Snoop Lion to meet with Rastas in attempt to settle differences

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Days after legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer and members of the Rastafari Millennium Council went after Snoop Lionfor his alleged profiting off Rastafarian culture, the former gangster rapper turned Reggae crooner hopes to make amends with them.

Snoop Lion will reportedly fly down to Jamaica in February to meet with Wailer and the Rasta Council in an attempt to hash out a truce Last week, Wailer blasted Snoop in an interview with TMZ for using the Rastafarian culture to help him sell records, accusing the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg of failing to meet the ‘contractual, moral and verbal commitments’ of being a Rasta.

Wailer also chastized Snoop of ‘outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism,’ while the Rasta Council, which he heads, released a statement saying in part“Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous culture!”

Snoop morphed from ‘Dogg’ to ‘Lion’ after visiting Jamaica last year to film hisReincarnated documentary, where he met with various Rastafarian leaders in an attempt to gauge a greater sense of the culture. He has since released two singles under the Snoop Lion moniker, including La La La and Lighters Up (feat. Popcaan and Mavado).

On Friday, Snoop responded to the allegations on BET‘s 106 and Park, saying,“I”m a positive individual, I know what am here to do what am suppose to do, so am going to continue to push forward, and ain’t nobody going to stop me.”

He also spoke of his relationship with Bunny Wailer“You know one thing about Bunny Wailer, is that if you ain’t real, then you ain’t gonna be around him.”

By TorontoDeejays.com

Vybz Kartel set to unveil documentary later this year

Controversial Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will reportedly release a documentary chonicling his life later this year.

Controversial Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will reportedly release a documentary chonicling his life later this year.

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Embattled Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartelcontinues to let his voice be heard despite being silenced in a Spanish Town jailhouse.

Days after his Voice of the Jamaican Ghettoco-author, Michael Dawson tweeted several fan messages on his behalf, Kartel will reportedly be unveiling a documentary based on his life and work. According to Urban Islandz, a close associate of the ‘Worl’ Boss’ confirmed that a deal has been agreed with a well-known filmmaker who has acquired rights to the biopic documentary.

“Fans can look out for Vybz Kartel documentary by year end,” the associate said.“Vybz feel now is the right time for his documentary because of his currently legal troubles and as we all see how the justice system is treating him unfair.”

The source also told Urban Islandz that this documentary has been in the works for a while as Kartel has been in talks with a production company to produce the film.

“For a while now several well-known filmmakers have been courting him for rights to his documentary,” the source said. “He finally decided to ink a deal with one of them. Vybz is a legend in dancehall and it’s only fitting that his life and career be documented in a film.”

Since Vybz Kartel’s arrest and subsequent charges of murder and conspiracy in the fall of 2011, the entertainer has continued his entrepreneurial ways. As well as Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, available in several bookstores across Jamaica, Kartel reunited with long-time business partner, Corey Todd to revive the popular Street Vybz rum line.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Penthouse Records producer blasts content, lack of creativity in Dancehall

Prominent producer and Pentous Records head, Donovan Germain is known for producing top quality acts like Busy Signal, Romain Virgo and EtanaCredits:   jamaica-gleaner.com

Prominent producer and Pentous Records head, Donovan Germain is known for producing top quality acts like Busy Signal, Romain Virgo and Etana
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One of Jamaica’s most decorated hit makers is blasting the Dancehall industry for its lack of substance and creativity following a lack ofBillboard presence in 2012.

Penthouse Records CEO, Donovan Germain has lashed out against Dancehall, suggesting that the recent infusion of hip-hop styles causes the genre to lack sustenance on a universal scale.

“Unless the Dancehall producers and artistes bring something new to the table and let go of the hip-hop style that they are readily embracing, the music will continue to be in the gutter,” Germain told the Jamaica Observer.

Germain, known for working with elite artistes like Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Busy Signalbelieves part of the problem is the lack of leadership. He think the industry needs a new signature face or producer to lead the genre back to prominence.

“The biggest part of Dancehall was when Dave Kelly played a major part in it,” Germain said. “Artistes are straying from being melodious, instead they are deejaying about their bottles of Hennessey, money and bad mind.”

Germain’s thought-provoking points come on the heels of a poor 2012 regarding sales for Dancehall and Reggae albums in the United States. Despite Busy Signal (Reggae Music Again), Konshens (Mental Maintenance), Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique) and Romain Virgo (The System) all receiving praise in markets across the globe, none managed to eclipse the 5,000 albums sold mark last year. This was a far cry from albums like Dutty Rock (Sean Paul), Hot Shots (Shaggy) and Welcome to Jamrock (Damian Marley), which earned multi-platinum statuses during the early 2000s.

Additionally, Germain points to the popularity of 90s beats in local clubs and events as a possible motivating factor for nowadays entertainers; intimating they should aspire to make songs that resonate for generations.

As for Reggae, Germain stated that the genre has lost some popularity with the Jamaican market, but the music produced continues to produce quality and attract interest.

“Although Reggae is not being recognized the way it should in Jamaica, the reggae acts are still touring and the music is still firm,” he said. “The same can be done with Dancehall once there is a turn-around of the musical content.”

By TorontoDeejays.com