Popcaan collaborates with Snoop Dogg

by Jodee Brown

Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to add to his international resume as he’s reportedly landed another collaboration with a prominent American rapper.

On February 17, Popcaan released the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want, which featured internationally acclaimed Jamaican-American rapper, Busta Rhymes. The song, which was unveiled via iTunes, has also earned over 50,000 YouTube views since its debut nearly two weeks ago; earning the Portmore Empire deejay strong acclaim locally and overseas.

Now, media reports have confirmed that Popcaan has joined forces with veteran hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg, who’s currently in Jamaica recording material for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated as well as filming a documentary about the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica.

According to reports, the self-proclaimed ‘Gaza Prefect’ recorded a Reggae song alongside Snoop Dogg after the two artistes met at Geejam Studios in Portland.

The west coast rapper has recorded a few Reggae tracks for Reincarnated as he seeks to incorporate Jamaican themes in his music.

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg has also been touring Jamaica in recent weeks; visiting Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Cutty Corn and sampling the party scene after appearing at the weekly party series, After Dinner Sundays in Kingston.

As for Popcaan, he unveiled his latest single, Nah Leave which featured on the Mario C produced Drum Corps Riddim.

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Artistes, fans reach out to Bounty Killer in wake of mother’s death

by Jodee Brown

The Jamaican music industry collectively mourns a day after Ivy Williams, the mother of Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer passed away.

Williams, more affectionately known as Miss Ivy died in her sleep early Sunday morning following an illness. It had been reported that Williams was battling cancer for some time prior to her passing. She was 71 years old.

Bounty Killer announced his mother’s death, via Twitter on Sunday morning; shocking the Dancehall/Reggae fraternity.  Though the Alliance leader has yet to speak publicly about his mother’s death since that announcement, Alliance Next Generation manager and long-time business partner, Cross Cris intimates that the deejay remains distraught since hearing the news.

Bounty Killer is in a pensive mood right now with the passing of his mother who he holds in very high esteem. This has hurt him deeply and it is no secret to the world that his mother was his main motivation,”  he told the Jamaica STAR.

“Mama Ivy is a deeply God-fearing woman and we all know that she is in a better place at this time.”

Alliance Next Generation deejay, Iyara described Miss Ivy as his second mother and a loving person.

Mama Ivy a one of the best mothers. She is like my other mother, she always happy, loving and caring. She always show the youth around Bounty Killer love. A she first bring mi guh a church and mi ago miss har a lot. The entire ANG family will miss her, and sincere condolences to the entire family,” he said.

Meanwhile, other members of the Dancehall fraternity have reached out to Bounty Killer during this sad time, including his long-time rival, Beenie Man. 

Via his official Twitter page, BeenieMan said, “Sorry for the loss, Jah bless and guide you and your family through the struggles.”

Dancehall diva, Spice also sent her best regards.

“RIP Mama Ivy. #Holdthefaith Bounty my prayers are with you and your fam,” she tweeted.

Other Dancehall superstars such as Mavado, Sizzla, Khago, D’Angel, Elephant Man, Busy Signal and several others took part in a RIP Ms. Ivy love broadcast, via BlackBerry Messenger, to pay their tributes to Bounty Killer’s late mother.

Additionaly, Bounty Killer’s legions of fans have left condolence messages on his Facebook and Twitter pages in support of the veteran entertainer.

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Bounty Killer’s mother, “Miss Ivy” passes away

By Jodee Brown

The mother of iconic Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer has died.

Ivy Williams, more affectionately known as “Miss Ivy” passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. Bounty Killer announced his mother’s passing via his official Twitter page on Sunday morning.

“RIP to the world’s greatest mom bcuz she gave the world the greatest man. Ms. Ivy Williams 1941-2012. Rest in peace mama. Love u more than ever and all ways life and death is the equation; it’s inevitable and u live an excellent life my mother, my mentor, my friend, my a whole lot of things…Why now jah? U knows what’s best tho!!!” he tweeted.

