Saturday, May 21, 2016

Put Some Respect On The Names Of Jamaican Artistes

In an article published on FADER, Jamaican artiste Mr. Vegas called in to Hot 97 (New York) to talk about the ways Drake borrows from dancehall ---- and the ways he could give back. "It's not me taking shots at Drake," Vegas asserted. "It's like standing up for a culture that I'm a part of and I've been a part of."

Vegas says that Drake "[turned[ Beenie Man into an intro artist, like a hype man" and objects to the VIEWS album credits: "on the records that Jamaican artists are sampled, no one even sees their names." He then borrows some terminology from Birdman----"If you were really into the culture and into the artists, at least you would have put some respect on [their] names on the album."

"When a Drake or a Rihanna or anyone who has a big machine behind them----a Justin Bieber----make a dancehall record it goes to the top," Vegas continued.  "When a dancehall record is from Jamaica and we take it to other markets outside of New York, Hartford, and maybe Miami, we have a problem to get it on [radio]. If you are going to come to this culture....put [dancehall artists] on properly and give them an opportunity to create a name for themselves outside of their base market. What is so wrong with giving someone proper crediting?"



Speaking to the FADER last year, Drake addressed incorporating different source materials into his music, specifically relating to the creative process of "Hotline Bling".

"You know, like in Jamaica, you'll have a riddim and it's like, everyone has to do a song that," Drake said. "Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in RnB. Imagine if we got one beat and every single person----me, this guy, this guy, all these guys----had to do a song on that one beat. So sometimes I'll pick a beat that's a bit, like, sunnier, I guess is the word you used, than usual, and I just try my hand at it. And that's kind of what 'Hotline Bling' was. And I loved it. It's cool. I've been excited by that sort of creative process."


Here are few comments arriving from the Hot 97 interview....

Basically he is taking food out they mouth and money out they pocket. Wtf can't Ebro see? smh

ARQ 
+RecklessRoccTV I agree it's cultural misappropriation, ppl had gotten upset with Slim Jesus repping drill music and what happened? Slim got checked and Ebro got served in his corporate ignorance.
ARQ 
+RecklessRoccTV I agree it's cultural misappropriation, ppl had gotten upset with Slim Jesus repping drill music and what happened? Slim got checked and Ebro got served in his corporate ignorance.
BroKenGaMezHD 
8 mins of tears

Tharsan J 
Nah mate drake does not support his culture
Tony Willz 
salute to mr vegas he it kept 100 from start to finish, ebro wasn't tryna hear it. Yanks been using music styles from Jamaica dance hall scene and uk's grime scene for years and now that its being brought up (because social media proving ya'll takin our styles) yanks get sensitive. We know u created rap and we honor it but dont deny that american rap hasn't been influenced by other cultures drastically in recent years.


Matthew Walker 
Mr. Vegas is 100% correct and I'm disappointed in Ebro. He gets it right often, but not on this one. Especially when they are trying to rename reggae and call it "Tropical Dance" for records like Justin Beiber "Sorry" and Rihanna "Work" It's pretty disgusting, but nobody cares until it affects you directly.
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