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A fifth grader at Public School 194 in Harlem is being singled out as the ringleader in an assault against a child in the third grade.

The 8-year-old boy was dragged into the bathroom in school and forced to perform oral sex on three male classmates, including the fifth grader (who was also involved in an attack on a female student two years earlier).

Wha really a gwaan inna di USA people? Tell Mi now? YYYYY?




TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scotiabank Chief Executive Officer Rick Waugh today announced his intention to retire as CEO effective November 1, 2013 after 10 years in the role and 43 years with the Bank.  He will remain a Director of the Board and assume the role of Deputy Chairman of the Bank until January 31, 2014.
 
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The Board of Directors has appointed Brian Porter to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2013.  Brian was appointed to the role of President on November 1, 2012, and just prior to that was Group Head, International Banking, overseeing all of the Bank's personal, small business and commercial banking operations in more than 55 countries outside of Canada. Brian was also Scotiabank's Group Head of Global Risk Management and Treasury.   He joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has held a variety of other management positions, including Deputy Chairman of Global Banking and Markets.

"Rick Waugh has guided Scotiabank through a period of tremendous growth, generating exceptional returns for shareholders and employees during some very turbulent times. His focus on customers, diversification, emerging markets and risk management along with his strong values, has shaped the growth and direction of the Bank over the last ten years," said John Mayberry, Chairman of the Board.
The Board expressed its confidence in Brian Porter appointing him President in November 2012.

Mayberry added, "We are pleased to take the next step in succession today by confirming him in the role of President and CEO effective November 1, 2013.   Brian has a tremendous range of experience across the Bank, including the critical role of Chief Risk Officer. The Board is confident in Brian's ability to continue to produce strong results and build on the straightforward and proven business model that has worked so well for customers, shareholders and employees."

"I want to congratulate Brian Porter on his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer," said Rick Waugh, CEO, Scotiabank.  "He has had an exceptional career at Scotiabank.  Brian and the management team bring the right experience, values and culture to ensure our Bank's continued success."

"It is a distinct privilege to have been entrusted with the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Rick Waugh for their confidence in my ability to continue to deliver superior, consistent and predictable results for all of our stakeholders," said Brian Porter, President, Scotiabank.

Scotiabank is a leading multinational financial services provider and Canada's most international bank. With more than 83,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. In December 2012, Scotiabank became the first Canadian bank to be named Global Bank of the Year and Bank of the Year in the Americas by The Banker magazine, a Financial Times publication. With assets of $754 billion (as at April 30, 2013), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

For further information: 
Diane Flanagan diane.flanagan@scotiabank.com (416) 933-2176
Ann DeRabbie ann.derabbie@scotiabank.com (416) 933-1344 




Local Promoter found with Drugs!

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The promoters of a local beach party are hoping to find favour with local law enforcers following the revocation of their permits to host the event on June 30.

The rigorous promotion campaign was brought to a halt, after one of the promoters was nabbed by the police for drugs.

"The situation is still sensitive and the police are still refusing to give us a permit because of the issue," one of the promoter said.




Bus Conductor and Four men rape 14 Year-old

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The police now have a bus conductor in custody and are searching for four others who they say took turns battery a teenager a week ago.

The men are alleged to have raped the 14-year-old girl as she was walking in a Portmore community.

Sources say she was lured into an abandoned building by one of the suspects whom she knew. He was later joined by the four other men who took turns at having sex with her.

The child reported her ordeal to the police who then launched an investigation. This resulted in the arrest of one of the accused men. The others are now being sought.

Vybz Kartel Ft Gaza Slim - Children Are Our Future





Chronixx and Nikki Z in tour mix-up!

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'Chronixx', Zinc Fence Band AND Nikki Z are currently in major argument after the young reggae artiste pulled of Nikki Z's concert in Hartford, Connecticut on short notice.

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Chronixx is said to have pulled allowed promoters to book in for events in the U.S hoping that he would have gotten his work permit by April. However that did not happen. The artiste and his band are now required to return several deposits and push back dates that were already booked.

"Chronixx's management approached us about staging this event; we poured our hearts and time into promoting not only the event but the artiste. We received nothing but unprofessional conduct, from taking a month to receive advertisement vocals to this latest unfortunate series of events. "It's very disappointing when artistes have so little care for their craft. It's a job and a business and people are affected by it. Several persons had to change their flights because they wanted to see him perform. He didn't show for Best of the Best and people were also upset," Nikki Z said.

When contacted, Chronixx's management team stated that the cancellation was as a result of delays in obtaining a work permit.

But the YARDFLEX QUESTION is...WHY THE AMERICAN EMBASSY always delay with work permits so much? It nuh tan suh fi duh music nuh wey else!!

And Chronixx dem a sey yu nuh humble again. Hope a lie dem a tell pan yu!





Reggae artiste Da'Ville, has been released from foreign lockup, following an alleged domestic dispute with his wife in New York last Thursday.

According to sources, Da'Ville struck his wife in the face and was arrested after the police were summoned.

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The singer has since removed his clothes and other belongings from the matrimonial home after being reportedly slapped with a restraining order which prevents him from having any form of contact with his wife of 5 years or going anywhere near the home.




Vybz Kartel Trial dates ate set!

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Trial dates have been set for the two murder cases against popular entertainer Vybz Kartel.

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Kartel, and his two co accused are charged for the murder of St. Catherine businessman Barrington Bossie Burton.

The three are also charged with conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm. That trial date has been set for June 10. The court was told that the main witness in that murder case is not responding, however the trial is to proceed. Burton was shot and killed in Gregory Park St Catherine in July 2011.

Meanwhile Kartel has also been charged with the murder of Clive Lizard Williams which occurred in August 2011. His body has not been found. Kartel is charged jointly with 5 other persons for this murder. They are Andre St John, Shane Williams, Shawn Campbell, Kiro Jones and Calvin Haye.

That trial date has been set for November 18 to December 5.

Tom Tavares-Finson is now representing Vybz Kartel, and has requested additional information on the case.

The matter however comes back to court on June 7, to facilitate a bail hearing for one of the men.




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The police unit responsible for investigating sexual offences says it appears more policemen are being accused of rape and is warning members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that it would be a massive mistake to believe they are untouchable or would receive special treatment.

"No, not under my watch," declared Superintendent Gladys Brown, who heads the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
























Nicki Minaj Uses Jamaican Badwords on BET

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Popular international media outlet BET, recently sent out a tweet VIA their page stating that Nicki was throwing shots at Rihanna in her recent collaboration with Ciara. However Nicki Minaj says the song was a male diss song and blasted BET for the tweet, using some classic Jamaican words.

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond believes badmind is behind the recent restriction placed on her 'Dye Dye' music video by YouTube.com. The artiste says other musicians flagged her music video.

'I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh?'

According to the artiste, for YouTube to restrict a music video it must be flagged as being inappropriate by viewers. These viewers, she believes, are simply other artistes who have succumbed to the competitiveness of dancehall.

"I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh? It's just part of the business and some people can't stand competition. I don't fight against artiste. I just showed them that I might be older but I am not cold. Right now you have to be 18 and over to view the explicit video. But I did one version clean as well which is also on YouTube. I don't think they were right to block the video because I have seen worse songs on YouTube and they are not blocked. I think dancehall is sleeping and I just decided to wake them up by steaming up things. At the end of the day people have a choice, I don't see the need to block my video," the deejay said.

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The artiste, who released the sexually laced music video just over a week ago, disclosed that there are two versions of the video on YouTube. Therefore, viewers had a choice whether they wanted to be exposed to the raw version or not.

Macka Diamond is currently in the United States where she is embarking on her Bun Him pt 2 book tour. Dye Dye is produced by Truck Back Records.

Macka Diamond Dye Dye (Raw) Official Video





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Dancehall artiste Gangoolie, is alleging that his song Muscle Wine was copied by at least three different dancehall artistes. Among the list is TOK, QQ and Demarco.

According to the deejay, his fellow artistes are attempting to use his ideas to make similar songs, which can be detrimental to his career since he is already promoting his song.

"QQ, Demarco and TOK tried to make versions of the Muscle Wine. Mi nuh have no problem with that but ah me first do the song seven months ago, and put it out there. Dem need fi show respect and tell people where it ah come from. Imitation is the best form of flattery so ah just so it go. But mi nuh like how TOK sing back mi song the same way, same melody, same words. Dem nah show no creativity," he said.

She also said QQ stole the Trapsetta dance move and called it One Drop.

"Mr Vegas, and QQ ah do Trapsetta too. Mi nuh have no problem with Mr Vegas but QQ fi call the dance the right name. Him ah tek Trapsetta and a call it One Drop and that no right. Him nah gi the people dem who originate it no props, everywhere mi go the fans dem ah say wah dat. Why QQ ah try rush music or is a hit song him a run down?" he said.

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QQ and T.O.K both denied stealing Gangoolie's song.

Ganggoolie - Muscle Wine


QQ Ft Venomus - One Drop (Official Video)

















Toots Bottled on stage

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The 19-year-old man who allegedly hit Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, who performs as Toots and the Maytals, in the head with a bottle on Saturday night has been named.

According to AP, He is William C. Lewis of Henrico, Virginia, USA. He has been charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication. A Richmond jail spokeswoman said on Monday night that Lewis remained in jail on US$3,500 bond.

The band's manager, Mike Cacia, said that Hibbert performed at a concert on Sunday night in Westhampton Beach, New York Cacia said Hibbert only holds the bottle thrower responsible and has no grudges against the community.

Toots and the Maytals was performing at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival when the incident occurred in the latter stages of Country Road. The band stopped playing after he was hit, and it was reported that Hibbert was disappointed that the concert was interrupted.

Hibbert was treated at the VCU Medical Centre for the cut and released. Sunday's acoustic concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre in New York was part of a stint that continues until Sunday, June 2.

For the acoustic tour, Toots and the Maytals performs with bass (played by Toots Hibbert's son, Hopeton), a pair of backing vocalists, percussions, and Toots on lead vocals and guitar. Andrea Davis, part of the band's Jamaican management team, said the stint to June 2 is part of a two-part acoustic trek, which resumes in the fall with shows in the US and Europe.

The acoustic tours follow the Grammy nomination for Toots and the Maytals' Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill album earlier this year.




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Roach and Suncity Radio's DJ Lux among others, are appealing to local radio station operators and DJs to reduce the amount of foreign music played on local airwaves and increase local content.

"It's not a good sign in the industry and we are sending a different message to the Caribbean. Nowhere else in the Caribbean does hip hop stand out more than dancehall and reggae music. It's like we are trying to compete with America and the DJs don't need to go that route because hip hop was made from Jamaican music. Yu see because the kids are not hearing much from the local talents, dem more drawn to the foreigners. Children live what they learn and if we continue on the same path children won't even know who is an I-Wayne," he said.

Roach continued. "Reggae/dancehall music is a product that people want all over the world and if the Jamaican music factory is not playing the music, we will damage the product from inside the factory. Too much hype nuh good and di only thing rappers a sing about are bling and money. When mi guh Europe mi nuh hear nuh rap. A just straight reggae, no Jay-Z. Dem people deh nuh have nothing on reggae outside of the US market. Yu ever hear a rap artiste buss outside of America? But yu hear bout reggae artiste wey buss all over the world," he said.

He says by 2014 he hopes more reggae will be played.

"Reggae music should be played on every radio station and in every dance. Mi tired fi guh party and hear one hour of rap then one hour of dancehall and no reggae music, it's a shame man. Rap is a masked product of Jamaican music so some selectors must get some vision fi di music. Mi wah hear some I-Wayne and some Capleton, plus some young artiste wey a come up to. Let's take a stance in 2013 and hopefully by 2014 we will see the improvements," he said.

Suncity Radio's DJ Lux also commented.

"I personally don't have a problem with foreign music being aired. But I do have a problem with the amount being played. A lot of radio DJs overshadow reggae music. Now, everyone knows that reggae music plays a very vital role in the Jamaican society. When you feed the people too much of this foreign music, they will automatically gravitate to what they hear. In a nutshell, they will adopt foreign ways via the overwhelming content of foreign music. For example, even our events are now called 'parties', instead of 'dance'," he said.





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Minister Crawford with responsibility of entertainment, spoke to the complexity of the potential zoning system he promises to deliver to dancehall enthusiasts.

Mek sure unno read cuz nuff a unno love chat and nuh love read. This is what Minister Crawford said.

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"We decided to have four zones, because every area deserves to have an event. In an A Zone, you will not be able to get a time extension. So as it relates to the night noise, you cannot go past 12 a.m. or 2 a.m.," he said.

"The second part is the B Zone, which is a residential zone. This is important because there is a high concentration of people to be disturbed. So we are saying if you are in a B Zone, as a promoter, you have a responsibility to get persons to sign on to say they are in agreement with your event. This allows communities that depend on events to get a break from the noise abatement. So when you look at Rae Town, for example, they depend on events so it is highly likely, even though it's highly residential, that the promoter will get a 65 per cent signature," he said.

Promoters who receive signatures from community members giving their approval to host events beyond the legally stipulated times are then required to take the signatures to the Noise Abatement Appeal Board and the police, who will confer to make a final decision.

Promoters hosting events in the C Zone will only be required to get 35 per cent of the residents' signatures for a time extension, while the D Zone will not have a time limit for hosting events. Therefore, events like Passa Passa and Dutty Fridays could potentially be hosted in a D Zone.





Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee

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Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee
Country: Jamaica

Photographer: Orriane Murray
Lighting Assistant: Gary Samuels
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Cell: (876) 416-2123
Twitter: @blistainc




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for over 15 years? This is definitely a costly exit, but the entertainment industry hopes it stays that way for yu own good.

People a wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length?

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

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Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighborhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??

John John, call me!!

Lady Saw - Heels On OFFICIAL VIDEO 2013 (HD)


Check out the tweets:

LadySawDHQueen2h

I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave


LadySawDHQueen1h

I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.

u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house.

U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man

Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.

Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how  much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for 14 years? Saw, yu mother never teach yu the ting weh say 'quit while you are ahead' because this  ah go be a costly exit, 14 years, and oonu still together.  A wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length? Whoi, mi body!

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. Better she did go down a Coronation and get one ah dem green plaintain de. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

Mi know say every story have bout three sides, fi her side, fi him side and the BLOODCLAAT TRUTH. But it look like John John was all about him pocket and him cocky, that's all him business bout, him did have a full time job ah fuck Saw and him handle him business well. It look like him have a platinum tip pon him cocky, but true mi never get none yet mi nuh know wah fi say. Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighbourhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??


Check out the tweets:

LadySawDHQueen2h

I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave

 
LadySawDHQueen1h

I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.
 
u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house .
 
U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man 
 
Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.
 
Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Can't a world famous dance simply be a rhythmic celebration of joy and fun without getting mired in litigation and lawsuits? No.

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Before we get into the fairly confusing legal history of the most famous line dance in the world, let's look at what we know for sure. The Electric Slide is a four wall line dance performed to the song "Electric Boogie" by Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. Choreographer Ric Silver claims to have invented the 22-step dance in 1976 (although anecdotal evidence suggests he simply added a step or two to a dance known in Jamaican clubs), and from there it became a worldwide phenomenon at weddings, bar mitzvahs and every other event where people are socially pressured to dance in order to make a party feel like a success.  All's well that ends well, and everyone deserves a good time, right? Wrong.

Citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Ric Silver started serving takedown notices to YouTube videos of partygoers performing the Electric Slide which he had copyrighted (yes, you can copyright a dance). Silver's initial irritation seemed to be that people were improperly performing his dance. The official Electric Slide has 22 steps, but Silver saw most people only doing 18 (and of course, there are those of us who do about 3, spin around awkwardly and occasionally clap until the song ends). After Silver filed dozens of takedown notices, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit against him in order to protect videographers' freedom of speech (and dance!).

Eventually Silver and the EFF settled an agreement to file the dance under Creative Commons, and in turn all publishers of content featuring the Electric Slide must name Silver as creator and copyright holder which is why the headline of this post says what it does.

Jamaican dancers recently argued that they wanted to get their dance moves copy written. According to the dancers they are tired of being exploited by foreigners who steal their moves and don't even have the respect to call it dancehall, instead they are calling dancehall moves Ragga Jam. In the same way in which the Puerto Ricans stole dancehall and now call it Reggaeton using the dancehall Bam Bam rhythm in thousands of remakes.

So like Ric Sliver did to protect his dance, so will Jamaican dancers. Tweet us your comments.

Marcia Griffiths - electric Boogie





Arguably no one dancehall juggling has made a solid impact on the Jamaican dancehall over the last year. The industry has experienced a rise in the production of singles and even juggling rhythms produced singles because no more than on song made impact from several of the juggling rhythms.

The Cranberry rhythm only had one hit song, hence a single, Baby Cham's Whine, Tun Up, were on juggling rhythms, yet was the only songs to hit among others.

