Part II - Mr. Lex Lashes out - "These guys are co-stars"

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MrLex,reggaemusic,beeniemanphotos,seanpaul,rihanna,sexygirls,sex,xxxF.jpgHanging out with Mr. Lex a.k.a The Prince in Kingston is quite an experience. We cruised with him through the Corporate Area over the weekend, listening to him vibe Busta Rhymes's 'Big Bang' CD, and talk about dancehall, his upcoming divorce and his beef with artistes such as Cobra, Bounty, Beenie and even Elephant Man.

The thugs respect him, some of them asking an oft-repeated question: 'deejay, when yu a just get vex and run the place again'. But it is the girls, oh the girls, who adore him. One thing is obvious though, the deejay is a magnet for females. They ogle him, flirt openly with him, walk up to him to ask for autographs, and slip him their numbers, before they walk away giggling. He's one of the more engaging personalities, a breath of fresh air when compared to dancehall's tired cocktail of characters. What can we say? In Jamaica, it's good to be the Prince.

However, when he's relaxed, you realize that he may be doing away with his warm-and-fuzzy image as the events in his life over the last few years have conspired to make him wary of the people he had once called his friends.

It would be safe to say he has had a epiphany, the kind that Moses himself could have been party to when he emerged from God's tent, brainburned by His inside information.

"Right now, I just want to get some things off my chest," he said. "What else dem can say about me? Mi wife gi way de tings, bad man no play dat. Dem say me do oral sex, demtry to wreck my career, they can't hurt me anymore, I am a new man," he told YardFlex.com.

People were a bit shocked last year when HYPE TV repeatedly aired footage of an livid Mr. Lex punching selector Foota Hype in his mouth after the selector made a derogatory comment about the deejay's 'tongue'. Lex lost it, and in the aftermath, faced down Bouty Killer and the Alliance crew in a public war of words.

MrLex,reggaemusic,beeniemanphotos,seanpaul,rihanna,sexygirls,sex,xxxA.jpg"Him (Foota) no know nutten 'bout me and ah come buy out my argument. Him tink say me and him ah size, I just want to apologize to my fans who were offended by that. But what would you do if you were me, I just feel that if him say nutten like that again, I would do the same thing again," he said.

Lex is firmly focused on jumpstarting his career.

"I am not getting any fight right now, radio has been playing me like crazy, plus I will be working on Sunsplash, that's a good platform for me to do what I do," he said.

He is looking to ink a management contract with overseas-based artiste manager Chris Thomas, but that agreement is still in the embryonic stages. In the meantime, Mr. Lex has been confirmed to perform on World Beat Night at Reggae Sunsplash

"I've cut out smoking two weeks ago, right now, it is a total lifestyle change. Drinking lots of water, eating fruits, I want to be in top condition for the festival," he said.

Lex also has a number of new singles which are in regular rotation on the FM radio such as 'We Say Party' on the Raw rhythm, 'Dem No Build No Gun', the popular 'Bad Inna Dance' on the Gully Slime rhythm, 'Oh Yes' for producers Steelie and Clevie, and 'Reggae's Real' featuring Luciano, and the Las Vegas-based Bonafide band.

He also has a single with Jada Kiss called 'Big Boys' which will appear on his next album. But it is a single that pokes fun on the personalities in dancehall such as Beenie, Bounty and Elephant Man which has the streets buzzing. But Lex isn't pulling any punches. He feels about Bounty Killer the way Patton felt about Rommel.

"Sean Paul, Shaggy, Shabba, those artistes ah run the place in terms of cross over appeal in the international market. Not some of these guys who are making that claim. How yu fi say yu a run the place, and yu de ya every Saturday? Yuh nuh buck dem a airport or nothing," he said with a smirk.

HE ARE WHO HE ARE

"Yu only have to par wid Killa for four months, and yu realize say a pure problem, to him mind, him nuh like see other stars around him, ah just so him mind stay. Kartel ah the smart one, him cut at a early stage so that he could be his own man, and mi respect that."

"When yu par wid him, yu ah fi him yute, me ah mi owna star, mi mek mi owna money. How a man fi tell me where to go, how to dress, and tell me who fi talk to? That is some girl s---t...I'm telling you some of these guys are co-stars, but you cannot blame him, he are who he are, he are the one," Lex said, imitating the Killa's trademark phrase.

"He just collects all the promising yutes dem and turn dem inna co-star too. Still, me and him cool, we have mutual friends, and they are trying to get us to be civil, y'know, and me even talk to him couple of times. But he and I can never be friends, him need fi know that, me no like him, and that's how it's gonna be."

He doesn't have anything particularly kind to say about Beenie Man either.

"I idolize Beenie Man as an artiste but when it come to anything personal, man to man, he is not real, as a human being, him just not 100 per cent real. Him no rate people. Which artiste him ever buss?" he said. "Which one?"

Lex is on the long road back to resurrecting his career. Last year, his first tentative steps back into the business almost ended in disaster at Sting 2005 when he performed alongside Mr. Vegas.

"I heard the boos, and it kinda killed mi courage, but then Vegas jump in a buss the place, and him carry mi in pon the ting, and we just buss the place the real way. Vegas ah mi true friend, General B and Roundhead, friends, but ah just it dat," he said.

To say that Mr. Lex may have lost his bravado is saying a lot. When he was a brash young artiste six years ago, he and Delly Ranks got booed at a stage show at the Jamaica Maritime Institute, but Lex refused to leave the stage even thougha couple of Bigga bottles whizzed past his head.

He simply paused, pointed down in the crowd and said in his ultra-cool voice.

"Lady, you don't have anywhere bigger to throw the Bigga."

The crowd howled with laughter. Then he did his Boogie Woogie song, and exited stage left. Now that's star power!

He jumped into the public spotlight in 1999, and his debut VP album, "Mr. Lex", was released to rave reviews on June 20th, 2000 chock full of hits such as "Ring Mi Cellie", "Divine Reasoning", "Cook", "Get Wid It" and "Yuh Nuh".

But does Lex still have it?

"Yes, of course I do, I have been through a lot. But I am getting my head together again, I am feeling like my old self. If I get half the chance that Beenie and Elephant Man got, you would see real results. Some ah dem deejay ya fi know dem role, Bounty, Beenie dem a co-star, Shabba, Shaggy, Sean Paul, ah dem man de ah the real stars," he said.

Lex is also concerned about the future growth of dancehall stars if it is just the same tired cocktail of characters which represent dancehall.

"We need to have an industry, to the degree where everybody can get hot and move major units. It's big enough for everybody to earn well, nuff people can get hot one time, we don't need all the animosity, it is just the small-mindedness of the so-called icons in the business now. Everybody fi eat a food, why fight against a next man?" he asked.

"Me ah the last yute weh buss outta Jamaican dancehall. Kartel ah de closest one after me, when mi buss, mi buss ah Jamaica, Europe and the Americas one time, same time

Nobody else neva just get hot like that and have the place in a tizzy like that. We need more stars, more deejays, we cannot lock people outta the business."

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