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Dancehall fans have spoken and the overwhelming majority thinks Spice is the new queen.
Beenie Man and Spice ignited a heated debate this week with their ongoing back-and-forth about the issue of her being the new dancehall queen. According to Beenie, Spice is more like a self-appointed designated queen of dancehall, but Lady Saw is still very much the queen. Seems the vast majority of dancehall fans thinks that Spice is the only female artist at the moment who is deserving of the crown.
Dancehall HipHop did a survey on social media this week asking fans if they think that Spice is the new queen of dancehall and 67% of respondents say yes. “Spice is the only consistent female artist in dancehall right now because most of them just do something make a lot of noise and then you don’t hear nothing from them,” one fan wrote while another added, “From Lady Saw turn Christian a Spice a run the thing, she consistent she always find a hit and her video them bad.”
A handful of fans who responded seems to agree with Beenie Man and thinks that Spice has more work to do before she can be elevated to the throne. “Some fans a bash Beenie Man but him right with what he said because Spice has a lot more work today to reach even close to the levels of Lady Saw,” one fan wrote. “You have to be a global dancehall icon to be the queen you can just hot a yard alone. Lady Saw was doing big collaborations with No Doubt and having platinum records. Spice has yet to reach those heights in music to be crowned the queen.”
“While I agree that Spice is the leading female dancehall artist right now, I still don’t think she works hard enough to be the queen,” one fan said. “A just some ignorant fans without proper reasoning a criticize Beenie statement when if you really think about it he is right. If you weren’t around in the 90s and 2000s to know what Lady Saw did for dancehall then you have no part in this conversation.”
Ninja Man is currently hospitalized after falling sick in jail.
The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning after he started complaining about feeling chest pain. He was due in court today for his ongoing murder trial in the Home Circuit Court. The trial went on despite his absence as he gets treatment for an unknown illness. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that he is in good spirit despite his illness.
“The artist [Ninja Man] is in good spirit and was even joking with the police officers who escorted him to the hospital,” sources told us. “He started complaining about feeling some chest pain from last night and early this morning he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. They are currently running some tests on him to find out what’s wrong.”
Other sources told us that his illness is serious enough for doctors to admit him under close observation. Ninja Man is currently fighting for his life in the courts after a judge ordered him to stand trial for a near decade-old murder charge. The dancehall icon, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper, who was shot and killed in Kingston 11 in March 2009.
The highly publicised trial has seen 17 trial delays and 23 mentions over the past 8 years until a judge finally had enough and ordered the trial to get underway. Ninja Man was also remanded in custody pending the outcome of the case. He faces life imprisonment if convicted of the murder.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper touched down in Jamrock on Wednesday via a private jet and we’re told that she was staying at the secluded GeeJam villa in Portland. Sources told us that the trio were shooting the video for the single “Sooner.” Cardi B announced via Instagram Live on Wednesday that she is on her way to Jamaica. “On my way to Jamaica!” she wrote sending her Jamaican fans into a frenzy.
On Friday, Rvssian posted a video clip on IG of himself and Cardi B hanging out on set the video shoot. “We in Jamaica,” Cardi B said. “We doing this video for sooner and its hotter than a motherf****.” In October, Rvssian posted a photo of himself, Card and Ozuma in the studio recording the new single.
“We shooting the video with Cardi B and Ozuna in Jamaica, so we bringing the culture to Jamaica,” the producer said. “And the song is a dancehall song. On the dancehall scene, I have two new juggling rhythms dropping in the next two weeks.”
Cardi B will be making a club appearance in New Orleans tonight.
Ninja Man is currently in the hospital under strict observation after falling ill in court this morning.
The dancehall icon’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, told reporters that the trial was adjourned after he started complaining about severe chest pain and difficulty breathing. He was escorted by a police detail to a local hospital in Kingston where he was admitted. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that his condition is stable but doctors are treating it as serious due to his celebrity status and the severity of his pain.
Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The murder trial is being held on camera in the Home Circuit Court and the judge adjourned the trial a short time of the artist fell ill.
According to the police report, Ninja Man and his two co-accused shot and killed Johnson in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009. The shooting took place shortly after the dancehall deejay’s son Jamiel and the victim had an argument. The three men are also charged with shooting with intent. Ninja Man faces life imprisonment if found guilty of the charge.
“She Call Me” is the title of Sean Paul new single on Chimney Records new riddim which also features songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel.
Sean Paul delivered his signature flow over the smooth electro beat. “She call me anytime she want a break she want her body levitate / She call me when time she need a friend me give her the straight and the bend / She call me when time 9 o’clock come her man gone a work she and me lock down / She shake it a twerk she wheel it and tun,” SP deejay.
Over the past two years Sean Paul has further cemented his place in dancehall as one of the greatest of all time. Last year he scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single with Sia on “Cheap Thrills.” That same year he scored a number of big hits and the momentum continues into this year.
Sean Paul is currently working on a new album due early next year. This will be his first project under his new deal with Island Records.