Chimney Records and UIM records did make some well played juggling rhythms, however none came close to the impact of Overproof and One Day rhythms.

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Cashflow Record's Xtreme, responsible for the production of the single Kotch,  believes DJs find it easier to play singles.

"Juggling rhythms brought about some hits, but it's not popular right now. Maybe it's easier for DJs to play singles than juggling. When you play juggling, you play at least 10 songs from one producer, but when you play singles you end up playing the same number of songs from 10 different producers. You also avoid conflict with artistes because their songs weren't played on the rhythm," he said.

Xtreme says juggling rhythms are better for the preservation of dancehall's culture; however, he did highlight that promoting singles was more economically feasible, citing the promotional strategy he used for Kotch as an example.

"All I did was produce the song, blast it and shoot a viral YouTube video and it got over a million views. But if it was a juggling, it would take more effort to do several videos and get radio play for all of them," he said.

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Patrick 'Roach' Samuels is one-half of the JA productions duo responsible for the Overproof Rhythm. He, shares the same views as Xtreme, as it relates to the feasibility of promoting singles over juggling. He however, believes a properly produced juggling rhythm with good-quality songs is just as effective as any single.

According to Roach, some singles would be more successful if they were transformed into juggling. With making reference to JA production's Afterlife rhythm, Roach revealed that their intention was to release a single with Konshens. But upon hearing the song, they decided that the rhythm would become more eminent as a juggling. JA productions later recorded songs with Assassin, Romain Virgo, Mavado, among others, on the Afterlife rhythm, the end result seeing the rhythm become a popular pick for selectors on local radio.

Roach also said that juggling rhythms give more variety to music listeners and acts as an agent of artiste development.

"If I put out a single it only benefits one artiste. But if I put out a juggling it can benefit up to 20 different artistes and expose young talents. Some man a worry about big-name artistes, but it's about song quality, and any young artiste can give you a good song. Look pan the Applause rhythm with so much big artiste and a Shane-O tek it. So give di young artiste dem a chance on di juggling," Roach said.

He also added that the success of a single is largely dependent on the popularity of the artiste, unlike juggling that introduces artistes to different audiences.

"When you have nuff artiste on a rhythm every man have dem own fanbase. Some artiste might be popular inna Jamaica and nobody don't know them in the rest of the world. Then suppose yu put a man like Luciano that big worldwide on the juggling wid dem artiste deh? Yu a guh find that people listen the Luciano and take the time to listen and perhaps buy the songs from the unpopular artistes as well," Roach explained.

Last year's Producer of the Year, Markus Myrie, says producers have been looking to shift from juggling to singles for a long time. He also believes juggling will return to prominence when singles are no longer popular.

"Our music work offa trend, so if people making money from singles they will produce singles, and if they are making money from juggling, then they will do juggling. At the end of the day you are running a business and it depends on the demand of the people," he said.

Nevertheless, all three producers are promoting both singles and juggling rhythms for this summer.

AfterLife Riddim Mix [JustUsJA][March 2013] @MixtapeYARDY


Chill Spot Riddim Mix [Chimney][March 2012] @MixtapeYARDY


GarrIzon- Nuh Watch Gyal (Rum Fire Riddim)





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Street dancing has long been an informal profession taken on by inner-city youth. Using the dancehall stage as their training and promotional ground as well as performance platform, several dancers have managed to cement themselves as international celebrities in their own right.

However, videos from street dances which brought many dancers to fame, are back to haunt them, this, as foreigners have now begun to capture dancehall choreography, rebrand and redistribute them as theirs.

WORLD DANCE

Since 2011, several Europe-based dance videos have been uploaded on social networks, displaying foreign dancers using Jamaican dance moves on tours and hosting dance workshops. Interestingly, the originators of the various dances are not credited, nor is the dance move regarded as dancehall.

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With a decline in local street dances and a significant reduction in the capacity for local dancers to market themselves internationally, they can hold their peace no longer.

Street dancers are, therefore, demanding that the existing local music copyright societies protect their intellectual property from the exploitation of the international community.

According to Maria Hitchins, dancer/choreographer, Jamaican street dancers are hungry for the spotlight. However, they should be mindful that the avenues which they choose to promote themselves are not always reliable in protecting their intellectual property.

"They have this yearn to be the next Bogle and they are not seeing the repercussions and the flaws with the Internet. A lot of people have access to it, and you upload something this minute and somebody from Russia takes the entire routine in less than seconds. They, in turn, perform it, video and repost it on YouTube as their own. That's how brave they are," Hitchins said.

The choreographer says dancers must make every attempt to copyright their dances because it could be a financial generator if the right channels are used. She also believes Europeans are better able to benefit from dancehall because European governments are more supportive of culture.

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"They have more access to money than us, plus the majority of our local dancers are semi-literate, we don't really have business ideas, professionalism is lacking, and we don't have assistance from government to get work permits. European countries are geared towards culture, so they pay attention to their people. Right now, we as Jamaicans are being told that they don't need us to teach dancehall because they are teaching themselves from YouTube," she said.

Attorney-at-law Marissa Longsworth, who also operates as the manager of copyrights and related rights director, The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) says, street dancers do have the right to copyright their choreography, however, JIPO is yet to fully facilitate that arm of the copyright act.

She says when JIPO has successfully amended the copyright registration system, then choreography will be included in that which is able to be registered.

"Once they are on the registration system they will be issued a certificate of ownership, and it can be used in the court to prove ownership or can be challenged. It can account for the distribution of royalties or can be assigned or transferred to others for work or for a price by the owner. Choreography is the bastard child of copyright in Jamaica, it does exist but remains unknown to many," she said.

The manager says she hopes by the end of 2013, JIPO will be able to actively accommodate choreography under the copyright laws. However, until then, she advises street dancers to use the Poor Man's Copyright method.

With this method, dancers can shoot a video of themselves doing the choreography, place the DVD in an envelope and post it to him or herself. In this case, the registered stamp will serve as proof of ownership.

She also highlighted that dancers can opt to sign up with international collecting agencies that are already accommodating choreography under their copyright roster.

However, Hitchins feels Jamaica has, for too long, been straggling behind other countries in terms of copyright laws. She also said it might be expensive to join international collecting agencies.

Among other things, Hitchins blasted Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts for not teaching dancehall as an accredited course. She also believes the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission or the Government should consider certification of local dancers as a move to make them legally eligible to teach dancing lessons globally.




Macka Diamond has rough Sex in video!

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond has released a steamy and explicit music video for her latest hit single Dye Dye.

Directed by Truck Back Films, the video sees Macka Diamond scantily dressed in a bedroom setting with a male partner. The couple exchange several sexual positions meanwhile Macka Diamond makes multiple facial expressions while been humped by the man.

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In some instances Macka takes the driving seat in the bedroom and rides the man, while he puts in a few strokes of his own. Dye Dye is one of the most popular songs in Jamaica right now garnering thousands of views on social networks in just a few weeks.





Woman Stabbed over popular Promoter!

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Events promoter Ian aka Container Boss, is a popular name on the tongues of females these days. The dancehall scene is never short of groupies and by hosting one of the hottest weekly events in Kingston, Ian has joined the list of industry players targeted by thirsty females seeking popularity and of course a tax free pay check.

Only last weekend it was reported that a female dancer was stabbed by a jealous female for the promoter. The injured woman was said to be in serious condition and was staying at an undisclosed Kingston hospital, however further investigations into the matter by Yardflex unearthed that she was safe at home and was recovering from the stab wound.

The Kingston and St Andrew police are investigating the matter.

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Container 1st Audition





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Dancehall artiste Baby Tash has stepped out in militant style on Ja Productions AfterLife rhythm with her new single Step To Me.

"The minute I heard the rhythm I knew I wanted to hit hard and attack it like a militant girl. That's the character I wanted to take on because the rhythm rough," Baby Tash said.

Since the release of the song, Baby Tash said the feedback has been great.

"People have been letting me know that mi song a guh hard. They have been telling me how much mi lyrics a chop as a female and they love how mi jus a bad-up the rhythm," she said.

She explained that fans and followers of her music have been speculating that the song was written by producer, Roach. However, Baby Tash said that the song was written in its entirety by her.

"The song is lyrically loaded, with tight rhymes, flows and melodies, so much that people started speculating if is Roach wrote it. Even comments online, saying is must Roach write it. To me, this is a compliment because Roach is very creative with lyrics and he has written for many artistes. But, I wrote so much lyrics I could voice three songs," she said.

The song is currently getting rotation on FM radio and Baby Tash is grateful for the love it is receiving. "Crazy pull-ups it getting when it playing and I want to big all disc jockeys and selectors who support female artistes especially. Nuff DJs rate the song," she said.


Baby Tash - Step To Me [Afterlife Riddim] March 2013





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As the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) continues to take urgent steps to deal with the vexed issue of non-compliance, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued its annual report naming Jamaica as one of the rogue countries which will remain on a Special 301 Watch List, and citing inadequate payment of public performance royalties as a reason for the country's retention. 

In its annual report released May 1, the USTR sends a stern warning to foreign governments to ensure that adequate copyright payments are made when U.S. musical compositions are performed in TV and radio broadcasts, over cable systems and in all other kinds of public performances.

Acknowledging that this is indeed not a good look for Jamaica, JACAP General Manager, Ms. Lydia Rose, said, however, that the organization was not surprised about these developments.

"Unfortunately, there is a passive and an active resistance from many of the players as far as compliance with the copyright law is concerned. JACAP has done its utmost to educate those persons who fall under our purview, yet still, at the end of the day their cry is that they were ignorant of the law. Now, we are faced with a situation in which no less a body than the Office of the United States Trade Representative has deemed it necessary to highlight this very sore issue, and it puts us in a negative light," Ms. Rose explained.

She added that JACAP welcomed the move by the USTR for accountability at a governmental level, as the association has been working in tandem with the relevant authorities in a bid to secure greater compliance from broadcasters, cable operators, bars, restaurants, promoters, corporate sponsors, venue operators, event planners and business places.   

According to the General Manager, JACAP has formed a partnership with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a bid to strengthen and enforce the Copyright ACT, 1993.

"We have been in discussions with the police over the last couple of months, in an effort to form some kind of partnership as far as the issuing of licences and permits are concerned. We are now at the point where being in possession of a licence from JACAP will be a pre-requirement to being granted a licence from the police to host an event," the General Manager stated, pointing out that this would certainly give the organization much needed leverage.

Quite elated at this development, Ms. Rose was fulsome in her praise of the JCF and SSP Clifford Chambers, Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) for the key role they have undertaken to play in getting promoters to comply with the law. Ms Rose also advised of a new partnership formed with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and thanked the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, for facilitating this alliance.

"This is a definitely a win-win situation that directly impacts on our members, who have been losing so much of their well-deserved royalties. JACAP's mandate is to collect the payments and secure benefits for songwriters, composers and music publishers and we will use whatever legal means necessary to get the job done. The JCF and the KSAC have demonstrated their willingness to help us achieve our objectives and we would like to publicly thank them for this. Our organisation anticipates less resistance and a greater level of compliance from industry players moving forward," the association's general manager said.

Also noteworthy is the fact that in direct response to this call, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), has issued a press release lauding the USTR for holding governments responsible for the handling of royalties' payments and commended the influential watch dog body for including other Caribbean islands on this list.

"ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings," the release said.

ASCAP further stated, "We are especially pleased that, for the first time, USTR has placed Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on the Special 301 Watch List, and has also cited public performance royalties as a reason to retain Jamaica on that list. ASCAP urged USTR to do so, because in all these countries, leading cable operators and broadcasters refuse to pay for the public performance of music, or even to negotiate with the local performing rights organizations (ASCAP's partners).  In these countries and throughout the Caribbean region, issues of nonpayment go without remedy before the courts and other government authorities, and ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings." 

JACAP, which enjoys an affiliate agreement with ASCAP, is a membership organization which collects licence fees from copyright music users and distributes the money as royalties to the music creators. A JACAP licence is a legal requirement that allows the legitimate use of local and international music in Jamaica.




Flippa Moggla spotted spending on Alaine?

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Rumors have been circulating that streets and internet, that dancehall artistes Flippa Moggla and Alaine are romantically involved. According to sources, the two have been cited at several name brand stores on shopping sprees.

The two were also featured as couples in Bugle's music video Nuh Compatible. Let's see how this plays outs, for all we know it could be a false alarm, because yu know how the music industry stay, once they see you with a person they believe you are together.

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Alaine broke up with her long time producer boyfriend Don Corleon several years ago.






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After recent news broadcasts, that the Minister of Security Mr. Bunting, has been struggling to fight crime, the reggae singer has decided to use reggae as a method to give the seemingly confused minister some advice. 'Nuh Cry Mr Bunting, campaign against crime at people's gates like when you are seeking votes," Queen Ifrica sings.

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Also featured on the same rhythm is Chuck Fenda, however this time around Chuck Fenda is tacking love instead of politics.





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When most people go on trips abroad, they tend to collect photos or souvenirs, but Miley Cyrus' mementos are a bit more sinister. 

The star returned home from her stay in London with a ghost story, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the long and turbulent history of the city. But the specters that chose to manifest in front of the Cyrus family sound like a particularly creepy bunch.

"It was seriously so terrifying. It used to be an old bakery and they turned it into an apartment building, and I was having really crazy dreams and really scary things," Cyrus told Elle U.K. Apparently the ghosts weren't satisfied with just haunting the singer's dreams though.

"And one night my little sister--it sounds crazy to tell you--but, she was standing in the shower and all of a sudden I hear her scream. I run in there and the water had somehow flipped to hot but it was still...It wasn't like the water had just changed, the knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her. She was really red."

Normally that could be explained away with faulty plumbing, but the next bit of Miley's paranormal experience is a bit more difficult to figure out. Miley said that she saw a little boy "sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out. I was sitting there the next night and maybe I'm crazy, but I could have sworn I could see this little boy sitting there on the sink, kicking his feet."

Ever curious, Cyrus went digging after the incident and found out some curious facts about the family lodgings - apparently the building was a converted bakery, which used to be owned by an old baker and his son.

"I guess the wife died or something, she had gotten sick," she told the mag. "So it was just the son and the dad that lived there in the bakery, and then the dad died and the son took over the bakery, and I thought I was seeing the son. I'm not even kidding." Naturally, the Cyrus family moved out after the incidents. Singing might run in their blood, but ghost-busting sure doesn't.

Maybe a Matterhorn she see





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Dancehall competitions have been the launching pads for the professional careers of several of Jamaica's top performers over the years.

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Artistes like Yellowman, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo have all risen from the critiques of meticulous and sceptic judges to make careers for themselves. Even performers who did not win their respective competitions have managed to kick-start their careers using their onstage training to their advantage. This includes the likes of Specialist, Laden and even dancers Shady Squad.

United States-based dancehall artiste, Latrar Scott, formerly called Miss Platinum in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition, believes her experience in the live television show gave her a life-changing opportunity.

According to the artiste, when she came to Jamaica in 2011, she was merely paying her mother a visit after migrating to the United States (US), for several years.

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However, as somebody who only wrote music as a hobby, she did not expect that one trip to Jamaica would land her a spot on arguably the number-one live show on local TV.

"Before coming to Jamaica, I did not know anything about Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. I was just visiting my mother and a friend who knew I wrote songs told me to enter the competition," she said.

According to Latrar, though very ignorant about the competition and about performing, she decided to enter anyway.

SURPRISE TOP-10 SELECTION

The singjay says she gave herself the name Miss Platinum at the audition show and performed in front of an audience for the first time during her stint before judges Skatta Burrell, Miss Kitty and Professor Nuts, and to her surprise, she was selected as a top-10 finalist.

Eventually, her ignorance about the show and inexperience in the capacity as a performer led to an early exit from the show. However, Latrar holds no grudges against the competition. She believes Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall gave her life purpose.

"I didn't win because I didn't know what it took to win. I never knew about campaigns. I had just come from America, but seeing that I made it to the top 10 out of so many hardcore female dancehall artistes really gave me a wake-up call and this is when I began to accept that I really have a special gift," she said.

Latrar is now pursuing music as a career and is already in talks with several established record labels for worldwide distribution of her music, which she describes as 'pop-dancehall'. The singer is also interested in fashion and hinted that she might spread her creative wings to fashion designing in years to come.

"During Magnum, I got this thrill from performing in front of a large audience and instantly, I knew that I had found a new purpose in life, and I am working hard to make an impact both in Jamaica and the US," she said.

Latrar now performs under the moniker 'La La Pink Doll' and has released her first single called The Real Hot Gyal Anthem, a song produced by Weed Seed productions.

Her music and fashion can be view by logging on to www.lalathepinkdoll.com.




16 year old Girl Chops Rapist to death!

