Tommy Lee Sparta kicking off the new year with the premiere of his “Happy Life” video.
The Ricardo Gowe Records-produced single was released in the summer of last year from where it grew to become an anthem. The song is featured on Tommy Lee’s compilation album “New Creature.” In the cut, the Mobay deejay wakes up in the morning surrounded by a bunch of smoking hot ladies. The cut then showcase his routine throughout the day as his ladies cater to his every need from his breakfast to his needs after a hard days work in the studio.
Tommy Lee Sparta is currently working on his debut album due early this year. The project will be the first on his new deal with Sean Kingston’s label Time is Money Entertainment. Kingston confirmed last month that both he and Lee are dropping their respective project at the top of the new year. The reggae pop singer has been working on his “Made In Jamaica” album since last year since he moved back to his homeland. The project is due for release next month.
Mavado link with his longtime producer Di Genius for a new single dedicated to the ladies, “Red Rose.”
Mavado is one of those rare dancehall artist that has the Midas touch because everything he released this year have been instant hits and this new single will be no different. “Man yo fi dede fi yo lady / Yo fi bring red rose fi yo girl / She love the things you do you do / No other man no fi dede fi yo girl,” Mavado sings.
Mavado has aligned himself with Alkaline and Jahmiel, two of the leading batch of young artists in dancehall currently. The trio formed a clique called MVP, the acronym for Mavado, Vendetta, and Patriotz. The Gullyside singjay has been having a great year in dancehall, but at the same time he is allowing the younger acts to shine. He also made headlines recently for his beef with Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, both artists emerged from under Vybz Kartel wing, so the hatred runs deep.
The Guzu Musiq deejay teams with Damage Musiq, the producer, for his new single “Antidote.” The new track comes just a few days after his social media spate with rival dancehall deejay Alkaline. “Sparta no play / Poverty run gone quickly / Stress affi run gone with it / Mi feel rich fresh plane pon the hip strip / All yo girlfriend waan come with me / Right now mi have a cure fi them / Fi tek weh yo problems,” Tommy Lee deejay.
This month alone, Tommy Lee Sparta released four new singles and two music videos. Last weekend, he and Alkaline got into a heated exchanged on Instagram as their beef deepens. The two have been beefing since the start of the year and things seems like its just heating up.
Yesterday, the “Uncle Demon” deejay posted a video on the Gram taking a subliminal at the Vendetta boss. “Weh the #VIM dem deh tag the #VIC dem deh,” he wrote. In the video clip he explains what he really means by VIM. “Yeah man a VIM, very important murder, some boy a VIC, very important coward,” he said.
Alkaline got word of the video and jumped in the comments section to take a jab at Tommy Lee Sparta. “Vagina inna yuh mouth Vendetta in charge suck yuh mumma pree da bait ya [DJ Frass],” Alka wrote, while Lee responded, “like how them a own them name v.i.c.”
“Who the cap fit let them wear it @manhimselff (Alkaline) you an the battywash gang leave me page plz,” Tommy Lee continues.
Alkaline and Tommy Lee Sparta have been beefing since the start of the year but their feud has been mostly one sided with the Mobay deejay dropping a ton of diss tracks. The Vendetta boss, on the other hand, has only released around two songs taking subliminal shots at his rival.
Tommy Lee Sparta is being accused of making mumble dancehall music?
While mumble rap became a thing in hip hop in recent years, mumble dancehall is not a thing, at least not yet. Some fans are accusing Tommy Lee Sparta of making mumble music, but unless you’re a hardcore dancehall follower you may not always understand what he is saying in his songs. Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee debut their new video for their first collaboration “Cross Over” on WorldStarHipHop yesterday and fans have been weighing in.
“WTF when since dancehall artist start with this mumble rap foolishness, this guy [Tommy Lee Sparta] isn’t even saying real words, this is trash,” one fan wrote while another added, “This guy is just making a bunch of sounds he is not even rapping they should keep this mumble foolishness out of reggae at least cats like Sean Paul and Beenie Man use real words even if its patois.”
One thing we should point out about this is that most of the critics were American based fans who are probably used to Sean Kingston reggae-pop flavor of music and not hardcore dancehall. So for those who don’t understand what Tommy Lee is saying here is a snippet of his lyrics. “Clean in a new bank robber / Time is money watch the gal them a fallow / Full of gold chains like a me name Shaba / Every body know me a the lyrical bomber / Scarface, Toni Montana, mi jus spend a million dollar / Weed me smoke me don’t run coke joke / Last boy this run up inna gun smoke,” Sparta spits.
“Any American saying they dont understand Tommy Lee verse gotta embrace it cuz u know y i don’t understand sh*t you’ll mumble rappers be saying yet still I’m from the Caribbean an i embrace you’ll sh*t so dont get it twisted,” one dancehall fan wrote. “Too me Tommy’s verse sounds more like a new style in mumbling so maybe he might be bigger than lil pump, xxxtenation, ski mask.”
The cut arrives only a few weeks after the collaboration was previewed. The single pays homage to the popular Bridges sandals and Clarks Deserts boots which are both popular in dancehall culture. The cut was directed by RD Studios and produced jointly by Romeich Entertainment and Tommy Lee’s label Guzu Musiq.
“Bridget’s & Desert” marks the first time that Shenseea and Tommy Lee Sparta are collaborating. “Them a pree and a talk and a watch yo everyday / And them man child support cyan match yo pay / When you a make moves them a pussycl**t play / Weh them know bout you girl,” Sparta deejay. The track is currently available on iTunes/Apple Music for streaming.
Shenseea made some major breakthrough in dancehall this year following the success of her collaborative single with Vybz Kartel, “Loodi.” The Mobay deejay is also having a great year with a handful of hits as he continues to push his gothic dancehall movement. The formula has been working great for him since his Gaza days so why change it now. Watch the official video for “Bridget’s & Desert (Pon Foot)” below.