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

+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.
+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.
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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

At Home With The Morgan Sisters

Four sisters, four personalities, all love...

Throughout the music world the monika, 'Royal Family of Reggae' resonates with music lovers and represents the musical family group of reggae artistes and musicians, Morgan Heritage. The Morgans essence and root stems from their dad reggae veteran Denroy Morgan followed through by siblings Roy aka Gramps, Peter aka Peetah, Nakhamyah aka Lukes, Memmalatel aka Mojo and Una Morgan whose music have impacted the lives of thousands of reggae fans across the world.

The public has always had a fascination with this multi-talented family so sisters, Una, Taliba, Sandra and Takilat is set to launch a web based talk show called, "At Home With The Morgans" to give insight into their dynamics.  According to a release, the ladies have much to share and will present their insights over 12 episodes covering topics having to do with Current Events, Entertainment, Cooking, Beauty and Lifestyle. Six of the 12 episodes will feature a segment called "Pajama Talk" discussing important life changing topics.

Taliba Morgan in explaining how the idea came about said, "it was like a download from the Universe. It came to me as I was sitting on the sofa with my children. I knew that two of my sisters, Una and Sandra were interested in working with me on some sort of level and it took time for it to be revealed to me what project it should be hence, the saying 'divine timing' I called them up told them the idea and the rest is history." 

As for Sandra Morgan, her reason for participating in the show is simple, "Family plus Love" adding that working with her sisters will draw them closer as well as help build a strong sisterhood.  "We have always had a wonderful relationship with each other, but being able to laugh, cry and celebrate life's milestones with each other is priceless. This isn't something we thought about lightly...we knew this was something we just had to do not just for us but for our children."

In her explanation Una said, "Taliba knowing my health journey, called me one morning and asked if I would consider being a part of this with my other sisters. I hesitated at first, due to my recovery," but considering she had time off eventually agreed, "lets put it  to good use! she told her sister, "I love to talk and this was excellent way to let my inner journalist out."

The women believes their "AHWTM" talk show will be a success because of strong family bonds, "..we're four sisters and amazing personalities....even when we have our disagreements the love we have for each other always work it out and all of that." Viewers will get a chance to see the ladies varying personality traits and general family interaction throughout the series and especially when 'hot topics' are discussed

"I believe what will set up apart is the fact that we are sisters from a big family having something to say. We are international women ambassadors and we will not keep any topic off limits especially if it has anything to do with women empowerment. We want when people watch this show, they walk away learning something about life they never knew." Una. The "AHWTM' series premieres this summer.