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Lorde says she hates Reggae, Jamaican artists react

LordeReggae music is, for the most part, loved universally as one of the best and most celebrated genres. Grammy-winning singer, Lorde is not one of those lovers apparently.The 17-year-old, New Zealand-born singer, who rose to international prominence with her hit single, Royals, was highly critical of Reggae music during a recent edition of her VEVO vlog titled, The World According To Lorde.

“I hate Reggae, Reggae makes me feel like am late for something,” she said.

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Spice and fiancé split following picture controversy

Spice and Nicholas LallAcclaimed Dancehall artist, Spice has ended her long-time relationship with fiancé, Nicholas Lall following a very public argument over pictures that surfaced from a photo shoot of Spice’s upcoming video for So Mi Like It, according to reports Thursday.

The pictures, which were allegedly taken from Spice’s phone and posted on Instagram by Lall on Monday, caused an uproar on the social media website as they showed Spice and another man hugging intimately. A seemingly angry Lall later made a Facebook post about his feelings on the pictures, saying “I have taken a lot of s*** where your music is concern but this is Too f***ng far now. I wasn’t even inform about this scene and now you claim it’s “So mi like it video”????? KMFT Grace. Like seriously Grace????? Y did I have to find these??? KMFT. You claim it’s from “So mi like it video but dis look bloodc***t serious #kmft.”

Spice later retaliated by reposting the pictures on her Facebook and Instagram sites and lashed out against Lall, “@NicholasLall Since as the pics bun you so much that you Decide to post on your IG and FB pages Let me Help you KMFT. @NicholasLall how dare you take pics from my phone and post them up knowing there pics from my” So mi like it” Video????” she said. “Like seriously then you say you are a MAN? What’s in these pics to be so mad about? The worst thing about it is that we live together, so if you don’t like sum ting you Talk to me and don’t broadcast mi bloodc***t business. Hope you know now that #ITSOVER.”

The deejay later confirmed that the two are indeed broken up, but did not rule out a reconciliation in the future.

The official video for So Mi Like It will debut on CVM’s OnStage program this Saturday.

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Artistes skip voting process, hope for improved Jamaica

Prominent artistes within the Dancehall/Reggae industry chose to avoid the polling stations on Thursday. However, they’re optimistic regarding the country’s progress going forward.

Jamaica’s 12th general election as an independent country took place on Thursday; eventually resulting in a landslide victory for the opposing Peoples National Party (PNP) and making opposition leader, Portia Simpson-Miller Jamaica’s new Prime Minister. Despite the victory, it was determined that voter turnout for Thursday’s election ended up below 50%

According to some popular artistes within the Dancehall/Reggae industry, party allegiances were not on the agenda given that they all pray for an improved Jamaica no matter the leadership in charge.

Spice, who shares such as sentiment, claimed that she didn’t get a chance to vote on yesterday’s elections but hopes that those in leadership will address the never-ending issue of poverty.

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Who was the best female deejay in 2011?

Looking back on a rather eventful 2011 in Dancehall, many things changed the face of the genre but one thing remained the same: females still had to fight for their deserved attention.

This year’s seen a greater collective effort by female deejays to make themselves triumphantly heard, with several female-dominated projects hitting the airwaves such as the Star Girl Riddim and the critically-acclaimed, Bedroom Riddim. Additionally, there were a slew of counteractions as well as a strong statement made by one of Dancehall emerging acts; demanding that females get treated equally within the industry.

Five artistes in particular made strong statements within the industry in 2011; asserting themselves as Dancehall mainstays as well introducing wide varieties for fans to enjoy.

As usual, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Dancehall,” Lady Saw graced the industry with her no-holds-barred persona; proving she still has plenty left in her lyrical arsenal. In particular, her single, Wife a Wife on the internationally-acclaimed, Matrimoney Riddim showed that she remains a high-demand artiste who refused to be intimidated by her peers as well as the opposite sex. Though Lady Saw’s more current singles lack the amount of desired airplay, she continued to rule the streets with songs such as Caan Dweet, Love Sick on the highly-acclaimed Overproof Riddim as well as Matrimoney one the popular Matrimoney Riddim; showing that her essence still hasn’t worn off.

Spice also showed her flexibility in 2011; deciding to build on the continued success of her 2010 chart-topper, Jim Screechie by elevating her status overseas. She achieved just that with the release of the Equiknoxx Music produced, Fun (Remix) alongside hip-hop superstar, Missy Elliott that was well-received locally and in the United States. She also collaborated with American R&B songstress, Mya and Jamaican-American songstress, Barbee. Staying true to her roots, Spice continued making hit tracks with efforts such as, Hot Patty Wine, Put It Pan Mi and the thought-provoking song, My Boyfriend Dick; proving her raunchy persona remains alive and well.