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A 16-year-old Jamaican schoolgirl from St. Thomas chopped a man to death after he allegedly tried to rape her and her 14 year old friend.

According to police reports, the now deceased Phillip Bell, lured the accused and a 14-year-old girl to his house to use his computer.

It is alleged that when the girls got comfortable, Bell apparently tried to rape one of the 14 year old, prompting the other girl to attack him with a machete.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The other girl had been released by police.




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A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with four counts of kidnapping - covering all three captives and the daughter born to one of them while she was held - and three counts of rape against the three women.

The former school bus driver owns the peeling home where the women were rescued on Monday, after one of them broke through a screen door while Castro apparently was away.

At a news conference, authorities gave few details on the women's ordeal. But police said earlier in the day that they were apparently bound with ropes and chains, and a city councilman briefed on the case, Brian Cummins, said that they were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages.

"We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," Cummins said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."

Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said the women could remember being outside only twice during their entire time in captivity. "We were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise," he said.

And their first opportunity to escape didn't come until Monday, he said. The women were not kept in the same room, but knew they were not alone, he said.

He also said a paternity test on Castro was being done to establish who fathered the now 6-year-old child of captive Amanda Berry.

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Castro was in custody and couldn't be reached for comment. A brother-in-law has said the family was "shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.

Castro's brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were also arrested after the women were rescued, but there was no evidence they had any part in the crime, Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez said.

Earlier in the day, Berry and former captive Gina DeJesus were welcomed home by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners Wednesday. Family members protectively took them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers.

Neither woman spoke, and their families pleaded for patience and time alone.

"Give us time and privacy to heal," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus' aunt. Ruiz thanked police for rescuing the women and urged the public not to retaliate against the suspects or their families.

The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center, which a day earlier had reported that all three victims had been released. There was no immediate explanation from the hospital.

The Associated Press does not usually identify people who may be victims of sexual assault, but the names of the women were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearance.

In a development that astonished and exhilarated much of Cleveland, the three women were rescued after Berry, 27, broke through a screen door at the Castro house and told a 911 dispatcher: "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

The Girls were saved by a black man, now hailed as a hero





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THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has apologized to Ambassador Courtney Walsh for the unfortunate incident which took place at Sabina Park last Friday when the legendary former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer was barred from entering the venue because of an ignorant security guard.

According to sources, the security guard told Courtney Walsh that he did not know him therefore he could not enter the venue.

"I don't know you I only know Chris Gayle" the security guard is said to have told Mr. Walsh.

The incident caused Ambassador Walsh a great degree of embarrassment, and he embarrassingly had to vacate the premises.

The irony of the story is that, Courtney Wash currently has a section of Sabina park named in his honour.

Walsh, a cricket ambassador, played for the West Indies between 1984 and 2001, and took 519 Test wickets in 132 matches at an average of 24.44.

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This security will definitely go down in history as one of the stupidest in history. Ity and Fancy Cat should consider recruiting him/her for the next season... pure comedy.




Vybz Kartel in a new sextape?

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A new sex-tape is said to have been released featuring dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and a contestant from his Techas Pet Reality show.

According to sources the sex-tape was filmed during the recording of the series, however unscrupulous Vybz Kartel associates have sought to keep the artiste relevant by releasing the footage.

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The woman's face is not fully shown in the clip, neither is Vybz Kartel's. However at the beginning at the clip there is an introduction from a female called Lola Mac, whom many pundits are saying might have been the woman.

Lola Mac is an aspiring artiste, and up until news time it remained unconfirmed if she was in fact the female in the tape... so quit saying it's her because yardflex is not!

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Lola Mac & Brooklyn (Teachas Pet) - Panty Look (Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Bounty Diss)





Rapper Eve Releases video without Miss Kitty!

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News broke last week that the outspoken radio host had collaborated with Eve for a song. But little did we know that a video would have been released so early, nor did we expect the self proclaimed Fluffy Diva would be left out of the video footage.

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Eve - EVE (ft. Miss Kitty) Official Music Video





Lauryn Hill goes to jail for three months!

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Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes.

She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

She's to report to prison July 8. It's not clear where she'll serve her sentence.

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Lauryn Hill - Cant take my eyes off of you





Twin of Twins CD Popular on the Streets!

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Twin of Twins Stir it Up volume 10 is the most popular CD on the streets right now. According to sources, the CD can be heard on almost every stall in the corporate area where vendors are selling copies as their hottest commodity.

The twins made several attempts to decrease the capacity of bootleggers to steal the contents of the CD this time around, however despite their delay of its release on iTunes several illegal copies are still flooding the streets.

The content of the CD has been the strongest to date, drawing attention to several of the social issues being faced by Jamaica.

Jah Vinci Ft. Twin Of Twins-Jah is {VYBZ KARTEL DISS FEBRUARY 2013}





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The 32-year-old rapper released a video on Monday for his crude single I Hit It First that prominently features a Kim look-alike amid provocative scenarios.

Ray J and Kim gained notoriety in 2007 when a sex tape they filmed in 2003 became public.

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In his video, Ray J made mention of the sex tape, as well as Kim's fiance Kanye West and her ex-husband Kris Humphries and former boyfriend Reggie Bush.

'She might move on to rappers and ballplayers, but we all know I hit it first,' Ray J crooned.

Ray J - I Hit It First ft. Bobby Brackins


Morgan Freeman Reads "I Hit It First" by Ray J





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Dancehall dancer Keiva has taken a bold stance against dancehall artistes who alienate local dancers from their international music videos despite using their dance moves to develop their products.

According to Keiva, dancehall artistes should be grateful to dancers and incorporate them in their videos on the international scene, because they need to earn from their work. Keiva says the creation of dance moves involves the usage of the intellect; therefore the artistes should compensate them for usage of their intellectual property.

She says people like Sean Paul, has employed foreign dancers to do Jamaican moves, while the real creators of the dance moves are left to starve. She is therefore asking Sean Paul and other international acts to be considerate when they are doing music videos in the future, so that they won't leave out their Jamaican dancers.

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She is also demanding that local artistes convince promoters to pay for dancers to come on tour and perform with artistes, since the artistes are not willing to add them to their sets because of the additional expenses.

She says Sean Paul's Gimme Di Light music video has no Jamaican dancers and that's a shame in a country that creates the most dance moves daily.

Sean Paul - Temperature [OFFICIAL VIDEO]


Sean Paul - Gimme The Light (Video) Aquired from VP Records


Sean Paul - "How Deep Is Your Love" Ft. Kelly Rowland [Music Video]





Keiva and RDX Square off over BBM Broadcast!

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RDX has come under fire from local dancers after, Renegade, sent out a BlackBerry broadcast which apparently targeted the dancing community.

The BBM broadcast read: "MESSAGE TO DANCEHALL DANCERS: Once upon a time dancing was at the forefront of dancehall where ordinary kids from the street became celebrities thru the art of dancing. RDX, Voicemail among others were pivotal in this movement. Then many dancers were struck by an epidemic called UNGRATEFUL and the dancing songs came to a halt. Some dancers run off go U.S., become moggla, cookout promoter etc. Some all get lean to. Dancehall cannot exist without dancing, so big up to the real one dem who holding up DANCING CULTURE #DanceOrDie."

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Dancer/ business woman Keiva retaliated stating that the broadcast was disrespectful and says RDX is more ungrateful than dancers could ever be.

"Dem sey dancers a run off lef Jamaica and a lie because all of the major dancers are still in Jamaica. And those that run off all the better, because if a RDX alone dem dead fi hungry, if a fi some artistes dancers nuh eat. Wi have to give thanks to the promoters, because if a neva dem wi wouldn't a get tours nor visa. Some of these artistes only take our dance moves and make hit songs and we don't benefit. But they have to understand that dancing is a part of entertainment. I bought my first car cash out of dancing," Keiva said.

The artiste was even more upset over the fact that RDX referred to the dancers as homosexuals, cook out promoters and models.

"Dancers turn moggler and cook out promoter? It better dem do that than thief because unno nah duh nothing fi dancers. We work for artistes and don't get paid. Voicemail and Elephant Man would never send out a broadcast like that. Is dancing put RDX pon di map a pure love song dem used to sing, so is dem ungrateful. Dem all call dancer fish? After di dancer dem duh so much fi yu a fish yah call dem? No man, dat ungrateful," Keiva said.

Renegade of RDX had no remorse for his actions.

"The cook out promoter and the ones that are mogglers will take offence, I just throw a stone in the pig pen so the one who bawl out a dem guilty," Renegade said.

Dancer John Bling of Black Blingaz dance group also commented on the matter. He said everybody is entitled to their opinion, however, recording artistes have also contributed to the decline in dancing at events, because they have not released much dance oriented songs in recent times.  John Bling is promoting a new dance move called 'Smooth and A Move'.

RDX Ft. Bad Boy Trevor - Naughty Girl [APT Music] Jan 2013





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Dancehall artiste Mavado is milking the cow in America as it relates to collaborations. The artiste has songs with some of the biggest names that hip hop has to offer.

Despite not selling platinum or gold for any of his albums, the artiste seems poised to become one of the most achieved cross over artistes from Jamaica.

Mavado has been featured on songs with Ludadris, Wycliffe Jean, Akon, Baby Cash Money, T Pain, Ace Hood, Vado among others.

The artiste has also managed to stay out of trouble since moving to the U.S to live with his wife. It appears that the Gully God only gets in problems when he is in Jamaica flexing with 'some' non progressive people youths.

Mavado - Take It feat. Karian Sang (Official HD Video)


DJ Khaled - Welcome To My Hood (Remix-Explicit)


Cris Cab - Rihanna's Gun feat. Mavado & Wyclef (Official Video)


French Montana - Freaks (Explicit Remix) ft Mavado, Rick Ross, Wale, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled


Vado (Feat. Ace Hood & Mavado) - Gangsta [Official Video]


Chipmunk Feat. Mavado - Every Gyal


Plus so many others




Deejay Unicorn Beaten by Woman?

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Word on the streets is that popular dancehall artiste Unicorn was badly beaten by his female Land lord. Reports are that the artiste rented a house from a woman in an undisclosed location, and was warned not to make any noise in the yard; the deejay is alleged to have subscribed to the rules.

However the land lady herself did not, as on several occasions she played loud music and invited males over whom normally drank and smoke marijuana in full view of the tenant (Unicorn).

The deejay is said to have approached the woman informing her that she should desist from playing her music so loud; however to his surprise she took his approach personal and decided to send men to beat him.

During a fight between Unicorn and the men, the land lady also intervened and smashed a glass bottle on him. She later went to his room and stole his money and physically assaulted him again. Unicorn is said to have reported the matter to the police and is awaiting a trial date.

The deejay is known for  his hit single Think Bout Mi which featured dancehall veteran Macka Diamond.





Sugar Minott's Kids to war with ex-wife?

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Maxine Stowe, the wife of God Father of dancehall Sugar Minott, is feuding with Minott's children over his estate and his life-celebration event dubbed Sugar Minott Day Celebration, hosted by his daughter Pashon Minott.

Stowe says, Sugar Minott did not leave a will delegating how profits from his estate should be shared between his family members, and this presents problems as it relates to who has authority to host events at Youth Man Promotions on Robert Crescent, Kingston.

Stowe is arguing that, since Youth Man Promotions is a part of Minott's unresolved estate, Sugar Minott Day Celebration should not be hosted there. This argument has been met with a backlash from Pashon Minott and her siblings who are currently planning the event.

Stowe, the mother of four of Sugar Minott's children, claims she is trying to sort out the Minott estate using the right channels.

However, Sugar Minott's other children are arguing that she is trying to put a stop to the Sugar Minott Day Celebration.

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Pashon Minott on the other hand says that Stowe is jealous because she is not allowed to join the planning committee of the event since she rejected the offer last year.

"She doesn't live in Jamaica and don't even know how this place is run. She just come and sey the show can't keep if she can't be a part of it. I did not want to work with her because, last year when I approached her to be a part of the celebration, she said she wasn't interested in the event and would not contribute. So because of my decision not to work with her this year, she has decided to mash things up," Pashon said.

The artiste said the administrator general has no authority to stop the show from being hosted at Youth Man Promotions, because that privilege is yet to be granted by the court. She even questioned Stowe's authority, claiming that Sugar Minott told her that he was divorced in 2003.

"I just want her to stop picking on me, and the event is still on at Youth Man Promotions for May 25, 2013. So, all Sugar Minott fans roll out, and mi nah tek back mi chat. This is the second staging in Jamaica and I am resolute that it's keeping this year," she said.

Pashon says she already received the required permits for the day and night celebration and will proceed with all arrangements for the accompanying stage show. She also revealed that her lawyer is looking into the matter.

Pashon Minott





Local Promoter found with Drugs!

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The promoters of a local beach party are hoping to find favour with local law enforcers following the revocation of their permits to host the event on June 30.

The rigorous promotion campaign was brought to a halt, after one of the promoters was nabbed by the police for drugs.

"The situation is still sensitive and the police are still refusing to give us a permit because of the issue," one of the promoter said.




Bus Conductor and Four men rape 14 Year-old

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The police now have a bus conductor in custody and are searching for four others who they say took turns battery a teenager a week ago.

The men are alleged to have raped the 14-year-old girl as she was walking in a Portmore community.

Sources say she was lured into an abandoned building by one of the suspects whom she knew. He was later joined by the four other men who took turns at having sex with her.

The child reported her ordeal to the police who then launched an investigation. This resulted in the arrest of one of the accused men. The others are now being sought.

Vybz Kartel Ft Gaza Slim - Children Are Our Future





Chronixx and Nikki Z in tour mix-up!

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'Chronixx', Zinc Fence Band AND Nikki Z are currently in major argument after the young reggae artiste pulled of Nikki Z's concert in Hartford, Connecticut on short notice.

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Chronixx is said to have pulled allowed promoters to book in for events in the U.S hoping that he would have gotten his work permit by April. However that did not happen. The artiste and his band are now required to return several deposits and push back dates that were already booked.

"Chronixx's management approached us about staging this event; we poured our hearts and time into promoting not only the event but the artiste. We received nothing but unprofessional conduct, from taking a month to receive advertisement vocals to this latest unfortunate series of events. "It's very disappointing when artistes have so little care for their craft. It's a job and a business and people are affected by it. Several persons had to change their flights because they wanted to see him perform. He didn't show for Best of the Best and people were also upset," Nikki Z said.

When contacted, Chronixx's management team stated that the cancellation was as a result of delays in obtaining a work permit.

But the YARDFLEX QUESTION is...WHY THE AMERICAN EMBASSY always delay with work permits so much? It nuh tan suh fi duh music nuh wey else!!

And Chronixx dem a sey yu nuh humble again. Hope a lie dem a tell pan yu!





Reggae artiste Da'Ville, has been released from foreign lockup, following an alleged domestic dispute with his wife in New York last Thursday.

According to sources, Da'Ville struck his wife in the face and was arrested after the police were summoned.

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The singer has since removed his clothes and other belongings from the matrimonial home after being reportedly slapped with a restraining order which prevents him from having any form of contact with his wife of 5 years or going anywhere near the home.




Vybz Kartel Trial dates ate set!

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Trial dates have been set for the two murder cases against popular entertainer Vybz Kartel.

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Kartel, and his two co accused are charged for the murder of St. Catherine businessman Barrington Bossie Burton.

The three are also charged with conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm. That trial date has been set for June 10. The court was told that the main witness in that murder case is not responding, however the trial is to proceed. Burton was shot and killed in Gregory Park St Catherine in July 2011.

Meanwhile Kartel has also been charged with the murder of Clive Lizard Williams which occurred in August 2011. His body has not been found. Kartel is charged jointly with 5 other persons for this murder. They are Andre St John, Shane Williams, Shawn Campbell, Kiro Jones and Calvin Haye.

That trial date has been set for November 18 to December 5.

Tom Tavares-Finson is now representing Vybz Kartel, and has requested additional information on the case.

The matter however comes back to court on June 7, to facilitate a bail hearing for one of the men.




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The police unit responsible for investigating sexual offences says it appears more policemen are being accused of rape and is warning members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that it would be a massive mistake to believe they are untouchable or would receive special treatment.

"No, not under my watch," declared Superintendent Gladys Brown, who heads the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
























Nicki Minaj Uses Jamaican Badwords on BET

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Popular international media outlet BET, recently sent out a tweet VIA their page stating that Nicki was throwing shots at Rihanna in her recent collaboration with Ciara. However Nicki Minaj says the song was a male diss song and blasted BET for the tweet, using some classic Jamaican words.

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond believes badmind is behind the recent restriction placed on her 'Dye Dye' music video by YouTube.com. The artiste says other musicians flagged her music video.

'I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh?'

According to the artiste, for YouTube to restrict a music video it must be flagged as being inappropriate by viewers. These viewers, she believes, are simply other artistes who have succumbed to the competitiveness of dancehall.

"I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh? It's just part of the business and some people can't stand competition. I don't fight against artiste. I just showed them that I might be older but I am not cold. Right now you have to be 18 and over to view the explicit video. But I did one version clean as well which is also on YouTube. I don't think they were right to block the video because I have seen worse songs on YouTube and they are not blocked. I think dancehall is sleeping and I just decided to wake them up by steaming up things. At the end of the day people have a choice, I don't see the need to block my video," the deejay said.

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The artiste, who released the sexually laced music video just over a week ago, disclosed that there are two versions of the video on YouTube. Therefore, viewers had a choice whether they wanted to be exposed to the raw version or not.

Macka Diamond is currently in the United States where she is embarking on her Bun Him pt 2 book tour. Dye Dye is produced by Truck Back Records.

Macka Diamond Dye Dye (Raw) Official Video





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Dancehall artiste Gangoolie, is alleging that his song Muscle Wine was copied by at least three different dancehall artistes. Among the list is TOK, QQ and Demarco.

According to the deejay, his fellow artistes are attempting to use his ideas to make similar songs, which can be detrimental to his career since he is already promoting his song.

"QQ, Demarco and TOK tried to make versions of the Muscle Wine. Mi nuh have no problem with that but ah me first do the song seven months ago, and put it out there. Dem need fi show respect and tell people where it ah come from. Imitation is the best form of flattery so ah just so it go. But mi nuh like how TOK sing back mi song the same way, same melody, same words. Dem nah show no creativity," he said.

She also said QQ stole the Trapsetta dance move and called it One Drop.

"Mr Vegas, and QQ ah do Trapsetta too. Mi nuh have no problem with Mr Vegas but QQ fi call the dance the right name. Him ah tek Trapsetta and a call it One Drop and that no right. Him nah gi the people dem who originate it no props, everywhere mi go the fans dem ah say wah dat. Why QQ ah try rush music or is a hit song him a run down?" he said.

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QQ and T.O.K both denied stealing Gangoolie's song.

Ganggoolie - Muscle Wine


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Toots Bottled on stage

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The 19-year-old man who allegedly hit Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, who performs as Toots and the Maytals, in the head with a bottle on Saturday night has been named.

According to AP, He is William C. Lewis of Henrico, Virginia, USA. He has been charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication. A Richmond jail spokeswoman said on Monday night that Lewis remained in jail on US$3,500 bond.

The band's manager, Mike Cacia, said that Hibbert performed at a concert on Sunday night in Westhampton Beach, New York Cacia said Hibbert only holds the bottle thrower responsible and has no grudges against the community.

Toots and the Maytals was performing at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival when the incident occurred in the latter stages of Country Road. The band stopped playing after he was hit, and it was reported that Hibbert was disappointed that the concert was interrupted.

Hibbert was treated at the VCU Medical Centre for the cut and released. Sunday's acoustic concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre in New York was part of a stint that continues until Sunday, June 2.

For the acoustic tour, Toots and the Maytals performs with bass (played by Toots Hibbert's son, Hopeton), a pair of backing vocalists, percussions, and Toots on lead vocals and guitar. Andrea Davis, part of the band's Jamaican management team, said the stint to June 2 is part of a two-part acoustic trek, which resumes in the fall with shows in the US and Europe.

The acoustic tours follow the Grammy nomination for Toots and the Maytals' Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill album earlier this year.




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Roach and Suncity Radio's DJ Lux among others, are appealing to local radio station operators and DJs to reduce the amount of foreign music played on local airwaves and increase local content.

"It's not a good sign in the industry and we are sending a different message to the Caribbean. Nowhere else in the Caribbean does hip hop stand out more than dancehall and reggae music. It's like we are trying to compete with America and the DJs don't need to go that route because hip hop was made from Jamaican music. Yu see because the kids are not hearing much from the local talents, dem more drawn to the foreigners. Children live what they learn and if we continue on the same path children won't even know who is an I-Wayne," he said.

Roach continued. "Reggae/dancehall music is a product that people want all over the world and if the Jamaican music factory is not playing the music, we will damage the product from inside the factory. Too much hype nuh good and di only thing rappers a sing about are bling and money. When mi guh Europe mi nuh hear nuh rap. A just straight reggae, no Jay-Z. Dem people deh nuh have nothing on reggae outside of the US market. Yu ever hear a rap artiste buss outside of America? But yu hear bout reggae artiste wey buss all over the world," he said.

He says by 2014 he hopes more reggae will be played.

"Reggae music should be played on every radio station and in every dance. Mi tired fi guh party and hear one hour of rap then one hour of dancehall and no reggae music, it's a shame man. Rap is a masked product of Jamaican music so some selectors must get some vision fi di music. Mi wah hear some I-Wayne and some Capleton, plus some young artiste wey a come up to. Let's take a stance in 2013 and hopefully by 2014 we will see the improvements," he said.

Suncity Radio's DJ Lux also commented.

"I personally don't have a problem with foreign music being aired. But I do have a problem with the amount being played. A lot of radio DJs overshadow reggae music. Now, everyone knows that reggae music plays a very vital role in the Jamaican society. When you feed the people too much of this foreign music, they will automatically gravitate to what they hear. In a nutshell, they will adopt foreign ways via the overwhelming content of foreign music. For example, even our events are now called 'parties', instead of 'dance'," he said.





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Minister Crawford with responsibility of entertainment, spoke to the complexity of the potential zoning system he promises to deliver to dancehall enthusiasts.

Mek sure unno read cuz nuff a unno love chat and nuh love read. This is what Minister Crawford said.

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"We decided to have four zones, because every area deserves to have an event. In an A Zone, you will not be able to get a time extension. So as it relates to the night noise, you cannot go past 12 a.m. or 2 a.m.," he said.

"The second part is the B Zone, which is a residential zone. This is important because there is a high concentration of people to be disturbed. So we are saying if you are in a B Zone, as a promoter, you have a responsibility to get persons to sign on to say they are in agreement with your event. This allows communities that depend on events to get a break from the noise abatement. So when you look at Rae Town, for example, they depend on events so it is highly likely, even though it's highly residential, that the promoter will get a 65 per cent signature," he said.

Promoters who receive signatures from community members giving their approval to host events beyond the legally stipulated times are then required to take the signatures to the Noise Abatement Appeal Board and the police, who will confer to make a final decision.

Promoters hosting events in the C Zone will only be required to get 35 per cent of the residents' signatures for a time extension, while the D Zone will not have a time limit for hosting events. Therefore, events like Passa Passa and Dutty Fridays could potentially be hosted in a D Zone.





Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee

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Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee
Country: Jamaica

Photographer: Orriane Murray
Lighting Assistant: Gary Samuels
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Cell: (876) 416-2123
Twitter: @blistainc




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for over 15 years? This is definitely a costly exit, but the entertainment industry hopes it stays that way for yu own good.

People a wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length?

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

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Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighborhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??

John John, call me!!

Lady Saw - Heels On OFFICIAL VIDEO 2013 (HD)


Check out the tweets:

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I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave


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I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.

u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house.

U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man

Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.

Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how  much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for 14 years? Saw, yu mother never teach yu the ting weh say 'quit while you are ahead' because this  ah go be a costly exit, 14 years, and oonu still together.  A wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length? Whoi, mi body!

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. Better she did go down a Coronation and get one ah dem green plaintain de. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

Mi know say every story have bout three sides, fi her side, fi him side and the BLOODCLAAT TRUTH. But it look like John John was all about him pocket and him cocky, that's all him business bout, him did have a full time job ah fuck Saw and him handle him business well. It look like him have a platinum tip pon him cocky, but true mi never get none yet mi nuh know wah fi say. Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighbourhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??


Check out the tweets:

LadySawDHQueen2h

I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave

 
LadySawDHQueen1h

I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.
 
u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house .
 
U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man 
 
Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.
 
Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Can't a world famous dance simply be a rhythmic celebration of joy and fun without getting mired in litigation and lawsuits? No.

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Before we get into the fairly confusing legal history of the most famous line dance in the world, let's look at what we know for sure. The Electric Slide is a four wall line dance performed to the song "Electric Boogie" by Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. Choreographer Ric Silver claims to have invented the 22-step dance in 1976 (although anecdotal evidence suggests he simply added a step or two to a dance known in Jamaican clubs), and from there it became a worldwide phenomenon at weddings, bar mitzvahs and every other event where people are socially pressured to dance in order to make a party feel like a success.  All's well that ends well, and everyone deserves a good time, right? Wrong.

Citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Ric Silver started serving takedown notices to YouTube videos of partygoers performing the Electric Slide which he had copyrighted (yes, you can copyright a dance). Silver's initial irritation seemed to be that people were improperly performing his dance. The official Electric Slide has 22 steps, but Silver saw most people only doing 18 (and of course, there are those of us who do about 3, spin around awkwardly and occasionally clap until the song ends). After Silver filed dozens of takedown notices, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit against him in order to protect videographers' freedom of speech (and dance!).

Eventually Silver and the EFF settled an agreement to file the dance under Creative Commons, and in turn all publishers of content featuring the Electric Slide must name Silver as creator and copyright holder which is why the headline of this post says what it does.

Jamaican dancers recently argued that they wanted to get their dance moves copy written. According to the dancers they are tired of being exploited by foreigners who steal their moves and don't even have the respect to call it dancehall, instead they are calling dancehall moves Ragga Jam. In the same way in which the Puerto Ricans stole dancehall and now call it Reggaeton using the dancehall Bam Bam rhythm in thousands of remakes.

So like Ric Sliver did to protect his dance, so will Jamaican dancers. Tweet us your comments.

Marcia Griffiths - electric Boogie





Arguably no one dancehall juggling has made a solid impact on the Jamaican dancehall over the last year. The industry has experienced a rise in the production of singles and even juggling rhythms produced singles because no more than on song made impact from several of the juggling rhythms.

The Cranberry rhythm only had one hit song, hence a single, Baby Cham's Whine, Tun Up, were on juggling rhythms, yet was the only songs to hit among others.

Chimney Records and UIM records did make some well played juggling rhythms, however none came close to the impact of Overproof and One Day rhythms.

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Cashflow Record's Xtreme, responsible for the production of the single Kotch,  believes DJs find it easier to play singles.

"Juggling rhythms brought about some hits, but it's not popular right now. Maybe it's easier for DJs to play singles than juggling. When you play juggling, you play at least 10 songs from one producer, but when you play singles you end up playing the same number of songs from 10 different producers. You also avoid conflict with artistes because their songs weren't played on the rhythm," he said.

Xtreme says juggling rhythms are better for the preservation of dancehall's culture; however, he did highlight that promoting singles was more economically feasible, citing the promotional strategy he used for Kotch as an example.

"All I did was produce the song, blast it and shoot a viral YouTube video and it got over a million views. But if it was a juggling, it would take more effort to do several videos and get radio play for all of them," he said.

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Patrick 'Roach' Samuels is one-half of the JA productions duo responsible for the Overproof Rhythm. He, shares the same views as Xtreme, as it relates to the feasibility of promoting singles over juggling. He however, believes a properly produced juggling rhythm with good-quality songs is just as effective as any single.

According to Roach, some singles would be more successful if they were transformed into juggling. With making reference to JA production's Afterlife rhythm, Roach revealed that their intention was to release a single with Konshens. But upon hearing the song, they decided that the rhythm would become more eminent as a juggling. JA productions later recorded songs with Assassin, Romain Virgo, Mavado, among others, on the Afterlife rhythm, the end result seeing the rhythm become a popular pick for selectors on local radio.

Roach also said that juggling rhythms give more variety to music listeners and acts as an agent of artiste development.

"If I put out a single it only benefits one artiste. But if I put out a juggling it can benefit up to 20 different artistes and expose young talents. Some man a worry about big-name artistes, but it's about song quality, and any young artiste can give you a good song. Look pan the Applause rhythm with so much big artiste and a Shane-O tek it. So give di young artiste dem a chance on di juggling," Roach said.

He also added that the success of a single is largely dependent on the popularity of the artiste, unlike juggling that introduces artistes to different audiences.

"When you have nuff artiste on a rhythm every man have dem own fanbase. Some artiste might be popular inna Jamaica and nobody don't know them in the rest of the world. Then suppose yu put a man like Luciano that big worldwide on the juggling wid dem artiste deh? Yu a guh find that people listen the Luciano and take the time to listen and perhaps buy the songs from the unpopular artistes as well," Roach explained.

Last year's Producer of the Year, Markus Myrie, says producers have been looking to shift from juggling to singles for a long time. He also believes juggling will return to prominence when singles are no longer popular.

"Our music work offa trend, so if people making money from singles they will produce singles, and if they are making money from juggling, then they will do juggling. At the end of the day you are running a business and it depends on the demand of the people," he said.

Nevertheless, all three producers are promoting both singles and juggling rhythms for this summer.

AfterLife Riddim Mix [JustUsJA][March 2013] @MixtapeYARDY


Chill Spot Riddim Mix [Chimney][March 2012] @MixtapeYARDY


GarrIzon- Nuh Watch Gyal (Rum Fire Riddim)





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Street dancing has long been an informal profession taken on by inner-city youth. Using the dancehall stage as their training and promotional ground as well as performance platform, several dancers have managed to cement themselves as international celebrities in their own right.

However, videos from street dances which brought many dancers to fame, are back to haunt them, this, as foreigners have now begun to capture dancehall choreography, rebrand and redistribute them as theirs.

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Since 2011, several Europe-based dance videos have been uploaded on social networks, displaying foreign dancers using Jamaican dance moves on tours and hosting dance workshops. Interestingly, the originators of the various dances are not credited, nor is the dance move regarded as dancehall.

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With a decline in local street dances and a significant reduction in the capacity for local dancers to market themselves internationally, they can hold their peace no longer.

Street dancers are, therefore, demanding that the existing local music copyright societies protect their intellectual property from the exploitation of the international community.

According to Maria Hitchins, dancer/choreographer, Jamaican street dancers are hungry for the spotlight. However, they should be mindful that the avenues which they choose to promote themselves are not always reliable in protecting their intellectual property.

"They have this yearn to be the next Bogle and they are not seeing the repercussions and the flaws with the Internet. A lot of people have access to it, and you upload something this minute and somebody from Russia takes the entire routine in less than seconds. They, in turn, perform it, video and repost it on YouTube as their own. That's how brave they are," Hitchins said.

The choreographer says dancers must make every attempt to copyright their dances because it could be a financial generator if the right channels are used. She also believes Europeans are better able to benefit from dancehall because European governments are more supportive of culture.

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"They have more access to money than us, plus the majority of our local dancers are semi-literate, we don't really have business ideas, professionalism is lacking, and we don't have assistance from government to get work permits. European countries are geared towards culture, so they pay attention to their people. Right now, we as Jamaicans are being told that they don't need us to teach dancehall because they are teaching themselves from YouTube," she said.

Attorney-at-law Marissa Longsworth, who also operates as the manager of copyrights and related rights director, The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) says, street dancers do have the right to copyright their choreography, however, JIPO is yet to fully facilitate that arm of the copyright act.

She says when JIPO has successfully amended the copyright registration system, then choreography will be included in that which is able to be registered.

"Once they are on the registration system they will be issued a certificate of ownership, and it can be used in the court to prove ownership or can be challenged. It can account for the distribution of royalties or can be assigned or transferred to others for work or for a price by the owner. Choreography is the bastard child of copyright in Jamaica, it does exist but remains unknown to many," she said.

The manager says she hopes by the end of 2013, JIPO will be able to actively accommodate choreography under the copyright laws. However, until then, she advises street dancers to use the Poor Man's Copyright method.

With this method, dancers can shoot a video of themselves doing the choreography, place the DVD in an envelope and post it to him or herself. In this case, the registered stamp will serve as proof of ownership.

She also highlighted that dancers can opt to sign up with international collecting agencies that are already accommodating choreography under their copyright roster.

However, Hitchins feels Jamaica has, for too long, been straggling behind other countries in terms of copyright laws. She also said it might be expensive to join international collecting agencies.

Among other things, Hitchins blasted Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts for not teaching dancehall as an accredited course. She also believes the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission or the Government should consider certification of local dancers as a move to make them legally eligible to teach dancing lessons globally.




Macka Diamond has rough Sex in video!

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond has released a steamy and explicit music video for her latest hit single Dye Dye.

Directed by Truck Back Films, the video sees Macka Diamond scantily dressed in a bedroom setting with a male partner. The couple exchange several sexual positions meanwhile Macka Diamond makes multiple facial expressions while been humped by the man.

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In some instances Macka takes the driving seat in the bedroom and rides the man, while he puts in a few strokes of his own. Dye Dye is one of the most popular songs in Jamaica right now garnering thousands of views on social networks in just a few weeks.





Woman Stabbed over popular Promoter!

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Events promoter Ian aka Container Boss, is a popular name on the tongues of females these days. The dancehall scene is never short of groupies and by hosting one of the hottest weekly events in Kingston, Ian has joined the list of industry players targeted by thirsty females seeking popularity and of course a tax free pay check.

Only last weekend it was reported that a female dancer was stabbed by a jealous female for the promoter. The injured woman was said to be in serious condition and was staying at an undisclosed Kingston hospital, however further investigations into the matter by Yardflex unearthed that she was safe at home and was recovering from the stab wound.

The Kingston and St Andrew police are investigating the matter.

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Container 1st Audition





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Dancehall artiste Baby Tash has stepped out in militant style on Ja Productions AfterLife rhythm with her new single Step To Me.

"The minute I heard the rhythm I knew I wanted to hit hard and attack it like a militant girl. That's the character I wanted to take on because the rhythm rough," Baby Tash said.

Since the release of the song, Baby Tash said the feedback has been great.

"People have been letting me know that mi song a guh hard. They have been telling me how much mi lyrics a chop as a female and they love how mi jus a bad-up the rhythm," she said.

She explained that fans and followers of her music have been speculating that the song was written by producer, Roach. However, Baby Tash said that the song was written in its entirety by her.

"The song is lyrically loaded, with tight rhymes, flows and melodies, so much that people started speculating if is Roach wrote it. Even comments online, saying is must Roach write it. To me, this is a compliment because Roach is very creative with lyrics and he has written for many artistes. But, I wrote so much lyrics I could voice three songs," she said.

The song is currently getting rotation on FM radio and Baby Tash is grateful for the love it is receiving. "Crazy pull-ups it getting when it playing and I want to big all disc jockeys and selectors who support female artistes especially. Nuff DJs rate the song," she said.


Baby Tash - Step To Me [Afterlife Riddim] March 2013





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As the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) continues to take urgent steps to deal with the vexed issue of non-compliance, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued its annual report naming Jamaica as one of the rogue countries which will remain on a Special 301 Watch List, and citing inadequate payment of public performance royalties as a reason for the country's retention. 

In its annual report released May 1, the USTR sends a stern warning to foreign governments to ensure that adequate copyright payments are made when U.S. musical compositions are performed in TV and radio broadcasts, over cable systems and in all other kinds of public performances.

Acknowledging that this is indeed not a good look for Jamaica, JACAP General Manager, Ms. Lydia Rose, said, however, that the organization was not surprised about these developments.

"Unfortunately, there is a passive and an active resistance from many of the players as far as compliance with the copyright law is concerned. JACAP has done its utmost to educate those persons who fall under our purview, yet still, at the end of the day their cry is that they were ignorant of the law. Now, we are faced with a situation in which no less a body than the Office of the United States Trade Representative has deemed it necessary to highlight this very sore issue, and it puts us in a negative light," Ms. Rose explained.

She added that JACAP welcomed the move by the USTR for accountability at a governmental level, as the association has been working in tandem with the relevant authorities in a bid to secure greater compliance from broadcasters, cable operators, bars, restaurants, promoters, corporate sponsors, venue operators, event planners and business places.   

According to the General Manager, JACAP has formed a partnership with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a bid to strengthen and enforce the Copyright ACT, 1993.

"We have been in discussions with the police over the last couple of months, in an effort to form some kind of partnership as far as the issuing of licences and permits are concerned. We are now at the point where being in possession of a licence from JACAP will be a pre-requirement to being granted a licence from the police to host an event," the General Manager stated, pointing out that this would certainly give the organization much needed leverage.

Quite elated at this development, Ms. Rose was fulsome in her praise of the JCF and SSP Clifford Chambers, Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) for the key role they have undertaken to play in getting promoters to comply with the law. Ms Rose also advised of a new partnership formed with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and thanked the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, for facilitating this alliance.

"This is a definitely a win-win situation that directly impacts on our members, who have been losing so much of their well-deserved royalties. JACAP's mandate is to collect the payments and secure benefits for songwriters, composers and music publishers and we will use whatever legal means necessary to get the job done. The JCF and the KSAC have demonstrated their willingness to help us achieve our objectives and we would like to publicly thank them for this. Our organisation anticipates less resistance and a greater level of compliance from industry players moving forward," the association's general manager said.

Also noteworthy is the fact that in direct response to this call, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), has issued a press release lauding the USTR for holding governments responsible for the handling of royalties' payments and commended the influential watch dog body for including other Caribbean islands on this list.

"ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings," the release said.

ASCAP further stated, "We are especially pleased that, for the first time, USTR has placed Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on the Special 301 Watch List, and has also cited public performance royalties as a reason to retain Jamaica on that list. ASCAP urged USTR to do so, because in all these countries, leading cable operators and broadcasters refuse to pay for the public performance of music, or even to negotiate with the local performing rights organizations (ASCAP's partners).  In these countries and throughout the Caribbean region, issues of nonpayment go without remedy before the courts and other government authorities, and ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings." 

JACAP, which enjoys an affiliate agreement with ASCAP, is a membership organization which collects licence fees from copyright music users and distributes the money as royalties to the music creators. A JACAP licence is a legal requirement that allows the legitimate use of local and international music in Jamaica.




Flippa Moggla spotted spending on Alaine?

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Rumors have been circulating that streets and internet, that dancehall artistes Flippa Moggla and Alaine are romantically involved. According to sources, the two have been cited at several name brand stores on shopping sprees.

The two were also featured as couples in Bugle's music video Nuh Compatible. Let's see how this plays outs, for all we know it could be a false alarm, because yu know how the music industry stay, once they see you with a person they believe you are together.

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Alaine broke up with her long time producer boyfriend Don Corleon several years ago.






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After recent news broadcasts, that the Minister of Security Mr. Bunting, has been struggling to fight crime, the reggae singer has decided to use reggae as a method to give the seemingly confused minister some advice. 'Nuh Cry Mr Bunting, campaign against crime at people's gates like when you are seeking votes," Queen Ifrica sings.

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Also featured on the same rhythm is Chuck Fenda, however this time around Chuck Fenda is tacking love instead of politics.





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When most people go on trips abroad, they tend to collect photos or souvenirs, but Miley Cyrus' mementos are a bit more sinister. 

The star returned home from her stay in London with a ghost story, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the long and turbulent history of the city. But the specters that chose to manifest in front of the Cyrus family sound like a particularly creepy bunch.

"It was seriously so terrifying. It used to be an old bakery and they turned it into an apartment building, and I was having really crazy dreams and really scary things," Cyrus told Elle U.K. Apparently the ghosts weren't satisfied with just haunting the singer's dreams though.

"And one night my little sister--it sounds crazy to tell you--but, she was standing in the shower and all of a sudden I hear her scream. I run in there and the water had somehow flipped to hot but it was still...It wasn't like the water had just changed, the knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her. She was really red."

Normally that could be explained away with faulty plumbing, but the next bit of Miley's paranormal experience is a bit more difficult to figure out. Miley said that she saw a little boy "sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out. I was sitting there the next night and maybe I'm crazy, but I could have sworn I could see this little boy sitting there on the sink, kicking his feet."

Ever curious, Cyrus went digging after the incident and found out some curious facts about the family lodgings - apparently the building was a converted bakery, which used to be owned by an old baker and his son.

"I guess the wife died or something, she had gotten sick," she told the mag. "So it was just the son and the dad that lived there in the bakery, and then the dad died and the son took over the bakery, and I thought I was seeing the son. I'm not even kidding." Naturally, the Cyrus family moved out after the incidents. Singing might run in their blood, but ghost-busting sure doesn't.

Maybe a Matterhorn she see





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Dancehall competitions have been the launching pads for the professional careers of several of Jamaica's top performers over the years.

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Artistes like Yellowman, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo have all risen from the critiques of meticulous and sceptic judges to make careers for themselves. Even performers who did not win their respective competitions have managed to kick-start their careers using their onstage training to their advantage. This includes the likes of Specialist, Laden and even dancers Shady Squad.

United States-based dancehall artiste, Latrar Scott, formerly called Miss Platinum in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition, believes her experience in the live television show gave her a life-changing opportunity.

According to the artiste, when she came to Jamaica in 2011, she was merely paying her mother a visit after migrating to the United States (US), for several years.

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However, as somebody who only wrote music as a hobby, she did not expect that one trip to Jamaica would land her a spot on arguably the number-one live show on local TV.

"Before coming to Jamaica, I did not know anything about Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. I was just visiting my mother and a friend who knew I wrote songs told me to enter the competition," she said.

According to Latrar, though very ignorant about the competition and about performing, she decided to enter anyway.

SURPRISE TOP-10 SELECTION

The singjay says she gave herself the name Miss Platinum at the audition show and performed in front of an audience for the first time during her stint before judges Skatta Burrell, Miss Kitty and Professor Nuts, and to her surprise, she was selected as a top-10 finalist.

Eventually, her ignorance about the show and inexperience in the capacity as a performer led to an early exit from the show. However, Latrar holds no grudges against the competition. She believes Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall gave her life purpose.

"I didn't win because I didn't know what it took to win. I never knew about campaigns. I had just come from America, but seeing that I made it to the top 10 out of so many hardcore female dancehall artistes really gave me a wake-up call and this is when I began to accept that I really have a special gift," she said.

Latrar is now pursuing music as a career and is already in talks with several established record labels for worldwide distribution of her music, which she describes as 'pop-dancehall'. The singer is also interested in fashion and hinted that she might spread her creative wings to fashion designing in years to come.

"During Magnum, I got this thrill from performing in front of a large audience and instantly, I knew that I had found a new purpose in life, and I am working hard to make an impact both in Jamaica and the US," she said.

Latrar now performs under the moniker 'La La Pink Doll' and has released her first single called The Real Hot Gyal Anthem, a song produced by Weed Seed productions.

Her music and fashion can be view by logging on to www.lalathepinkdoll.com.




16 year old Girl Chops Rapist to death!

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A 16-year-old Jamaican schoolgirl from St. Thomas chopped a man to death after he allegedly tried to rape her and her 14 year old friend.

According to police reports, the now deceased Phillip Bell, lured the accused and a 14-year-old girl to his house to use his computer.

It is alleged that when the girls got comfortable, Bell apparently tried to rape one of the 14 year old, prompting the other girl to attack him with a machete.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The other girl had been released by police.




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A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with four counts of kidnapping - covering all three captives and the daughter born to one of them while she was held - and three counts of rape against the three women.

The former school bus driver owns the peeling home where the women were rescued on Monday, after one of them broke through a screen door while Castro apparently was away.

At a news conference, authorities gave few details on the women's ordeal. But police said earlier in the day that they were apparently bound with ropes and chains, and a city councilman briefed on the case, Brian Cummins, said that they were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages.

"We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," Cummins said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."

Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said the women could remember being outside only twice during their entire time in captivity. "We were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise," he said.

And their first opportunity to escape didn't come until Monday, he said. The women were not kept in the same room, but knew they were not alone, he said.

He also said a paternity test on Castro was being done to establish who fathered the now 6-year-old child of captive Amanda Berry.

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Castro was in custody and couldn't be reached for comment. A brother-in-law has said the family was "shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.

Castro's brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were also arrested after the women were rescued, but there was no evidence they had any part in the crime, Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez said.

Earlier in the day, Berry and former captive Gina DeJesus were welcomed home by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners Wednesday. Family members protectively took them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers.

Neither woman spoke, and their families pleaded for patience and time alone.

"Give us time and privacy to heal," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus' aunt. Ruiz thanked police for rescuing the women and urged the public not to retaliate against the suspects or their families.

The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center, which a day earlier had reported that all three victims had been released. There was no immediate explanation from the hospital.

The Associated Press does not usually identify people who may be victims of sexual assault, but the names of the women were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearance.

In a development that astonished and exhilarated much of Cleveland, the three women were rescued after Berry, 27, broke through a screen door at the Castro house and told a 911 dispatcher: "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

The Girls were saved by a black man, now hailed as a hero





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THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has apologized to Ambassador Courtney Walsh for the unfortunate incident which took place at Sabina Park last Friday when the legendary former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer was barred from entering the venue because of an ignorant security guard.

According to sources, the security guard told Courtney Walsh that he did not know him therefore he could not enter the venue.

"I don't know you I only know Chris Gayle" the security guard is said to have told Mr. Walsh.

The incident caused Ambassador Walsh a great degree of embarrassment, and he embarrassingly had to vacate the premises.

The irony of the story is that, Courtney Wash currently has a section of Sabina park named in his honour.

Walsh, a cricket ambassador, played for the West Indies between 1984 and 2001, and took 519 Test wickets in 132 matches at an average of 24.44.

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This security will definitely go down in history as one of the stupidest in history. Ity and Fancy Cat should consider recruiting him/her for the next season... pure comedy.




Vybz Kartel in a new sextape?

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A new sex-tape is said to have been released featuring dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and a contestant from his Techas Pet Reality show.

According to sources the sex-tape was filmed during the recording of the series, however unscrupulous Vybz Kartel associates have sought to keep the artiste relevant by releasing the footage.

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The woman's face is not fully shown in the clip, neither is Vybz Kartel's. However at the beginning at the clip there is an introduction from a female called Lola Mac, whom many pundits are saying might have been the woman.

Lola Mac is an aspiring artiste, and up until news time it remained unconfirmed if she was in fact the female in the tape... so quit saying it's her because yardflex is not!

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Lola Mac & Brooklyn (Teachas Pet) - Panty Look (Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Bounty Diss)





Rapper Eve Releases video without Miss Kitty!

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News broke last week that the outspoken radio host had collaborated with Eve for a song. But little did we know that a video would have been released so early, nor did we expect the self proclaimed Fluffy Diva would be left out of the video footage.

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Eve - EVE (ft. Miss Kitty) Official Music Video





Lauryn Hill goes to jail for three months!

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Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes.

She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

She's to report to prison July 8. It's not clear where she'll serve her sentence.

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Lauryn Hill - Cant take my eyes off of you





Twin of Twins CD Popular on the Streets!

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Twin of Twins Stir it Up volume 10 is the most popular CD on the streets right now. According to sources, the CD can be heard on almost every stall in the corporate area where vendors are selling copies as their hottest commodity.

The twins made several attempts to decrease the capacity of bootleggers to steal the contents of the CD this time around, however despite their delay of its release on iTunes several illegal copies are still flooding the streets.

The content of the CD has been the strongest to date, drawing attention to several of the social issues being faced by Jamaica.

Jah Vinci Ft. Twin Of Twins-Jah is {VYBZ KARTEL DISS FEBRUARY 2013}





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The 32-year-old rapper released a video on Monday for his crude single I Hit It First that prominently features a Kim look-alike amid provocative scenarios.

Ray J and Kim gained notoriety in 2007 when a sex tape they filmed in 2003 became public.

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In his video, Ray J made mention of the sex tape, as well as Kim's fiance Kanye West and her ex-husband Kris Humphries and former boyfriend Reggie Bush.

'She might move on to rappers and ballplayers, but we all know I hit it first,' Ray J crooned.

Ray J - I Hit It First ft. Bobby Brackins


Morgan Freeman Reads "I Hit It First" by Ray J





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Dancehall dancer Keiva has taken a bold stance against dancehall artistes who alienate local dancers from their international music videos despite using their dance moves to develop their products.

According to Keiva, dancehall artistes should be grateful to dancers and incorporate them in their videos on the international scene, because they need to earn from their work. Keiva says the creation of dance moves involves the usage of the intellect; therefore the artistes should compensate them for usage of their intellectual property.

She says people like Sean Paul, has employed foreign dancers to do Jamaican moves, while the real creators of the dance moves are left to starve. She is therefore asking Sean Paul and other international acts to be considerate when they are doing music videos in the future, so that they won't leave out their Jamaican dancers.

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She is also demanding that local artistes convince promoters to pay for dancers to come on tour and perform with artistes, since the artistes are not willing to add them to their sets because of the additional expenses.

She says Sean Paul's Gimme Di Light music video has no Jamaican dancers and that's a shame in a country that creates the most dance moves daily.

Sean Paul - Temperature [OFFICIAL VIDEO]


Sean Paul - Gimme The Light (Video) Aquired from VP Records


Sean Paul - "How Deep Is Your Love" Ft. Kelly Rowland [Music Video]





Keiva and RDX Square off over BBM Broadcast!

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RDX has come under fire from local dancers after, Renegade, sent out a BlackBerry broadcast which apparently targeted the dancing community.

The BBM broadcast read: "MESSAGE TO DANCEHALL DANCERS: Once upon a time dancing was at the forefront of dancehall where ordinary kids from the street became celebrities thru the art of dancing. RDX, Voicemail among others were pivotal in this movement. Then many dancers were struck by an epidemic called UNGRATEFUL and the dancing songs came to a halt. Some dancers run off go U.S., become moggla, cookout promoter etc. Some all get lean to. Dancehall cannot exist without dancing, so big up to the real one dem who holding up DANCING CULTURE #DanceOrDie."

