Florida home this past October. Vegas, who went on a social media rant to expose his ex-girlfriend’s actions, has released various visuals (video, photos) of the incident and even made a music video, Bare Tingz, in which he mocked the controversial occurrence.

Now, the Bruk It Dung singer is auctioning off furniture and other valuables from his Florida home, which was put up for sale in December. Proceeds made from the auction, dubbed Turning Dust Into Bricks, will be donated towards the Mustard Seed Communities charity.

In a press release, Vegas explained his reasoning towards dishing out furniture from his home.

‘’I cannot bear to see them and after throwing away the bed, I thought about the pain versus the waste. In thinking, I realized I was being selfish and there were many ways that people could benefit from this.” Vegas said. “One being the children from the Mustard Seed Community, which is a charity I support. Also, in doing this I would hope to teach men who have been in my position, that all is not lost, a little laughter will help. Try turning your bad situation or circumstance into a good one, this world is about healing.”

Items included in the first Turning Dust Into Bricks auction include the bedroom set where the act of infidelity took place, as well as two matching night stands and a six-drawer dresser, including a decorative mirror and a chest of drawers. A second auction will subsequently take place, including a three piece taupe micro-fiber and leather living room set as well as a sofa, love seat and a recliner chair.

Bidding for items in both auctions starts at US$9.99.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vegas is working on a novel about cheating, called Bare Tingz and also has a website bearing the same name.

On the musical side of things, Vegas will soon release the official video for Party Tun Up, the second single off his highly acclaimed Sweet Jamaica double disc.

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2012 Year in Review: The Top 10 stories in Jamaican Pop Culture

busy-signal-arrest-2012-09-22-300x300This being Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, many of us expected lots of fireworks, chaos and the celebratory hoopla that comes along with such a significant anniversary. In the entertainment world, we got that and then some throughout 2012.

From triumph to tragedy, and the stuff in between, here are the 10 stories that gripped the Jamaican entertainment scene in 2012.

10. Deanna Robins reaches Miss World final: I won’t lie. In June, while watching the Miss Jamaica World pageant, I was home shouting my objection to the final results, thinking that Trishauna Clarke and not the eventual winner, Deanna Robins should have won the crown, mainly because of my bias towards Clarke given she’s a an old prep school classmate of mine. At the time I doubted Robins could deliver the goods on the Miss World stage. After her performance in China, it re-affirmed why I shouldn’t be allowed near a pageant judging panel.

Robins was the epitome of brains and beauty as not only did her beautiful skin tone ad angelic face win her plaudits, her dancing and sporting skills proved her all-round qualities. Not only did she represent ‘The Rock’ well, she excelled on the Miss World stage, earning a spot in the Top 7. Reminding me of a young Lisa Hanna, Robins was undeterred by the pressure and pulled off our best performance at a major pageant since Yendi Phillipps’ second-place finish at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

Her excellence made us proud and for that, I salute her.

9. Yendi and Chino have child together: Speaking of Yendi, she garnered attention for her belly more than the rest of her body in 2012. Phillipps received much praise and scrutiny when she announced her first pregnancy.

News of her first child with boyfriend and prominent Dancehall/Reggae star, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor brought lots of joy and congratulation to her life. However, Phillipps also faced tongue lashings from several detractors, including fans of her ex-boyfriend and former world-record holding runner, Asafa Powell.

Despite the trolling cartoons and the hateful messages, Phillipps was unmoved by the criticism. In late September, the Smile Jamaica co-host gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in late September. Reports of a possible engagement soon followed, but it’s clear that Yendi and Chino are now one of Jamaica’s power couples.

8. Deaths of Mighty Mike/Ewan McRae/Captain Barkey: With the joy of life comes the inevitable fate of death, and that sadly was realized in the case of three Jamaican entertainment veterans.

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Mr. Vegas writing novel about cheating

If Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas hasn’t documenting his baby mother’s cheating scandal enough, the popular singjay is using his traumatizing ordeal as inspiration to write an upcoming book.

The novel, Bare Tingz explores the issue of infidelity and will be Mr. Vegas’ first book.  The Bruk It Dung singer’s effort will be unveiled early next year

Vegas, in an interview with IRIE FM on Thursday, insisted that fans will be intrigued by this read, which he describes as a fiction novel.

