Damian Marley picked up the 2017 MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.
A day after getting a Grammy nomination for his new album Stony Hill for Best Reggae Album, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley picked up another prestigious award at Wednesday night’s awards show for Music of Black Origin in the UK. Gong beat out stiff competition from the likes of Chronixx, Popcaan, Alkaline, and Aidonia, who have all had a great year in reggae/dancehall.
Some fans on social media are saying that Chronixx deserves to win both the MOBO and the upcoming Grammy Awards for the reggae category. The roots reggae star released his critically-acclaimed debut album Chronology in July of this year. The project has been well received and even made Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of 2017.
Damian Marley’s new album Stony Hill is also well received this year and rightfully earned him a Grammy nomination. Hardcore dancehall acts, Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline have all had a great year despite not releasing albums this year. Those three acts are responsible for a large portion of the biggest dancehall songs this year.
This is Damian Marley’s second MOBO Award after winning another MOBO in 2005.
The Unruly boss posted a pic of himself on his Instagram accounts on Friday. “1time fi the unruly fans them #unruly,” the deejay wrote. Diddy commented on the pic with a gang sign emoji. You can see the exchange below. Popcaan has been having a great year and next month he has a chance to create history by winning the MOBO award for Best Reggae Artist three years in a row. He won that award for the last two years and is the hot favorite to win it again this year.
Poppy is a close friend of Drake who has beef with Diddy. The two rap titans got into a fight in 2014 outside Liv nightclub in Miami. Sources say Diddy confronted Drake over the beat for his single “0 – 100.” The Bad Boy rapper first recorded a song on the beat that was never released and then the producer gave Drake the beat for “0 – 100.” Drizzy ended up having to go to the ER at the night of the fight for a dislocated shoulder. The two have since made peace but then the Toronto rapper took more shots at Diddy earlier this year when he hooked up with Jennifer Lopez.
Popcaan has a new single out now, “Can’t Box,” where he responded to recent rumors that he was boxed in the face recently by rival deejay Mavado. The “Stray Dog” deejay is eyeing some major investment in his native parish St. Thomas after recently leading a protest in the parish over bad roads. He recently met with St Thomas, Member of Parliament for Eastern St Thomas Dr Fenton Ferguson to discuss ways to uplift the parish and they both agreed that more investment is needed.
The list of nominees for the 2017 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards for Best Reggae Act came out last week and all five nominees are local Jamaican artists. Popcaan, Alkaline, Aidonia, Chronixx, and Damian Marley are the five nominees this year. A lot of dancehall fans are again questioning why Vybz Kartel was snubbed despite having a massive year last year which continues into this year.
“The system trying to fight against the boss [Vybz Kartel] but they can’t stop him,” one fan wrote. “Kartel had a bigger year than Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline and yet he was not nominated for a MOBO are you kidding me. This is utter nonsense and that’s why people can’t take these awards serious anymore.”
Fans echoed some similar sentiments last year when the deejay was not nominated. There is an underlining reason why Vybz Kartel may not get a MOBO nomination, at least as long as he is behind bars he may never get a nomination per the rules of the award show. Additionally, MOBO is based in the UK where most radio stations are barred from playing songs from convicted felons who are serving time behind bars like Vybz Kartel who is doing life for a murder case.
One fan criticized those fans who are angry at Kartel’s MOBO snub while drawing reference to his album sales numbers last year. “Don’t make music fool you prison is taking a hold on Vybz Kartel Now you cannot be in prison for murder and get the mobo award and apart from that he’s not doing any live performance 3249 in 15 weeks sales for the top dancehall artists of 2016 that’s a shame on dancehall and Vybz Kartel the great Shabba Ranks used to sell millions and Beenie Man gaza fans please don’t even brag about it on YouTube 3249 copies that’s a shame on Kartel?” Joel wrote.
Despite being incarcerated since 2011, he has remained in the top echelon of dancehall with a consistent supply of new music. Last year, he came under investigation under orders directly from the Ministry of National Security for allegations that he has been recording music in prison, something that would be illegal and could potentially send him into solitary confinement. Nevertheless, new music continues to pour out of Vybz Kartel coffers like hot bread and he is showing no signs of slowing down.