Saturday, July 21, 2012

He's Psycho!

"Bay Badness" yes that's what's trending now as the new Dancehall most talked about artist Tommy Lee step forward.  "Gaza Man Craziiipsycho!" are the slangs on the tip of the lips of almost every dancehall fans these day.  Gaza fans saw it coming and got even more excited when news emerged that Tommy Lee is one of, if not the artiste, whose performance at the recent Reggae Sumfest 2012 event , Dancehall Night showcase was most highly anticipated and well received.  

The word in the streets and all around Portmore where Vybz Kartel's empire gain it notoriety, is that Tommy Lee has taken the baton from Popcaan.  The crowd's reaction to his entry upon Reggae Sumfest stage last Thursday July 19, 2012 and overwhelming interaction and participation during his entire performance proves it could very well be.  But it is important to note that Montgeo Bay is Tommy Lee's stomping ground, his hometown.  Another interesting fact is that his impact on Dancehall at this time could very well be un-matched considering, he is what Kingstonians would call their fellow Jamaicans who reside in rural parishes of the island, a 'country man,' from "the second city.  Has there ever been a major Dancehall star in Jamaica that emerge from the second city? 

He's got people repeating his slangs, a crazy image, sporting the popular America's Best Dance Crew Jabbawokeez masks, and received the 'pat on the back' by the incarcerated but loved Dancehall Superstar, Vybz Kartel.  "Gaza Man Craziii, psycho!" 

Written by
Sophia McKay
Photos: Boomshots Magazine

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jamaican Dance Tutorial

Shaka Pow's 
'Dancing 101' album is an excellent "Tutorial for Jamaican Dances."
 Available on iTunes
The album is a tribute to dance icons Bogle and Ice. 
'Dancing 101' was released March 2012 to all digital download stores worldwide.
Purchases has surpassed expectations as it relates to the fans who spread across Japan, the United States, Jamaica, Croatia, Germany and  Sweden to name a few.

As Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence and persons look to purchase memorabilia,
Get your copy of this much touted collection of 10 years of Jamaican Dance Music!

An excellent way to learn the various Dancehall moves

An Issue That Need To Be Resolved

Chastised for being homophobic and condemned for their zero tolerance attitude toward gays.  Jamaican artistes have suffered, their earnings taken a battering.  What have they done? Some yield under the pressure and apologize, others go 'mum' and some though vowed to refrain from performing or singing slanderous or "hate" music, refuse to apologize .  But can these issues be resolved?  Recently in the local Jamaica Observer newspaper, Betty Ann Blaine, Founder at Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and New Nation Coalition (NNC), published "The Big Gay Lie" Tuesday July 10, 2012 where she summarized the perceptive and deceptive views of the issue, highlighting statements made in another article titled, "Jamaicans Tolerant of Gays" published days before in that same newspaper where outgoing Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green spoke openly about "Gay-on Gay Crime in Jamaica."  Ms. Betty Ann Blaine wrote:- 

