Vybz Kartel went to the earth’s core to write the lyrics for his new song, “Scorched Earth.”
The TJ Records produced track doesn’t just employ images of fire, and it is, in fact, fire. The track is modern and but not similar to the trap-dancehall hybrid that has been dominating the dancehall scene in recent years. Even though the production of the track is phenomenal, it is Vybz Kartel‘s flow that brings the heat. Many consider Teacha the Mohammed/ Moses of dancehall, who is coming to lead the people to the promised land, and with the lyrics unleashed in the song, it is easy to see why people share this belief. His genius shines through with lines like, ‘dem boy de easy fi brush, Clarks dirt. “”Kick it slow – All the river love me wicked flow / the paper clean -yuh wa see how the pen a tippytoe.”
The song’s chorus is a resounding chant from what sounds like a male-dominated choir “Free Vybz Kartel, We need Vybz Kartel, Worlboss, Worlboss, Worlboss, Worlboss.”
The legacy and future of dancehall have been the subject of a very heated debate in the past few weeks. The debate found its way on social media, where the likes of Skatta, Notice, and Vybz Kartel voiced their opinions. The main point made by Skatta and Notnice was that dancehall music is dead, and the youths who are now in control are moving away from the core elements that brought dancehall to international markets.
Kartel countered, “Unuh buy music none at all or support ntn? S**k unuh mada a social media mek unuh tink unuh opinion matters …youths dictate what music is so stfu and go sort out unuh life unuh cyaa stop ntn @skattaburrell bless mi General.”
Quite a few people came out swinging at the Teacha, questioning his morals in music. “You are now close to 50 years old, come on man… How is putting out profanity lace lyrics, defending badness, gun tunes helping these ghetto yutes what idealizing you?,” asked Rhythmmassive.
Do you think Vybz Kartel’s “Scorched Earth” is an attempt to silence his critics? If yes, how did he do?
Beyoncé Checks Fabolous For Disrespectful Solange Lyrics
Fabolous stopped by the Breakfast Club this week for an interview, and he recalled a time Beyoncé wanted to “holler at” him after he rapped some lyrics about her and her sister.
Remember that old Fabolous song where he mentioned Beyoncé and Solange Knowles? It turns out Beyoncé actually had a word with him about the lyrics. The year was 2010, and the song was “For The Money” featuring Nicki Minaj – a track from Fabolous’s “There Is No Competition 2” EP. “I swear on a stack of holy Bibles and Qur’ans/We could be the Dream team baby, Kobe and LeBron/Only if you gold, I never do the bronze/’Cause if you could have Beyonce would you take Solange?” Fabolous raps on the record.
During his interview on the Breakfast Club, Fabolous said sometime after that song came out, he ran into Beyoncé, and she said, “Let me holler at you.” While he did not disclose the full conversation, he admitted that Bey told him that they “rock with” him and enlightened him on the fact that the celebrity sisters he made his punchline are real people whose feelings could be affected by his statements. Fabolous said he completely understood where Queen Bey was coming from and later apologized to Solange.
Fabolous recalled that Solange was understandably a bit less warm than her sister was when he approached her sometime later at Soho House. “Solange, she was stiff. I’m like ‘Hey, what’s up?’ and she was like ‘What up?’” the rapper said in the interview. “But I was like ‘I didn’t mean any malice but I do take responsibility for saying that and I apologize,’” the rapper said.
Fabolous says as a writer, when penning the rhymes, he used to think about making his music catchy and metaphoric but he “didn’t see the deeper side of it” until Beyoncé confronted him about “For The Money.” Who doesn’t respect a man who can admit to his wrongs and show positive changes in light of that enlightenment? That’s why Fabolous is still one of the most respected rappers in the game.
Rich Homie Quan Admits He Didn’t Read His Contract Before Signing
Rich Homie Quan says not reading his record contract before signing it was his biggest career mistake.
Let’s say you are starting a new phone service and they hand you the contract, do you really have time to read through all the fine print before signing? The 80/20 rule applies here as 80% of persons would simply sign without hesitation, because they trust that the phone company will not rip them off. You would think it is a different case in the music industry. However, the rule still applies, though the exact margins have not yet been documented. Rich Homie Quan recently did an interview with All Hip Hop, where he confessed that he did not read through his contract before signing it.
Sadly, this has been the reality for a lot of young rappers who then end up losing the rights to their works of art. Quan signed the deal with Think It’s A Game Records after the release of his major single, “Type of Way,” however, took the label to court in 2015. He sued for a sum of 2 million dollars in reference to unpaid royalties for tracks done while signed to the label.
While it is uncertain, but it feels as if this would have been avoided had he read the contract he was provided.
