Ninja Man calls Beenie Man hypocritical, accuses him of stealing from artists

Dancehall legends, Ninja Man and Beenie Man are at odds following a recent interview in which Beenie questioned the state of Dancehall during a recent interview on HOT 97by Jodee Brown

Add legendary deejay, Ninja Man to the growing list of industry players voicing their displeasure with Beenie Man after comments his fellow deejay made during a recent interview with American radio station, HOT 97 in which he made strong comments regarding the state of Dancehall.

In said interview, Beenie told the American hip-hop station that he didn’t feel artists such as Cham and Mr. Vegas were consistent enough, while suggesting Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ more often. He also called out former collaborator, Elephant Man, saying, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs,” leading to a war of words between the two deejays last week.

According to reports Wednesday, Ninja Man has been very displeased with Beenie’s comments, deciding to let loose in a radio interview earlier this week, in which he issued a stark response to the self-professed King of the Dancehall’s remarks.

“Beenie Man is not here before Ninja Man, he is not here before Daddy Roy and Josey Wales, so who is Beenie Man fi say him a hold up dancehall? Him see dancehall a drop dung? Beenie Man is a total thief,” he said. “Him is mi friend and mi nah keep no secret fi dem because mi nuh eat a nobody yard and mi nuh scrape nobody burn pan. Him is a thief. Him thief weh di ‘Doctor’ from Early B, him go back and tief the King from Yellow Man, him tief weh di girls from Shabba inna dancehall, and now him want come tief dancehall fi himself? Him too greedy.”

The ‘Don Gorgon’ accused Beenie Man of being a ‘hypocrite’ for not paying homage to those who came before him and allowed him the platform he has performed along for the past two decades.

“A Ninja Man a yuh boss,” Ninja said. “I am the one that you idolise and grow up and study and when you do sumn fi mek it hurt me, it hurt me. Stop gwaan like a you run dancehall. Yuh nuh run no dancehall. You is the artiste weh get the most boo inna dancehall.”

Ninja Man even issued a challenge to Beenie Man should he want to take the issue to wax, saying, “mi resign from war but if yuh nuh like wah mi say and can defend it lyrically, face me any minute, any second, any hour, any time.”

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Beenie Man responds to Elephant Man’s rant

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

by Jodee Brown

The war of words is heating up between Dancehall stalwarts, Beenie Man and Elephant Man as the ‘King of the Dancehall’ has issued a blunt retort following a rant the ‘Energy God’ made following Beenie’s recent interview on HOT 97.

The interview, done several weeks ago, focused mainly on the state of Dancehall today. Speaking with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg, Beenie Man called out several artists, including Cham, Mr. Vegas and Sean Paul, questioning the consistency of Cham and Vegas while saying Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots.’”

His comments on Elephant Man however, were particularly strong, telling the American hip-hop station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

Those comments drew the ire of the Pon Di River singer, who accused Beenie of damaging Dancehall’s reputation internationally with his comments, not grooming young artists and being jealous of other entertainers.

In an interview published on one876entertainment.com on Thursday, Beenie held nothing back.

“Elephant is looking a hype because he is not hot but I have no beef with him,” he said. If Ele want to buss back come we sit down and plan a strategy but don’t run to media and smear my name for a hype. Elephant cannot name an artist that him buss, who is that artist? I can honestly say that all the artistes in Shocking Vibes was highlighted because of Beenie Man, I helped to nurture their careers, and we built a powerful camp.”

He also claimed that Elephant Man’s career was in steep decline, reiterating his point on HOT 97 that the deejay has not had a hit song in years.

“Let’s talk about hit songs. I have one of the hottest singles in the dance and on radio at the present moment – My life so Happy,” he said. “Plus Hottest Man Alive is a must play song in every dance every night in any dancehall setting across the world. Ask Ele to name his hot song? Who produced it and where is it playing?”

Furthermore, Beenie took shots at Elephant Man’s lifestyle and questioned his sexual orientation, making reference to a rumor that came out last year claiming the ‘Energy God’ was in a pool with several men at his home, a rumor he later refuted and threatened to sue over.

