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Ninjaman is weighing his options to appeal but seems its heavily dependent on the outcome of Vybz Kartel appeal.
The dancehall icon is two months into his life sentence and already he is considering filing an appeal for a new trial. Sources told Urban Islandz that Ninjaman felt like he was never given a fair trial and the prosecution used a witness who he feels wasn’t credible. Additionally, he thinks that his murder conviction was the authority’s way of sending a message amidst the rapid rise in crime rate across the island.
“They set an example out of him purely because he is a famous entertainer, it was almost like they used his old sins against him,” a rep for Ninjaman told us. “Was that fair for him, of course not. It’s like getting convicted even before the trial started.”
Now that Ninjaman and his attorney are weighing his appeal options, one of the things that they discussed is Vybz Kartel upcoming appeal trial which is set for July this year after being pushed by from February. Ninja’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is also one of the lawyers on Vybz Kartel’s case.
“Being that they are two high profile artists, the system will want to keep them locked up to send a message,” sources said. “Although both cases are totally different, the fact that they’re two big-name entertainers, the system will treat them different, they will have a tougher trial because of the added press around their cases. The government will not want to look bad on the world stage. Remember these two cases made headlines around the world, so think about how bad they will look if both of them walk free on appeal.”
Vybz Kartel’s attorneys were the ones who asked the appeal court judge for more time to prepare for the case. We’re told that Ninjaman trial also played a role in that decision, the lawyers felt like that case was too close to the appeal trial and would be too fresh in the judges minds.
The lawyers know that they will have to present a near-perfect case and even then, they still have an uphill battle to prove Vybz Kartel’s innocence. “Kartel is at a disadvantage any way you look at it but yet still he has a stronger case than Ninjaman so it makes perfect sense that he would want to wait on the outcome of that case to make his next move,” his rep added. “The worst case scenario is they both spend the rest of their lives in prison.”
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced to prison for life for murdering his friend Clive “Lizard” Williams. His protege Shawn Storm, and friends Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also convicted and sent to prison for life. The aced dancehall star will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. In contract, Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, will have to serve 25 years before getting a parole hearing. By then both artists will be in their 70s.
Beenie Man says he is one of the hardest working deejays in dancehall even after so many years.
The dancehall legend also made it clear that he has nothing against Spice despite their running last year. During a sit down on Nightly Fix, Beenie Man opened up about a number of topics including his legacy and current status in dancehall. The deejay insisted that he is still the king of dancehall because he isn’t baptized.
One of the criticisms of Beenie Man and other older deejays in the business is that they still feel the need to compete with the younger generation of artists. When asked about that top, Beenie strongly pushed back against the assumption saying he doesn’t compete with any other artists in the business but still work hard because that is naturally who he is.
“The problem is I cannot go a week without making five songs, I will be a mad man,” the Doc said. “Listen, music just come by the beat, you hear the beat and lyrics start build, so every beat that plays in the studio you build a different song for it. It’s not competing, this is my job, this is what I do, I make music, so without me making music then me at my yard sit down a watch TV or a play game and I don’t do that.”
On whether or not he is taking away attention from younger artists, Beenie Man said, “This is the problem with dancehall music, why one man have to get all the glory, why everybody cannot get them own glory?”
“Alkaline have him own fans, Vybz Kartel have him own fans, Popcaan have him own fans, everybody have them own fans, so everybody is getting them own glory,” he continues. “Why is it that I am a threat to everybody? Because you is that man fan and you want that man to be where I am? Two entity can’t hold the same space one of us is going to blow up. Each and every individual in music have their own space, have them own respect and have them own time.”
Tony Matterhorn won’t be playing any Alkaline music this year or perhaps ever.
The beneficiary of this feud of course is Vybz Kartel and maybe a few other artists whose songs will get more airplay on Matterhorn’s platforms. DancehallHipHop reported in December that Alkaline disrespected the veteran sound system selective in front of his face and thousands of fans at Club Euro in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Footage of the exchange went viral online sparking a debate about the deteriorating relationship between dancehall artists and disc jockeys.