“It’s another side of the business. People are interested in Mr. Vegas, so why not write a book.” he said. “The interest that is there, why not give the people something that they want to read?”

Mr. Vegas’ decision to pen this novel comes nearly two months after walking in on his baby mother and ex-girlfriend, Shelliann McBayne and her alleged lover as they were sleeping together in his Florida home. To make matters more controversial, Vegas’ then one and a half year old daughter walked in on the act, which was caught on security cameras.

But instead of sulking privately, Vegas has handled the aftermath of this saga publicly, social media and several interviews as well as the release of his single, Bare Tingz, which offers a light-hearted take on his situation. The official video for Bare Tingz featured actual footage caught from the incident.

Mr. Vegas is currently preparing for upcoming stage shows in Japan, as well as Las Vegas.

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Mr.Vegas to sell house at centre of sex scandal

With imagery of a highly publicized off-stage incident still fresh in his mind, internationally regarded Dancehall superstar, Mr.Vegas seeks to eliminate some of that visual elements as the scene of said incident is now up for sale.

A month after Mr. Vegas allegedly caught his baby mama having sex with another man in front of his infant daughter, the Sweet Jamaica singer will sell the premises in which that act occurred. The Florida-based town-house, estimated at US$129,000, is up for grabs according to Mr. Vegas, who announced his decision to sell the property on Monday in a radio interview.

The house gained notoriety after pictures of the act were captured by hidden cameras inside the property, and later circulated on the internet.

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Vybz Kartel, Konshens make provisional list for Best Reggae Album Grammy

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has something to smile about today as one of his most recent compilations has been nominated for music’s highest honor.

Vybz Kartel’s Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey album, released in October 2011, is one of 50 projects on the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album award at next year’s Grammys in Los Angeles. Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey, released a month after Kartel’s arrest on drug and subsequent murder charges, features many of Kartel’s hits dating back to 2008.

Some of the songs on Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey include Virginity (Versatility), Like a Movie, Get Wild, Life We Living and the controversial track, Romping Shop (featuring Spice).

Another embattled Dancehall megastar, Busy Signal has also been nominated for his album, Reggae Music Again, which features hits like Kingston Town, Come Over and the CD’s title track, Reggae Music Again.

Busy, who also scored strong collaborations with Damian Marley (Kingston Town Remix) and Grammy-winning American rock band, No Doubt (Push and Shove) will be released from a Minnesota prison in less than two weeks after completing his six month sentence for absconding bail during a drug case.

Other notables on the Best Reggae Album shortlist include Konshens, who has been torching the music scene this year with his debut album, Mental Maintenance, which features tracks likeDo Sumn, Simple Song, Gal Dem a Talk and She’s Happy. Additionally, past Best Reggae Album winners such as Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Toots Hibbert (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged) and Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth) scored nominations while Mr. Vegas also appears on the shortlist for his successful double disc, Sweet Jamaica.

The 50 nominees for Best Reggae Album will be trimmed to five (or six) finalists when the full list of next year’s nominees are announced on December 5 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the same venue on February 10, 2013.

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Twin of Twins to unveil ‘Stir It Up’ Volume 10 this month, offer prelude to CD

Prominent comedic duo turned deejays, Twin of Twins will aim to satisfy fans ahead of the release of their milestone volume of the Stir It Up series with a prelude to the highly-anticipated CD.

The Twins, Patrick ‘Curly Lox’ Gaynor and Paul ‘Tu-Lox’ Gaynor are planning to unveil volume 10 of their skit-laden series, Stir It Upat the end of this month. However, the duo will release a prelude to Stir It Up Vol. 10 this week, dubbed Stir It Up: Vol. 9 ½.

According to Patrick Gaynor, this mini-version of the series will feature their unique takes on today’s hot topics within Dancehall music and Jamaican pop culture, condensed into 10-15 minutes of comedy. Reports are suggesting that those topics include the cheating scandal involving Mr. Vegas’ baby mother and Captain Barkey’s untimely death in New York.

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Lady Saw confirms that boyfriend impregnated another woman but sticks by him

After weeks of public fallout from cheating scandal involving Mr. Vegas’ ex-girlfriend, another prominent Dancehall star has been dealing publicly with infidelity in her own relationship.