“Who nah no house on the hill? Elephant must not talk things he doesn’t know. Cause when I stand on my balcony I can see his rainbow colored house – a sore sight for the community,” he said.

“Elephant no fi talk bout mi hair and my teeth, him love man? A no me dem catch in a pool naked with a bag a man.”

Beenie Man is reportedly in the U.S. on tour while Elephant Man is touring in Europe.

Elephant Man blasts Beenie Man following HOT 97 interview

Elephant Man has hit Beenie Man with strong words following an interview in which Beenie questioned Elephant Man's relevancy in Dancehall music today.by Jodee Brown

Never one to be lost for words or triggering strong opinions with said words, Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man is at the epicenter of controversy following an interview in which he called out many of his contemporaries, including Elephant Man, who is none too pleased with his commentary.

In a recent interview with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg on HOT 97, Beenie Man was asked about the state of Dancehall music and speaking on some of its marquee acts, including Cham and Mr. Vegas, stating that they were both inconsistent while stating Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ and that he is ‘not coming home enough.’ He also called himself ‘the balance of Dancehall music,’ saying the genre needs him to continue making hits to help sustain it.

When further pressed about Dancehall’s state, Beenie told the American radio station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

In an interview published in the Jamaica STAR on Tuesday, Elephant Man shot back at Beenie, who he performed alongside at the BET Awards last year, intimating that he damaging the genre with such comments.

“Beenie Man badmind until him teeth and the middle of him hair a drop out. He never has nothing good to say about other artistes,” he told the newspaper. “He is all about himself. That’s why him in the music fi suh long and nuh buss no artiste, because him badmind.”

The ‘Energy God’ continued his rant against Beenie, saying, “Yuh gone pon interview gone tell people sey a you alone a duh good inna music, after dem never ask yuh bout yuhself. When Vybz Kartel deh road, yuh run bakka the man and talk bout Gaza yu sey, then yuh same one gone pon interview gone bash di man. Mi deh Europe, and di bwoy know sey mi deh Europe, and gone tell people foolishness.”

He continued, “Yuh too badmind. Yuh try offa Yellowman. Yuh not even own a studio fi record yuh song dem, bout yuh live inna apartment with 300 man. Wicked people cyah pretend too long, ah yourself yuh a trick because yuh nah run no dancehall, go fix yuh teeth dem wey a drop out.”

Watch Beenie’s full interview on HOT 97 here.

Sean Paul to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

by Jodee Brown

Reggae Sumfest 2014 has added another big name to its growing list as organizers confirmed Grammy-winning deejay, Sean Paul will make his return to the prominent stage show for the first time since 2003.

The entertainer confirmed his appearance via social media on Friday as he posted a video expressing his delight at being back on the Sumfest stage. He will perform on International Night 2 on July 19 and will be joined on stage by a band, dancers and will unveil a few surprises for fans, according to Summerfest Productions executive director, Johnny Gourzong.

Having rarely performed in Jamaica throughout the last 11 years, this opportunity allows Sean Paul the opportunity to reconnect with his home fans live and direct.

“I’ll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home,” he said in a release. “There is no stage like home. I’ve toured the world, but Jamaica is still my favorite place to be.”

Sean Paul is currently promoting his most recent studio album, Full Frequency, which features big name acts such as Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj, Konshens and Iggy Azalea. He is currently on the European leg of his Full Frequency tour, which saw him make stops in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, where most of the tour takes place.

Sean Paul now joins a Reggae Sumfest 2014 lineup which also includes Tessanne Chin, Busy SignalWiz Khalifa, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Freddie McGregor and many more.

This year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest will kick off on July 13 with a beach party at Aquasol Beach followed by an all-white party on July 15 at Pier 1 before the performances kick off at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex withDancehall Night, International Night 1 and International Night 2 on July 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

Sean Paul’s ‘Full Frequency’ tops Billboard chart in spite of sluggish sales

by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican musician, Sean Paul has scored another chart-topping album as his sixth studio project, Full Frequency has reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

This, despite a less than impressive sales figure early on as the album, released February 18th, sold just 2,160 copies in its first week. This nearly doubles the first-week output his last album, Tomahawk Technique (2012) provided, selling over 1,200 copies.