Another diva making an international splash of some sort is veteran deejay, Macka Diamond, whose latest single, Wine premiered on WorldStarHipHop’s website last month and whose new album, Don’t Disturb Mi was released in the U.S. in early November. However, her biggest success was thanks to a popular dance single, introducing Jamaica to the Cowfoot dance. The song was an instant sensation locally and overseas, proving her versatility once more whilst earning over 155,000 YouTube views since its release this past winter. On the contrary, Cowfoot ignited one of the strangest beefs of 2011; feuding with former Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall favourite, Tanto Blacks regarding the origin of the dance. After exchanging a few diss tracks, their feud seemingly has cooled off but showcased a rare battle of the sexes that, for a while, had fans captivated.

A usual suspect for Female deejay of the year, Tifa continued to repay her fans’ trust; unveiling praiseworthy singles with catchy punch lines and innovative videos to accompany them. That was never more evident that the release of her single, Get Flat; featuring an engaging dance concept for it accompanying video while earning some acclaim for the song itself. Tifa also featured on the self-worth promoting single, Swaggin’ alongside Wayne Marshall and Future Fambo whilst gracing the aforementioned Matrimoney Riddim with her single, Wedding Chapel. Her most recent hit single, Dash Out, on the Overproof Riddim has earned her the most notice and airplay; attaining nearly 80,000 YouTube views in just less than three months and is regarded as one of the best songs on the Riddim. Her resume’ this year warrants serious consideration for several end-of-year awards that would be full-deserved should she win them.

However, one female deejay’s star rose in 2011 rather quickly; amassing recognition locally and internationally with her improvisation musically and taking a stand against a male-dominated genre. The self-professed “Queen of Dancehall,” Tiana may not be one the first names uttered when considering Dancehall of the Year nominations, but her resume’ this year actually merits such an honor.

Tiana’s remix of Popcaan’s club anthem, Ravin’ that drew mass attention to her. Pum Pum Phat, a sexually charged remix of Popcaan’s internationally-acclaimed single, removed a great level of anonymity attached to her amongst Dancehall observers; earning over 200,000 YouTube views for the effort alone in the last three months since its release as well as several plays across parties worldwide.

Tiana also produced a strong effort on the Overproof Riddim with the release of her song, Bruck Out and Whine which has achieved half of Pum Pum Phat’s total views as well as the pulsating collaboration, Gyal Mi Love Yuh alongside Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens which performed well on several local charts. What makes her the prime deejay of the year candidate amongst females, however, is the fact that she’s unveiled a plethora of well-received music videos this year; 11 in total, which is an unheard of number for any artiste of either sex; showing strong work ethic and promotional savvy.

Furthermore, her comments condemning what she labeled a “sexist” industry; earned her strong clout as a spokesperson for females within the genre looking for respect locally. After making such a profound statement and releasing the single, Love My Life to further reinforce her point, her fan base grew along with respect amongst her peers.

Though Tiana may not be the most popular female act within the Dancehall fraternity, such a diverse list of achievements arguably makes her the most logical choice as female deejay of the year.


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Lisa Hyper downplays sex picture allegations

Emerging Dancehall deejay, Felicia Gordon, more popularly known as Lisa Hyper has vehemently denied that an X-rated picture that went viral on the web is of her.

A picture of a woman with similar facial features as Lisa Hyper spread quickly via internet & BlackBerry on Thursday morning; prompting rumors of the former Portmore Empire protégé being involved in yet another sex scandal. The woman in the picture is apparently performing oral sex; resembling a pic released of Hyper two years ago in a similarly compromising position.

Upon hearing of the pic, Hyper immediately insisted that the girl in the pic wasn’t her; claiming it’s a deliberate scheme perpetrated by haters to damage her career. Via Blackberry Messenger, the “Roll Mi Waist” deejay intimated, “Stick a pin me a clear up one pic wid a ugly gal weh dem claim it’s me with no piercing over her eye which I have no heart tattooed ova her mouth which I ave them mek sure dem put a writing over the chin so you guys can’t see that the chin isn’t pierce plus I go the best nail tech u guys could ever think of so my nails will never so atrocious so to all of the haters that have been leaving comments on that pic saying it’s me come SWALLA ME Up unnu caah stop me I’m too persistent if you guys feel say a lisa dah one deh. Unnu get Trick, lol”

Lisa was embroiled in a sex photo controversy in November 2009; one that many speculated involved her then mentor, Vybz Kartel. Hyper apologized for the leaked picture & was later engaged in lyrical battles with fellow deejays, Spice & Stacious regarding the controversy.

Meanwhile, Hyper is putting the finishing touches on her debut album that’s set to be released soon & is seeking to work on collaboration with the “Queen of Dancehall,” Lady Saw.

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Spice to do Gospel song

Prominent female deejay, Grace Hamilton, more popularly known as Spice, has indicated that she intends to do a Gospel song in the near future.

Renowned for her no holds barred lyrical content, Spice insists that Gospel is one of her favorite types of music; claiming that she would venture into the genre going forward. “I want to do a Gospel song, I would love to do Gospel,” Spice told the Jamaica STAR. Additionally, Spice revealed that one of her musical inspirations growing up was the internationally acclaimed Gospel group, The Grace Thrillers. “I like Grace Thrillers, I listened to them nuff growing up because of my name sake, my name is also Grace, and I’m their number one fan and I have been listening them for years,” Spice said

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