Drake Signs Popcaan To OVO

Drake’s A&R sweep the World-at-large is nearing a area close to YOU. The unficial prime minister Canada touched down in Jamaica to scour the native expertise at Popcaan’s Unruly Fest at Lyssons Park in St. Thomas, on much less hostile grounds than your typical STING conflict.

The lineup for the pageant was, by all means, a common meeting Dancehall’s best expertise. We’re speaking Dexta Daps, Assassin, and Popcaan himself, in addition to famous pioneers similar to Cocoa Tea and Bounty Killer. Even rootsier artists like I Wayne ended up on the invoice, a lot to the delight concertgoers. But in the long run, it was Drake that might invariably steal the present, swooping in throughout Popcaan’s set to announce his signature to OVO after years flirting with the concept.

In his try at interesting to the native crowd, Drake delivered his announcement in patois – later posing for images along with his new signee and Tory Lanez to mark the event. Last I checked, the OVO roster consists PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, dvsn, Plaza, Baka Not Nice, and at last in any case this time, Popcaan, the true inheritor to the “World Boss” throne.

DJ Khaled & Buju Banton Lock In Studio Time In Jamaica For "Father Of Asahd"

Buju Banton was lastly launched from jail earlier this month after serving 9 years. DJ Khaled was undoubtedly one the many individuals within the hip-hop group to have fun the reggae star’s freedom. With Buju out jail and Khaled engaged on his subsequent album, Father Of Asahd, the DJ flew out to Jamaica to lock in some studio time with the reggae legend.

DJ Khaled flew out to Jamaica with Asahd to catch some vibes for his subsequent album. Khaled’s go to to Jamaica was primarily prompted by Buju Banton’s launch from jail. Khaled’s all the time proven Buju Banton love and is ten heard bumping his tunes on his Snapchat. The two them have additionally been pals for fairly a while. Khaled additionally revealed that he known as Buju to wish with him and Nicole Tuck whereas she was in labor with Asahd.

“I by no means informed anybody this story the day Mama Asahd was giving beginning to our son @asahdkhaled, I acquired on the telephone with @bujuficial and informed him I play all of your music to my son whereas he was in Mama Asahd stomach,” he wrote. “I used to be in tears on the telephone wit him and I ask buju to wish with us whereas Mama Asahd and GOD was delivering @asahdkhaled to us and world.”

Khaled additionally shared a number of footage himself with Buju Banton within the studio. Peep some extra footage from DJ Khaled’s journey to Jamaica under.

Spice Opens Up About Skin Bleaching Controversy & Record Label Threats

Spice brought about fairly the scene with the lead single her mixtape. The dancehall queen captivated social media together with her seemingly bleached pores and skin, which turned out to be half the idea for the observe entitled ” Black Hypocrisy.” In a current interview with Billboard, the artist has opened up in regards to the intentions behind the stunt in addition to her experiences with challenges posed by her file label. 

“Black Hypocrisy” was born out a way obligation.

“I’m one probably the most adopted artists on Instagram] from Jamaica — I don’t assume lots individuals notice that. I wanted to create the tune as a result of it was one thing that I noticed rising in our neighborhood. I wished that to be the lead single as a result of I didn’t need anybody to miss the message and simply hearken to “Genie” or the opposite sexual songs on the mixtape]. I actually wished to create consciousness about colorism. Even if I can’t cease it, a minimum of I can attempt to demolish it just a bit bit in order that my daughter gained’t expertise it.”

Spice Opens Up About Skin Bleaching Controversy & Record Label Threats
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Spice has been capable of garner huge consideration, regardless of the difficulties she is managing together with her label.

‘I produced 80 p.c the tracks on the mixtape. And that’s as a result of after I reached out to producers, they felt a bit iffy. A lot individuals don’t need to file a tune with me as a result of my file firm retains threatening to take the songs f. So for them to even put money into a tune with me, it’s a waste. If they put out the tune, my file label takes it down. It’s been a battle for me. But I made a decision to stand up and simply produce] myself. Not understanding tips on how to get the mixtape on the market and tips on how to attain out to distributors has been a problem, however I overcame it.”

Read the complete interview right here.

Buju Banton Released From Prison, Lands In Jamaica After eight Years

Buju Banton has touched down in Jamaica after being launched from Georgia’s McRae Correctional Facility on Friday, December 7. The reggae and dancehall star spent shut to eight years behind bars for drug trafficking fees. Banton was met by crowds followers when he landed at Norman Manley Airport in Kington, Jamaica.

The artist already has plans for his subsequent strikes, one which is ready to assist the youth his nation discover employment alternatives, based on Jamaica’s minister tradition minister Oli “Babsy” Grange. New music can be headed in direction of his followers. The entertainer launched a press release final month to that impact social media.

