Shaggy is finally opening up about the Rihanna album fiasco after members of the Pop singers camp approached him to audition for her upcoming album, which is said to be a Reggae/Dancehall project. He said he didn’t snub the pop star after they approached him to be on the album but rather blames tabloids for sensationalizing the incident.
Fans were outraged at the presumptuousness of the Bajan born singer who they felt disrespected Shaggy by asking him to audition for Rihanna’s pending reggae album, according to news broke by various overseas media. Shaggy is one the most streamed artistes but also the only dancehall artiste to have an album sell over 10 million copies.
He has also won two (2) Grammys –for Best Reggae Album with Boombastic in 1996 and 44/876 with Sting in 2019, and nominated seven (7) times.
According to him, when news broke of Rihanna’s reggae album production, her team reached out to many Jamaican reggae artistes. Shaggy said that when Rihanna’s team reached out to him, he was fine with working with her, but he was taken aback after he was asked to send in music for review.
“My argument is I can and will do it, no problem. But then dem a seh make some songs and send in…,” Shaggy said
Shaggy said the word audition that was used was the wrong word, which is what caused fans to get upset that Rihanna was disrespecting Shaggy. However, he said what happened was that he preferred to meet in the studio with the artiste he is working with, which is how he normally operates.
“That was my fault, mi probably choose the wrong word…but the point I was trying to make is me busy, she is busy, and the magic happen when we in a room together and we can vibe. So dem a say mek some tune and sen go in and if she like dem she do it, and I said ehhh anuh really mi dat.”
Shaggy says he has seen Rihanna on many occasions and has a very pleasant relationship with her. He recalled a Grammy occasion that he was nominated, and Rihanna approached him from behind as she playfully covered his eyes. “Me and her always good, me and her ended up at the Roc Nation party and we end up a chat fi a while so there is no animosity or vibes.”
He added that he is a huge Rihanna supporter. “Mi root fi her more than anything just because she is a Caribbean girl foremost and mi glad say she a come back in a reggae where she start out and it could would give an incredible boost to the genre if she does it.”
Rihanna’s upcoming reggae album would be the first time she would be making reggae music since 2005 when she released Music Of The Sun. Among some of her greatest hits are Cheers from her Loud Album, Break if off feat Sean Paul from her A Girl Like Me album released in 2006. That song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 and remains one of the most memorable songs of that year. She also recorded success with Pon de Replay, and Give me a try remix with Sizzla in 2006. Her Caribbean/ Jamaican influence shines through many of her songs as she uses Patois in her lyrics.
Shaggy, on the other hand, dispelled claims that Rihanna was a culture vulture. “How can you be a culture vulture when you are from the Caribbean?” Shaggy asks. “You can’t take that from her from she talk,” he says- referring to the way Rihanna proudly displays her ‘Caribbean-ness’ including her language and slang, something that has made her stand out as an artiste but also beloved by her millions of fans from around the world who support her for not changing her identity to fit in but rather embraces it and shares her culture with the world.
Meanwhile, Shaggy says the press is to be blamed for the headlines saying he snubbed Rihanna.
Bounty Killer Fix His Crown On ‘King Of Kingston’ Cover Art & Put Artists On Notice
Bounty Killer fix his dancehall crown on the cover art of his forthcoming album, King of Kingston. The dancehall legend used the opportunity to put every other artists dropping album this year on notice.
2021 has been the year for dancehall albums, and another major release is on the horizon. Veteran deejay Bounty Killer has announced that he will be dropping his hot new project, King of Kingston, sometime this year.
In true Bounty Killer style, the artiste gave the confirmation on Instagram yesterday (May 14), writing, “Y’album alerts the coming is near.”
The Warlord has been regarded as one of the most entertaining dancehall acts of his day, and he ensured that this stayed fresh in the minds of his followers, as he bashed other entertainers who have released albums this year.
“Side Note: Since everybody and dem granny making album this year all of a sudden let me make this clear all who and who dropping dem little dumpling thing dweet fast and move bcuz when GIANT a feed up a pudding pan kerosene tin business in other words the BIGGEST BADDEST and the BEST dancehall Y’album for the last two decades is…………..LOADING,” he wrote in the caption.
The timing of Bounty’s announcement, along with the shady message, had fans thinking the artiste was taking a jab at Alkaline, who released his “Top Prize” album yesterday. Despite the dig (intentional or not), it’s undeniable that Alkaline’s album has been making waves even before its launch. “Top Prize” has been trending both locally and internationally, becoming the #1 pre-ordered album on all major streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, in the week before it launched.