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Dancer/ business woman Keiva retaliated stating that the broadcast was disrespectful and says RDX is more ungrateful than dancers could ever be.

"Dem sey dancers a run off lef Jamaica and a lie because all of the major dancers are still in Jamaica. And those that run off all the better, because if a RDX alone dem dead fi hungry, if a fi some artistes dancers nuh eat. Wi have to give thanks to the promoters, because if a neva dem wi wouldn't a get tours nor visa. Some of these artistes only take our dance moves and make hit songs and we don't benefit. But they have to understand that dancing is a part of entertainment. I bought my first car cash out of dancing," Keiva said.

The artiste was even more upset over the fact that RDX referred to the dancers as homosexuals, cook out promoters and models.

"Dancers turn moggler and cook out promoter? It better dem do that than thief because unno nah duh nothing fi dancers. We work for artistes and don't get paid. Voicemail and Elephant Man would never send out a broadcast like that. Is dancing put RDX pon di map a pure love song dem used to sing, so is dem ungrateful. Dem all call dancer fish? After di dancer dem duh so much fi yu a fish yah call dem? No man, dat ungrateful," Keiva said.

Renegade of RDX had no remorse for his actions.

"The cook out promoter and the ones that are mogglers will take offence, I just throw a stone in the pig pen so the one who bawl out a dem guilty," Renegade said.

Dancer John Bling of Black Blingaz dance group also commented on the matter. He said everybody is entitled to their opinion, however, recording artistes have also contributed to the decline in dancing at events, because they have not released much dance oriented songs in recent times.  John Bling is promoting a new dance move called 'Smooth and A Move'.

RDX Ft. Bad Boy Trevor - Naughty Girl [APT Music] Jan 2013





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Dancehall artiste Mavado is milking the cow in America as it relates to collaborations. The artiste has songs with some of the biggest names that hip hop has to offer.

Despite not selling platinum or gold for any of his albums, the artiste seems poised to become one of the most achieved cross over artistes from Jamaica.

Mavado has been featured on songs with Ludadris, Wycliffe Jean, Akon, Baby Cash Money, T Pain, Ace Hood, Vado among others.

The artiste has also managed to stay out of trouble since moving to the U.S to live with his wife. It appears that the Gully God only gets in problems when he is in Jamaica flexing with 'some' non progressive people youths.

Mavado - Take It feat. Karian Sang (Official HD Video)


DJ Khaled - Welcome To My Hood (Remix-Explicit)


Cris Cab - Rihanna's Gun feat. Mavado & Wyclef (Official Video)


French Montana - Freaks (Explicit Remix) ft Mavado, Rick Ross, Wale, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled


Vado (Feat. Ace Hood & Mavado) - Gangsta [Official Video]


Chipmunk Feat. Mavado - Every Gyal


Plus so many others




Deejay Unicorn Beaten by Woman?

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Word on the streets is that popular dancehall artiste Unicorn was badly beaten by his female Land lord. Reports are that the artiste rented a house from a woman in an undisclosed location, and was warned not to make any noise in the yard; the deejay is alleged to have subscribed to the rules.

However the land lady herself did not, as on several occasions she played loud music and invited males over whom normally drank and smoke marijuana in full view of the tenant (Unicorn).

The deejay is said to have approached the woman informing her that she should desist from playing her music so loud; however to his surprise she took his approach personal and decided to send men to beat him.

During a fight between Unicorn and the men, the land lady also intervened and smashed a glass bottle on him. She later went to his room and stole his money and physically assaulted him again. Unicorn is said to have reported the matter to the police and is awaiting a trial date.

The deejay is known for  his hit single Think Bout Mi which featured dancehall veteran Macka Diamond.





Sugar Minott's Kids to war with ex-wife?

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Maxine Stowe, the wife of God Father of dancehall Sugar Minott, is feuding with Minott's children over his estate and his life-celebration event dubbed Sugar Minott Day Celebration, hosted by his daughter Pashon Minott.

Stowe says, Sugar Minott did not leave a will delegating how profits from his estate should be shared between his family members, and this presents problems as it relates to who has authority to host events at Youth Man Promotions on Robert Crescent, Kingston.

Stowe is arguing that, since Youth Man Promotions is a part of Minott's unresolved estate, Sugar Minott Day Celebration should not be hosted there. This argument has been met with a backlash from Pashon Minott and her siblings who are currently planning the event.

Stowe, the mother of four of Sugar Minott's children, claims she is trying to sort out the Minott estate using the right channels.

However, Sugar Minott's other children are arguing that she is trying to put a stop to the Sugar Minott Day Celebration.

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Pashon Minott on the other hand says that Stowe is jealous because she is not allowed to join the planning committee of the event since she rejected the offer last year.

"She doesn't live in Jamaica and don't even know how this place is run. She just come and sey the show can't keep if she can't be a part of it. I did not want to work with her because, last year when I approached her to be a part of the celebration, she said she wasn't interested in the event and would not contribute. So because of my decision not to work with her this year, she has decided to mash things up," Pashon said.

The artiste said the administrator general has no authority to stop the show from being hosted at Youth Man Promotions, because that privilege is yet to be granted by the court. She even questioned Stowe's authority, claiming that Sugar Minott told her that he was divorced in 2003.

"I just want her to stop picking on me, and the event is still on at Youth Man Promotions for May 25, 2013. So, all Sugar Minott fans roll out, and mi nah tek back mi chat. This is the second staging in Jamaica and I am resolute that it's keeping this year," she said.

Pashon says she already received the required permits for the day and night celebration and will proceed with all arrangements for the accompanying stage show. She also revealed that her lawyer is looking into the matter.

Pashon Minott





Bus Conductor and Four men rape 14 Year-old

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The police now have a bus conductor in custody and are searching for four others who they say took turns battery a teenager a week ago.

The men are alleged to have raped the 14-year-old girl as she was walking in a Portmore community.

Sources say she was lured into an abandoned building by one of the suspects whom she knew. He was later joined by the four other men who took turns at having sex with her.

The child reported her ordeal to the police who then launched an investigation. This resulted in the arrest of one of the accused men. The others are now being sought.

Vybz Kartel Ft Gaza Slim - Children Are Our Future





Chronixx and Nikki Z in tour mix-up!

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'Chronixx', Zinc Fence Band AND Nikki Z are currently in major argument after the young reggae artiste pulled of Nikki Z's concert in Hartford, Connecticut on short notice.

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Chronixx is said to have pulled allowed promoters to book in for events in the U.S hoping that he would have gotten his work permit by April. However that did not happen. The artiste and his band are now required to return several deposits and push back dates that were already booked.

"Chronixx's management approached us about staging this event; we poured our hearts and time into promoting not only the event but the artiste. We received nothing but unprofessional conduct, from taking a month to receive advertisement vocals to this latest unfortunate series of events. "It's very disappointing when artistes have so little care for their craft. It's a job and a business and people are affected by it. Several persons had to change their flights because they wanted to see him perform. He didn't show for Best of the Best and people were also upset," Nikki Z said.

When contacted, Chronixx's management team stated that the cancellation was as a result of delays in obtaining a work permit.

But the YARDFLEX QUESTION is...WHY THE AMERICAN EMBASSY always delay with work permits so much? It nuh tan suh fi duh music nuh wey else!!

And Chronixx dem a sey yu nuh humble again. Hope a lie dem a tell pan yu!





Reggae artiste Da'Ville, has been released from foreign lockup, following an alleged domestic dispute with his wife in New York last Thursday.

According to sources, Da'Ville struck his wife in the face and was arrested after the police were summoned.

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The singer has since removed his clothes and other belongings from the matrimonial home after being reportedly slapped with a restraining order which prevents him from having any form of contact with his wife of 5 years or going anywhere near the home.




Vybz Kartel Trial dates ate set!

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Trial dates have been set for the two murder cases against popular entertainer Vybz Kartel.

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Kartel, and his two co accused are charged for the murder of St. Catherine businessman Barrington Bossie Burton.

The three are also charged with conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm. That trial date has been set for June 10. The court was told that the main witness in that murder case is not responding, however the trial is to proceed. Burton was shot and killed in Gregory Park St Catherine in July 2011.

Meanwhile Kartel has also been charged with the murder of Clive Lizard Williams which occurred in August 2011. His body has not been found. Kartel is charged jointly with 5 other persons for this murder. They are Andre St John, Shane Williams, Shawn Campbell, Kiro Jones and Calvin Haye.

That trial date has been set for November 18 to December 5.

Tom Tavares-Finson is now representing Vybz Kartel, and has requested additional information on the case.

The matter however comes back to court on June 7, to facilitate a bail hearing for one of the men.




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The police unit responsible for investigating sexual offences says it appears more policemen are being accused of rape and is warning members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that it would be a massive mistake to believe they are untouchable or would receive special treatment.

"No, not under my watch," declared Superintendent Gladys Brown, who heads the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
























Nicki Minaj Uses Jamaican Badwords on BET

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Popular international media outlet BET, recently sent out a tweet VIA their page stating that Nicki was throwing shots at Rihanna in her recent collaboration with Ciara. However Nicki Minaj says the song was a male diss song and blasted BET for the tweet, using some classic Jamaican words.

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond believes badmind is behind the recent restriction placed on her 'Dye Dye' music video by YouTube.com. The artiste says other musicians flagged her music video.

'I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh?'

According to the artiste, for YouTube to restrict a music video it must be flagged as being inappropriate by viewers. These viewers, she believes, are simply other artistes who have succumbed to the competitiveness of dancehall.

"I think some people went out of their way to flag the song. Yu know deh badmind something deh? It's just part of the business and some people can't stand competition. I don't fight against artiste. I just showed them that I might be older but I am not cold. Right now you have to be 18 and over to view the explicit video. But I did one version clean as well which is also on YouTube. I don't think they were right to block the video because I have seen worse songs on YouTube and they are not blocked. I think dancehall is sleeping and I just decided to wake them up by steaming up things. At the end of the day people have a choice, I don't see the need to block my video," the deejay said.

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The artiste, who released the sexually laced music video just over a week ago, disclosed that there are two versions of the video on YouTube. Therefore, viewers had a choice whether they wanted to be exposed to the raw version or not.

Macka Diamond is currently in the United States where she is embarking on her Bun Him pt 2 book tour. Dye Dye is produced by Truck Back Records.

Macka Diamond Dye Dye (Raw) Official Video





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Dancehall artiste Gangoolie, is alleging that his song Muscle Wine was copied by at least three different dancehall artistes. Among the list is TOK, QQ and Demarco.

According to the deejay, his fellow artistes are attempting to use his ideas to make similar songs, which can be detrimental to his career since he is already promoting his song.

"QQ, Demarco and TOK tried to make versions of the Muscle Wine. Mi nuh have no problem with that but ah me first do the song seven months ago, and put it out there. Dem need fi show respect and tell people where it ah come from. Imitation is the best form of flattery so ah just so it go. But mi nuh like how TOK sing back mi song the same way, same melody, same words. Dem nah show no creativity," he said.

She also said QQ stole the Trapsetta dance move and called it One Drop.

"Mr Vegas, and QQ ah do Trapsetta too. Mi nuh have no problem with Mr Vegas but QQ fi call the dance the right name. Him ah tek Trapsetta and a call it One Drop and that no right. Him nah gi the people dem who originate it no props, everywhere mi go the fans dem ah say wah dat. Why QQ ah try rush music or is a hit song him a run down?" he said.

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QQ and T.O.K both denied stealing Gangoolie's song.

Ganggoolie - Muscle Wine


QQ Ft Venomus - One Drop (Official Video)

















Toots Bottled on stage

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The 19-year-old man who allegedly hit Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, who performs as Toots and the Maytals, in the head with a bottle on Saturday night has been named.

According to AP, He is William C. Lewis of Henrico, Virginia, USA. He has been charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication. A Richmond jail spokeswoman said on Monday night that Lewis remained in jail on US$3,500 bond.

The band's manager, Mike Cacia, said that Hibbert performed at a concert on Sunday night in Westhampton Beach, New York Cacia said Hibbert only holds the bottle thrower responsible and has no grudges against the community.

Toots and the Maytals was performing at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival when the incident occurred in the latter stages of Country Road. The band stopped playing after he was hit, and it was reported that Hibbert was disappointed that the concert was interrupted.

Hibbert was treated at the VCU Medical Centre for the cut and released. Sunday's acoustic concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre in New York was part of a stint that continues until Sunday, June 2.

For the acoustic tour, Toots and the Maytals performs with bass (played by Toots Hibbert's son, Hopeton), a pair of backing vocalists, percussions, and Toots on lead vocals and guitar. Andrea Davis, part of the band's Jamaican management team, said the stint to June 2 is part of a two-part acoustic trek, which resumes in the fall with shows in the US and Europe.

The acoustic tours follow the Grammy nomination for Toots and the Maytals' Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill album earlier this year.




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Roach and Suncity Radio's DJ Lux among others, are appealing to local radio station operators and DJs to reduce the amount of foreign music played on local airwaves and increase local content.

"It's not a good sign in the industry and we are sending a different message to the Caribbean. Nowhere else in the Caribbean does hip hop stand out more than dancehall and reggae music. It's like we are trying to compete with America and the DJs don't need to go that route because hip hop was made from Jamaican music. Yu see because the kids are not hearing much from the local talents, dem more drawn to the foreigners. Children live what they learn and if we continue on the same path children won't even know who is an I-Wayne," he said.

Roach continued. "Reggae/dancehall music is a product that people want all over the world and if the Jamaican music factory is not playing the music, we will damage the product from inside the factory. Too much hype nuh good and di only thing rappers a sing about are bling and money. When mi guh Europe mi nuh hear nuh rap. A just straight reggae, no Jay-Z. Dem people deh nuh have nothing on reggae outside of the US market. Yu ever hear a rap artiste buss outside of America? But yu hear bout reggae artiste wey buss all over the world," he said.

He says by 2014 he hopes more reggae will be played.

"Reggae music should be played on every radio station and in every dance. Mi tired fi guh party and hear one hour of rap then one hour of dancehall and no reggae music, it's a shame man. Rap is a masked product of Jamaican music so some selectors must get some vision fi di music. Mi wah hear some I-Wayne and some Capleton, plus some young artiste wey a come up to. Let's take a stance in 2013 and hopefully by 2014 we will see the improvements," he said.

Suncity Radio's DJ Lux also commented.

"I personally don't have a problem with foreign music being aired. But I do have a problem with the amount being played. A lot of radio DJs overshadow reggae music. Now, everyone knows that reggae music plays a very vital role in the Jamaican society. When you feed the people too much of this foreign music, they will automatically gravitate to what they hear. In a nutshell, they will adopt foreign ways via the overwhelming content of foreign music. For example, even our events are now called 'parties', instead of 'dance'," he said.





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Minister Crawford with responsibility of entertainment, spoke to the complexity of the potential zoning system he promises to deliver to dancehall enthusiasts.

Mek sure unno read cuz nuff a unno love chat and nuh love read. This is what Minister Crawford said.

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"We decided to have four zones, because every area deserves to have an event. In an A Zone, you will not be able to get a time extension. So as it relates to the night noise, you cannot go past 12 a.m. or 2 a.m.," he said.

"The second part is the B Zone, which is a residential zone. This is important because there is a high concentration of people to be disturbed. So we are saying if you are in a B Zone, as a promoter, you have a responsibility to get persons to sign on to say they are in agreement with your event. This allows communities that depend on events to get a break from the noise abatement. So when you look at Rae Town, for example, they depend on events so it is highly likely, even though it's highly residential, that the promoter will get a 65 per cent signature," he said.

Promoters who receive signatures from community members giving their approval to host events beyond the legally stipulated times are then required to take the signatures to the Noise Abatement Appeal Board and the police, who will confer to make a final decision.

Promoters hosting events in the C Zone will only be required to get 35 per cent of the residents' signatures for a time extension, while the D Zone will not have a time limit for hosting events. Therefore, events like Passa Passa and Dutty Fridays could potentially be hosted in a D Zone.





Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee

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Model: Sameca Leonhardt ft Dexter Lee
Country: Jamaica

Photographer: Orriane Murray
Lighting Assistant: Gary Samuels
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Cell: (876) 416-2123
Twitter: @blistainc




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for over 15 years? This is definitely a costly exit, but the entertainment industry hopes it stays that way for yu own good.

People a wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length?

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

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Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighborhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??

John John, call me!!

Lady Saw - Heels On OFFICIAL VIDEO 2013 (HD)


Check out the tweets:

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I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave


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I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.

u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house.

U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man

Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.

Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Woman to woman, mi feel it fi Lady Saw when mi read her Twitter account this morning. And look how  much good man de a road and she sit down and suffer through this for 14 years? Saw, yu mother never teach yu the ting weh say 'quit while you are ahead' because this  ah go be a costly exit, 14 years, and oonu still together.  A wah John John have inna him pants so? Di length? Whoi, mi body!

