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.
Lizzo Set To Launch Thong Line With Tommy Hilfiger
Lizzo is taking on the fashion industry.
Three-time Grammy award-winning artist Lizzo can do it all; rap, sing, twerk, and now she’s designing lingerie. For months the “Truth Hurts” hitmaker has teased a potential fashion line with Tommy Hilfiger, but fresh off her NAACP win on Sunday morning a very hungover Lizzo spilled the tea.
Met face to face with a crowd of reporters outside of the Sweet Chick waffle house in L.A. over the weekend, Lizzo had one simple word for reporters who questioned her about the potential upcoming collaboration — “thongs.”
Lizzo and Tommy Hilfiger will be teaming up to design a line of thong underwear. While the rapper didn’t share many details about the upcoming collaboration, Lizzo said Tommy reached out and a future collaboration is in the works.
Tommy Hilfiger who is 68-years-old has spoken publicly about how he would love to have the opportunity to work with the artist. Back in December 2019, Tommy said that Lizzo was at the top of his dream collaborators. “I would like to collab with people who have a great fashion sense,” he told TMZ. The designer also gushed over Lizzo’s spontaneity when she bore it all at a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game on December 8, saying her outfit was “very cool.”
If you recall Lizzo wore a somewhat controversial black T-shirt with a giant cut-out on the backside, showing nothing but skin and her black thong.
Did Lizzo’s daring basketball outfit secure her fashion bag? We can’t be too sure, but we all know we can’t wait to see the new line.
Lil Uzi Vert’s $2 Million Bugatti Got Booted And Scratched
Lil Uzi Vert’s $2 million Bugatti Veyron was booted and scratched in the process.
If you played with cars as a child, then chance a gift from Matchbox or Hot Wheels would have been your prized possession. If so much as a scratch was to land on your ride, it would’ve been total devastation. Let’s up the stakes a bit and imagine being Lil Uzi Vert and your $2 million Bugatti got clamped, how would you feel? Not good, I assume. Earlier that day, Lil Uzi posted a couple of videos to his Instagram Stories of himself and his boy cruising along the highway in his tricked out multicolored Buggati hypercar.
While we are not sure where he was going at the time, it seems Uzi pulled up in New York throughout the coarse of the day. Sadly, for the “Hi Roller” rapper, it seems he might have overstayed his parking allotment and that in turn attracted the traffic police. A video currently circulating on social media shows two traffic polices writing a ticket and doing the unthinkable, of clamping his tires. The animated bystander who was filming and narrating the video mentioned that they were also considering towing the custom ride, but they then decided against it.
Lil Uzi Vert has not yet released a public statement about what happened, but we are sure he must be a bit upset. While the rapper is known for possessing over ten other luxury cars, including a Lamborghini Urus, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Audi R8, and a few Bentleys, it seems his Buggati holds a special place in his heart. He copped the then red and white ride from Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a cool $1.7 million last year around the time of his birthday. He even paid extra to ensure that the car arrived early for his birthday event in NYC.
Come to think of it, a parking ticket shouldn’t hit too bad for Uzi, who is worth millions. Let’s just hope that the traffic police did not scratch the new wrap job.
Birdman Thinks Nicki Minaj Deserves More Credit For Changing Rap For Women
Birdman is very much still team Nicki.
Ahead of the new Spotify docuseries, “New Cash Order,” Birdman sat down with B. Dot of MTV News to cover several topics, including the greatness that is Nicki Minaj. This isn’t the first time Baby has sung Minaj’s praises, and now he is reiterating his feelings that she deserves more respect than she gets in the game.
“Honestly, I don’t think Nicki gets the credit she deserves,” he said. “I come in an era when females, it was hard for ‘em. She come broke the chain. Nicki broke the cycle for females. Nicki did more than any female artists, ever. And you have a lot of great artists before Nicki Minaj, but Nicki Minaj changed the game for females.”
Birdman went on to compliment Nicki’s hard work and drive, saying, “Nicki used to be in the studio with nine, ten n***as every night with us in Miami. Every single night, putting in the body of work to become who she became. So, I don’t think Nicki gets the credit she deserves, but you know, time tells all.”
Birdman has done his fair share of game changing as well, creating Cash Money Records which eventually sparked Lil Wayne’s Young Money, the label that signed Nicki Minaj. Despite a history of disputes amongst label members, the original artists in the Young Money/Cash Money crew continue to offer their respect for each other at every opportunity.
Birdman also spent time discussing his upcoming docuseries in the interview, explaining that he saw the opportunity as a chance to showcase new talent. Baby named Jacquees, Blueface, and Nino Calvin as artists featured in the series. He also promised that every Friday the series would serve up a new music video to show off the up-and-coming artists.
Birdman explained that he enjoys the privilege of shining a light on other musicians, saying, “…letting them have an open book to do whatever they wanna do and express they self, that’s when you really see what type of talent you’re workin’ with.”
Growing Up Hip-Hop: Dame Dash Calls His Kids ‘Stupid’ And ‘Clowns’ In Therapy Session
Dame Dash can’t keep himself out of the courts or the headlines, and this time his children are involved.
Dame Dash has had many issues lately including lawsuits from creditors and for unpaid child support, as well as a sexual assault allegations forged against him from a former employee. Recently he announced that he was suing the production company behind “Growing Up Hip Hop” as well. Dash is a part of the show with his son, 28 year-old Damon ‘Boogie’ Dash II, and his daughter, Ava, also appears on the show. The music mogul’s relationship with his kids is strained on some levels, and has been reaching towards a boiling point in recent episodes.
In the latest episode of GUHH the three attend a therapy session to talk about the issues that exist between them. Boogie tells the therapist that one of his main concerns with his dad is that he doesn’t feel like he supports him when it comes to his addiction struggle. Boogie claimed that his father said to him, “Don’t come around until you fix yourself.”
Dash immediately denied saying that, however Ava backed up those claims and said that she had even heard him say that before. This is when he gets visibly upset and calls them spoiled and accused both of them of not being honest. He even brought up the situation between him and Rachel Roy, Ava’s mother and his ex-wife. He is currently suing her for saying that he is owed money from his share of her clothing brand’s earnings. He said that he was upset that Ava “chose a side” went to court in support of Rachel.
The therapy session continued to escalate when Boogie spoke up in support of his sister. Dame got even more confrontational which led Boogie to get up and nearly walk out. This really upset Dame and led him to call both of his children “stupid,” and said that they are both “clowns” for going against family. After that, the session was pretty much over as the therapist walked out behind him.
Let’s hope he and his children patch things up quickly. Since he has numerous legal issues right now, he’s going to need people in his corner.
Koffee Signs Deal With RCA After Historic Grammy Win
Koffee inked a major deal with RCA Records days after her historic Grammy win.
The Grammy kid Koffee is looking to spread her musical wings across North America in a more elaborate way this year. To do so, she is initiating a new gear with her record company to bring major North American players, RCA into the mix. Koffee has been signed to Columbia records since 2018, and the team has seen tremendous growth from that deal, especially in the UK market.
During an interview with the Observer, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, president of Columbia UK, mentioned the dynamics of the current deal, “Koffee is signed to Columbia UK for the world, but the US licensee is RCA Records.” He also mentioned that the plans and goals to market Koffee will not differ from what is being done in the UK and other parts of Europe, “The direction will not change. We will simply try to replicate in the US what we have done in the UK.”
Both RCA and Columbia records fall under the umbrella of Sony Corporation of America, which also houses subsidiaries Arista Records and Epic Records. RCA should allow for a massive push in the US market and with her recent Grammy win and numerous appearances such as MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, Koffee could become a household name in America.
The “Toast” singer copped the Grammy Award for her debut EP Rapture, which was released by Columbia Records UK back in March 2019. The record also did pretty well in the US, racking up over 4,800 copies according to Nielsen Music scale.
“Toast,” the lead single from the project ended up almost everywhere, including the playlist of Barrack Obama. It reached a cool number 70 on the UK Pop charts and 43 on the US Billboard Magazine’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart.
“W” also hit the mark in the UK last year December, as the collaboration with US-based rapper Gunna reached number 82 on the Pop charts. It’s evident that the young Jamaican queen has been putting in the work since the start of the year, collaborating with British rapper J Hus on a track titled “Repeat.” There have also been videos of herself and African Giant Burna Boy working on their collaboration. Koffee’s growth is nothing short of exciting, and her fans could be in for even more goodies with the recent announcement from Ferdy Unger-Hamilton.
The label executive confirmed that Koffee’s debut studio album will be released sometime this year.
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