Still, Bounty’s comments might not have been directed at the young artiste as several dancehall artists, both newcomers and veterans, have either launched or announced albums in the past few months. These include Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Masicka, Beenie Man, Shenseea, Popcaan, Jada Kingdom, and Intence.
It’s clear that Bounty’s album is one of the most highly anticipated. The comment section of his announcement was flooded with upbeat responses from fellow artists who expressed excitement about the album. Bugle commented, “Ready and a wait caz mi know it a go great [fire emojis].” Baby Cham also commented fire emojis, while Trelawny native Charly Black said, “Well turrrrrble [fire emojis].”
On another post that highlighted an image of Killer (which we assume is the album cover), Vybz Kartel also expressed anticipation, writing, “TPC [fire emojis].” The two have had their differences in the past but seem to have mended fences in recent years.
The deejay’s last album was Ghetto Dictionary: The Art of War, which was released in 2002.
Bounty Killer is one of the greatest of all time in dancehall. The legend, often referred to as The General, rose to fame in the early 1990s when he cemented himself as a gritty hardcore deejay from Seaview Gardens in Kingston. His him community likely helped inspired the title of the album, King of Kingston.
Since his early days as a ruthless hardcore deejay, Bounty Killer went on to become one of the most celebrated names who ever pick up the mic. With numerous classics under his belt including several international collabs, fans are clued in for his upcoming project.
Lil Reese Now In Stable Condition Expects To Recover From Being Shot
Lil Reese’s condition has now been listed as stable, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
The Chicago rapper was shot and beaten up at a parking garage at Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday. Multiple sources say he was attacked for allegedly stealing a car, and the vehicle’s owner tracked him down and confronted him. A fight ensued, and Lil Reese and two other men were shot in the process.
All three men were transported to a local hospital where Reese’s condition was reported to be grave after a video shows him bleeding from his head on the ground. His manager posted a message asking fans to pray for the rapper and his family.
According to TMZ, Lil Reese, 28, was grazed in the eye by a bullet, but one of the victims was shot several times during the melee.
A graphic video is currently being circulated on social media showing a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground bleeding from his head. Another man in the background, who was not on camera, was heard yelling at him as first responders tried to help. The man heard yelling is believed to be the owner of the stolen vehicle.
Police also found a Dodge Durango riddled with bullets on the scene. The SUV is rumored to be the stolen vehicle.
At the time of this publication, Lil Reese is expected to recover from his injuries but remains in the hospital getting treatment.
This is the second time that Lil Reese is surviving a gun attack in the past two years. In November 2019, he was shot in the neck by an AK47, and many believed then that he wouldn’t survive, but he pulled through. He lost his voice as a result of that attack and had to learn to rap again.
Drake Praised Kodak Black Calling Him A “Poet” and “Oracle”
Drake is a big fan of Kodak Black music.
Drizzy has commended Kodak Black on his new project titled “Haitian Boy Kodak.” The eight-track project was released on Friday (May 14), and on Saturday (May 15), Kodak disclosed that Drake ‘hollered’ at him via a direct message on Instagram and commended his work. The “ZEZE” rapper posted a screen recording of the conversation on his Instagram page.
“Man you always give me that inspiration,” one message read. Drake, whose Instagram handle is @champagnepapi continued, “Real POET”…. “Oracle.”
To these compliments, the 23-year-old Kodak Black responded, “I Wanna B Like You Bra, You The Greatest.” In a separate message, the rapper also jokingly said “Sign Me” with a laughing emoji.
“Man let’s do some music for sure,” Drake responded, also using a laughing emoji. “But for real you really on another level,” he added.
“Haitian Boy Kodak” is the first project since Kodak’s release from prison earlier this year. The young rapper was supposed to spend 46 months in prison for falsifying documents to obtain firearms in 2019, but his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump on his final day in office.
Although the rapper’s legal troubles seem to be far from over, he is still pursuing and pushing his music career. Notably, this is not the first time that the 34-year-old “God’s Plan” rapper commended Kodak on a new project.
Kodak’s December 2018 album “Dying to Live” also gained a compliment from Drake.
“Bro your album really one of my favorites in the last five years,” he said in one of the messages. In the other messages, he said, “The bars you are rapping about friends and your purpose is so pure.”
“What got you there? Like you are almost talking from this god level birds eye view of your own life. I wanna know how you broke that wall,” he added to his flattery. Kodak shared the messages on his Instagram page.