According to Quan, “To be honest, I didn’t even read my paperwork, I just signed in. I’m not saying I signed a bad contract. But at the end of the day, that’s why we had to do what we had to do because the contract wasn’t right.”
He continued, “We was going through litigation, so at the time, we tryna see what we was going to do with songs and I hadn’t been paid for all the songs I put out. In my mind, I haven’t been compensated for the good music I done did, why the hell I’m I going to drop some more when my money ain’t even right on these. So let me get my business right, so if I do drop some more sh*t I know, I’ll be paid right.”
Think It’s A Game Records counter sued the rapper for breach of contract, but both parties settled outside of court. Quan was among the list of fast-rising Atlanta stars such as Future and Young Thug, but legal issues hindered his progress.
The 30-year-old rapper is now signed to Motown Records.
Mavado & Jahmiel Claps Back At Vybz Kartel Calls Him “Gal Clown”
Mavado and Jahmiel hit back at Vybz Kartel.
The Gaza/Gully beef may be a bit dormant, but the elements/persons who were involved in the combustible concoction are still active and are still taking jabs at each other. The initial beef started with Mavado and Vybz Kartel, but the Gaza army formed a united front, and so did Mavado’s Gully troops. The start of the late 2000s and early 2010s saw the beef between the two camps getting physical, with suspected shootings among other things acts.
Today’s attacks are not as barefaced as a decade ago, and take on a more subliminal strategy, acted out on social media. What do we mean by this? Let’s go through a few Instagram posts to highlight.
This week, Vybz Kartel took some time from his ‘busy’ schedule, promoting To Tanesha, to post a throwback video of himself spitting a few quick rhymes after landing in Amsterdam. The caption was what caught the eyes of many persons, as a section of it read “#BigUp every artiste ( except dem 3 priest deh ).” It’s almost certain that the ‘3 priests’ in question are Mavado, Alkaline, and Jahmiel, which have joined forces to form MVP. The caption to the post has since been changed to “#’s dont lie. Beat dat or STFU.”
The updated comment seems to be more fitting, as it has become a war of numbers. Unruly boss Popcaan, who was a protege of Vybz Kartel, made a post of a similar nature. Popcaan posted a screenshot of a piece that Irie Fm ran on himself, Vybz Kartel and Gyptian, for their songs being included in Pitchfork’s list of best 200 tracks of the last decade. Popcaan captioned his post as follows: “me done tell unu already enuh!!!! numbers don’t lie.”
Vybz Kartel reposted with the same screenshot and captioned his as follows: “Look if u see dem …sorry…no…#pitchfork #top200ofthedecade #2010s.”
Members of the MVP squad have been a bit tight-lipped about the jabs, but now it seems that both Mavado and Jahmiel have issued a response to all the touting from Kartel and the Unruly camp. Pretty much all of the shots that have been fired have been done in the caption and comment sections below posts. Therefore, the responses had to follow the same pattern.
Jahmiel shared a video about 3 days ago, showing himself setting a crowd of patrons ablaze with an energetic performance. He captioned the post with one line, “dem a nuh nobADDI.” If it sounds familiar, you have been a great student of the dancehall, as the line is taken directly from Vybz Kartel’s 2019 track, “Badmind.” The Patriotz boss even went as far as to change the spelling of the word ‘nobody’ for his followers to better decodes who the post was aimed at.
Mavado also took a jab at Vybz Kartel, posting a performance of himself, which he captioned, “This is the Gullygad not the GAL CLOWN artist boy [Laughing emoji] NEW MUSIC COMING your way.” Clearly, Vado is taking a crack at Kartel for the release of the album To Tanesha, which details the ins and outs of the relationship between Kartel and his baby mother, Shorty. Mavado has since deleted the post seemingly to avoid all the negativity that comes with the name-calling.
Alkaline may be the only one who seems unbothered by the situation as he is the only act from the MVP camp who has not posted some video or clip aimed at their rival.
The fans continue to pick sides, with MVP fans outlining why their camp is the best and Unruly and Gaza fans doing the same.
NBA YoungBoy Wifing Up Floyd Mayweather’s Daughter Iyanna On The Gram
NBA YoungBoy is ready to wife up Yaya Mayweather.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again is showing love to his girlfriend, Yaya Mayweather, on Instagram. Is this the wife that he said he needs? As the marriage talk becomes more frequent between Yaya Mayweather and the Baton Rouge rapper, fans are keeping their eyes peeled to see if the two are still together. Today NBA YoungBoy took to his Instagram story to share a photo of Yaya to set the record straight.
Since Yaya and YoungBoy have confirmed that they are back together, they have alluded to getting married and, at one point, to already being engaged. Yaya shared a photo only a few short weeks ago at her at a sporting event donning a T-shirt dress, her signature big frame shades, and one conspicuous diamond rock on her finger. In the caption, she wrote “Zoom in,” prompting fans to peep her giant ring. “When you call your fiance for any small inconvenience,” Yaya wrote.
Shortly before that, Yaya had shared a video of her and her mom turning up to YoungBoy’s diss track for her called “Dirty Iyanna.” The rapper commented, “I’m laughing so hard I love you” to which Yaya responded, “Lol love you more baby.” Then just this week, NBA YoungBoy tweeted “I need a wife” which led many fans to speculate that he was alluding to marrying Yaya. Some fans were under the impression that the rapper got back with his ex-girlfriend, but with his latest social media post, it’s clear who he is really with.
We’re still waiting for the 20-year-old rapper to say he was just joking, but it seems he is really holding out hope. Many, of course, believe that the couple is way too young and unstable to be thinking about marriage at this point. Perhaps it’s in their future. We just have to wait and see.
I need a wife ?
— NBA YOUNGBOY (@GGYOUNGBOY) January 20, 2020
Dancehall Deejay Praj-X Murdered In Spanish Town, R.I.P
Dancehall deejay Praj-X was found dead in St. Catherine, Jamaica, yesterday.
The family of dancehall artist Praj-X, whose real name is Peter Porter, is in shambles after being alerted by the police that the deejay was found dead in Spanish Town. According to Praj-X’s manager Andrew Powell who spoke with Jamaica STAR, the last thing they knew of the deejay was that he was to complete a car sale transaction and had made it to Kingston, but they are not sure what led to his body being discovered in Spanish Town. Praj-X was found badly beaten, but there were no signs of gun shot or stab wounds.
“His girlfriend said him did gone sell him car, and the last thing we hear is that him did deh Three Miles. So him reach town and somehow end up a Spanish Town,” Powell told the STAR. “Police call him grandmother ’round 10:00 am this morning (Tuesday) to identify his body. He had no stab wounds, no bullet holes, nothing, just badly beaten,” he shared.
The Chapleton Police department reports that the deejay went missing around 3:00 pm on Monday. According to Praj-X’s manager Andrew Powell, most of his family members live abroad, and he is practically the only one that was residing in Jamaica at the time of his death. “His mother and everybody just mash up. Dem just cyaan believe. Like nobody nuh really out here fi him, most of his family overseas. A him alone really deh Jamaica,” he said.
Powell went on to say that Praj-X was his primary focus as an artist manager. “He is my artiste weh mi invest so much of mi time and money inna ’cause mi believe inna him. Mi have him as part of mi family. Cause mi work with many other artiste, all Fambo and dem, but mi have him as mi main artiste. Is like when yuh go have a baby and yuh buy up clothes and Pampers and then the baby nuh born,” Powell told the publication.
Praj-X is best known for his song “Plantain,” which is a remix of Jada Kingdom’s popular song “Banana,” as well as “Brimmy,” his collaboration with Tommy Lee and other tracks like “Sexy and Bad” and “Richness.” May his soul rest in peace.
Eminem Creates History With “Godzilla” Bars With Juice WRLD
Eminem spits an insane amount of bars on “Godzilla” featuring Juice WRLD.
There’s a lot that can be said about Eminem, but rarely will you find anyone willing to deny his raw talent when it comes to lyricism and speed in his songs. His newest project, Music To Be Murdered By, is no exception when it comes to lyrical skill and execution. With the track, “Godzilla,” Em beat his own record for the fastest rap song ever, spitting 229 words in just 30 seconds. The track features the late rapper Juice WRLD, which means that the young artist who passed away much too soon will forever be memorialized in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The previous record, also held by Eminem, was accomplished by the song “Rap God” featured on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013. The new record measures Eminem at spitting 7.6 words per second during the fastest verse, which doesn’t even seem possible.
Previously, Twista was named the fastest rapper in the world in 1992. At the time, the Chicago rapper’s record clocked him in at 11.2 syllables per second. Twista technically still holds this record, as the Guinness association has changed the way they measure speed in rap songs.
While Eminem’s most well-known world record may be for his impressive speed, the Detroit rapper has also held several other records as well. He has earned the titles of the most consecutive albums by a solo artist to debut at number one in the US, the rapper with the most number one albums in the UK, the 21st century’s first decade’s top-selling album act, and the largest vocabulary for a recording artist. A study published by Musixmatch found that Eminem used 8,910 unique words in the lyrics of his 100 longest tracks. He is followed by Jay Z and Tupac, who also utilize an expansive vocabulary in their music.
Eminem Set a New World Record Spitting 229 Words In 30 Seconds On “Godzilla” pic.twitter.com/OsDSUjbqxr
— DatPiff (@DatPiff) January 22, 2020
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