Seems Tony Matterhorn had enough of the shenanigan and decided to take a stand. While hosting a party last weekend, the “Dutty Wine” deejay had some harsh words for the young dancehall hitmaker. “Don’t unnu see everybody play? Me say me a give Alkaline one year bom***** ban, who no like it s*** your mother,” an angry Matterhorn said. “Don’t forget say me could’ve shoot up unnu blood**** and I said hold it. So when unnu hear me say one year ban Alkaline s*** your mother.”
Right after making that bold statement, Tony Matterhorm drop Vybz Kartel and Masicka single “InfraRed.” So clearly, Kartel is the biggest winner in this ongoing beef between the disc jockey and Alkaline. Sources told DancehallHipHop that this has been eating away at Matterhorn for the past few weeks and it was only a matter of time before he snapped.
“Alka really disrespected the man and you could tell it was something that was bothering him for a while,” sources said. “He waited to see if he will get an apology or something but nothing, just more disrespect from the other side camp so this is no surprise and he (Alkaline) shouldn’t be surprised either.”
Let’s hope that these two very important figures in dancehall can make peace sometime soon for the good of the music.
XXXTentacion and Vybz Kartel on the same track should be fire.
The South Florida rapper, who previously claimed he has some Jamaican roots, announced on Instagram last night that he has a collaboration coming out with the incarcerated dancehall star. Rappers wanting to collaborate with Vybz Kartel is nothing new and in fact, over the last few months, we’ve heard rumors of artists like Drake and Cardi B wanting to get the World Boss on a track. The difference here is that this announcement is coming directly from the artist and not some unnamed source tipping off the media.
“Vybz Kartel featuring XXXTentacion, coming soon, lol only the Jamaicans and Hispanics know what i’m talking about!” X wrote on IG stories. XXXTentacion worked with Sizzla Kalonji on his “My Girl” single last year, but if this new single materialized, it will be the first time the “Look At Me” rapper and Vybz Kartel are working together.
Last year XXXTentacion blast Drake for tapping into dancehall for his last two albums saying that he is way more Jamaican than Drake claims to be because his family is mostly from Kingston. There could be some truth to the story since X is from Lauderhill in South Florida where there is a strong Jamaican contingent.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder but is still putting out a ton of new music from behind bars. XXXTentacion currently has a mountain of legal troubles and is currently under house arrest while he awaiting trial for kidnapping and assaulting a pregnant woman. In December, he was slapped with 15 new charges for tampering with a witness when he defied court orders and contacted his ex-girlfriend who is the victim in his case. Like Vybz Kartel, X is facing some serious time behind bars if he is found guilty of the charges.
Vybz Kartel thinks that the recent snub from the YVA awards is further proof that the system is trying to silence his music.
The “Mhm Hm” deejay did not receive a single nomination at this year’s Your View Awards, former Youth View, because of some rules changes. The YVA says they will not nominate any artist who can’t perform at the event which automatically disqualifies Kartel because of his incarceration. A rep for the deejay told Dancehall HipHop that he is not angry but still sees it as another attempt to silence his voice.
“It’s not our show so we can’t vex if they don’t nominate us (Vybz Kartel), but this is more clear evidence of a plot to silence Worl’Boss and stifle his music,” his rep said. “Thankfully we are living in an age where the fans can go online and get the music directly from artists so we don’t have to go through radio stations or major labels. The fans know that Kartel is the biggest and baddest artist in the history of dancehall. Him in a league by himself and no other artist even come close to his level. So what is dancehall award show without Vybz Kartel?”
Kartel’s biggest rival, Alkaline, leads the list of nominees this year with seven nods. This further fuel the beef between the two deejays with Kartel’s rep accusing the YVA of being bought out by the Vendetta deejay. “You can’t have an award show where artists can buy them way into and how can that be better than artist paying disc jockeys to play their music,” his rep told us.
Last year the YVA was dominated by Vybz Kartel despite him getting fewer nominations than his counterpart Alkaline. Vendetta fans were highly critical of the award show calling it a Gaza show. So perhaps this is the YVA’s attempt to appease those fans.
Vershon have something for bad mind people who sits on his name, “Wul’ Di Grung.”
The dancehall singjay links up with Simple Youths Productions for his new anti hating single. “Them say yo hype when time yo buy yo things, nasty n**** them want fi yo dead when time yo win, ghetto youths just hold the fort and spread yo wings, and no listen dirty n**** wicked people come a tell yo things,” Vershon sings.
