A top Jamaican reggae artist has branded rapper Drake a '"fake" for using dancehall music without properly crediting or collaborating with the artists.
Dancehall is the younger, sexier sibling to classic reggae. Popularised in the 90s by artists such as Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus and Pliers and Patra, who were the first global dancehall stars of the genre enjoying hits in the U.S. and abroad.
However, Heads High singer Mr Vegas slammed Drake for using dancehall artists Beenie Man and Popcaan and the sound for his hit album Views - but not crediting them or using fresh material from the artists, reports British newspaper The Voice.
Vegas released a seven-minute video which he posted on Facebook, expressing his frustration that the artists' voices are just samples and are only used as 'outros' at the end of the songs.
Vegas blasted: “I’m letting you know that Drake did not do us a favour by using 40 or 50 per cent dancehall on his album. Drake the fake is just running with the hot genre right now. Drake, you nuh (you're not) real."
Referring to the track Controlla, which samples Beenie Man’s classic Tear Off Mi Garment and features his vocals at the end of the song, Vegas fumed: "At the end of the record – when the record done, you can hear di record ah fade – (you hear) Beenie Man doing an outro... So I’m like, ‘Drake ah ramp wid (is playing with) my artist.'"
He questions why the Hotline Bling rapper didn’t reach out to Beenie Man or deejay Popcaan and ask them to record new material, especially as the Views rapper and Popcaan are supposedly friends. But Popcaan hit back in his own video warning Vegas not to “violate” Drake.
"Mr Vegas… you can’t violate Drizzy Drake," Popcaan says. "Don’t try violate my brother. You don’t know anything about Unruly or OVO. We nuh need you (we don't need you) fi defend Popcaan. We can handle our own matter. We nuh need (we don't need) your help. Leave di yout’ (the man) alone, Vegas.”
The One Dance star sold another 239,000 units of his hit record Views in the week ending 19 May (16), keeping him at the top spot on the Billboard 200.
Views is the first album to spend three consecutive weeks at number one since January (16), when Adele's blockbuster 25 wrapped a seven-week run in the top slot.