However, combining both sales figures, they are a far cry from his multi-platinum effort, Dutty Rock in 2002, which sold nearly 20 times more copies at 65,000 in its first week.

He recently performed his new single from the album, Want Dem All alongside song collaborator, Konshens on the Arsenio Hall Show last month and has since released the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart features appearances from Papa San, whose previously chart-topping album, One Blood hails at number five, selling just under 2,000 copies to date. Tarrus Riley’s new album, Love Situation is two places higher, selling around 1,126 copies to date while Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is 10th, with just under 4,000 copies sold so far.

Sean Paul to drop new studio album this month

Multi-platinum selling Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul will release his sixth studio album on Feb. 18. The album had originally been slated to come out last November

Multi-platinum selling Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul will release his sixth studio album on Feb. 18. The album had originally been slated to come out last November

by Jodee Brown

International megastar musician and former Grammy-winning artist, Sean Paul will be unveiling his sixth studio album, Full Frequency on February 18, according toreports Saturday.

The album, which will be released physically and on iTunes, features a number of cross-genre efforts alongside some of Reggae, hip hop and pop’s top stars. Notable collaborators on Full Frequency includeDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Konshens, Nyla, 2 Chainz and Juicy J.

Sean Paul, who won the 2004 Best Reggae AlbumGrammy for his multi-platinum record, Dutty Rock has released several singles from Full FrequencyRiot, which features the aforementioned Marley and Want Dem All which features KonshensEntertainment (w/ Minaj, Juicy J and 2 Chainz) and, most recently, The Other Side Of Love.

His last album, Tomahawk Technique struggled to make any significant impact sales-wise in the United States, selling just over 1,000 copies in its first week. However, it was certified gold in France and Switzerland, with its lead single, Got 2 Luv U (feat. Alexis Jordan) in particular scoring number ones on charts in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia to name a few region.

Full Frequency is being distributed by his long-time label, Atlantic Records.

2013 Year in Review: The best songs, artists and stories in Jamaican music

by Jodee Brown

After a 2012 which saw Jamaica return to the roots of its music during its 50th anniversary year, the majority of 2013 proved to be a major letdown and appeared to be heading for irrelevancy within the pantheon on memorable Jamaican periods. That is, until a certain sparkly 28-year-old singer reminded everyone that our music still has a very long shelf-life, if attention is focused on the right channels.

Tessanne Chin added a much needed boost to what was a mostly ordinary year within Jamaican music and entertainment. From a downsizing of hit songs, to increasingly poor album sales in the United States, to undying scrutiny regarding lyrical content and party regulations, these were trying times for artists and music lovers alike in 2013.

Nevertheless, we try to look on the brighter side of things in our music. With that said, check out the slideshow in the middle of this article, showing slides looking at the songs, artists and news makers that made Jamaican music interesting in 2013.  Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with these picks.

Best New Artist – Jah Bouks

Best New Artist – Jah Bouks

Honorable Mentions – Keznamdi, Kelissa, Alkaline, Samantha J

This year was a strong year for debutantes on the local scene. Keznamdi has music lovers re-thinking how they would spend each Weekend, Alkaline inked his eye and his name on the Dancehall scene, Kelissa continued a recent run of impressive, upcoming female singers coming out, while teenage sensation, Samantha J bragged about being the girl in the Tight Up SkirtBut, in this writer’s opinion, there is only one winner.

As an ardent listener of Portmore’s Sun City 104.9FM, there is a strong amount of good, featured music by artists with potential, but little to no mainstream assurance. One such artist was a St. Thomas native by the name of Jah Bouks whose vocals and concepts were unique and smooth.

After hearing songs like Angola and Don’t Cry play so many times on radio, there was no doubt in this writer’s mind 2013 would be Jah Bouks would be a breakout act, if he got the right push. Sai push came in the form of competing on season six of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, where his singing ability and stage presence instantly made him a hit with music lovers. He failed to emerge with the million-dollar grand prize, but his star had shone too brightly for him to fade in the limelight soon thereafter.

Angola has been a big hit in mainstream media and on Jamaican streets, landing him several shows locally and overseas in the last six months. Going Home, Vital and others proved that this was not just any ordinary, fly-by-night tinker in his music, but someone whose vision is more wide-ranging than some veteran acts in today’s business, if you listen to his content. 2014 will be a year in which music lovers will look on him Highly! As he would say.

Male Deejay of the Year – I-Octane

Male Deejay of the Year – I-Octane

Honorable Mentions – Aidonia, Vybz Kartel

There was a huge struggle with this pick, nearly a temptation to leave this award vacant in all honesty, as no Dancehall artist really made his mark on the scene all year-round, struggling for a string of hits.

Konshens, who asserted his authority in Dancehall throughout 2012 with a slew of number ones, was mostly an afterthought this year, with Pull Up To Mi Bumper (feat. J Capri) really being his only standout song, with well over six million YouTube views.

Vybz Kartel, still awaiting word on his freedom from a long-standing murder charge, produced his share of noteworthy songs such as School, Business and Georgina. But, as often the case with the ‘Worl’ Boss’ in recent years, he follows up one big song with five low quality ones.

Aidonia certainly looked like the frontrunner in the first half of the year, driving female audiences mad with songs like Fi Di Jockey, Bruki and Tip Pon Yuh Toe, but his work released since the summer drastically failed to replicate that early success.

So, in the end, this honour goes to I-Octane. His hit at the start of the year, Gyal A Gimme Bunwas a hit with music lovers, adding a mix of old-school vibes with new school humor, as evidenced by the accompanying video. Happy Time and Wine and Jiggle have also been strong on local charts and, despite some skepticism going in, Octane validated the faith shown in him by Reggae Sumfest organizers to close their Dancehall Night with one of his better performances.

Mind you, this was not as solid a year for him as 2010 was, but in a year where many Dancehall acts flattered to deceive, he managed to topple them all.

Female Deejay of the Year – Lady Saw

 Female Deejay of the Year – Lady Saw

Female Deejay of the Year – Lady Sawjamaica-gleaner.com

Honorable Mentions – Macka Diamond, Spice

Unlike the male version of this category, the female one took much less thought, because frankly, content from female deejays was very limited.

Macka Diamond certainly had the biggest song amongst her compatriots with the chart-topping single, Dye Dyebut could not duplicate that form with her follow-up efforts, no matter how raunchy or edgy her promotional or lyrical content gotSpice also had a pair of modest hits, Twerk and Dun Wife which were catchy and thought-provoking, but she was mostly anonymous otherwise, with her beefs with Macka Diamond and the winner of this category mainly keeping her talked about in the press.

For all intent and purposes, Lady Saw was supposed to be done with Dancehall – moving on to a calmer, more spiritual lifestyle after growing tired of the stress and obstacles within a genre she dominated for decades. But the inner ‘bad gyal’ in her just could not resist staying away for good. Her video for Heels On, and the remix (featuring Flo-Rida) put her back on the international map again.

Her solo set at STING 2013, and, moments later, lyrical decapitation of the aforementionedMacka Diamond during their heated clash at the show really summed up how much Dancehall still needs its queen. She still has the edge and lyrical quality left to be a force in the business, as Heels On proved. Time will tell if she follows up on her decision on walk away for good, but her fans will certainly try their best to keep her around.

Reggae Artist of the Year – Chronixx

Reggae Artist of the Year – Chronixx

Reggae Artist of the Year – Chronixx reggaesumfest.com

Honorable Mentions – Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Etana

After a year which saw him rise to instant super stardom with one international hit after the next, one could forgive Chronixx if he relented and moseyed along 2013 while trying to find firm footing within this new-found status. Nope, he is a Warrior, and he continues to fight his way to the top with alarming ease.