Dear Reader,
The report in the July 8 Sunday Observer in which outgoing Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green spoke openly about gay-on-gay crime in Jamaica, is not only timely but also important, given the orchestrated campaign against Jamaica. And when Les Green speaks people listen.
If there is a single police officer whose name has become publicly synonymous with integrity and truth-speaking, that police officer is Les Green. That is not to say that there aren't many more like Les Green in the Force. The fact is, however, that Les Green became the face of anti-corruption within the JCF, earning him the respect and admiration inside and outside of the police force.
In addressing the concern of the murder of gay men in Jamaica, ACP Les Green is quoted as saying, "All of those murders that I have investigated have been in relationships and are victims of gay attacks, domestic situations." The Sunday Observer report stated that Green flatly rejected the line of reasoning being promulgated by JFLAG (Jamaica Forum For Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays) about the violence and discrimination levelled against gays in Jamaica, admitting that all the murders of gay men he had investigated, only one was not committed by a member of the gay community. "That was Steve Harvey and that case was a robbery," Green said.
What Les Green has divulged is what most Jamaicans already know to be a fact. Jamaicans are not violent homophobes as JFLAG and the international gay community have been advertising. What Jamaicans do not accept is the open, "in your face" displays of homosexuality in its various modalities.
For far too long the homosexual lobby has been perpetuating the big lie about Jamaica's violent homophobia with little evidence to substantiate the claim. What the gay lobby refuses to talk about is gay-on-gay crime, especially murders, and the levels of sexual violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in the society, including children.
The international gay lobby must be made to understand that for Jamaicans homosexuality is both a deeply cultural and a deeply spiritual matter. Jamaica is not a country where sex and sexually explicit behaviour are openly displayed or tolerated, whether it involves heterosexuals or homosexuals. You don't see, for example, couples kissing or caressing openly in Jamaica. That is just not our culture.
Open displays of homosexuality are even more unacceptable to Jamaicans, not only because people are unaccustomed to seeing that type of public display, but Jamaicans are a Bible-believing people, and are clear about what the Good Book says about homosexuality. For most Jamaicans, God's word is paramount, even while they admit that sin abounds in the lives of all men - whether heterosexuals or homosexuals.
From what I see and understand, and contrary to what JFLAG is promulgating, gays in Jamaica have a tremendous amount of power and latitude. I am aware that many sit in very high and powerful places and wield a lot of influence both inside and outside of the country.
But JFLAG is not satisfied with the collective and financial power that the homosexual community possesses and the advancements it has made in Jamaica in recent times. What it appears determined to achieve is the wholesale societal acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, even if it goes against the country's cultural norms and Christian beliefs. In order to achieve the goal of "homosexualising" the Jamaican society, the strategy, it appears, is to affect legislative change as well as to marshal powerful external governmental forces to pressure Jamaica into compliance. It is important for the homosexual community to know that as far as Jamaicans are concerned, God is more powerful than governments, even when the majority of the governed are poor and dependent as is the case of Jamaica.
It's interesting how selective and strategic the homosexual lobby is in its information and communication campaign. One of the issues not talked about are the levels of HIV/AIDS within the MSM (Men who have sex with Men) community. Are those cases increasing, and what does that mean for the wider society? As the homosexual community expands to include not just gays and lesbians, but bisexuals, transgender, transsexual, transvestite and intersex groupings, the question must be asked, is the lifestyle good and healthy for society? It seems to me that that conversation is not only imperative, it is urgent.
For me personally, I want to reiterate my deep love for all of God's creation regardless of sexual orientation, and it is the Word of that same God on which I stand. What I find unacceptable, however, are the dishonest and exaggerated stories that are being bandied about to support claims of the wanton murder of homosexuals by Jamaican homophobes. It is time for Jamaicans to fully debunk the big lie, and the factual information coming from ACP Les Green should be duly noted and documented.
With love, 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Absolutely Crazy Event Names!

Check out what we believe are absolutely some of the craziest names given to events, Check em out..

No Panty Thursdays,   Spill Da,   Soaked,    Hydrotica

Fuzle    Nipples Tuesday
High Voltage,   Weddy Weddy,     Pum Pum Fridays
                                Passa Passa
            Dumplin Tuesdays            Gi Whey Wednesdays

Boasy Tuesdays,   Mohito Mondays, Container Saturdays
                                 Potential Fridaze

                   Global Saturday, Absalute Crave
                          Chicken Back Festival

Veteran Journalist Cites Mutabaruka Worthy of Being Honoured for Jamaica 50

Veteran Journalist, Ian Boyne, in his column titled, "Mutabaruka For Jamaica 50 Honour," published Sunday, July 15, 2012 in The Gleaner of Jamaica,  recognizes and cites Mutabaruka whom he describes as " indubitably one of the finest artistes ever produced in this country in our 50 years"  worthy of being honoured for his work for Jamaica 50.  Ian Boyne's article read as follows:-

Only prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and small-mindedness could make anyone question whether iconic cultural artiste and media practitioner Mutabaruka should be given national honours during this 50th year of Independence.  There is no voice in media today which has been more passionately engaged in cultural liberation and which has been more forceful for genuine political and economic Independence.

It has been 20 years since Muta has been hosting his 'Cutting Edge' programme on IRIE FM, the country's number one radio station, using it as a tool of education and mental liberation for the Jamaican masses, many of whom have been locked out of the formal education system.  But more than 20 years before that, 41 years ago, Muta, then Allan Mutabaruka (born Hope), started to put his revolutionary and emancipatory thoughts to paper, having been published in the then signature music/cultural magazine Swing.  In 1973, Muta delivered his Outcry, a collection of poems.