Like Vegas, the ‘Queen of the Dancehall,’ Lady Saw took to social media to vent her frustrations after finding out that her common-law husband of 17 years, Lloyd ‘John John’ James cheated with another woman. To make matters worse, the woman, who reportedly lives down the road from Lady Saw, was impregnated by John John.

Lady Saw initially took the news hard, concerning fans by tweeting messages earlier this month such as “Looking out from my balcony thinking to myself NO NOT AGAIN,” as well as “I knew it but was only waiting to confirm now it now it is confirm so where do I go from here.” However, after some time to think, Lady Saw decided to stick by her producer boyfriend despite yet another case of infidelity, telling IRIE FM in a radio interview late last week that she won’t allow anyone to break up her relationship with John John.

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New pictures, texts emerge in ongoing Vegas saga

Just when everyone thought the drama involving Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas and his baby’s mother, Shellian McBayne had subsided, visual evidence has now emerged to add more controversy to this high-profile scandal.

A war of words played out last week between Mr. Vegas and McBayne after the entertainer claimed that he caught his baby’s mother sleeping with another man in his home. Vegas, who went on a day-long Twitter tirade about what he witnessed, also alleged that McBayne committed this act in front of their one-year-old daughter, a claim that the entertainer’s baby mother firmly denied.

The drama then spewed into the mainstream media where McBayne blasted Vegas in an interview with prominent talk show host, Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart, insisting that the Bruk It Dung singer was unfaithful during their relationship and that she did not cheat on him given that they were broken up at the time of this most recent incident. Mr. Vegas quickly retorted on an interview with New York radio station, HOT 97, where he revealed that McBayne got married in the United States behind his back in an attempt to obtain citizenship in the United States while expressing fears over being able to see his daughter again, given that he has no legal rights to her as a result of the baby being born in wedlock overseas.

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Vybz Kartel’s baby mother reportedly pregnant

With the ongoing fallout from the cheating scandal involving the baby’s mother of Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas continuing to resonate, the common-law wife of another prominent entertainer has reportedly embroiled herself in some controversy of her own.

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, the baby mother of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is reportedly pregnant with another man’s child. According to several websites, not only does ‘Shorty’ have a child on the way, the father of said child hails as a former member of Vybz Kartel’s recently defunct, Portmore Empire.

Reports also revealed that ‘Shorty,’ has been keeping herself out of the spotlight in recent weeks due to the fact that she wants privacy regarding her pregnancy and the identity of the baby’s father.

Additionally, it’s being said that a specific line in the opening verse of Vybz Kartel’s chart-topping hit single, Back To Life makes reference to ‘Shorty,’ and her alleged actions while he remains incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges, saying, ‘A next man have yuh gyal when yuh missing.”

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson hails as the mother of three of Vybz Kartel’s children and has publicly defended the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ several times against constant rumors and negative press that he’s received since being nabbed by law enforcement in September 2011. She also stated in the press that she had been trying to help herself, her children and Kartel’s mother to cope with the stress of having ‘Di Teacha’ in jail.

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Mr. Vegas drama continues, entertainer accused of lying

The off-stage drama involving Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas continues to boil over as more people have spoken out regarding his off-stage life.

Social media sites have been exploding with reaction to tweets and Facebook posts by Mr. Vegas on Tuesday, blasting has baby mother, Shellian McBayne for having sexual relations with another man in his home. Not only did Vegas insist that he caught her cheating, the act allegedly took place in front of their one-year-old daughter.

“WHEN SHELLIAN MCBAYNE WAS IN MY HOUSE F*****G A MAN WITH NO CONDOM IN FROM OF MY 1 YR OLD BABY, 2 DAYS BEFORE MY BIRHTDAY, NO ONE WAS TELLING HER DON’T DO IT. WHEN MEN ABUSE WOMEN, THE WOMEN CENTER GOES HARD ON US, SO WHEN A GAL IS A DOG S***, SHE MUST BE PUT ON BLAST,” he said in part.

Since his initial posts, Vegas threatened to publish a sex tape of this infidelity and even gave an excerpt of this video in which he called out McBayne and her alleged lover.

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Video: Mr. Vegas Breaks down and opens up about his Daughters Mother cheating on Cipha, Rosenberg

Video: Mr. Vegas Breaks down and opens up about his Daughters Mother cheating on Cipha, Rosenberg

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Mr. Vegas catches girlfriend cheating, threatens her with sex tape

Rarely does a public figure air his dirty laundry for the world to see but after witnessing a case of infidelity in his own home, Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Mr. Vegas has shattered the mold in how a celebrity deals with private drama.

On Tuesday, Mr. Vegas dropped a bombshell on his official Twitter page by calling out his baby’s mother, who he caught sleeping with another man in his home. To make matters worse, not only did this alleged act of infidelity happen two days before his birthday, Vegas’ one-year-old daughter was reportedly in the room as this act of infidelity took place.

Vegas posted a picture of the man who he says slept with his girlfriend on his official Facebook page, with a caption stating, “NASTY BL*******T BWOY, WHAT KIND A MAN U IS F*****G IN FRONT OF MY 1 YR OLD DAUGHTER, IN MY HOUSE AT 2 PM. FIND A HOTEL B***H!”

Vegas than blasted his girlfriend on social media, saying, “WHEN SHELLIAN MCBAYNE WAS IN MY HOUSE F*****G A MAN WITH NO CONDOM IN FROM OF MY 1 YR OLD BABY, 2 DAYS BEFORE MY BIRHTDAY, NO ONE WAS TELLING HER DON’T DO IT. WHEN MEN ABUSE WOMEN, THE WOMEN CENTER GOES HARD ON US, SO WHEN A GAL IS A DOG S***, SHE MUST BE PUT ON BLAST.”

Hundreds of Mr. Vegas’ fans came out both applauding and chastising his stance to publicize his baby mother’s actions, prompting Vegas to launch a strong defense, even hinting that fellow Dancehall star, MR. G warned him about his girl.

“NO ONE KNOWS MY HURT, UNTIL YOU CAN RELATE, TO THIS, YOU CAN ADVISE ME WHAT TO DO. I AM HUMAN, BLOOD RUN THROUGH MY VEIN, THIS IS NOT OUT OF MALICE, BUT WHEN A W***E GET CAUGHT AND FEISTY WITH IT, ITS A DIFFERENT STORY. YA’LL KNOW HOW HARD I WORK, JUST TO MAKE MY FAMILY HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE. A WOMAN CAN ALWAYS MOVE ON, IF A MAN NAH F*** YOU RIGHT, MOVE THE F*** ON! IF YOU DON’T LOVE A MAN ANYMORE, MOVE THE F*** ON! BUT DON’T F*** ME 3 WEEKS AGO, THEN ACCUSE ME OF S***, THEN START BRINGING BACK UP S*** FROM 3 YRS AGO, THEN TELL ME WE ARE OVER LAST WEEK TUES, FOR REASONS ONLY YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR MAN KNOWS ABOUT, THEN F*** A MAN IN MY HOUSE IN MY BED, IN FRONT MY DAUGHTER, DID I SAY “DAUGHTER.”

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‘No Jamaican shows right about now,’ says Mr. Vegas

Jamaican fans may be made to wait for a while before they see internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mr. Vegas performs on a local stage show.

Following a shortened set at the Miami-based Best of the Best stage show on Memorial Day weekend, Vegas has seemingly decided to be more selective with which types of shows he’ll be perfoming on going forward. During a recent interview on CVM TV’s D’Wrap, the veteran singjay revealed that he won’t be gracing a local show anytime soon.

“No Jamaican shows right about now. If you wanna see me in Jamaica, you see me at any show or one a dem show deh. Di Jamaican people dem understand. I want to perform my song dem and sometimes some of these show doh mek yuh perform what yuh want to perform. It’s just simple as that,” he said.

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Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica nabs top 10 Billboard spot

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mr. Vegas has scored another spot on the American Billboard charts with his latest project, Sweet Jamaica.

The much talked about double album earned the seventh slot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Charts after its official release on May 29.  This achievement marks Vegas’ fourth appearance on the Billboard charts as his MOBO Award winning 1998 album, Heads High peaked at number five while his sophomore album, Damn Right debuted at number two in 2001.

He then followed that up with a top 15 slot for his effort, Hot It Up in 2007, which peaked at number 11 on the prestigious chart.

Sweet Jamaica, released via Vegas’ MV Music label contains both Dancehall and Reggae elements as the singjay aims to satisfy fans of both genres. The double disc features collaborations with prominent Jamaican acts such as Shaggy, Luciano, Josey Wales, Jovi Rockwell and Marcia Griffiths.

