Macka Diamond defends crucifixion picture from upcoming video

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single, 'WickeD Heart.'

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single

by Jodee Brown

Acclaimed Dancehall artist, Macka Diamond is out on the defensive after a picture leaked online from an upcoming video showing her hanging from a cross, mirroring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The picture, taken from the shoot of her upcoming video for her single, Wicked Heart, triggered social media furor this past week, with some insisting she committed blasphemy by doing the act and crossed the line of artistic expression.

In a radio interview Friday, the Dye Dye singer denied this was the case, saying the picture and meaning behind it were taken out of context.

“To be frank, I was never looking at it that way. It’s since I’m seeing the comments (that) I really started to think about it,” she told IRIE FM“According to Jamaican terms, we she, ‘Chu, people a crucify mi..dem nah get mi down.’ I wasn’t even thinking aobut this Jesus ting or nail mi hand…like I dying for nobody sins. It is not as deep as everybody is thinking.”

Macka said the scene was only done as a way to represent the recent criticisms fired her way, particularly since her controversial lyrical clash with long-time rival,Lady Saw at STING last December. Wicked Hearthas been branded by many in the music industry as a diss track aimed at Saw.

This is not the first time an artist has done a crucifixion in his or her videos or songs. hip hop superstar,Nas pulled off a similar tactic in 1999, hanging from a cross in the visuals for his smash hit, Hate Me Now, which featured P Diddy.

Seven years later, pop legend, Madonna pulled off a mock crucifixion during a stage show performance in Germany, sparking outrage from church groups and music lovers alike.

The official video for Wicked Heart will be released in the coming weeks.

‘New’ Super Cat

SuperCat1by Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

Years ago, dancehall legend Super Cat was briefly signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak label.

At that time, producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo planned to produce a new Super Cat album. It would have been the first in ages, but it didn’t materialise.

In 2003, they had released the track The Don of All Dons with Jadakiss and Styles P as a taste of what was to come on their compilation album Attack of the Clones.

That Super Cat-Neptunes partnership was short-lived, however, as the world heard nothing more of that. Until last week at least.

As it turns out, back then, Star Trak’s A&R, Cipha Sounds, had sought out Federation Sound’s Max Glazer to create a mix preview of the planned release (the album).

A&R (Artistes and repertoire) is the division of a record label that is responsible for overseeing the recording process and artistic development, among other issues relating to recording artistes.

That mix was previously never available to many. It went online in full only last week.

Featured on the mix are the freestyles, Weedman (over the beat to Kardinal Offishall’s Bellydancer), and Wha U’ Name? (over Jay-Z’s Excuse Me Miss beat), along with a journey through Super Cat’s classic tracks including the dancehall and hip hop mixes of Ghetto Red Hot, Dem No Worry We and Dolly My Baby.

Nuff Man A Dead, Come Down, Mud Up, Cabin Stabbin, Big & Ready, Trash And Ready, Vineyard Party and Under Pressure round off the other featured songs from the great.

The mix has beenreceiving good reviews by fans of the Don Dada since being uploaded on various websites.

On the weekend of August 30, Super Cat stirred up the excitement of patrons in a surprise performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Massive B and Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip concert performing songs such as Vineyard Party and Ghetto Red Hot.

Prior to that, Super Cat’s last stageshow performance was in 2008 in Miami at the popular Best of the Best concert.