In its introduction, Swing editor Johnny Golding was to pen words that would apply throughout Muta's dazzlingly fertile career;  Recalling that readers were "ecstatic" from his very poem published in July 1971, and that "we have derived much pleasure in further publication of this brother's words", Golding said; "They tell a story common to most black people born in the ghetto....And when Muta writes, it's loud and clear."

Muta is nothing if not loud and clear.  Four decades after he started and now celebrating his diamond jubilee (with the Queen, God forbid!), Muta is still rivetingly relevant, pungent and pugnacious.  There is absolutely no public figure anywhere his age who is as popular among young people, especially ghetto youth, and who is seen as their peer.  Ageless. Timeless. Always cutting edge.

He popularised dub poetry among the Jamaican masses, and commands interest in even hard-core dancehall audiences.  But white people in America, Europe and, indeed, all over the world flock to his concerts and are just as ecstatic about his performances and lyrics; even when they are piercing as a dagger to their hearts.  They don't take it personal when it comes from Mutabaruka, a man with poetic licence to kill racism, chauvinism, colonialism and imperialism. 

In terms of his art, and the sheer excellence which characterises it, Muta is indubitably one of the finest artistes ever produced in this country in our 50 years.  Ask Mervyn Morris, Order of Merit, and literary scholar extraordinaire.  Muta has influenced a whole generation of dub/protest poets, the kind of signal achievement made by outstanding trailblazers.  Who can forget 'Every Time A Ear De Soun' and 'Dis Poem' among Muta's plethora of poems?  Muta is fold hero, chrisma personified.  He's the people's philosopher and was fittingly given a fellowship at the University of the West Indies as folk philosopher some years ago, though he himself never attended university.

A product of Rae Town, he had come into contact with black power literature in the 1960s and began reading people like Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver and Marcus Garvey.  There is no better example in Jamaica today of a man who has not gone to university but who loves reading and learning as much as Mutabaruka.  He is far better read than many university graduates and more intellectually aware than some university lecturers I know.

Thoroughness and a restless quest for the best is what characterises Muta's approach to everything he does. The man is a polymath.  He instinctively rejects the view that one can be a jack of all trades but master of none.  He is at the top of his game in his art form and is still in demand internationally, and will perform at the U2 reggae concert during the London Olympics, after which he will again be on a European tour.  Africa is his playground, he boasts.  He was the first man in Jamaican media to broadcast live from Africa.

So in his art form only Linton Kwesi Johnson can be equated with him in terms of status, but certainly among Jamaicans in the diaspora and at home, Muta is number one.  He can't be beat with 'rootsiness' and vibe.  As a sound system man, Muta is unparalleled.  I know of no one who has a wider appreciation and knowledge of various genres of music globally.  The man is absolutel phenomenal.  I rate Dermott Hussey, but in terms of breadth and depth, Muta is not surpassed.  

You can't compete in a clash with Muta on R&B, soul and disco classics, and if you tink you bad, try him on vintage Jamaican music from mento, ska, to rocksteady and reggae. I have seen Muta pull for some little-known Jamaican oldies that make me want to scream out in my bed (for the wrong reason!) very late at night.  (I have rarely missed a 'Cutting Edge' over the years.  Muta is the only reason I listen to radio after 7 o'clock on any night and I am usually up with him until he closes at 2 a.m.

If you talk about conscious reggae and conscious dancehall, forget it.  There is absolutely no one I know whose knowledge equals Muta's.  And that is reggae produced in any striking country in the world.  So there is no one playing music on the Jamaican airwaves who has a wider musical knowledge than Muta.  And if you listen to 'Cutting Edge' you are treated to an encyclopaedic experience in music.  If you think Rastaman is limited in musical appreciation, listen to the programme.

In terms of media, Muta deserves far more credit than he has ever been given.  If the Press Association of Jamaica did not have this woefully inadequate system of awards where people have to apply for their own awards, there is no way that Muta's 'Cutting Edge' programme would not have won multiple awards.

Muta has done some remarkable things with grass-roots radio.  Who could have thought that 'yute and yute and formally uneducated man and man and dawtas' would stay up till 2 in the morning listening to lectures with American and European voices talking about the history of Christianity; why the Gospels were not written by the names on them; genetically modified foods and their dangers; how the global financial system is controlled by a few; the writings of the Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, African history, etc.  Some of the most cerebral CDs I have listened to have been on Muta's 'Cutting Edge'.

