Did Shabba Ranks really refuse to perform on same show as Beenie Man?

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shabba-ranks-photo-1.jpgReports out of Trinidad suggest that dancehall icon, Shabba Ranks refused to perform on a show there last weekend if the promoters decided to use Beenie Man to replace dengue-affested, Barrington Levy.

Reports are that Beenie Man was contacted by the promoters to cover for Barrington Levy who was forced to cancel the event due to illness. Shabba, who was originally billed for the event dubbed Unplugged, allegedly demanded Beenie Man's removal from the event.

Other entertainers who were billed for Trinidad's Unplugged held on Saturday include Cobra, Tanya Stephens, Maxi Priest, Chakka Demus and Pliers among others.

The major reason that Beenie and Shabba could have beef could stem from a television interview where Beenie Man was asked if anybody else could get the massive turnout that greeted Shabba at the airport in 2012 before Reggae Sumfest. At the time, Beenie Man replied "of course, anybody can get that, you haffi just pay for it."


Beenie Man believes that his comment may have been taken out of context.

"I was saying that to do a motorcade costs money because you have to pay for transportation to take persons to the location and back home. It takes money to organise that. I was not saying that people were paid to go see Shabba," Beenie Man said.