Bounty and his mother shared a very close bond, with the “War Lord” referring to “Miss Ivy” in several of his songs including the 1996 single, Miss Ivy Last Son. Bounty Killer even accompanied his mother to church; going to the St. Catherine based Agape Christian Fellowship Church at her request after he was engaged in a slew of legal troubles, including an alleged assault on his then girlfriend.

No official cause of death has been offered at this time. However, early reports indicate that Williams succumbed to illness. She also had been battling cancer.

Miss Ivy was survived by her eight children as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Stephen Marley lauds young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

by Jodee Brown

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn’t see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he’d like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry’s been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that’s surfaced in recent times.

In part two of his Entertainment Report interview, Marley repeated his sentiment; blaming promotional direction, or lack thereof, for offering repetitive musical messages to the masses.

“Is what is being pushed and promoted to the people and if the people dem hear dese ting every day and this becomes the fashion and the fad, then naturally yuh a go tek to it,” he said.

We just pointing out to our peers and to the others that have this great responsibility that we see wah gwaan inna our country…we nuh have nutten good fi report.”

Despite the local music industry’s perceived decline, Marley lauded the younger talent within Dancehall and Reggae while insisting that he’s open to future collaborations with said artistes.

“Most a the ones weh we hear and kinda gravitate to the music that they’re making, we’re friends, we’re acquainted with them…I and I open. If you want it, den yuh come get it and if yuh serious then yeah, that’s fine,” he said.

“There’s a lot of talent here in Jamaica. Is a little underground movement goin’ on…I like it.”

Meanwhile, Marley has defended his iconic father, Bob Marley’s brand following recent criticisms and lawsuits regarding merchandizing and trademarks of the Reggae superstar’s image. Recently, Bob Marley’s half-brother, Richard Booker was issued a lawsuit by the Reggae icon’s widow, Rita Marley and her children for allegedly promoting concerts and products under the Mama Marley brand. Booker later counter-sued, claiming that he’s used the late singer’s name with the authorization of his half-brother and mother, Cedella Marley Booker.

However, Stephen Marley believes that that his father’s name isn’t tarnished by any of the controversy surrounding the use of Bob Marley’s image.

“Bob Marley have a record shop, pressing plant. Bob Marley is a businessman…all these things is a part of it; he’d be proud of seeing most of the things that has his image and such,” he said

“I couldn’t tell yuh she everything we do right but we know she most a di tings, di integrity is there…Everyone deserves Bob.”

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Bounty Killer to regain U.S. visa?

by Jodee Brown

Could legendary Dancehall artiste and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, become the next major Jamaican entertainer to get back his United States visa? By all early indications, it might just be a matter of time.

Various media outlets are reporting that Bounty Killer will regain his U.S visa later this year, in time to possibly perform across stage shows in Miami, New York and Connecticut to name a few. Reportedly, several arrangements are being made by the prominent deejay’s camp as they seek to reinvigorate his international status.

Additionally, it’s said that Bounty Killer’s associates have reached out to overseas promoters and radio personalities in anticipation of his soon-coming arrival. Also, there’s talk of the self-professed “War Lord” and long-time rival, Beenie Man performing together at festivals should Bounty be re-issued an American visa.

Should this materialize, Bounty Killer would return to the U.S. nearly two years after his visa was cancelled by the United States Embassy in Kingston in April 2010. Beenie Man, Aidonia and Bounty’s long-time protégé, Mavado were also stripped of their visas at the time. No reasoning was ever offered as to why their visas were revoked.

However, Mavado and Beenie Man were soon granted another chance to grace the United States’ shores after both artistes we re-issued visas last summer. Mavado has performed at several shows in the United States since then, while also signing with popular hip-hop producer, DJ Khaled and We The Best Music Group. Furthermore, he’s worked with prominent overseas acts such as Akon and Ace Hood.

Beenie Man celebrated his 38th birthday in New York last August but has yet to perform in the country given reported issues with his work permit.