Muta goes all over the world and buys CDs and comes back and exposes ordinary Jamaican people to cutting-edge intellectual work. 'Cutting Edge' is a grass-roots university.  The man should be awarded national honours for his work in media alone - let alone his awesome body of work as a cultural artiste and fold philosopher.

Muta's work is development journalism through and through. On Wednesday nights, my wife knows that I am not availale for much discussion, except to discuss Muta's gripping analysis.  And, of course, she can't help hearing my uproarious laughter in the still of the morning, especially as Muta ridicules Christianity and makes mockery of Christian teachings and especially pastors (though I am one, I confess!).

And here he deserves special commendation.  Muta, more than any other single Jamaican, has brought cutting-edge biblical scholarship to ordinary Jamaican people and made them aware of the most controversial ideas being discussed in the most prestigious universities of the world. Muta, on his travels, picks up a lot of things, and now that much is available on the internet, he is like a child in a candy shop.

Before I heard the name Bart Ehrman, now the most quoted biblical scholar in the big North American and European media, Muta many years ago gave me his early book The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture.  Then, Ehrman was unknown to most of the religios academy and none of the international media.

Christians have been upset with him, for Muta has been the Church's harshest and most fierce critic in Jamaica. He despises Christianity with a passion and believes with every energy he can muster that Christianity is the worst thing that has happened to us and continues to affect us.  Forget about whether he is mistaken or Antichrist.  You have to admire his contrarian spirit, his sceptical, enquiring mind; his willingness to peer beyond received dogmas.

Paradoxically, Muta has offended many, but yet is so loved and respected by many.  Muta is a fierce critic of Church and State.  Him bun fire on all political parties and attacks the People's National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party with equal and refreshing vigour.  Unlike some of our well-known churchmen who have sold out their souls and minds to the political parties, particularly to the PNP, Muta remains genuinely independent and critical of both the Palace and its Prophets.  for that alone he deserves respect.  And gets if from the masses.

Today, Muta is the country's most influential cultural critic and public philosopher.  His thorough-going critique on Wednesday nights on contemporary affairs has a breadth and force not equalled by our newspaper columnists and on-air commentators.  There is a powerful interview he gave to United Reggae, an online reggae magazine, just last month.

Muta's searing critique of dancehall music and how it has been co-opted by capitalist, nihilistic values; his profound analysis of how American cultre has recolonised the minds of the Jamaican youth and our people generally; his dramatisation of how fast foods, hip hop, American movies, reality TV and celebrity culture have duped us, rivals by anything in the academy, media, Church and civil society. "American thinking with a Third World living!" is how Muta characterised Jamaica today in that interview.  "You see people dress up...they are so materialistic...they don't think about their spirit, they think about their body.  Nuff people look happy because a lot of party going on, but when they come from dance, go home and lock the door, it's pure ignorance and vexation."

Only ignorance and vexation would make us not honour this cultural giant.

Ian Boyne.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nesbeth's Taking Over Video Recognizes Jamaica 50 Celebrations

In recognition of the Jamaica 50 celebrations, roots Reggae artiste Nesbeth drops the video for his "Taking Over" single, a track that was created ahead of the festivities but significant to the time.  Taking Over was written to highlight the positiveness and success of Jamaicans all over the world.  If you have never heard this track, now is the time to listen and if you heard it before and have not seen the video, Click NESBETH TAKING OVER

The Dancehall Emperor Is Back!

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday with one intention, to see the dancehall emperor, Shabba Ranks.

Just minutes after 11:00am., Shabba Ranks, who had not been in Jamaica for many years strolled through the arrival hall to much fanfare and excitement.

Published: Tuesday | July 17, 2012
Shabba Ranks gets a warm welcome from residents of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew, yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Shabba Ranks gets a warm welcome from residents of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew, yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

While media rushed to get that first shot of Shabba embracing his mother, who he has not seen in four years, fans on the outside waved flags and sounded vuvuzelas in honour of Shabba's arrival.  

Shabba's mother, Mama Christie, said she was excited to see her son.