Last week Vershon released a new single, “One More Day,” where he lead a tribute to incarcerated artists like Buju Banton, Vybz Kartel, and Ninjaman. The track received a warm reception from dancehall fans for its positive message and the singjay look to go back to his roots of making positive and uplifting music. The single comes on the heels of his new music video “No Worries” which is another feel good single released on the Cotton Swab Riddim. Listen to Vershon new single “Wul’ Di Grung” below.
Vybz Kartel gets a major snub from this year’s Your View Awards (YVA).
Naturally, Gazanation fans are in an uproar over the snub but Kartel will continue to get snub as long as he is behind bars, according to the eligibility rule changes. The annual Jamaican awards show has rebranded for this year from Youth View Award to Your View Award. With the rebranding comes new rules which is at the center of contentions between the YVA and Vybz Kartel’s fans.
To be eligible for nominations, artists must be able to perform at the event ceremony set for February 24. Alkaline leads the 2018 YVA nomination with six nods including Hottest Summer Song (Red Eye), Favorite Local Male Artist, Favorite International Local Artist, Favorite Dancehall Artist, Favorite Chart Topper, Favorite Video Concept (Afterall), and Favorite Collaboration (“Gyalis Pro” featuring Sean Paul).
Popcaan and Aidonia trail Alkaline with four nominations each. But one of the hottest deejays in dancehall over the past year, Vybz Kartel, did not get any nominations solely because of his incarcerations. Dancehall fans have mixed reactions to the snub with some believes that the YVA took the right step, while others are saying its a move to silence the incarcerated deejay.
“So they have to ban Vybz Kartel so that other artists like Alkaline can win such a shame on the YVA, what is an award show without the Worl’Boss, in a Addi voice,” one fan said. Another fan commented saying, “We all know that the YVA is a Gazanation award show because every year Kartel dominates even when other artists out a road a put in the work. So I guess them a try remove the bias now.” Kartel was the biggest winner at last year’s YVA awards.
We will be publishing the full list of nominees soon, so stay tuned to Dancehallhiphop.com for more details on the 2018 YVA awards show.
Ding Dong is thankful for a major endorsement from Usain Bolt on the global stage.
The fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, was at CES 2018 this week when he did an interview with CNET. Among the many things he spoke about was music where he listed a few of the local dancehall artists that he has been listening to. Bolt, who is a longtime fan of Vybz Kartel, says Ding Dong is one of his current favorite deejays because he likes to dance and have fun.
“For me as a DJ, as a guy who listens to music on the regular, I try to stick to every genre of music, you know what I mean, but am much more into dancehall music, I love to dance so one of my favorite artist is Ding Dong,” Usain Bolt said. The sprint legend also spoke about some recent news about trying out for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
Ding Dong says that the endorsement is a big deal for him because it exposes him to a new audience who never know about his music. “this is a good look’ because me know him deep wid Vybz Kartel music and thing because him always a big up Vybz Kartel,” he said. “For him to acknowledge me like dat and den him say artiste, him never say dancer, dat fi show yuh say him consider me pan da level deh.”
Earlier this week, Usain Bolt posted a video on Instagram of himself and professional footballer Leon Bailey dancehall to one of Ding Dong songs. The Ravers deejay also currently has one of the hottest dance songs out right now “Fling Yuh Shoulda.”
Vybz Kartel is celebrating his 42nd birthday today (January 7th) in good spirit.
The incarcerated dancehall legend received a family visit from his kids who were brought to GP on Sunday afternoon. A rep for his label told us that he is in good spirit as he marks another milestone in his life and career. “The Worl’Boss is in great spirit and despite his incarceration, there are a lot of things to be thankful for,” his rep said.
We’re told that this year will mark 25 years since Vybz Kartel been in the music business and despite being incarcerated since 2011, he is showing no signs of slowing down. “25 years in dancehall and still active and more relevant than 99% of the artists is something to be thankful for and something to celebrate,” his rep added.
Vybz Kartel started his dancehall career in the early 90s as part of the group Vibes Cartel. The group was later disbanded and he took on the name Vybz Kartel by just changing up the spelling. However, his big success didn’t come until the early 2000s when Bounty Killer took him under his wings and lifted him up from an underground act to the mainstream of dancehall.