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

By Jodee Brown

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

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

However, online magazine, Urban Islandz now reports that Beenie and D’Angel are indeed getting back together again. The magazine cited a source very close to the former couple who revealed that the two entertainers have been seeing each other privately in order to avoid possible media fallout.

“At the moment they are just keeping things low key, because you know how the media like to twist things up and create drama,” the source intimated.

“If they love each other and have a son together, I don’t see why they can’t choose to stay together despite what other people are saying. They are two adults who can make their own decision.”

Despite the divorce, Beenie and D’Angel have put their differences aside to take care of their son, Marco Dean Davis in an effort to provide him with some stability.

Furthermore, Beenie Man appeared and performed at the launch of D’Angel’s new party series, An’ So Thursdays at the Cookies Nightclub in Portmore.

D’Angel will debut her highly-anticipated book, Love Triangle at the end of this month and will unveil her autobiography, Break Free which is expected, in part, to detail what occurred in her relationships with Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.

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

by Jodee Brown

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 ImagenationMr. 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.

Mr. Vegascaused hysteria in Brooklyn when he performed his current monster Dancehall hit “Bruk It Down” inside the Buzz Nightclub. Dancehall fans filled the Buzz to maximum capacity, leaving hundreds of patrons outside for Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica Dancehall party sponsored by Hot97 DJs, Bobby Konders and Jabba.

During his stay, Mr. Vegas delivered a motivational speech to teenagers at August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens and caved to the students’ demand for a performance. He ran through a medley from his 15 year catalogue of Dancehall singles, included new material from Sweet Jamaica Dancehall.

“Sweet Jamaica is all about the history of Jamaican Music – Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, and Dancehall. I purposely made it a double album, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall, so people of all ages with various musical preferences can listen, enjoy, and celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary,”says Clifford ‘Mr. Vegas’ Smith.

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. Currently, the album’s third video,Bruk It  Down is at the top of the MTV BASE charts.

According to journalist Jesse Sewer, Sweet Jamaica is “going to be the record that cements Vegas’ place among Jamaica’s all-time great artists-if he’s not in that echelon already.”

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Snoop Dogg filming documentary in Jamaica

by Jodee Brown

Internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg continues to enjoy his Jamaican adventure and now aims to make a documentary about this experience.

Earlier this month, the California native announced, via his YouTube page, that he would travel to Jamaica to record a single for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated. While celebrating what would have been Reggae icon’s Bob Marley’s 67th birthday on February 6, Snoop Dogg intimated that the title for said single will be, Reincarnated: Peace, Love and Soul.

Reportedly, Snoop Dogg was doing work at Geejam Studios in Portland; joining Senegalese rappers, Akon as well as Grammy-winning R&B singer, Alicia Keys as international acts recording at the prominent studio complex since the start of 2012.

On February 15, Snoop, his wife, Shante Taylor-Broadus and accompanying entourage visited the Nyabinghi Centre in Montego Bay; seeking authentic material for his new documentary, Snoop In Jamaica which explores the depths of Rastafarian culture.

According to prominent local booking agent, Olimatta Taal during a radio interview on Tuesday, Snoop talked of being strongly influenced by Bob Marley while insisting that he wanted to do the documentary because he wanted to personally understand the concept of Rastafarianism after seeing television shows talking about its origin.

Snoop visited with hundreds of Rastafarians at the centre; meeting with some prominent Rastafarian elders, enjoyed several meals and participated in a ritual as he sought to gauge a full understanding of their standard of living. He was even dubbed with the name, Bahani, which means, “Light.”

Meanwhile, Snoop’s tour across Jamaica took him to Alpha Boys School where he unveiled several gifts for students. Furthermore, he reportedly visited with Maroons in the Portland-based settlement of Moore Town, which also hails as the home of the monument for Jamaica’s national heroine, Nanny.

On Monday night, he was taken to areas such as Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens by Grammy-winning Reggae singjay, Stephen Marley and also talked with Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley about his desire to spread knowledge of Rastafarianism and Jamaica’s culture worldwide.

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