"I feel great, wonderful and I am thankful that God has spared my life after 11 years to see my son Shabba Ranks back in Jamaica to give his people what they deserve. "Mama Christie told The Gleaner.

Travelling With Family
Also accompanying Shabba was his wife Michelle, and their sons Rexton Jr. and Jahwon.
"I'm feeling wonderful, the welcome is amazing, you can just feel the love. It's awesome," Michelle told The Gleaner.  It's always great fi deh inna mi island because, as mi bigger brother seh, when you check it out, nowhere nuh better than yard.  This is the land of my birt, this Jamaica, the land of my birth. Nuh matta wha gwaan, no matter how mi travel the world, nuh matter wha mi do inna the world mi age paper mark Sturge Town, St. Ann," Shabba Ranks told The Gleaner.

Shabba went on to say that the overwhelming turnout of the fans was a blessing. "This is just the blessing of God.  This is just the manifestation of the love whe God have fi him pickney so mi nuh expect nothing more than just love when mi come home," he said.

Shabba is scheduled to be the closing act on Friday, International Night at Reggae Sumfest. Later at Olympics Gardens, where Red Stripe was hosting an event as part of the lead-up to Sumfest and as part of the welcome for Shabba Ranks, it was more of the same.

Shabba moved slowly, not because he wanted to, but because there was nowhere to go, so thick was the crowd of supporters who came to see the legendary DJ.

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

The Origins of Reggae Music

"We didn't like the name rock steady, so I tried a different version of 'Fat Man'. It changed the beat again, it used the organ to creep. Bunny Lee, the producer, liked that. He created the sound with the organ and the rhythm guitar. It sounded like 'reggae, reggae' and that name just took off. Bunny Lee started using the world [sic, recte word] and soon all the musicians were saying 'reggae, reggae, reggae" Derrick Morgan.

The 1967 edition of the Dictionary of Jamaican English lists reggae as "a recently estab. sp. for rege", as in rege-rege, a word that can mean either "rags, ragged clothing" or "a quarrel, a row". Reggae as a musical term first appeared in print with the 1968 rocksteady hit "Do the Reggay" by The Maytals, but there are many different theories as to how the term originated. The music itself was faster than rocksteady, but tighter and more complex than ska, with obvious debts to both styles, while going beyond them both.[4]

Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.
Reggae is most easily recognized by the rhythmic accents on the off-beat, usually played by guitar or piano (or both), known as the skank. This pattern accents the second and fourth beat in each bar (or the "and"s of each beat depending on how the music is counted) and combines with the drums emphasis on beat three to create a unique feel and sense of phrasing in contrast to most other popular genres focus on beat one, the "downbeat".[1] The tempo of reggae is usually felt as slower than the popular Jamaican forms, ska and rocksteady, which preceded it.[2] It is this slower tempo, the guitar/piano offbeats, the emphasis on the third beat, and the use of syncopated, melodic bass lines that differentiates reggae from other music, although other musical styles have incorporated some of these innovations separately.

Although strongly influenced by traditional African, American jazz and old-time rhythm and blues, reggae owes its direct origins to the progressive development of ska and rocksteady in 1960s Jamaica. An important factor in this development was the influence of Rastafari, with Rasta drummers like Count Ossie contributing to seminal recordings, bringing the influence of these rhythmic patterns into the music.[7]

Ska arose in the studios of Jamaica in the late 1950s; it developed from the earlier mento genre.[4] Ska is most easily characterized as a quarter note walking bass line, accentuated guitar or piano rhythms on the offbeat, and a drum pattern that places the emphasis on the 3rd beat of the bar. It is very memorable for its jazz-influenced horn riffs. Jamaica gained its independence in 1962 and ska became the music of choice for Jamaican youth seeking music that was their own. It is also worth noting that ska gained some popularity among mods in Britain.

There have been many interesting theories as to why Jamaican musicians slowed the ska sound to make rocksteady, including the singer Hopeton Lewis simply being unable to sing his hit record "Take It Easy" at a ska tempo.[4] By 1968, many musicians had begun playing the tempo of ska slower, while utilizing more syncopated bass patterns and smaller bands. This new, slower sound was called rocksteady, a name solidified after the release of a single by Alton Ellis. The rocksteady style is most often indistinguishable from reggae, although reggae tends to focus lyrically more on lyrics based on black consciousness, Rastafari and the effects of poverty. Some reggae also introduced a much slower tempo than rocksteady. The "double skank" guitar strokes on the offbeat were also part of the new reggae style.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Is Jamaica still the reggae capital of the world?

