Steele nomination for a JUNO award 2012

Steele, dubbed as the “Canadian reggae sensation”, says he has already started to receive the blessing the almighty has promised him for this year.The artist has now been nomination for a JUNO award in the “best reggae recording” category.

“I’m truly honored to be a nominee for this yearsJUNO, to me it represents another step in the right direction towards getting reggae to the forefront in Canada. While receiving an award or even a nomination is always good, as an artist I cannot loose focus, it is always important to remain humble and acknowledge the fact that the people are the real stars, they have the power to make you or break you. No award can keep you on top, only the people can”. Says Steele.

Steele’s nominated song entitled “Woman”, is written by him and produced by Taddy P. Vocals for the track was recorded at Reflex studio in Toronto.

In recent times, Steele has been unleashing many infectious songs, so this nomination seams to be the natural progression leading up to his forth studio CD scheduled to drop this summer.

Tiana scores again, secures two IRAWMA nominations

Tiana has copped her second set of award nominations this year after earning two nominations at IRAWMA 2012

by Jodee Brown

The growing international reputation of prominent Dancehall star, Tiana continues to be enhanced as the budding singjay has copped two more award nominations.

The ‘Princess of Dancehall,’ who was recently nominated for two honours at the Carivibez Video Web Awards, has struck similar notice from the International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), who have named her in a pair of categories for this summer’s event.

Recognized for her stellar year in 2011, Tiana earned a nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, where she goes against fellow Dancehall/Reggae divas, Ce’Cile, Etana, Queen Ifrica and veteran, Marcia Griffiths as well as Nkulee Dube, the daughter of late South African singer, Lucky Dube.

Additionally, Tiana was nominated for Best New Entertainer as she competes against artistes from varios genres such as the aforementioned Dube, J-Boog, Protoje and Laza Morgan.

These latest achievement further emphasizes the strength of her emergence as a top level artiste in this, her second year as a major mainstream act. Recently, Tiana released a captivating medley video for her fiery singles, Me Nuh Fear Yuh (D&H/Subkonshus) and Real Bad Gyal (Cashflow Records). Furthermore, the breakthrough sensation released her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall via iTunes. The nine track EP, distributed by Johnny Wonder and 21st Hapilos, features hits such as Bruk Out and Whine as well as Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Meanwhile, this year’s IRAWMA ceremony features four nominations for Mavado including Best Male Disc Jockey and Best Crossover Song (Delilah). Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Freddy McGregor, Gentleman, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, I-Octane, Nkulee Dube, The Green, Richie Spice, Kes the Band, Protoje, Alison Hinds, Machel Montano and Calypso Rose.

Among the other international nominees are Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Shakira, Pit Bull, Enrique Iglesias, Collie Buddz, Popcaan, Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Adventura, Matis Yahu, Third World, etc…

The 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards will take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois.


Buju Banton cops IRAWMA nominations

Buju Banton won a Stone Love Award earlier this year for 'Dubplate of the Year' for his single, 'Jah Army,' alongside Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley

Despite the fact that embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton languishes in a Miami federal prison, his music continues to garner positive attention, locally and overseas.

The currently incarcerated singjay copped a pair of nominations for the 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois. This marks the second award show that Buju Banton has nabbed nominations since he received a ten-year sentence on federal drug charges last June.

The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie earned a Best Song nomination for his internationally acclaimed collaboration, Jah Army alongside fellow Reggae superstar, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley.  Additionally, he received a nomination for Concert of the Year for his Before The Dawn concert, which took place in January 2011 in Miami.

Ephraim Martin, the president of IRAWMA producers, Martin’s International insists that this proves the never-ending validity and impact of Buju’s messages, through music.

“Buju was and is still a messenger for the people in his own right. History shows and tells us, that just about all great leaders, messengers and freedom fighters, who ended up in jail or prison at some point, returned to be better leaders,” he said, via press release.