Conceptually, he is well beyond his years, showcased through his chart-topping hit,Smile Jamaica, a song reminiscent of Bob Marley’s classic, with a spin on it comparing Jamaica to a beautiful woman. After dropping one of the best songs of 2013, he could again be forgiven for taking his foot off the gas pedal. Of course, again, he refused.

Access Granted, Rain Music, Most I and Here Comes Trouble went over with Jamaicans far and wide, earning rotation in markets such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Billboard has already identified him as potentially Reggae music’s next big superstar, and who would blame them for jumping to that conclusion this early, given his catalogue.

In fairness, Sizzla, Beres Hammond and Etana put out solid hits which did not received nearly the same airplay or approval, but were solid throughout the year, both in studio and on stage. The former two received nods for the 2014 Best Reggae Album Grammy, whileEtana, in this writer’s opinion, should have earned a similar nod.

Given the trajectory Chronixx is on, such recognition will be coming his way much sooner than later, and deservedly so.

Song of the Year – Bumaye (Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal)

 Song of the Year – Bumaye (Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal)

Song of the Year – Bumaye (Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal)twelvefresh.com

Honorable Mentions – Smile Jamaica (Chronixx), Gyal a Gimme Bun (I-Octane), Nuh Compatible (Bugle)

There were a few gems that sparkled song-wise within the seemingly rusting jewel that was Jamaican music in 2013; all of them dominating for a long stretch of time.

Gyal a Gimme Bun was Dancehall’s biggest, most noteworthy hit between January and March, racking up number ones and giving pop culture a new term to exhaust with ‘Mi chest plate a bun mi.’

Nuh Compatible was one of the spring’s most talked about songs, composed by journeyman artist, Bugle, who finally earned his first real mainstream hit since his debut single, What We Gonna Do five years earlier. The acclaim it received was deserved and gave those going through untenable relationships a song to hang their hat on.

As mentioned in the previous slide, Smile Jamaica was a stroke of genius by Chronixx, and was easily the best Reggae song for 2013. But, the winner of this category had his song play in the background of a Pepsi commercial featuring world footballing great, Lionel Messi.Enough said.

Busy Signal, seeking that next, big mainstream hit since being released from prison in November of last year, teamed with Major Lazer for the single, Bumaye, which in English, means kill them (a phrase shouted during Muhammad Ali’s legendary fight with George Foreman).

This top-of-the-line, collaboration was, to use another boxing reference, an instant knockout, earning over 40 million YouTube hits, platinum status in Denmark and that aforementioned commercial with Messi. It was a throwback-themed song – using old-time Dancehall sounds and terms – that morphed into a commercial success and made Busy a major international player once again.

Story of the Year – Tessanne is ‘The Voice’

Story of the Year – Tessanne is ‘The Voice’

Story of the Year – Tessanne is ‘The Voice’ File photo

There could only be one winner or nominee for this honor; a no-brainer really.

Some four or five months ago, Tessanne Chin was a relative afterthought struggling to find a major breakthrough that would launch a once promising career that mostly stalled since making her mainstream debut as a teenager in 2004. Thanks to smart advice from Shaggy and one-chair-turning audition in Los Angeles, she went from Hideaway to being one of the most sought after musicians in the world right now.

Chin long possessed the vocal range, clarity and stage presence necessary to become a superstar, and after successfully auditioning for season five of NBC’s The Voice, those qualities were finally there for a much bigger audience than ours to witness. Song by song, she hit every high note with ease, and round-by-round, more American viewers were warming up to a woman whose personality and talent were too irresistible a combination to overlook.

Her last two solo performances – of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waterand Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing – were two of the most memorable performances ever displayed by a Jamaican artist, or on any talent show worldwide for that matter. With every well-sung word, she had her own coach, Adam Levine, and really everyone else speechless, leaving one to wonder how high her ceiling really is.

Winning The Voice and an American recording contract were mere formalities really. It was the way the she galvanized her entire country to the point bars and Half-Way-Tree square were filled to Bolt-like proportions that was the real story. Jamaican music, and Jamaica in general, now had something to smile broadly about in a year filled with economic and social mishaps and drug controversy surrounding the island’s main source of unbridled joy in recent years, its track and field team.