Published in the Sunday Gleaner of Jamaica|July 15|2012
Written by: Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Warrior King
Arts and Entertainment consultant Lloyd Stanbury is of the opinion that Jamaica has lost its status as the capital of reggae music.
According to Stanbury, there are many countries performing better than Jamaica where reggae music is concerned.
"Jamaica is not the capital of reggae ... various places have claimed to be and they have various reasons to state their claim," Stanbury told The Sunday Gleaner.
Abidjan, the former capital of Cte d'Ivoire in West Africa, is one of the places the consultant mentions.
According to Stanbury, he was conducting a music workshop in the Ivory Coast when he was enlightened by the locals that they were the new capital.
"I was there for a couple weeks to conduct a music workshop and I was invited to go to a live reggae club. During my stay, they told me about some of their artistes who are successful reggae artistes internationally, and because of the success of such artistes they believe they are the capital of reggae," he said.

Bob Marley of Africa
Two of those artistes, Stanbury says who have developed a huge following in the Ivory Coast are Alpha Blondy, hailed as the 'Bob Marley of Africa', and Tiken Jah Fakoly.
Stanbury also took a jab at the local Reggae Sumfest Festival, saying it was neither the biggest nor the greatest reggae show in the world.
"Sumfest is not the biggest reggae show in the world and it is not the greatest in the world either by any means. The greatest reggae shows in the world are in Cologne, Germany, called Reggae Summer Jam, and in Spain, which is Rototom Sunsplash," he said.
According to the consultant, at present Jamaica only satisfies one indication of what could make the area the reggae capital.
"If we were only looking at where the most reggae music is produced per capita then Jamaica would be the capital, but if we are looking at which place has the most reggae available, such as live shows, it would have to be France, and if we are looking at the size of the festivals, it would have to be Germany. Jamaica only has two festivals, which are Reggae Sumfest and Rebel Salute, and one of them is a one-day show, while Ivory Coast can say that they are the capital because they play a lot of reggae and they have produced two of the biggest reggae artistes," Stanbury said.
It is Stanbury's view that one of the failings of the island is the amount of interest in reggae there is.
"We don't value our own things. We devalue our product and allow outsiders to pick them up. As Jamaicans, we prefer foreign things, and that is our problem," Stanbury said.
"When you visit Jamaica, you can't find anywhere for live reggae music, the government and the private sector have not put enough things in place to develop the music, yet the Jamaican government, through the tourism industry, invested US$450,000 with a promoter who was promoting a foreign show to get Celine Dion to perform, and they won't do the same to develop reggae music," he said.

Protoge (r)
On a more positive note, Stanbury said that Jamaica could reclaim its title as the capital of reggae through the works of emerging talent such as Protoje, Raging Fyah, Rootz Underground, among others.
"I believe reggae is in safe hands for the future with the new youths, but today it doesn't look pretty. Give thanks to Edna Manley (College of The Visual and Performing Arts) for the new reggae bands," Stanbury said.
Reggae artiste Warrior King also shared his view on the topic. According to the artiste, other countries are more accepting of reggae music than Jamaica.
"I heard that France is the capital of reggae, but really and truly real roots reggae is more accepted in France and those places. That is why you find reggae artistes going to those places. I think Jamaica is still the capital because we are the foundation, but reggae music is just more accepted in other places," Warrior King said.

Elephant Man Talks Spending Money Out of Control

Oneil Bryan, aka Elephant Man "The Energy God," who put the 'dance' in dancehall with anthems like "Pon the River,""Willie Bounce," "Gully Creeper" and more, went all in with host Chin during a recent interview. The deejay revealed how he flosses nightly, spending excessive money at dances (dancehall raving). Renaming himself "Raving King," the deejay went on to ridicule fellow artists who walk around with pockets full of money and refuse to buy even a bottle of water. Furthermore, Elephant Man boasted about keeping up the "swag" in the dancehall. The deejay's hilarious antics and dialogue had listeners cracking up for more than 20 minutes! This over-the-top interview is a must hear!

Click below to listen.