by Jodee Brown
It’s a literal case of he said-she said as the fallout from the recent disbanding of the Portmore Empire continues with one former member Gaza Slim calling out another in Popcaanfollowing a statement released to the public on Monday.
The Only Man She Want deejay issued a detailed press release addressing several pressing issues, from his relationship with former mentor, Vybz Kartel to the reasoning behind him not being a member of PG13, a new label spearheaded by Kartel which features Tommy Lee and the aforementioned Gaza Slim. In said release, Popcaan insisted that he was not able to visit the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ given that he was advised against making visitations to the jail where Kartel had been held at and that ‘Di Teacha’ himself suggested through letter that he should stay away from the police. Additionally, Popcaan insisted that he remains grateful to Vybz Kartel for providing him with several musical opportunities and that he’s forever loyal to the ‘Gaza.’
A day after Popcaan broke his silence, Gaza Slim, whose also known as Vanessa Bling issued a statement of her own, steadfastly refuting the When We Party deejay’s account of these events while revealing the apparent discord that existed between Popcaan and Vybz Kartel after the latter’s arrest last September.
In the statement, Gaza Slim says, “Everyone is releasing statements Re: Portmore Empire, some more truthful than others so I think it’s time to release mine. In a statement released by Popcaan (which I doubt was written by him considering how grammatically correct it was) is nothing but lies in an attempt at keeping the support of Gaza fans, and by Gaza, I mean Kartel because he is Gaza.”
“Firstly, before his arrest, Kartel did bookings for Popcaan, which was handled by Calvin Haye and Andre Henry, not by the World Boss himself, as we all know he staffs to do these things. As Kartel was arrested, Popi immediately diverted his bookings way from Moonie and Pim Pim who were not arrested as yet, to other people, although the boss had invested time and money for which he has not been recompensed. Secondly, when the boss was arrested he was held at a small jail where anyone could have visited. I know because I did. Popi didn’t visit because a certain producer told him to “stay far from Kartel, him nah see back road.” Thirdly, in his statement, Popcaan said that he and Kartel spoke through letters. I see the Boss in court regularly so I know that’s a lie. The only thing Teacha say when I ask if Popi link him is ‘Me nuh wah see him. Yuh nuh see how him a move. Me wish him the best.’”
Following her explanation, the emerging singjay had a pair of messages for her former Portmore Empire group mate.
“I just want to say to Popcaan:
1. Stop the lies. You and I know that World Boss nuh want nothing from you cause dem man deh full a pride, an him pay all a we lawyer fee.
2. The reverse psychology that you’re using to try look decent, a Kartel teach you that. So don’t try use it on his fans, because I was there when the white man asked you if you were going to visit Kartel and you said ‘Why me haffi go?’”
“Lastly, stop send out statement bout ‘bare badness backa dat.” Maybe a people you a try impress but, sigh, me haffi laugh. That’s all I am going to say. This is my only statement on the Portmore Empire.”