Bounty Killer, along with several other affiliated dancehall entertainers including Sean Kingston, Popcaan and NotNice have since wished Vybz Kartel a happy birthday on social media. “1time fi a real G long live.. #morelife,” Popcaan wrote while Sean Kingston added, “Happy birthday to the greatest in dancehall music period… @vybzkartel 1 more year Pon dem!!! Gwan hold di faith mi don freedom is a must!!! #vybzkartel #seankingston #Gaza.”
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is serving a life sentence for murder. His appeal trial is set for July of this year. He is eligible for parole after serving 35 years of his sentence.
The reggae pop singer recently concluded his tour overseas and returned to Jamaica just in time for Christmas to spend the holidays in his homeland with his family. One of the first thing he did when he returned home was to visit Vybz Kartel and sources told us that it was the incarcerated deejay’s request to have Kingston visit him over at GP to discuss some business, as well as, some big plans for 2018.
“2nd day back in [Jamaica],” Kingston wrote on Instagram in the caption of a photo of himself and Sikka Rymes who is a close friend of Kartel. “Just went to pay the Wurlboss [Vybz Kartel] another visit… di teacher is in goodfaith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation.”
While he didn’t revealed the exact plans that Kartel has for the new year, sources told us that he is planning to drop a new album as well as a ton of new music. “We have a major project in the works for the new year,” sources told us. “2018 will be bigger and better just stay tune its total domination from the Wor’Boss boss it ago sick.”
This is the second visit Sean Kingston made to Vybz Kartel in prison this year following his first visit in March. The two also collaborated a single “Chance” which has been getting plenty airplay locally and overseas. Since returning to Jamaica, the “Beautiful Girl” singer has bought a new mansion and a new fleet of luxury cars. He also signed Kartel’s protege, Tommy Lee Sparta, to his Time Is Money Entertainment. The two are currently working on their albums due early next year.
2nd day back in ??…Just went to pay the Wurlboss @vybzkartel another visit… di teacher is in goodfaith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation!! @theoprince53 #Gaza #vybzkartel
Vybz Kartel drops his new explicit single “Yabba Dabba Do” just in time for Christmas.
The single features a Flintstones theme with even the artwork features Kartel living in a world inspired by the famous cartoon. “Hold on, hey gal a so the bleach make yo face look old, and yo a just 35 years old, a weh the young gal them deh weh bleaching fit yo, make yo bumper roll,” Kartel deejay over a beat produced by Purple Skunk Records.
Vybz Kartel promises his fans five new singles this month and so far he has delivered three of them. the deejay is not just looking to end the year on a high, but also start the new year on a high by prepping several new singles for release in January including a song titled “Exiled Pharoah.”
Next year will also be a big year the Worl’Boss who will be back in court for his appeal trial in July where he will have his final chance to secure his freedom. If his attorneys failed to win his appeal, it means he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Listen to Vybz Kartel’s new song “Yabba Dabba Doo” below.
The “Uncle Demon” deejay put on a show for his fans at last weekend’s annual Ghetto Splash in Kingston. His set was well received and he even called out JOP/4th Genna deejay Deablo to join him on stage. Tommy Lee Sparta used a part of his performance to lay waste to Alkaline while praising his former mentor Vybz Kartel, despite his rocky relationship with the former Portmore Empire boss.
“Big up every artist in the industry,” Tommy Lee said. “But yo have some bwoy now a days them forced ripe and feel like them bigger than music. All who know say Worl’Boss work hard for it me want to see the hands them. Some bwoy just… yo have some people them just want to give some boy the Worl’Boss legacy and act like Worl’Boss never do nothing, but a long time the Worl’Boss a do it.”
Tommy Lee Sparta’s statement comes only a few months after Vybz Kartel once again reminded his fans that Lee and Popcaan are disloyal former members of his Gazanation crew. While that statement resonate with fans, that is not stopping Sparta and Popcaan from still shouting-out Kartel every chance they get.
Tony Matterhorn is making it clear that he is not a coward.
The veteran sound system selector was grossly disrespected by young dancehall gunner Alkaline last week Friday at the Vendetta deejay’s birthday bash at Club Euro in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alka got upset when Matterhorn, who was the designated deejay, started playing Vybz Kartel songs at the party. “Yo a pu**y for that wa yo just do,” he told the disc jockey in front of his face on stage.