Additionally, Martin encouraged Buju Banton to stay strong through his current situation and believes that the Reggae artiste will regain freedom sooner rather than later.

“Buju, we encourage you to stay strong and not to be discouraged. The unknown reason(s) you are where you are will be revealed to the world in a powerful manner, in the years to come!” 

A video of Buju’s performance at the 1994 IRAWMA Awards has been posted on Martin’s official blog/online TV channel for the public to see.

Buju Banton won the 2011 Best Reggae Album Grammy award for his critically-acclaimed album, Before The Dawn a day prior to his conviction on three drug related charges in February of last year. This past February, the self-professed Gargamel won a award for Dupblate of the Year at Stone Love’s annual award show. The award was for Jah Army, alongside Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley.



Sizzla hits back at gay rights critics

by Jodee Brown

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla’s appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, throughhis management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England.  False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever.  He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit.  It is his nature and his character to respect all.”

Additionally, Sizzla’s management team insists that this latest show cancellation proves how hard the Reggae artiste’s critics are trying to censor him.

“Sizzla and all human beings are entitled to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and artistic freedom as afforded to him by the United Nations Human Rights Council.  With these rights he does not seek to incite or provoke violence against anyone, but will continue to speak out against injustices where he sees it. Sizzla and other Jamaicans will continue to support the laws of their country and are free to discuss these issues in a legal framework as a citizen of that country. If anyone has an issue with that, take it up with the respective Government and which ever laws they make, even if he doesn’t agree, he will abide by.  In the mean time, every attempt to sabotage or cancel a Sizzla show is a form of censorship against him and the musical genre.”

“Why is it after months of promotions and advertisement, some wait till a few days before a show to try to cancel the performance?  This is a form of censorship and is designed to create maximum economic damage to the promoters, the artist, the staff, everyone involved in the construction of the tour, and the reggae industry at large.  We don’t see you attack Eminem or other musicians who make clear stances against these same issues in the hip-hop, rock, and pop industry. It makes us wonder if there is a bigger picture being painted here? Or is it the fact that they just have better lawyers and bigger companies making money from them?”

Sizzla also believes that part of his misperception overseas has to do with a loss in translation, given the strong use of dialect used in songs.

Patois the language that Sizzla uses to express his music are forms of metaphoric and allegoric expression.  The messages in the songs are based on words that have been misconstrued and mistranslated. When he or any artists say burn, fire, or kill, they are not literal terms. In fact the words translate to mean several things depending on the context of its use. So when a DJ in the dancehall takes the mic and says kill Sound boy, it doesn’t mean take a gun a shoot the Sound boy.  It means that the DJ is going to win the competition.  So interpret at your own risk but understand that in different languages, different words mean different things and Patois is a language very different from English. Historically it was used during slavery to prevent the slave masters from understanding the enslaved Africans as they organized for freedom.  Obviously it still is misunderstood and confusing many. 

“ It is very important for you to understand something.  The term batty boy was derived from the rise of pedophiles and rape of young boys in Jamaica. That is why the term batty boy is used, so those that embrace this term, therefore embrace the raping and pedophile of young boys. This is one of the main reasons why there is such an outcry against homosexuality because in many cases in Jamaica it has been done where young boys were raped or coerced by tourist into the lifestyle seeking to gain visa or better opportunities.  This has also contributed to a rise in gay male prostitution in Jamaica and is prevalent amongst teenagers and youth of Jamaica.”

Sizzla, who recently gave his first live performance in Jamaica since his near fatal bike accident last August, recently stated that the crash helped change his perspective on life. However, his management team believes it’s only given critics more reason to bash him despite all the charitable causes he involves himself in and the uplifting messages relayed through his music.