Chin brought a badly-needed light on the island in dark times and has given every local musician to believe that a break is coming, with just a little persistence and attention to detail required. She now has the opportunity to become the island’s next musical icon and open doors for Jamaican in an American market which has not been kind to them since the days ofDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Shaggy and Sean Paul.

Here is to hoping in 2014, she lays the foundation for Jamaica building a much stronger home musically.

Sean Paul set to release new album in November, unveils tracklist

sean paul2by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul has unveiled the official tracklist for his upcoming studio album, Full Frequency, which is set for a Nov. 4 release.

Marking his seventh album to date, Full Frequency is entrenched with a number of collaborations with local and international acts on a compilation featuring elements of Dancehall, Reggae and pop music. The most eye-catching amongst the international collaborations is the single, Entertainment 2.0, featuring popular American rap stars, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Juicy J.

The standout collaboration amongst his Jamaican compatriots is the hit single, Riot, featuring fellow Grammy-winning Reggae superstarDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. The single has particularly garnered plaudits in Europe, hitting the top ten of singles charts in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Konshens also features on Full Frequency through the joint effort, Want Dem All while Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea also makes an appearance on the single,Wickedest Style.

Full Frequency is Sean Paul’s second album in as many years, having released Tomahawk Technique in January of last year. The album reached the top ten on digital charts in Japan, Germany and Austria, despite recording sub-par sales figures in the United States.

His highest selling album remains his sophomore effort, Dutty Rock, which went multi-platinum in the United States and earned him the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2004.

Full Frequency will be released in stores as well as via iTunes and other digital music outlets and will be distributed via Atlantic Records.

Below is the full tracklist:

1. Riot (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)

2. Entertainment 2.0 (feat. Juicy J, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj)

3. Pornstar (feat. Nyla)

4. Want Dem All (feat. Konshens)

5. Hey Baby

6. Wickedest Style (feat. Iggy Azalea)

7. Dangerous Ground (feat. Prince Royce)

8. It’s Your Life

9. Take It Low

10. Anyday

11. Lights On

12. Legacy

13. Other Side of Love

14. Turn It Up

Sean Paul wins second straight MOBO Reggae award

sean paul1by Jodee Brown

For the second year running and fifth time in his career,Sean Paul has won a Music of Black Origin (MOBO)award for Best Reggae Act.

The Grammy-winning Reggae artist, who was not present for the MOBO Awards ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland Saturday night, secured the award in a category which included nominees such as Mavado, Popcaan, Tarrus Riley and British-based singer, Stylo G.

Having copped the award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2012 respectively, the Greatest Gallis singer copped the award thanks in large part to charting twice on the U.K. singles charts with hits such as The Other Side Of Lifeas well as What About Usa collaboration with British pop groupThe Saturdays.

Past winners of the Best Reggae Act award at MOBO, an award ceremony celebrating urban music in the U.K and worldwide, include GyptianAlborosie andShaggy, who hosted the show in London in 2007.

Vybz Kartel’s former road manager and producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels killed

roach1by Jodee Brown

Famed Jamaican music producer and the former road manager for popular deejay, Vybz Kartel, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is dead, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

Samuels was fatally shot by gunmen multiple times shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday by gunmen while inside his vehicle near a gas station in Mary Brown’s Corner, St. Andrew, according to police. He reportedly tried to escape in his Chevrolet Avalanche but crashed while driving along Mannings Hill Rd. after more shots were fired at him.

The matter is now being investigated.

Samuels was known for several years as the right hand man of currently incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel serving as his road manager until the pair reportedly fell out in 2010. He is renowned for producing the Siren Riddim, which featured Sean Paul’s international smash, Break Out as well as, Emergency by Vybz Kartel.

His most successful production was the Overproof Riddim in 2011, a rhythm he worked on alongside JA Productions. The compilation featured artists such asBeenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Daniel Bedingfield and garnered much international success with several songs from it topping charts worldwide.