When the music hits you, you feel no pain, right? Reggae Music continues to win more hearts over the past few decades. With its many sub genres, fans are treated to all sorts of talent and we hear many songs that can stand the test of time. With Jamaican acts like Protoje, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and many more touring the world and sharing our art, we can’t help but demand its sibling Dancehall to step up its game. Again, we love Dancehall, but we need to see it doing just as well as the big sibling. Tune in to our rant below, and share your thoughts!
You frowned or scratched your head when you saw the title. It’s ok (lol). With Dancehall Music seeing a lot of gimmicks, beef, drama (most of them unnecessary) over the years, it hasn’t really been seeing favourable returns. Instead, we have outsiders enjoying our musical styles with most not paying homage, or even helping out some of the talent here. While they can’t shoulder majority of the blame, many Artists, Producers, DJs and Industry folk are the culprits as they failed to innovate, hold back many promising opportunities, and failed to give the music that needed “push”.
Today, we speak on a few things that turn us (and many others) off about this genre that has the potential to do even more, but is being held back. Respect to all the Artists and DJs who are trying in the meantime. We love Dancehall, but it has a tendency to be a little stubborn in thinking. Check out our rant below. You can hear our 1st episode here.
Through my years of being a Disk Jockey (DJ), I have gone through a lot. From being criticized for my DJ skills, to embarrassing myself by not knowing how to properly handle the equipment, I’ve dealt with hypocrites i.e. those who support me but never want to see me better myself, Promoters who don’t want to pay me because I don’t have the big name yet and more. Nevertheless, this is a short synopsis of my struggle to make it to where I am now.
Words by DJ Scribz
I started out making simple Mixtapes (CDs) and playing on Online Radio Stations. This is how I’ve managed to get my name out there, and develop my craft. Through Online Radio, I was able to play on a number of Stations live, and with that I’ve gained fans. From there I’ve worked on building a fan base who’ve supported my Mixtapes no matter what I’ve released. Although this was helping me to get my name out, I was not making anything from it but with the help of a few fans who’ve held “Drink Ups”, I would get a few bookings. While these bookings were mainly utilizing my name to get a buzz for the “Drink Up”, they were deemed profitable in the end and I was never paid for my time, not even given a stipend to get me back home. From this point on I’ve started to realize how hypocritical and selfish people are as they moved on to having more successful events, and never reaching out to me to be a part of them. I’ve helped them in their start, now I’m a non factor to them once they’ve made it. Life goes on though, there are those who can properly pay me for my time and effort or help get my name out there, but would rather use “friendship” as a reason to not do so.
If you’re a fan of Dancehall Music, then you’re familiar with the art of Clashing. Seen as a way to bring out the best or worst lyrically in an Artist, we get to witness this event when tensions rise and the #1 spot in Dancehall is at a free for all stage. Over the years, the clashing season usually starts around late Summer/early Autumn where Artists call out each other in hopes of them sharing the stage and facing off at “The Greatest One Night Show On Earth” a.k.a. Sting, the yearly Dancehall event held on Boxing Day in Jamaica. Some of the greatest clashes included Ninja Man vs Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man vs Bounty Killa, and Vybz Kartel vs Mavado. While many never make it to Sting, they still manage to help put an upcoming or established Artist on the radar, or give an Artist their walking papers. In recent years, clashing has been on a decline. With the recent announcement of a no show for Sting 2016, the question I ask is, “Will Clashing Still Be A Thing In 2017?”.
I know I can relate with this one. In Kevin2woKrayzee’s latest rant, he gets at persons who fail to show appreciation to those who perform the small gesture of holding the door for them. Not only did Kevin rant, but he also expressed his actions the next time he comes across an ungrateful person. They say manners can carry you far into the world, but many misplaced them. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Never been one to hold her tongue, today’s new video comes from Toni Blair. Here she spoke about the fans of celebrities and how outrageous they can be. She rants about how many can be so defensive for their celeb to the point of being abusive, worshipping celebs but cannot care enough for their own lives and more important matters. Speaking the truth here, many of these “fans” are really something else when it comes to “stanning” for their entertainers. Nothing is wrong with being a fan of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj or even Beyonce, but some people should really tone it down. Thank you Toni! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.