“Sizzla just recovered from a horrific accident where he almost lost his life.  Whilst some groups wish he had died, millions of fans around the world sent messages of support, good wishes and prayers for him to make a speedy recovery. This tour partly represent a thanks for their prayers and love that gave him the motivation to get well. Let us be clear, Sizzla has a catalogue of over67 albums and well over 90% of his music is uplifting, positive, speaks of family, empowerment, love, spirituality, and unity. At the same time he is a Rastafarian musician who embraces his faith and plays a pivotal part in the betterment of his society. What would Bob Marley be today if groups protested against him, keeping him in a box, and preventing him from sharing his music? There are two sides to the story, and yes everyone should be entitled to live and express themselves, but we must be respectful of ALL people’s values and principles.”



Ninja Man granted bail

by Jodee Brown

After languishing in jail for over three years, veteran Dancehall entertainer, Ninja Man will finally enjoy the benefits of freedom, temporarily at least.

The prominent deejay, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine was granted bail on Friday March 23rd, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, in the sum of JA$2 million regarding their ongoing murder case. As part of their bail condition, Ninja Man and his son must report to the police daily and were ordered to return to court on July 16.

Ninja Man’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson intimated that plans have already been arranged for the iconic deejay to post bail sometime next week, in time for the upcoming Easter holidays.

Ninja Man and his sonare accused of murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the killing of a 20 year old man in March 2009.

Two men who stand jointly accused of murder in Ninja Man’s case have long posted bail.


New Konshens album tops iTunes charts worldwide

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens seems to have finally asserted himself on the international stage with the release of his latest album, Mental Maintenance.

The 17 track album, which was unveiled late last month via VP Records, has shot straight to number one on several iTunes charts across the world. Konshens’ new effort has topped digital charts in three continents, earning such achievements in Japan, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Mental Maintenance has also received positive feedback locally, with several smash hits such as Simple Song, Do Sumn, Bounce, Last Drink (featuringVoicemail) as well as World Citizen, to name a few. Additionally, the album features collaborations with established Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and his Subkonshus Music label mate, Darrio.

Konshens has been promoting the album in depth in the United States, with promotional shows and events in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to name a few.

Meanwhile, Konshens has been making an early case for Deejay of the Year with several, highly acclaimed efforts such as the Subkonshus Music produced, Stop Sign, Gyal A Bubble and Money Up whileDo Sumn continues to do well on local charts nearly a year after its official release.

Earlier this week, Konshens released another single, So Mi Tan, produced by Daseca. 



Top 10: Best international collaborations involving Jamaican artistes

Sean Paul and Beyonce score big in 2003 with their chart-topping collaboration, 'Baby Boy' which helped launch the careers or both artistes

by Jodee Brown

Though musical genres such as hip-hop, rock and roll as well as R&B may cop more accolades and mention on the international scene, it’s an undeniable fact that Dancehall/Reggae has left an indelible mark on pop culture worldwide.

Ever since Bob Marley was in his hay day, Jamaican music has impacted and inspired fans, observers and artistes of various backgrounds, with many of today’s most prominent acts such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and several others employing Dancehall/Reggae sounds in their music. Furthermore, many internationally acclaimed artistes and bands have done successful collaborations with Jamaican artistes, most recently with breakthrough Dancehall artiste, Popcaan and Jamaican born hip-hop star, Busta Rhymes on the Only Man She Want remix.

That joint effort has garnered Popcaan positive international recognition after dominating the local industry in 2011. With that in mind, here’s a look a ten memorable collaborations involving Jamaican artistes that helped shape the careers of many prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts.

10: Shabba Ranks feat. KRS-One – The Jam: In the late 80s, Dancehall was a slowly developing genre which was gaining steam locally and in the Caribbean thanks to artistes like Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. However, it was Shabba who would introduce Dancehall to an international fan base as he teamed up with foundation hip-hop artiste, KRS-One for the mixed genre single, The Jam. Featuring a mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop sounds, The Jamintroduced the world to Shabba Ranks as a hardcore, sharp-thinking lyricist who could mesh with artistes of different sounds. The collaboration later garnered Shabba his first international recording contract as he signed with Epic Records in 1991. From there, Shabba Ranks never looked back as he scored a pair of Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album over the next two years and even became a fixture on American Television with famous comedian,Marlon Wayans doing a memorable skit of him on In Living Color.