The Reggae portion of Sweet Jamaica features its title track which sees Vegas join forces with the aforementioned Shaggy and Mr. Vegas while the Dancehall side of his compilation features some of his most recent hits such as Certain Law, Bruk It Down and a live version of his 2008 hit, I’m So Blessed.

 

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Jamaican artistes collaborate on new Reggae Boyz theme song

With CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers set to restart early next month, some of Jamaica’s top musicians are contributing to the Reggae Boyz cause as they have been recording a new theme song for the Jamaican national football (soccer) team.

The Reggae Boyz will begin the second round of qualifiers on June 8 against Guatemala as they attempt to make it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Should they succeed in their efforts, it would be the first time qualifying for football’s most prestigious tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

As locals try to rally the troops for their ‘Road to Rio’ World Cup campaign, Dancehall & Reggae artistes are lending their voices as support for the national team by recording a new theme song to help cheer them on. The song, Fever Taking Over was co-written by prominent songwriter/producer, Mickey Bennett, who revealed that he was asked by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) two months ago to write a piece that would help spark the Reggae Boyz campaign.

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Mavado reportedly dropped from Canadian stage show

Just over a week after being after a week after being found guilty in a recent assault case, prominent Dancehall singjay, Mavado may be feeling the ramifications of said verdict.

According to several media reports, the Alliance deejay will not be able to perform at a concert scheduled to take place on May 26 at the Guvernment Entertainment Complex (Kool Haus) in Toronto, Canada. This, after Mavado failed in his attempt to secure a valid work permit through the Canadian High Commission in Kingston.

Fellow internationally acclaimed singjay, Mr. Vegas has reportedly been touted as Mavado’s replacement at the event.

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Rick Ross to perform in Jamaica this June

Internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar, Rick Ross will be kicking off his summer by performing in Jamaica in just over a couple months’ time.

The prominent American rapper will be in Jamaica on June 22 for a concert in Kingston, featuring himself and artistes from his label, Maybach Music Group. Ross will headline the Best of the Summer concert, in collaboration with Kubanis Entertainment, a promotional outlet known for throwing party series such as Summer in Paradise and Heatwave.

The Best of the Summer concert will also feature rappers such as Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley and Jamaican-born artiste and Maybach Music Group protégé, Magazeen (formerly known as Reagon).

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Mr. Vegas claims he has not enjoyed his career

Prominent Dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas has a very accomplished resume most artistes would dream of showcasing. However, the veteran singjay doesn’t seem to revel in his consistent success.

Mr. Vegas will unveil his sixth career studio album, Sweet Jamaica on March 6; a double disc CD filled with Reggae and Dancehall-themed singles which speak on all sorts on issues. As he prepares to unleash his latest effort, Vegas has made a startling admission; insisting he hasn’t enjoyed the pros and cons of his 16 years as a Dancehall artiste.

During a radio interview on Wednesday night, Mr. Vegas stated that the many pressures and burdens which accompany the music industry have taken a toll on him in recent times.

“It is just difficult sometimes…stuff that people just come at you with; sometimes you just want to get away, sometimes yuh jus wan’ go live under a rock,” he said.

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Mr. Vegas takes over New York as he promotes “Sweet Jamaica” album

The Big Apple feels more like the Land of Wood and Water now that international music star Mr. Vegas has New York City rocking to the sounds of Sweet Jamaica. With stellar unplugged performances at Lincoln Center Theatre and Miss Lily’s Variety in Greenwich Village, anticipation is high for the release of his double album, Sweet Jamaica. Celebrating the evolution of Jamaica’s rich sound in honor of the Island’s 50th Anniversary, Sweet Jamaica will hit stores and digital outlets on March 6.

Mr. Vegas, accompanied by only his backup singers and guitarist Tony Bone, debuted tracks from Sweet Jamaica Reggae to packed house of media and recording industry vets at Miss Lily’s Variety earlier this month. A musical experience that was dubbed “magical” by renowned music journalist and host Rob Kenner, Mr. Vegas performed brand new singles like Alive and Well and paid homage to Reggae pioneers with original songs like Roses In My Garden set to the music of Ska legend Eric Donaldson’s Cherry Oh Baby and Things Ruff to the tune of iconic Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff’s You Can Get It If You Really Want.