The gal dem say him hood big still, but it mussi sweet too like Hershey's Kisses because why Lady Saw woulda mind all ah him pickney dem, and pay him mortgage pon him apartment and gi him millions just fi some good dick. Better she did go down a Coronation and get one ah dem green plaintain de. NO COCKY NO WORTH 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

Mi know say every story have bout three sides, fi her side, fi him side and the BLOODCLAAT TRUTH. But it look like John John was all about him pocket and him cocky, that's all him business bout, him did have a full time job ah fuck Saw and him handle him business well. It look like him have a platinum tip pon him cocky, but true mi never get none yet mi nuh know wah fi say. Lady Sawy, yuh nuh deserve dem treatment de, John John, yu caan come and go round and breed gyal close to her, yu fi respect yu neighbourhood, respect yu hood. Jamaica ah 146 square miles, why yu breed gal inna Chancery Hall mek the woman fraid fi drive past the house??


Check out the tweets:

LadySawDHQueen2h

I've lived with my friends months out of every year also rent apartments in the states N stayed away fr my home so u would leave

 
LadySawDHQueen1h

I still worry about 2 of my brother N sister life cause u talk about letting people harm them but people know now.
 
u out of order after u got u babies close to my house I'm selling it cuz I can't find the strength to drive pass their house .
 
U N u new baby mom drag my name in the mud N god pick me up give me a hit so I can work N get away fr u N now u wanna pull me down again Noo
Even after u get babies on me my money pay for anything u give them cause I was not selfish school fee shoes clothing food come on be a man 
 
Good thing I didn't marry u lol cause the only reason u wanted to was to get half but u tell too many people n I hear it back lol silly.


Marion Hall @LadySawDHQueen3h

U ungrateful brute u need to sell your apartment N pay me back all the money I give u to refurbish it N pay u mortgage all these years.
 
Cause of u N u whores I lose all my babies N now u want me to pay for the pain shame stress u cost me I already pay with tears N millions




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Can't a world famous dance simply be a rhythmic celebration of joy and fun without getting mired in litigation and lawsuits? No.

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Before we get into the fairly confusing legal history of the most famous line dance in the world, let's look at what we know for sure. The Electric Slide is a four wall line dance performed to the song "Electric Boogie" by Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. Choreographer Ric Silver claims to have invented the 22-step dance in 1976 (although anecdotal evidence suggests he simply added a step or two to a dance known in Jamaican clubs), and from there it became a worldwide phenomenon at weddings, bar mitzvahs and every other event where people are socially pressured to dance in order to make a party feel like a success.  All's well that ends well, and everyone deserves a good time, right? Wrong.

Citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Ric Silver started serving takedown notices to YouTube videos of partygoers performing the Electric Slide which he had copyrighted (yes, you can copyright a dance). Silver's initial irritation seemed to be that people were improperly performing his dance. The official Electric Slide has 22 steps, but Silver saw most people only doing 18 (and of course, there are those of us who do about 3, spin around awkwardly and occasionally clap until the song ends). After Silver filed dozens of takedown notices, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit against him in order to protect videographers' freedom of speech (and dance!).

Eventually Silver and the EFF settled an agreement to file the dance under Creative Commons, and in turn all publishers of content featuring the Electric Slide must name Silver as creator and copyright holder which is why the headline of this post says what it does.

Jamaican dancers recently argued that they wanted to get their dance moves copy written. According to the dancers they are tired of being exploited by foreigners who steal their moves and don't even have the respect to call it dancehall, instead they are calling dancehall moves Ragga Jam. In the same way in which the Puerto Ricans stole dancehall and now call it Reggaeton using the dancehall Bam Bam rhythm in thousands of remakes.

So like Ric Sliver did to protect his dance, so will Jamaican dancers. Tweet us your comments.

Marcia Griffiths - electric Boogie





Arguably no one dancehall juggling has made a solid impact on the Jamaican dancehall over the last year. The industry has experienced a rise in the production of singles and even juggling rhythms produced singles because no more than on song made impact from several of the juggling rhythms.

The Cranberry rhythm only had one hit song, hence a single, Baby Cham's Whine, Tun Up, were on juggling rhythms, yet was the only songs to hit among others.

Chimney Records and UIM records did make some well played juggling rhythms, however none came close to the impact of Overproof and One Day rhythms.

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Cashflow Record's Xtreme, responsible for the production of the single Kotch,  believes DJs find it easier to play singles.

"Juggling rhythms brought about some hits, but it's not popular right now. Maybe it's easier for DJs to play singles than juggling. When you play juggling, you play at least 10 songs from one producer, but when you play singles you end up playing the same number of songs from 10 different producers. You also avoid conflict with artistes because their songs weren't played on the rhythm," he said.

Xtreme says juggling rhythms are better for the preservation of dancehall's culture; however, he did highlight that promoting singles was more economically feasible, citing the promotional strategy he used for Kotch as an example.

"All I did was produce the song, blast it and shoot a viral YouTube video and it got over a million views. But if it was a juggling, it would take more effort to do several videos and get radio play for all of them," he said.

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Patrick 'Roach' Samuels is one-half of the JA productions duo responsible for the Overproof Rhythm. He, shares the same views as Xtreme, as it relates to the feasibility of promoting singles over juggling. He however, believes a properly produced juggling rhythm with good-quality songs is just as effective as any single.

According to Roach, some singles would be more successful if they were transformed into juggling. With making reference to JA production's Afterlife rhythm, Roach revealed that their intention was to release a single with Konshens. But upon hearing the song, they decided that the rhythm would become more eminent as a juggling. JA productions later recorded songs with Assassin, Romain Virgo, Mavado, among others, on the Afterlife rhythm, the end result seeing the rhythm become a popular pick for selectors on local radio.

Roach also said that juggling rhythms give more variety to music listeners and acts as an agent of artiste development.

"If I put out a single it only benefits one artiste. But if I put out a juggling it can benefit up to 20 different artistes and expose young talents. Some man a worry about big-name artistes, but it's about song quality, and any young artiste can give you a good song. Look pan the Applause rhythm with so much big artiste and a Shane-O tek it. So give di young artiste dem a chance on di juggling," Roach said.

He also added that the success of a single is largely dependent on the popularity of the artiste, unlike juggling that introduces artistes to different audiences.

"When you have nuff artiste on a rhythm every man have dem own fanbase. Some artiste might be popular inna Jamaica and nobody don't know them in the rest of the world. Then suppose yu put a man like Luciano that big worldwide on the juggling wid dem artiste deh? Yu a guh find that people listen the Luciano and take the time to listen and perhaps buy the songs from the unpopular artistes as well," Roach explained.

Last year's Producer of the Year, Markus Myrie, says producers have been looking to shift from juggling to singles for a long time. He also believes juggling will return to prominence when singles are no longer popular.

"Our music work offa trend, so if people making money from singles they will produce singles, and if they are making money from juggling, then they will do juggling. At the end of the day you are running a business and it depends on the demand of the people," he said.

Nevertheless, all three producers are promoting both singles and juggling rhythms for this summer.

AfterLife Riddim Mix [JustUsJA][March 2013] @MixtapeYARDY


Chill Spot Riddim Mix [Chimney][March 2012] @MixtapeYARDY


GarrIzon- Nuh Watch Gyal (Rum Fire Riddim)





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Street dancing has long been an informal profession taken on by inner-city youth. Using the dancehall stage as their training and promotional ground as well as performance platform, several dancers have managed to cement themselves as international celebrities in their own right.

However, videos from street dances which brought many dancers to fame, are back to haunt them, this, as foreigners have now begun to capture dancehall choreography, rebrand and redistribute them as theirs.

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Since 2011, several Europe-based dance videos have been uploaded on social networks, displaying foreign dancers using Jamaican dance moves on tours and hosting dance workshops. Interestingly, the originators of the various dances are not credited, nor is the dance move regarded as dancehall.

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With a decline in local street dances and a significant reduction in the capacity for local dancers to market themselves internationally, they can hold their peace no longer.

Street dancers are, therefore, demanding that the existing local music copyright societies protect their intellectual property from the exploitation of the international community.

According to Maria Hitchins, dancer/choreographer, Jamaican street dancers are hungry for the spotlight. However, they should be mindful that the avenues which they choose to promote themselves are not always reliable in protecting their intellectual property.

"They have this yearn to be the next Bogle and they are not seeing the repercussions and the flaws with the Internet. A lot of people have access to it, and you upload something this minute and somebody from Russia takes the entire routine in less than seconds. They, in turn, perform it, video and repost it on YouTube as their own. That's how brave they are," Hitchins said.

The choreographer says dancers must make every attempt to copyright their dances because it could be a financial generator if the right channels are used. She also believes Europeans are better able to benefit from dancehall because European governments are more supportive of culture.

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"They have more access to money than us, plus the majority of our local dancers are semi-literate, we don't really have business ideas, professionalism is lacking, and we don't have assistance from government to get work permits. European countries are geared towards culture, so they pay attention to their people. Right now, we as Jamaicans are being told that they don't need us to teach dancehall because they are teaching themselves from YouTube," she said.

Attorney-at-law Marissa Longsworth, who also operates as the manager of copyrights and related rights director, The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) says, street dancers do have the right to copyright their choreography, however, JIPO is yet to fully facilitate that arm of the copyright act.

She says when JIPO has successfully amended the copyright registration system, then choreography will be included in that which is able to be registered.

"Once they are on the registration system they will be issued a certificate of ownership, and it can be used in the court to prove ownership or can be challenged. It can account for the distribution of royalties or can be assigned or transferred to others for work or for a price by the owner. Choreography is the bastard child of copyright in Jamaica, it does exist but remains unknown to many," she said.

The manager says she hopes by the end of 2013, JIPO will be able to actively accommodate choreography under the copyright laws. However, until then, she advises street dancers to use the Poor Man's Copyright method.

With this method, dancers can shoot a video of themselves doing the choreography, place the DVD in an envelope and post it to him or herself. In this case, the registered stamp will serve as proof of ownership.

She also highlighted that dancers can opt to sign up with international collecting agencies that are already accommodating choreography under their copyright roster.

However, Hitchins feels Jamaica has, for too long, been straggling behind other countries in terms of copyright laws. She also said it might be expensive to join international collecting agencies.

Among other things, Hitchins blasted Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts for not teaching dancehall as an accredited course. She also believes the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission or the Government should consider certification of local dancers as a move to make them legally eligible to teach dancing lessons globally.




Macka Diamond has rough Sex in video!

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Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond has released a steamy and explicit music video for her latest hit single Dye Dye.

Directed by Truck Back Films, the video sees Macka Diamond scantily dressed in a bedroom setting with a male partner. The couple exchange several sexual positions meanwhile Macka Diamond makes multiple facial expressions while been humped by the man.

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In some instances Macka takes the driving seat in the bedroom and rides the man, while he puts in a few strokes of his own. Dye Dye is one of the most popular songs in Jamaica right now garnering thousands of views on social networks in just a few weeks.





Woman Stabbed over popular Promoter!

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Events promoter Ian aka Container Boss, is a popular name on the tongues of females these days. The dancehall scene is never short of groupies and by hosting one of the hottest weekly events in Kingston, Ian has joined the list of industry players targeted by thirsty females seeking popularity and of course a tax free pay check.

Only last weekend it was reported that a female dancer was stabbed by a jealous female for the promoter. The injured woman was said to be in serious condition and was staying at an undisclosed Kingston hospital, however further investigations into the matter by Yardflex unearthed that she was safe at home and was recovering from the stab wound.

The Kingston and St Andrew police are investigating the matter.

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Container 1st Audition





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Dancehall artiste Baby Tash has stepped out in militant style on Ja Productions AfterLife rhythm with her new single Step To Me.

"The minute I heard the rhythm I knew I wanted to hit hard and attack it like a militant girl. That's the character I wanted to take on because the rhythm rough," Baby Tash said.

Since the release of the song, Baby Tash said the feedback has been great.

"People have been letting me know that mi song a guh hard. They have been telling me how much mi lyrics a chop as a female and they love how mi jus a bad-up the rhythm," she said.

She explained that fans and followers of her music have been speculating that the song was written by producer, Roach. However, Baby Tash said that the song was written in its entirety by her.

"The song is lyrically loaded, with tight rhymes, flows and melodies, so much that people started speculating if is Roach wrote it. Even comments online, saying is must Roach write it. To me, this is a compliment because Roach is very creative with lyrics and he has written for many artistes. But, I wrote so much lyrics I could voice three songs," she said.

The song is currently getting rotation on FM radio and Baby Tash is grateful for the love it is receiving. "Crazy pull-ups it getting when it playing and I want to big all disc jockeys and selectors who support female artistes especially. Nuff DJs rate the song," she said.


Baby Tash - Step To Me [Afterlife Riddim] March 2013





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As the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) continues to take urgent steps to deal with the vexed issue of non-compliance, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued its annual report naming Jamaica as one of the rogue countries which will remain on a Special 301 Watch List, and citing inadequate payment of public performance royalties as a reason for the country's retention. 

In its annual report released May 1, the USTR sends a stern warning to foreign governments to ensure that adequate copyright payments are made when U.S. musical compositions are performed in TV and radio broadcasts, over cable systems and in all other kinds of public performances.

Acknowledging that this is indeed not a good look for Jamaica, JACAP General Manager, Ms. Lydia Rose, said, however, that the organization was not surprised about these developments.

"Unfortunately, there is a passive and an active resistance from many of the players as far as compliance with the copyright law is concerned. JACAP has done its utmost to educate those persons who fall under our purview, yet still, at the end of the day their cry is that they were ignorant of the law. Now, we are faced with a situation in which no less a body than the Office of the United States Trade Representative has deemed it necessary to highlight this very sore issue, and it puts us in a negative light," Ms. Rose explained.

She added that JACAP welcomed the move by the USTR for accountability at a governmental level, as the association has been working in tandem with the relevant authorities in a bid to secure greater compliance from broadcasters, cable operators, bars, restaurants, promoters, corporate sponsors, venue operators, event planners and business places.   

According to the General Manager, JACAP has formed a partnership with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a bid to strengthen and enforce the Copyright ACT, 1993.

"We have been in discussions with the police over the last couple of months, in an effort to form some kind of partnership as far as the issuing of licences and permits are concerned. We are now at the point where being in possession of a licence from JACAP will be a pre-requirement to being granted a licence from the police to host an event," the General Manager stated, pointing out that this would certainly give the organization much needed leverage.

Quite elated at this development, Ms. Rose was fulsome in her praise of the JCF and SSP Clifford Chambers, Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) for the key role they have undertaken to play in getting promoters to comply with the law. Ms Rose also advised of a new partnership formed with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and thanked the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, for facilitating this alliance.

"This is a definitely a win-win situation that directly impacts on our members, who have been losing so much of their well-deserved royalties. JACAP's mandate is to collect the payments and secure benefits for songwriters, composers and music publishers and we will use whatever legal means necessary to get the job done. The JCF and the KSAC have demonstrated their willingness to help us achieve our objectives and we would like to publicly thank them for this. Our organisation anticipates less resistance and a greater level of compliance from industry players moving forward," the association's general manager said.

Also noteworthy is the fact that in direct response to this call, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), has issued a press release lauding the USTR for holding governments responsible for the handling of royalties' payments and commended the influential watch dog body for including other Caribbean islands on this list.

"ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings," the release said.

ASCAP further stated, "We are especially pleased that, for the first time, USTR has placed Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on the Special 301 Watch List, and has also cited public performance royalties as a reason to retain Jamaica on that list. ASCAP urged USTR to do so, because in all these countries, leading cable operators and broadcasters refuse to pay for the public performance of music, or even to negotiate with the local performing rights organizations (ASCAP's partners).  In these countries and throughout the Caribbean region, issues of nonpayment go without remedy before the courts and other government authorities, and ASCAP applauds the efforts of USTR to increase government accountability for these failings." 

JACAP, which enjoys an affiliate agreement with ASCAP, is a membership organization which collects licence fees from copyright music users and distributes the money as royalties to the music creators. A JACAP licence is a legal requirement that allows the legitimate use of local and international music in Jamaica.




Flippa Moggla spotted spending on Alaine?

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Rumors have been circulating that streets and internet, that dancehall artistes Flippa Moggla and Alaine are romantically involved. According to sources, the two have been cited at several name brand stores on shopping sprees.

The two were also featured as couples in Bugle's music video Nuh Compatible. Let's see how this plays outs, for all we know it could be a false alarm, because yu know how the music industry stay, once they see you with a person they believe you are together.

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Alaine broke up with her long time producer boyfriend Don Corleon several years ago.