9: Patra feat. Yo-Yo – Romantic Call: As Shabba Ranks was to setting the bar for male Dancehall artistes overseas, so was Patra to females in the industry. In the late 80s and early 90s, Patra amazed local audiences with her raunchy, no holds barred musical persona; garnering her mass attention and accolades for her work. Ironically, it was Shabba Ranks who gave Patra her first big break international as she collaborated withhim for the single, Family Affair in 1994 which cracked the top 100 of the U.S. Billboard singles charts.

However, it was 1995 when Patra elevated herself to elite status when she collaborated with female hip-hop starlet, Yo-Yo who was a protégé of former NWA rap superstar, Ice Cube.  Their collaborative effort, Romantic Call earned her a top 60 place on the U.S. Hot 100 Billboard chart and exposed her as one of Jamaica’s must-see acts. A cameo was even made by the late great Tupac Shakur for the accompanying video.

8: Stephen Marley and Mos Def – Hey Baby: How did Stephen Marley become the most accomplished Marley disciple internationally, in terms of awards? Perhaps it dates back to his memorable 2006 collaboration with veteran hip-hop superstar, Mos Def for the remix of his single, Hey Baby.

The lead single off Marley’s album, Mind Control, Hey Baby immediately became a sensation locally and overseas and, in part, propelled the album to top the Billboard Reggae charts once it was released in March 2007. A pleasant mixture of Reggae and hip-hop sounds, many still regard Hey Baby as Marley’s most insightful track to date as he speaks of love using unique concepts. Mind Control later won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and he’s since won two more, including for Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life which featured a sultry collaboration with Canadian R&B sensation Melanie Fiona (No Cigarette Smoking).

7: Baby Cham and Alicia Keys – Already regarded as one of Bounty Killer’s most successful disciples, Cham was hungry to take his success to a higher leveland after his chart-topping smash, Ghetto Story became an anthem for inner-city communities across the island, he enlisted the services of Grammy-winning R&B singer, Alicia Keys for a thought-provoking remix of the highly-acclaimed single. Ghetto Story: Chapter 2 reached the top 100 of the U.S Billboard charts and solidified his place as a prolific Dancehall star on an international level.

6: Supercat and Heavy D – Dem No Worry We: Having collaborated with Kris Kross and P Diddy in the early 90s, Supercat showed the world that he was truly the Don Dada of Dancehall. However, 1992 saw arguably his best international collaboration as he teamed with Jamaican-American hip-hop superstar, Heavy D for the single, Dem No Worry We. Given their backgrounds, this mixture seemed destined from success from the jump and elevated the auras of both prominent artistes as they continued to stamp their authorities on their respective genres throughout the early 90s.

5: Damian Marley and Nas: Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one song these two have done as it seems that anytime Damian Marley and Nas join forces, a smash hit is born. Dating back to their 2005 collaboration, Road to Zion, ‘Junior Gong’ and ‘God’s Son’ showed a remarkable chemistry few artistes can replicate. The single reached number 57 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and prompted both artistes to work on a joint album, Distant Relativeswhich was released in 2010. Their album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 charts, featuring hit singles like Patience and Land of Promise, a remake of Dennis Brown’s classic, Promised Land.

After a highly successful world tour, many fans continue to hope that Damian Marley and Nas a similar project going forward and considering their success to date when joining forces, why not?

4: Bounty Killer and The Fugees – Hip-Hopera: The 1990s were long dominated by the intense rivalry between Dancehall giants, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. However, while they continued their battle for supremacy, it was the ‘War Lord’ who scored first when it came to international collaborations as he joined forces with The Fugees for the uniquely conceptualized single, Hip-Hopera in 1997. Draped in royal attire, Bounty Killer displayed his lyrical dexterity for the world to see alongside Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras and copped at Billboard Hot 100 spot in the process.