The following week Mr. Vegas was center stage at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre, performing to a sold-out crowd during the New York City premiere of acclaimed Jamaican film Better Mus’ Come. Sponsored by LargeUp.com, in collaboration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Imagenation, Mr. Vegas brought down the house with another acoustic set from Sweet Jamaica Reggae. One of the shows many highlights was an impromptu dance party with members of the audience during his rendition of Toots & the Maytals classic, Sweet & Dandy.

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Mr. Vegas to unveil double album during Reggae month

Jamaican-born International music star, Mr. Vegas fetes his homeland’s golden anniversary with a brand new double album that explores the past 50 years in Jamaican music.

Sweet Jamaica will be released in February; Jamaica’s national Reggae Month and features a range of music from the roots of Ska in the early 1960′s through the birth of Reggae and into today’s contemporary Dancehall-driven pop music culture. Sweet Jamaica will be released to digital and retail stores under his independently-owned MV Music imprint on Tuesday, February 21st.

The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks, including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent smash singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Known for melodious style of deejaying or rapping Mr. Vegas’ abandons his usual ‘sing-jay’ mode and shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic, Sweet and Dandy, and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s You Make Me Happy.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent Dancehall hits including the current dance-driven club banger Bruk It Down, the street anthem Certain Law and Beautiful Life. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavored single, I Am Blessed.

Sweet Jamaicais the best of Jamaican music – from the foundation until now. Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence this year, and I want to celebrate that by showcasing 50 years of Reggae,” says Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith.

“I am releasing this album in February, which is the month we celebrate Reggae in Jamaica and Black History in America. Reggae is such an important part of what makes Jamaica unique, it is our signature sound and Reggae is key part of our culture and our Jamaican brand. Reggae figures like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown – who were both born in February – are important figures in music history in the United States and throughout the world.”

Sweet Jamaica’s lead single, aptly titled Sweet Jamaica, hit #1 on Reggae charts in Europe and the United States last year, while the video peaked at #1 on the MTV BASE Dancehall Video chart.  The album’s second release, Certain Law also spent several weeks at #1 on the MTV BASE charts. Teairra Mari, Shaggy, Luciano, Nadine Sutherland, and Jovi Rockwell are among the list of musical guests on Sweet Jamaica.

MOBOaward-winning artist, Mr. Vegas, has been one of Jamaica’s leading international forces since his entry into the music industry in 1997. Over the past 15 years, he has built an extensive catalogue which includes Billboard charting hits, Heads High and Pull Up and urban radio bangers, Tek Weh Yuhself, Hot Wuk and Gallis. Sweet Jamaica is his fifth studio album.

Sweet Jamaicawill be released independently by Mr. Vegas’ MV Music label on Tuesday, February 21st. Production credits include Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith,  Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Cleveland “Clevie” Brown and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson, Mikey Bennet, and Rohan Dwyer.

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Mr. Vegas pleases Reggae fans with remake of Alton Ellis’, “You Make Me Happy”

Internationally celebrated Dancehall star Mr. Vegas has struck a note with foundation Reggae lovers worldwide with his latest single “You Make Me Happy.” A remake of Reggae pioneer Alton Ellis’ 1967 cover of Motown singer Brenda Holloway’s Top 100 hit, “You Make Me Happy” is one of the featured singles on Mr. Vegas’ first full Reggae album Sweet Jamaica, due to be released on February 7th.

Produced by renowned Jamaican producer Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne, “You Make Me Happy” is a refreshed, slightly up-tempo remake of Ellis’ single. “You Make Me Happy” originally appeared on Ellis’ debut album Mr. Soul of Jamaica. Produced by Duke Reid, another pioneering force in Jamaican music, Mr. Soul of Jamaica is a definitive Rocksteady album, and a key marker in the evolution of Reggae music. As Jamaica approaches its 50th Anniversary, Mr. Vegas is honoring Alton Ellis, and many of Reggae’s foundation artists who crafted Jamaica’s signature sound, on Sweet Jamaica.”

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Mr. Vegas asks Reggae fans to save genre’s foundation with new petition

International Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition – an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or ‘foundation’ Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes an appeal to Jamaica’s current crop of producers, who have flooded radio with Hip Hop inspired beats instead of the island’s signature bass-heavy rhythms.

“Reggae music is like the heartbeat of Jamaican people and culture, and now it is barely played on popular radio stations anymore,” says Clifford ‘Mr. Vegas’ Smith. “Young people today have no idea who Cynthia Schloss or Hortense Ellis or Delroy Wilson are. These are people, who pioneered Reggae, who created a space for people like Sean Paul, and even Sean Kingston and Iyaz to be pop stars. Radio barely plays foundation Reggae, and many of our producers have abandoned traditional Reggae and Dancehall rhythms for American sounding Hip Hop beats. This petition is to let them know that foundation Reggae is still a crucial part of our culture and we must preserve our musical heritage and legacy.”

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Federation Sound does electro-fueled remix to Dancehall-based, Flatlands Riddim

Innovative producers and music aficionados Max Glazer and Kenny Meez, collectively known as Federation Sound, recently released the Flatlands Remix Project, an electro-fied, club-driven remix album of their Dancehall riddim (rhythm), named after Brooklyn’s Flatlands Avenue. With a hand-picked crew of producers and DJs, including electronic trip-hop producer DJ Theory, British Dancehall DJs The Heatwave, Jamaica’s ‘sickhead’ Ward 21 production team, Brooklyn’s own Blackhart Di Remixologist, indie innovator Nick Catchdubs, and Emynd from Philly’s Crossfaded Bacon outfit, the Flatlands Remix Project is a ground-breaking album that runs the gamut from old school Dancehall to Moombahton, Dubstep, and Electro-funk fueled blends. The Flatlands Remix Project is available on iTunes and all other digital platforms.

In April, Federation Sound dropped the Flatlands Riddim, their first official release, with an all-star line-up of Dancehall’s leading talents including internationally acclaimed ‘sing-jay’ Mr. Vegas and Dancehall vixen Natalie Storm whose duet “Doggy” became a heavy rotation club anthem, along with Terro 3000’s “Gyal Dem Waah Mi.”

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Gyptian calls out Nicki Minaj, Mr. Vegas in online video

Internationally acclaimed singjay, Windel Beneto Edwards, more popularly known as Gyptian, is the subject of controversy following a drunken rant recently captured on video

A video surfaced Thursday on wickedhype.com with the “Beautiful Lady” singer in studio addressing how his collaboration with American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj came about for the “Hold Yuh” remix. According to Gyptian, Minaj never jumped on the original “Hold Yuh” single when asked to voice the song. Once the single gained international acclaim, Gyptian implied that’s when Minaj decided to do the collaboration.

“Is a f**k up b, guess wah bun me out a everything and den di gal a jump pon di song. Di b***h a get $25,000 from VP dem fi get di bloodc***t song hard and never bloodc***t go pon di song, and when di song go out and get big now she jump pon di song off a her own. First ting she ask when dem ask her fi voice pon di song, Who Gyptian? She nuh kno mi,” Gyptian said.

Then, when producers in the studio intimated that Gyptian wasn’t an artiste who called out other artistes via Twitter, the singjay replied, “I’m not Vegas,” referring to prominent, veteran deejay, Mr. Vegas.

“Vegas mi an’ yuh no vex, but mi want yuh stop do wha yuh a do, yeah, da bag a chatting chatting dem an’ chat bad bout di bag a artist dem, especially me man, yuh sound like a sissy man. Mi cyaah even seh p***y cah u rich an’ yuh know yuh have u ting lock already,” a seemingly drunk Gyptian said.

This controversy comes five weeks following an incident in which an argument between Gyptian and veteran producer, DJ Frass led to the shooting death of a man at Supa Hype’s recording studio at Dumbarton Avenue in St. Andrew. Gyptian was reportedly questioned and released by the Major Investigation Task force following the incident.

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Video: Mr. Vegas feat. Fatta Diamond – Japan Get Crazy

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Video: Sweet Jamaica – Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Josey Wales

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Denied a Grenada work permit, Mr Vegas cries politics

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government has refused a work permit to Jamaican dancehall artiste Clifford Smith, popularly known as Mr Vegas, who was scheduled to perform here on Saturday.

“This is political, it’s a political move by this government,” said Smith, who performed in Grenada at a rally of the then ruling New National Party in 2008.

“I risk my life to perform in an event, I did not even know it was a political event, and now this is how I am being thanked,” he said on a live radio broadcast today.

Promoter Steve Duncan said that no specific reasons had been given by the Ministry of Labour for refusing the work permit.

Duncan, who claimed to have invested more than EC$30,000 (US$11,110) in marketing the show, is questioning the move to ban the artiste and wants the government to say if it has a list containing the names of persons who should not perform in Grenada.

“If this government is placing a ban on a particular number of Caribbean artistes, then that should be public knowledge and should be brought to the attention of the promoters when the application for the work permit is made.”

Grenada’s labour laws do not require the Labour Minister to provide a reason for denying an artiste a work permit.

This is the second Jamaican artiste to be banned from performing here by the 19-month old Tillman Thomas administration. Last April, the government refused a work permit for artiste known as Vybz Kartel.

Meanwhile, a Roman Catholic priest is praising the government for its decision.

“I believe it has more to do with decency and the values we promote as the church as to crown it off we are presently in the middle of the Lenten season,” said Father Sean Doggett.

Last week, the Conference of Churches along with the Alliance of Evangelical churches issued a statement calling on media houses and promoters of live shows to exercise restraint during the 40-day Lenten period.

“We are asking them to avoid all forms of rudeness, vulgarity and obscenity as well as anything that militates against Christian morality,” the statement said.

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Mr Vegas & Konshens – Help Me Praise Jahovia

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Bounty Killer & Mr. Vegas Make Peace

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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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Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do

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Considering Diplo and Switch were nominated for a Grammy this year for being the masterminds behind the creation of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”, it’s no wonder that people are paying attention to these two American DJs. On their first full-length album together, they call themselves Major Lazer, and they’re out to tear your house down.

It’s evident from looking at the lineup of collaborators what Diplo and Switch wanted Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do to sound like. Do the names Vybz Kartel, Ms. Thing, Mr. Vegas, T.O.K. or Mr. Lexx ring a bell? Probably not if you aren’t up on today’s dancehall/reggae music circuit much. How about Santigold? Surely, she’s more on your radar, but don’t expect much contribution from her as she is only featured in one of thirteen tracks. And when she does contribute, her vocals are highly atonal, unlike her vocals on her debut last year. The collaborators that Major Lazer are paying homage to are not the album’s star player, but those behind dancehall and reggae.

Guns is an explosive and volatile album at best. It’s juicy with thumping basslines and unusual arrangements that are produced through cosmic laser sounds, Western film-cliches, drum lines, cell phone rings, vibrations, and electric compressors. There are even mechanical baby utterances too! Throughout the years, Jamaican dancehall artists have become more keen on electric assistance and have strayed from traditional strings and percussion; instruments that have previously fused reggae with dancehall…Major Lazer are doing their best with keeping up with these trends.

Switch and Diplo are notorious for their ability to take hit songs and contort them into club bangers or something transitive. They’ve perfected the art of the “wobbly beat” and their impressive catalog of remixes marks both of them as some of the best contenders out there in the house/electronic scene. As a result, Guns is quite an experiment for the two, and it’s captivating to hear the familiar Switch and Diplo techniques blended together in a way that works for their lineup of guest vocalists.

“Cash” is the closest thing to true reggae on this entire album. It’s smooth, atmospheric and seasoned with Jamaican flavors that come through in the simple guitar riffs and echoic vocalizations that transcend into quiet instrumentals. Then you have “Bruk Out”, a track featuring both T.O.K and Ms. Thing. As Ms. Thing exudes her sassy attitude through the chorus line, T.O.K. takes care of the verses by rapping in a deep and almost monstrous Jamaican accent over uptempo drumlines. Dancehall authenticity even pervades through a good deal of the album’s lyrics. “What U Like” is a raunchy, sexually explicit track with lyrics like, “You love when bad men fuck ya”…and that isn’t even the half of the salacious banter on this two-and-a-half minute track.

If radio gets a hold of the hook heavy “Keep It Goin’ Louder”, it may revive Nina Sky’s short-lived career, because Ricky Blaze has the ever so popular T-Pain mimic down perfectly. There’s also an innocent and sweet boy/girl vocal trade off that’s fun to sing along with and it’s a surefire bet to climb the charts. Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do is an unexpected album when it comes to the different soundscapes encountered from beginning to end, but Major Lazer never fails to include groundshaking bass lines.

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