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After recent news broadcasts, that the Minister of Security Mr. Bunting, has been struggling to fight crime, the reggae singer has decided to use reggae as a method to give the seemingly confused minister some advice. 'Nuh Cry Mr Bunting, campaign against crime at people's gates like when you are seeking votes," Queen Ifrica sings.

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Also featured on the same rhythm is Chuck Fenda, however this time around Chuck Fenda is tacking love instead of politics.





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When most people go on trips abroad, they tend to collect photos or souvenirs, but Miley Cyrus' mementos are a bit more sinister. 

The star returned home from her stay in London with a ghost story, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the long and turbulent history of the city. But the specters that chose to manifest in front of the Cyrus family sound like a particularly creepy bunch.

"It was seriously so terrifying. It used to be an old bakery and they turned it into an apartment building, and I was having really crazy dreams and really scary things," Cyrus told Elle U.K. Apparently the ghosts weren't satisfied with just haunting the singer's dreams though.

"And one night my little sister--it sounds crazy to tell you--but, she was standing in the shower and all of a sudden I hear her scream. I run in there and the water had somehow flipped to hot but it was still...It wasn't like the water had just changed, the knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her. She was really red."

Normally that could be explained away with faulty plumbing, but the next bit of Miley's paranormal experience is a bit more difficult to figure out. Miley said that she saw a little boy "sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out. I was sitting there the next night and maybe I'm crazy, but I could have sworn I could see this little boy sitting there on the sink, kicking his feet."

Ever curious, Cyrus went digging after the incident and found out some curious facts about the family lodgings - apparently the building was a converted bakery, which used to be owned by an old baker and his son.

"I guess the wife died or something, she had gotten sick," she told the mag. "So it was just the son and the dad that lived there in the bakery, and then the dad died and the son took over the bakery, and I thought I was seeing the son. I'm not even kidding." Naturally, the Cyrus family moved out after the incidents. Singing might run in their blood, but ghost-busting sure doesn't.

Maybe a Matterhorn she see





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Dancehall competitions have been the launching pads for the professional careers of several of Jamaica's top performers over the years.

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Artistes like Yellowman, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo have all risen from the critiques of meticulous and sceptic judges to make careers for themselves. Even performers who did not win their respective competitions have managed to kick-start their careers using their onstage training to their advantage. This includes the likes of Specialist, Laden and even dancers Shady Squad.

United States-based dancehall artiste, Latrar Scott, formerly called Miss Platinum in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition, believes her experience in the live television show gave her a life-changing opportunity.

According to the artiste, when she came to Jamaica in 2011, she was merely paying her mother a visit after migrating to the United States (US), for several years.

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However, as somebody who only wrote music as a hobby, she did not expect that one trip to Jamaica would land her a spot on arguably the number-one live show on local TV.

"Before coming to Jamaica, I did not know anything about Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. I was just visiting my mother and a friend who knew I wrote songs told me to enter the competition," she said.

According to Latrar, though very ignorant about the competition and about performing, she decided to enter anyway.

SURPRISE TOP-10 SELECTION

The singjay says she gave herself the name Miss Platinum at the audition show and performed in front of an audience for the first time during her stint before judges Skatta Burrell, Miss Kitty and Professor Nuts, and to her surprise, she was selected as a top-10 finalist.

Eventually, her ignorance about the show and inexperience in the capacity as a performer led to an early exit from the show. However, Latrar holds no grudges against the competition. She believes Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall gave her life purpose.

"I didn't win because I didn't know what it took to win. I never knew about campaigns. I had just come from America, but seeing that I made it to the top 10 out of so many hardcore female dancehall artistes really gave me a wake-up call and this is when I began to accept that I really have a special gift," she said.

Latrar is now pursuing music as a career and is already in talks with several established record labels for worldwide distribution of her music, which she describes as 'pop-dancehall'. The singer is also interested in fashion and hinted that she might spread her creative wings to fashion designing in years to come.

"During Magnum, I got this thrill from performing in front of a large audience and instantly, I knew that I had found a new purpose in life, and I am working hard to make an impact both in Jamaica and the US," she said.

Latrar now performs under the moniker 'La La Pink Doll' and has released her first single called The Real Hot Gyal Anthem, a song produced by Weed Seed productions.

Her music and fashion can be view by logging on to www.lalathepinkdoll.com.




16 year old Girl Chops Rapist to death!

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A 16-year-old Jamaican schoolgirl from St. Thomas chopped a man to death after he allegedly tried to rape her and her 14 year old friend.

According to police reports, the now deceased Phillip Bell, lured the accused and a 14-year-old girl to his house to use his computer.

It is alleged that when the girls got comfortable, Bell apparently tried to rape one of the 14 year old, prompting the other girl to attack him with a machete.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The other girl had been released by police.




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A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with four counts of kidnapping - covering all three captives and the daughter born to one of them while she was held - and three counts of rape against the three women.

The former school bus driver owns the peeling home where the women were rescued on Monday, after one of them broke through a screen door while Castro apparently was away.

At a news conference, authorities gave few details on the women's ordeal. But police said earlier in the day that they were apparently bound with ropes and chains, and a city councilman briefed on the case, Brian Cummins, said that they were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages.

"We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," Cummins said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."

Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said the women could remember being outside only twice during their entire time in captivity. "We were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise," he said.

And their first opportunity to escape didn't come until Monday, he said. The women were not kept in the same room, but knew they were not alone, he said.

He also said a paternity test on Castro was being done to establish who fathered the now 6-year-old child of captive Amanda Berry.

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Castro was in custody and couldn't be reached for comment. A brother-in-law has said the family was "shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.

Castro's brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were also arrested after the women were rescued, but there was no evidence they had any part in the crime, Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez said.

Earlier in the day, Berry and former captive Gina DeJesus were welcomed home by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners Wednesday. Family members protectively took them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers.

Neither woman spoke, and their families pleaded for patience and time alone.

"Give us time and privacy to heal," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus' aunt. Ruiz thanked police for rescuing the women and urged the public not to retaliate against the suspects or their families.

The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center, which a day earlier had reported that all three victims had been released. There was no immediate explanation from the hospital.

The Associated Press does not usually identify people who may be victims of sexual assault, but the names of the women were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearance.

In a development that astonished and exhilarated much of Cleveland, the three women were rescued after Berry, 27, broke through a screen door at the Castro house and told a 911 dispatcher: "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

The Girls were saved by a black man, now hailed as a hero





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THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has apologized to Ambassador Courtney Walsh for the unfortunate incident which took place at Sabina Park last Friday when the legendary former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer was barred from entering the venue because of an ignorant security guard.

According to sources, the security guard told Courtney Walsh that he did not know him therefore he could not enter the venue.

"I don't know you I only know Chris Gayle" the security guard is said to have told Mr. Walsh.

The incident caused Ambassador Walsh a great degree of embarrassment, and he embarrassingly had to vacate the premises.

The irony of the story is that, Courtney Wash currently has a section of Sabina park named in his honour.

Walsh, a cricket ambassador, played for the West Indies between 1984 and 2001, and took 519 Test wickets in 132 matches at an average of 24.44.

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This security will definitely go down in history as one of the stupidest in history. Ity and Fancy Cat should consider recruiting him/her for the next season... pure comedy.




Vybz Kartel in a new sextape?

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A new sex-tape is said to have been released featuring dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and a contestant from his Techas Pet Reality show.

According to sources the sex-tape was filmed during the recording of the series, however unscrupulous Vybz Kartel associates have sought to keep the artiste relevant by releasing the footage.

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The woman's face is not fully shown in the clip, neither is Vybz Kartel's. However at the beginning at the clip there is an introduction from a female called Lola Mac, whom many pundits are saying might have been the woman.

Lola Mac is an aspiring artiste, and up until news time it remained unconfirmed if she was in fact the female in the tape... so quit saying it's her because yardflex is not!

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Lola Mac & Brooklyn (Teachas Pet) - Panty Look (Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Bounty Diss)





Rapper Eve Releases video without Miss Kitty!

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News broke last week that the outspoken radio host had collaborated with Eve for a song. But little did we know that a video would have been released so early, nor did we expect the self proclaimed Fluffy Diva would be left out of the video footage.

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Eve - EVE (ft. Miss Kitty) Official Music Video





Lauryn Hill goes to jail for three months!

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Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes.

She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

She's to report to prison July 8. It's not clear where she'll serve her sentence.

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Lauryn Hill - Cant take my eyes off of you





Twin of Twins CD Popular on the Streets!

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Twin of Twins Stir it Up volume 10 is the most popular CD on the streets right now. According to sources, the CD can be heard on almost every stall in the corporate area where vendors are selling copies as their hottest commodity.

The twins made several attempts to decrease the capacity of bootleggers to steal the contents of the CD this time around, however despite their delay of its release on iTunes several illegal copies are still flooding the streets.

The content of the CD has been the strongest to date, drawing attention to several of the social issues being faced by Jamaica.

Jah Vinci Ft. Twin Of Twins-Jah is {VYBZ KARTEL DISS FEBRUARY 2013}





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The 32-year-old rapper released a video on Monday for his crude single I Hit It First that prominently features a Kim look-alike amid provocative scenarios.

Ray J and Kim gained notoriety in 2007 when a sex tape they filmed in 2003 became public.

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In his video, Ray J made mention of the sex tape, as well as Kim's fiance Kanye West and her ex-husband Kris Humphries and former boyfriend Reggie Bush.

'She might move on to rappers and ballplayers, but we all know I hit it first,' Ray J crooned.

Ray J - I Hit It First ft. Bobby Brackins


Morgan Freeman Reads "I Hit It First" by Ray J





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Dancehall dancer Keiva has taken a bold stance against dancehall artistes who alienate local dancers from their international music videos despite using their dance moves to develop their products.

According to Keiva, dancehall artistes should be grateful to dancers and incorporate them in their videos on the international scene, because they need to earn from their work. Keiva says the creation of dance moves involves the usage of the intellect; therefore the artistes should compensate them for usage of their intellectual property.

She says people like Sean Paul, has employed foreign dancers to do Jamaican moves, while the real creators of the dance moves are left to starve. She is therefore asking Sean Paul and other international acts to be considerate when they are doing music videos in the future, so that they won't leave out their Jamaican dancers.

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She is also demanding that local artistes convince promoters to pay for dancers to come on tour and perform with artistes, since the artistes are not willing to add them to their sets because of the additional expenses.

She says Sean Paul's Gimme Di Light music video has no Jamaican dancers and that's a shame in a country that creates the most dance moves daily.

Sean Paul - Temperature [OFFICIAL VIDEO]


Sean Paul - Gimme The Light (Video) Aquired from VP Records


Sean Paul - "How Deep Is Your Love" Ft. Kelly Rowland [Music Video]





Keiva and RDX Square off over BBM Broadcast!

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RDX has come under fire from local dancers after, Renegade, sent out a BlackBerry broadcast which apparently targeted the dancing community.

The BBM broadcast read: "MESSAGE TO DANCEHALL DANCERS: Once upon a time dancing was at the forefront of dancehall where ordinary kids from the street became celebrities thru the art of dancing. RDX, Voicemail among others were pivotal in this movement. Then many dancers were struck by an epidemic called UNGRATEFUL and the dancing songs came to a halt. Some dancers run off go U.S., become moggla, cookout promoter etc. Some all get lean to. Dancehall cannot exist without dancing, so big up to the real one dem who holding up DANCING CULTURE #DanceOrDie."

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Dancer/ business woman Keiva retaliated stating that the broadcast was disrespectful and says RDX is more ungrateful than dancers could ever be.

"Dem sey dancers a run off lef Jamaica and a lie because all of the major dancers are still in Jamaica. And those that run off all the better, because if a RDX alone dem dead fi hungry, if a fi some artistes dancers nuh eat. Wi have to give thanks to the promoters, because if a neva dem wi wouldn't a get tours nor visa. Some of these artistes only take our dance moves and make hit songs and we don't benefit. But they have to understand that dancing is a part of entertainment. I bought my first car cash out of dancing," Keiva said.

The artiste was even more upset over the fact that RDX referred to the dancers as homosexuals, cook out promoters and models.

"Dancers turn moggler and cook out promoter? It better dem do that than thief because unno nah duh nothing fi dancers. We work for artistes and don't get paid. Voicemail and Elephant Man would never send out a broadcast like that. Is dancing put RDX pon di map a pure love song dem used to sing, so is dem ungrateful. Dem all call dancer fish? After di dancer dem duh so much fi yu a fish yah call dem? No man, dat ungrateful," Keiva said.

Renegade of RDX had no remorse for his actions.

"The cook out promoter and the ones that are mogglers will take offence, I just throw a stone in the pig pen so the one who bawl out a dem guilty," Renegade said.

Dancer John Bling of Black Blingaz dance group also commented on the matter. He said everybody is entitled to their opinion, however, recording artistes have also contributed to the decline in dancing at events, because they have not released much dance oriented songs in recent times.  John Bling is promoting a new dance move called 'Smooth and A Move'.

RDX Ft. Bad Boy Trevor - Naughty Girl [APT Music] Jan 2013





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Dancehall artiste Mavado is milking the cow in America as it relates to collaborations. The artiste has songs with some of the biggest names that hip hop has to offer.

Despite not selling platinum or gold for any of his albums, the artiste seems poised to become one of the most achieved cross over artistes from Jamaica.

Mavado has been featured on songs with Ludadris, Wycliffe Jean, Akon, Baby Cash Money, T Pain, Ace Hood, Vado among others.

The artiste has also managed to stay out of trouble since moving to the U.S to live with his wife. It appears that the Gully God only gets in problems when he is in Jamaica flexing with 'some' non progressive people youths.

Mavado - Take It feat. Karian Sang (Official HD Video)


DJ Khaled - Welcome To My Hood (Remix-Explicit)


Cris Cab - Rihanna's Gun feat. Mavado & Wyclef (Official Video)


French Montana - Freaks (Explicit Remix) ft Mavado, Rick Ross, Wale, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled


Vado (Feat. Ace Hood & Mavado) - Gangsta [Official Video]


Chipmunk Feat. Mavado - Every Gyal


Plus so many others




Deejay Unicorn Beaten by Woman?

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Word on the streets is that popular dancehall artiste Unicorn was badly beaten by his female Land lord. Reports are that the artiste rented a house from a woman in an undisclosed location, and was warned not to make any noise in the yard; the deejay is alleged to have subscribed to the rules.

However the land lady herself did not, as on several occasions she played loud music and invited males over whom normally drank and smoke marijuana in full view of the tenant (Unicorn).

The deejay is said to have approached the woman informing her that she should desist from playing her music so loud; however to his surprise she took his approach personal and decided to send men to beat him.

During a fight between Unicorn and the men, the land lady also intervened and smashed a glass bottle on him. She later went to his room and stole his money and physically assaulted him again. Unicorn is said to have reported the matter to the police and is awaiting a trial date.

The deejay is known for  his hit single Think Bout Mi which featured dancehall veteran Macka Diamond.





Sugar Minott's Kids to war with ex-wife?

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Maxine Stowe, the wife of God Father of dancehall Sugar Minott, is feuding with Minott's children over his estate and his life-celebration event dubbed Sugar Minott Day Celebration, hosted by his daughter Pashon Minott.

Stowe says, Sugar Minott did not leave a will delegating how profits from his estate should be shared between his family members, and this presents problems as it relates to who has authority to host events at Youth Man Promotions on Robert Crescent, Kingston.

Stowe is arguing that, since Youth Man Promotions is a part of Minott's unresolved estate, Sugar Minott Day Celebration should not be hosted there. This argument has been met with a backlash from Pashon Minott and her siblings who are currently planning the event.

Stowe, the mother of four of Sugar Minott's children, claims she is trying to sort out the Minott estate using the right channels.

However, Sugar Minott's other children are arguing that she is trying to put a stop to the Sugar Minott Day Celebration.

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Pashon Minott on the other hand says that Stowe is jealous because she is not allowed to join the planning committee of the event since she rejected the offer last year.

"She doesn't live in Jamaica and don't even know how this place is run. She just come and sey the show can't keep if she can't be a part of it. I did not want to work with her because, last year when I approached her to be a part of the celebration, she said she wasn't interested in the event and would not contribute. So because of my decision not to work with her this year, she has decided to mash things up," Pashon said.

The artiste said the administrator general has no authority to stop the show from being hosted at Youth Man Promotions, because that privilege is yet to be granted by the court. She even questioned Stowe's authority, claiming that Sugar Minott told her that he was divorced in 2003.

"I just want her to stop picking on me, and the event is still on at Youth Man Promotions for May 25, 2013. So, all Sugar Minott fans roll out, and mi nah tek back mi chat. This is the second staging in Jamaica and I am resolute that it's keeping this year," she said.

Pashon says she already received the required permits for the day and night celebration and will proceed with all arrangements for the accompanying stage show. She also revealed that her lawyer is looking into the matter.

Pashon Minott





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