This collaboration helped bridge the gap between Dancehall and hip-hop while also creating opportunities for younger Dancehall acts to make names for themselves overseas.

3. No Doubt feat. Lady Saw – Underneath It All: Though she never appeared in the video for Underneath It All, Lady Saw made her presence felt on No Doubt’s sultry, Reggae-themed single, Underneath It All. With scintillating vocals on offer by No Doubt’s lead singer, Gwen Stefani, Underneath It All captured the hearts and minds of fans in Jamaica and overseas during 2002, doing well on the U.S. Billboard Charts and earning a top 20 spot on the UK Singles Charts.

The single propelled Lady Saw to unprecedented heights as it landed the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2004.

2. Beenie Man and Mya – Girls Dem Sugar: Though Bounty Killer may have had first dibs on a successful collaboration with international artistes, it was Beenie Man who scored the bigger hit with an overseas act. In 1999, the ‘King of Dancehall’ combined with then upcoming producer Pharrell Williams and R&B sensation, Mya for Girls Dem Sugar, a song inspired by Beenie’s chart-topping single, Who Am I. With Mya offering a soothing set of vocals,Girls Dem Sugar reached number the top 50 of the U.S. Hip-Hop/R&Bcharts as well as number 13 on the UK Singles Charts.

Well received in local circles, Beenie Man ensured that Dancehall would finally garner the respect and accolades it so richly deserved and paved the way for artistes to follow his path to international stardom in the 2000s.

1.Beyoncé and Sean Paul – Baby Boy: Perhaps the artiste who took the most advantage of Dancehall’s rapid growth overseas was Sean Paul. Enjoying his most successful run of form yet with chart topping singles such as Get Busy and Gimme the Light, Sean Paul forever asserted himself as an elite artiste when he joined forces with former Destiny’s Child lead singer, Beyoncé Knowles for the single, Baby Boy.

A sumptuous single with Arabic music influences and a Reggae-like theme, Baby Boy shot straight to number one on the Billboard Charts and stayed there for nine straight weeks. Though it launched Beyoncé’s solo career, it’s undeniable that Sean Paul’s Jamaican flavor and lyrical touchmade Baby Boy a classic and as a result, helped his album Dutty Rock to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award in 2004. Since then, Sean Paul has arguably become the biggest Jamaican musical fixture overseas, joining forces with artistes such as Rihanna (Break It Off), Busta Rhymes (Make It Clap) and Alexis Jordan (Got 2 Luv U) amongst many others. Though many fans locally have criticized Sean Paul’s style of music, it’s unquestioned that he’s a major factor in why Dancehall/Reggae has become so popular worldwide.



Tanya Mullings eyes JUNO Award

credits: Jamaica Observer

TORONTO-based singer Tanya Mullings is confident she will take home the JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year on April 1. She is nominated for the song, Rescue Me, which was co-produced by Dean Pond and Maurice Gregory of Third World. The other nominees in the category are Luciano and Dubmatix for Seeds of Love and Life; Jay Douglas for Lover’s Paradise, Steele for Woman; and Esco Levi for Bleaching Shop.

The ceremony is scheduled for the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Although she has won several awards in Canada, Mullings has not had any luck were the JUNO, Canada’s version of the Grammy Awards. This is her sixth nomination since 1993. She told the Observer that she is confused as to why she has not yet won.

“It’s kinda hard to understand why there has been past nominations where you didn’t win, I do believe you can’t win all the time but when the winners turn to you and say ‘this should have been yours Tanya’ it leads you to question who does make the final decision,” she said.

While some Canadian reggae acts have a difficult time connecting with Jamaican reggae fans, Mullings does not believe that is the case with her.

“I personally feel I get support from Jamaica but I think where Jamaica is concerned an artiste has to be in the island promoting his/her music. As the saying goes outta sight, outta mind,” she explained.

The daughter of late producer/promoter Karl Mullings, Tanya was born in Canada and has been recording and performing for more than two decades.