Tony Matterhorn fans have been going off on social media with some calling him a coward for letting the “Champion Boy” deejay disrespected him like that on stage in front his face. But in defense of the disc jockey, Alkaline had his goons right there with him and one of them look like he was ready to pop things off right there and then. Matterhorn has since gone on Instagram live to explain why he never retaliate at the time and fortunately he didn’t because things could have ended badly for both sides.
“When you reach my age you try tone down certain things,” TM said. “You understand because remember say unnu know say me is a sick blood**** individual, and you know Alkaline and him friends them can’t diss Matterhorn… It’s all about the music and the music is bigger than any one of us. So me do the better thing and be the bigger man.”
The long and the short of it, Tony Matterhorn is saying he made a conscious decision to de-escalate the situation because if he had retaliated then the headlines would have been much different and fans would’ve looked at him in a bad light for beating up the young dancehall deejay.
“Alkaline just make himself look bad, me no look bad, you make yourself look like you have a problem with Vybz Kartel,” Matterhorn added. He also said that he wasn’t the one who played the Vybz Kartel song and named Dutty Dex as the disc jockey behind the stunt.
Vybz Kartel offload some shade on producer Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor.
The self-proclaim Worl’Boss is upset with Di Genius who previewed one of his songs on social media over the weekend. The preview ignited Gazanation fans who thinks that the two of them made peace, but now we know that is not the case. “Producer bwoy me and you a friend? Weh ya release dem old song de fa? You no have no shame dawg. SMFH,” Kartel wrote on Instagram.
While the dancehall deejay didn’t name drop Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor, his fans them immediately recognized who he was making references towards. The dancehall producer has not responded despite being tagged by several fans regarding the post. The title of the song is “Murda Practice” and it features Vybz Kartel’s old flow from before his incarceration in 2011. Kartel and Di Genius had a falling out back in 2009 after the two worked together on a series of hit songs. The two never made peace since then.
Dancehall fans have mixed reaction to Ninjaman life sentence.
The harsh penalty was handed down in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday (December 18, 2017) following his murder conviction on November 20th, nearly a month prior. Ninjaman felt like he was given an unfair trial and vow to appeal, but in Jamaica as evident with Vybz Kartel case, appeals could take several years to even get a hearing in Jamaica.
During his sentencing hearing, Dancehall Queen Carlene, and dancehall artist Stacious, gave character testimony on behalf of the deejay but that wasn’t enough to sway the judge. Fans have since been weighing in on the sentencing with some calling it harsh while others think it didn’t go far enough.
“That’s why crimes and the law is not being taken seriously because people are being handed lenient sentences for heinousness crimes,” one fan wrote on social media while another added, “Did he not commit murder? If so why is he not in prison for life? And the other two as well? What’s up with that?”
“Jamaica Justice system is really a man murder him babymother & dump r body Inna gutter get 15yrs & it caught on camera.. A man say him saw Ninjaman kill a man Ninja get life imprisonment ..what kind a justice system we have a Jamaica @andrewholnessjm d system wah scrap,” one fan who supports Ninjaman vents.
Ninjaman will be serving his life sentence at the same prison where Vybz Kartel is currently housed, GP.
Vybz Kartel hit song “Mhm Hm” is showing no signs of slowing down.
Vybz Kartel scored one of the biggest dancehall hits of the year with “Mhm Hm” and now the song got its own mobile game. The song was released in September and has since clocked over 8 million combined views on YouTube. The concept of the single inspired a massive surge in sales of Suppligen, oats, peanuts, Guinness, and other related products used to make a popular punch in Jamaica. Some local grocery shots have even started selling “Mhm Hm” packages which consist of all the ingredients prepackaged.
Last week an android mobile game popped up on the Google Play store and its growing in popularity after Vybz Kartel fans started sharing it on social media. The app is titled “Mhm Buck Up Inna” and features a character with Kartel’s face that you can use to go through stages of the game and catch different items for points including the items he deejay about in the song such as suppligen, peanut, and oats.
Some fans have been inquiring if Vybz Kartel is behind the mobile app, but so far the anonymous creator has not come forward. Sources inside the Gazanation told us that Kartel is not behind the app and he himself is interested in knowing who is behind it.