Popcaan and Aidonia have reportedly fallout and Masicka has everything to do with it.
The Unruly Boss and the 4th Genna leader have been close friends for years and regularly supported each other’s events and often performed on the same shows. Sources with direct knowledge of both deejay’s inner circle told us on Friday that tensions have been brewing between them from just before the holidays after Popcaan signed a deal with Corey Todd’s new liquor venture Crysp Vodka. Masicka is also one of the faces of the vodka brand and we all know Aidonia’s longstanding beef with the Genahsyde deejay.
Sources are saying that Aidonia wasn’t too happy when Popcaan made a deal with his enemies despite it being strictly business. “He felt like Unruly sellout just because of money, no loyalty, it’s like these guys are so easy to switch just because of money,” sources said. “Kartel did warn them say Poppy no loyal and them never listen to the Worl’Boss.”
Of course, Vybz Kartel has his own issues when it comes to loyalty, but that’s for another time. If Aidonia and Popcaan does have some sort of falling out over the Unruly Boss’ business deal with an enemy of Donia, then that represents something fundamentally flawed in dancehall. Artists are supposed to be free to make business deals of their own liking and disc jockeys should be allowed to play every artists music. In this case, Popcaan and Masicka have no bad blood between each other hence he shouldn’t be frown upon for doing business with the Genahsyde.
Dancehall politics has always been a complicated space, and let’s not forget these are still rumors, there may very well be no issues between Aidonia and Popcaan. But our sources insist there are some tensions between the two camps at the moment.
Vybz Kartel continues to grip mainstream airwaves with “Fever” which reached number one on iTunes reggae chart.
“Fever” is one of the biggest dancehall singles this year and it has already made an impact on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. The song peaked at No. 36 on the chart making it Kartel’s second single to make an entry onto Billboard over his career. Perhaps his biggest achievement in recent years was when the song took the number one spot on iTunes reggae chart last week. The song has slipped to 13th place on the chart this week but it just shows the share growth over the past few months.
Since being added to major radio stations in the U.S. earlier this year, “Fever” has grown substantially while amassing over 50 million combined views on YouTube and over 10 million streams on Apple Music. What’s even more interesting is that Vybz Kartel did it all while he has been behind bars for over six years. Vybz Kartel is already searching for his next big hit by releasing four new singles since the start of this month. Some dancehall artists are wondering how did he manage to stay so relevant half a decade after his incarceration.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, scored his first Billboard hit with his 2009 single “Romping Shop” featuring Spice. Between 2009 and 2011, the dancehall star scored a number of hits and sparked some controversy including skin bleaching and beating up members of his Portmore Empire crew like NotNice, Black Ryno, and Gaza Kim. He even had a bitter fallout with former Vybz Rum business partner Corey Todd and even threatened him. His downfall wouldn’t come until September 2011 when he and several of his cronies were arrested in a massive police operation in Kingston. He was slapped with two murder charges a short time after and although he was exonerated of one of those charges, he was convicted of the second murder charge during a lengthy trial in 2014 along with three others including his protege Shawn Storm.