“In mild the adversity I’ve encountered, I really feel the necessity to stress that my solely want going ahead is peace and love. I solely need to be related to my craft. Having survived, I need to share the excellent news and energy my music. I simply need to proceed making music, which I’ve devoted my life to. I stay up for the chance to say a private because of my followers and everybody who supported me.”

Banton was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to a decade in jail following his Miami arrest in 2009 on fees  possession and conspiracy to distribute greater than 5 kilograms cocaine.

Jamie Oliver's Jerk Dish Criticized By Jamaican Chef Levi Roots

Jamie Oliver is trying to expand his brand, but critics are claiming that he did a disservice to traditional Jamaican cuisine with his latest recipe. Oliver is promoting his new “punchy jerk rice,” which has been called out for cultural appropriation by angry users on Twitter. Some believe that Oliver using the Jamaican seasoning as a selling point for his new product is disgraceful. While selling food that doesn’t originate with the culture the maker isn’t a new thing (hotdogs come from Germany, I don’t see anyone boycotting fast food restaurants), some people just can’t be pleased. British politician Dawn Butler called out Oliver on Twitter, writing, “I’m just wondering do you know what Jamaican jerk actually is?” Some critics also claimed that there is no such thing as “jerk rice,” and that the seasoning method is used on meat. 

Levi Roots, a Jamaican born pressional chef, stopped by Good Morning Britain on Monday to discuss the controversy behind the jerk rice. He referenced the fact that he taught Oliver how to make proper jerk, which relies on allspice and scotch bonnet peppers, years ago on his YouTube channel.  “I do think it was a mistake by Jamie, either by him or by his team. Maybe he wasn’t actually involved in this,” stated Roots Oliver’s erroneous recipe. Oliver’s jerk rice uses mixed garlic, ginger, and jalapeños to create what he is promoting as an authentic jerk taste. 

Jamie Oliver's Jerk Dish Criticized By Jamaican Chef Levi Roots

Rihanna To Receive Honorary Degree From The University Of The West Indies

The University the West Indies has four esteemed campuses in the Carribbean, in Mona, Jamaica, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, and Cave Hill, Barbados, close to Rihanna’s childhood home. The Institution has chosen to honor the charitable singer with a special dissertation. The honorary degree will be presented to her at a special ceremony scheduled for October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

According to Nation News, Rihanna will receive her diploma alongside other high achievers including Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, and Pressor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu, who will receive Honorary Doctor Laws and a Honorary Doctor Science respectively. Rihanna will accept her degree “for eminence in the arts,” her 2nd such honor since receiving The Harvard Foundation award for Humanitarian the Year in 2017.

The graduation ceremony in Mona will grant a similar Doctorate Letters to Jamaican expat Grace Jones for her contributions to the cultural zeitgeist. Grace Jones famously fled the austere conditions her household in joining the diaspora overseas, in her case in New York City. Much like Rihanna, Grace Jones upheld her Carribbean roots in a resolute manner, while becoming a naturalized American, almost stubbornly so. Congrats to both leading women, they’ve certainly earned the right to vacation down under.

Vybz Kartel Tells Fans To Check Themselves Before Critiquing Him For Bleaching Skin

After he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder  Clive “Lizard” Williams, Vybz Kartel has been understandably absent from music for the most part. While he has popped up on tracks with Sean Kingston, Tory Lanez, and Busta Rhymes in the last year, Vybz has been serving his time quietly without much action on his part. These days, it’s a lot easier to make a message from jail than it may have been years ago. With Kodak Black and Tay-K serving time at the moment, we have heard from both them on several occasions. Jamaican legend Vybz has been critiqued recently for bleaching his skin, a practice that is typically frowned upon in the mainstream. The musician attempted to liken his bleaching to women wearing wigs in a new Instagram post, telling people to check themselves before coming for him.

The self-proclaimed “King the Dancehall” made a statement on his skin bleaching, saying, “99.99% Black Women (1)cream their hair or (2)wear ‘caucasian’ wigs.” Attempting to liken himself to women who alter their natural hair, Vybz’ statistics seem a little f. Nevertheless, he continued, “Question; ARE YOU BRAZILIAN? But u want BRAZILIAN HAIR! Or some other form hair that is NOT african. As a matter fact, BLACK PEOPLE CALL WHITE PEOPLES HAIR ‘pretty hair.'” Vybz ended his rant by stating, “BLACK PEOPLE CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CHECK SOMEONE ELSE,” making sure that no one comes for him for his skin bleaching again.

Looking at a side-by-side comparison the man from a few years ago and now, the extent his body modification is extremely clear. Check out his post below, as well as photos him showing his transformation.