NBA YoungBoy Apologize To Pregnant Girlfriend Jazlyn Mychelle & Promises To Act Right
NBA YoungBoy pens letter to fans, and mother of his child, Jazlyn Mychelle
NBA Youngboy has confirmed that he is expecting his 8th child. The confirmation came on Friday (May 14) by way of a letter purportedly from the rapper, which was posted to the Instagram page of his manager. NBA is currently incarcerated on charges of possession of firearms as a convicted felon and possession of a firearm that is not registered.
Since his incarceration, the rapper has been communicating with fans on the outside world through letters. Last month, he wrote a letter addressing his critics, among them talk show host Wendy Williams. Wendy had spoken on NBA Youngboy’s arrest, saying he had to go to jail and that he needed to be careful as he had seven young kids to care for.
In response to Wendy’s criticism, YoungBoy wrote, “I can leave my kids millions of dollars to divide but can’t give them the time they truly deserve.”
NBA YoungBoy continued, “Nobody understand me they never did sh*t some times I don’t understand myself but that’s fine because I’m okay I ain’t looking for you to feel sorry I just ask for one thing- For you to let me suffer in peace tell MS. WENDY WILLIAM I say she got a good soul and she’s a beautiful women I can see that threw all the bad comments thrown at her tell her count her blessings (STAY IN GOOD SPIRIT) Sincerely Kentrell.”
In his latest letter, the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, speaks on the people around him suggests that he has nobody to support him in his time of need.
“I have a hard time paying attention i then gave and i then been there for people without having nobody to be there for me even with people i talk to now if they wasn’t waiting to receive or been giving something already they wouldn’t be here,” he wrote.
The letter continues, “Im a man before anything I had to apologize to myself for not protecting my heart and allowing most of this to happen i read letters from my supporters and find joy inside and yes i said that right (my supporters) yall are not fans we scream F.A.N together (f*ck a n*gga) LOL.”
He addressed persons speaking on his name and asked them to stop. “but all jokes aside,” he writes, “i ain’t got nothing against nobody i dont want no problem neither just stop speaking on me we don’t concern each other.”
That was followed by the confirmation of another child on the way, this time with his latest flame Jazlyn Mychelle. “I really just want to be there when my daughter born i want to be in the same house as her while she grow up i never had that experience,” he wrote.
He further apologized to his girlfriend for his previous actions with other women and promised to be there once she did not leave him. “Jaz im sorry (ma’ma) I promise im sorry for every time i said something to another woman for every time they ever gotten the chance to come around ill give you anything for you not to leave anything to have you when its all said and done.”
It’s clear that the rapper is feeling vulnerable about his relationship, but by all indications, Jazlyn will be sticking by her man. Since his incarceration, she has posted several throwback images and videos of the two, alongside the hashtag “free him.”
Jazlyn Mychelle has since responded to fans saying, “If you don’t know the situation between him and somebody else don’t speak on it because obviously you a fan to the sh*t.”
NBA is expected to appear in court in June to answer to the gun charges against him. Until then, he remains locked up at a facility in Louisiana.
Lil Reese In Grave Condition After Being Shot In Chicago
Lil Reese is currently hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in Chicago.
The incident reportedly took place at Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Chicago, while the rapper was inside a parking garage. According to CWB Chicago, two other men were also shot, and all three were rushed to local hospitals. Sources say Lil Reece is currently in grave condition and the condition of at least one of the victims remain unknown, one of whom was reportedly grazed by bullets.
One of the victims is a 20-year-old man, and the other is a 27-year-old male who was with the 28-year-old rapper. Police officers also found a bullet riddle Dodge Durango that was reported stolen. The vehicle crashed near the scene, but when police arrived, there were no occupants.
A video has since been making the rounds online showing the aftermath of the shooting incident. The graphic clip shows a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground and bleeding from his mouth as someone in the background yelled, “die n***a.”
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Lil Reese previously survived a shooting incident in November 2019 in the suburbs of Chicago. The rapper was shot in his neck with an AK47 rifle while at a stoplight. He sought medical attention at South Suburban Hospital’s emergency room in Hazel Crest but was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after police discovered that he was the victim of the shooting incident.
Reese lost his voice as a result of that attack and has struggled to regain it ever since.
Over the years, Lil Reese has been embroiled in several beefs with rappers like Tekashi 6ix9ine and Quando Rondo. Quando is accused of being involved in King Von’s death, and Von and Reese were close friends.