She cites her father, Alton Ellis, keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Cynthia Schloss, Hopeton Lewis and Jay Douglas, as major influences. Mullings has won various industry awards in Canada including 14 Canadian Reggae Music Awards as well as seven Caribbean Crucible Awards.

Currently working on her fifth album, the singer also hosts the Tanya Mullings Show on


ZJ Liquid bemoans ‘pay for play’ system, expects return to airwaves

ZJ Liquid remains optimistic despite his lengthy suspension for Jamaican radio outlet, ZIP FM late last year

by Jodee Brown

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae disc jock, ZJ Liquid has long been aware of the much speculated politicking that occurs within Jamaican music. However, he refuses to partake in any of it.

The issue of payola or what locally termed ‘money pull up’ has been a major talking point within the Dancehall/Reggae industry in recent years. Groups such as the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) have questioned the highly unusual play rate of certain songs on radio as well as the regular endorsement of particular artistes by selectors during their sets; citing them as evidence of ‘pay for play’ schemes.

During a recent interview on the Lauren O Lauren show on Flow TV, ZJ Liquid addressed the payola concept; insisting that while such politics does exist within Dancehall/Reggae, he won’t abandon his principles in order to make money within the industry.

“Dat natural enuh, people a go offer you cah everybody wah get dem ting out dere. But is fi you fi jus’ kno seh yow, yuh hafffi stay true to music and at di same time, di whole money ting, a program ting dat same way so yuh still nah be true to the music,” he said.

“Wi know DJs dem a come up and everybody wan get dem food and man wah money and ting but at di same time yuh cah mek money rule yuh ting.”

In the last two years, there have some reported instances of disc jocks being assaulted, allegedly for the playing or non-playing of certain songs, most notably prominent Alliance selector, Boom Boom and Darkcide International selector, ZJ Wahwa last year.

According to Liquid, he determines which songs get airplay based on instinct as well as song quality, regardless of the artiste’s status.

“From yuh meet mi and get fi know Liquid, yuh kno seh mi is neva a pushover. Mi nuh tek talk from nobody at all. Mi nuh care how big yuh is or wah, mi play music off a wah mi feel. So if I feel di song deh, yah go get da love deh…If mi nuh feel di song, mi jus’ nuh feel di song,” he said.

“Mi play music just like how if I was going to the record store and buy the song, a so mi rate it…Remember you’re the DJ, you’re in control.”

Meanwhile, ZJ Liquid continues his lengthy suspension from popular Jamaican radio station, ZIP FM after allegedly playing an expletive in a song during a set late last year. This suspension, which has lasted over two months now, hails as his fourth from the station since 2008.

Though no decision has been made regarding a possible return to ZIP FM, the highly regarded producer and occasional deejay believes he’ll be back on the airwaves soon.

“Mi jus a gwaan hol’ the sentence, whatever it is we a hold it. Wi do ting and whatever u know? A jus’ so di ting go.”



Beenie Man to feature on new Nicki Minaj album

by Jodee Brown

Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.

Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.

According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.

“This song can run the Caribbean and the world. It’s basically dancehall meets hip hop in 1980’s style,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Though Minaj did not fly down to Jamaica to record the track, Beenie Man insists that she was very instrumental in setting up the fundamentals for their collaboration.

“I was supposed to have gone to LA (Los Angeles) to record the track. She sent her vocals with two of her representatives from her record label and we went to Anchor and I did my verse,” he said.

“She was on the phone basically telling us what she wanted.”

Beenie Man and Nicki Minaj have maintained a positive relationship since they first met last July at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay. Minaj gave a rousing at the prominent stage show which was her first and only ever appearance in Jamaica.

Minaj has previously collaborated with prominent Jamaican acts such as prominent Reggae superstar, Gyptian on the Hold Yuh remix as well as Jamaican-American rap star, Sean Kingston on Letting Go (Dutty Rock).

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will also feature appearances from prominent American rap as well as R&B superstars such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy and Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino).