The drama continues! Last week, Mr. Vegas called out Drake for sampling dancehall artists like Popcaan without sufficient credit.
Popcaan decided to address Mr. Vegas. Take a listen…..Needless, to say Mr. Vegas responded to the response!
When I speak for this music, dancehall reggae music, I am not speaking for just one individual so please don’t take such credit to think I’m fighting your personal war. I am speaking for a whole genre that I am a part of so I think I have the right to speak. -Mr. Vegas
As a radio personality and Caribbean pop culture specialist, I am going to throw my two cents in here. Mr. Vegas is correct! Most mainstream radio stations outside of New York and Florida will not play dancehall or reggae music, however they will play dancehall-inspired music by mainstream artists like Justin Bieber, Rihanna or Drake… #FACTS. Mr. Vegas makes a valid point, if you’re going to play Bieber’s “I’m Sorry”, why can’t you play Serani’s “No Games”? Further, I agree with him if an artist is going to sample the music, then give credit where credit is due.
Mr. Vegas has been in this game much longer than Popcaan and I don’t think that Popcaan sees the long-term deleterious effect of this systematic exploitation of reggae music (if he watches this video, he may learn!). Popcaan may benefit in the short-run from this additional exposure but in the long run the genre as a whole suffers.
Here’s some more Mr. Vegas opines: