From Khaligraph’s beef with Blaqbonez to Vybz Kartel, here are the stories that made headlines this week
By Annette Amondi
This week served us some major beef from Khaligraph Jones and Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez, Avril also decided to respond to Naiboi and Vybz Kartel may be released from prison soon.
- Khaligraph Jones and Blaqbonez
Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez and Kenya’s own Khaligraph have topped this week’s headlines with their back and forth. The beef started after Khaligraph Jones won the best rapper in Africa award at the Sound City MVP awards. After the gala night, Blaqbonez took to social media to share his thoughts on Lhaligraph’s win saying that he did not deserve to win the award.
The beef escalated when Khlai dropped a diss track in response dubbed ‘Best rapper in Nigeria’ telling off the Nigerian rapper to wait for the next season to bag the award.
A day later, Blaqbonez dropped his response to Khaligraph in ‘Green Blaq Green’ but many online users were not impressed by the diss.
Dan Mc’Aboka “This song sounds better when you mute and read the comments.”
Jacob Mwangi: This Nigerian guy apewe tu watu wa Gengetone wa deal na yeye vizuri..
dokta rufas: Yo Blaqbonez, a disstrack ain’t a song for a massage parlor
- Avril and Naiboi
Avril and Naiboi’s beef is not new this week but it left tongues wagging. The two were involved in a beef last week after Naiboi singled out Avril in one of his posts. In the post, Naiboi asked his fans to name one female singer they would like to see him work with but pointed out that he doesn’t want to work with Avril.
This week, Avril responded saying that Naiboi was still mad at her for refusing to be part of his 2in1 jam and revealed that she was still recovering from delivering her baby whne Naiboi approached her.
From my understanding nilimnyima video ya 2in1. So I had just delivered my baby and I was in recovery mode. So Naiboi akanitumia message akaniambia “Hey is it possible for you, (lakini siwezi vindicate sana lakini no one knew I was in recovery) to do a video for me, I said yes. Sasa mimi nafikiria hii video nafaa kufanya in like a week, so me I thought ni kitu kama ya one week and I will be ready to do, mdogo mdogo two hours later anashinda akituma messages ile video niaje, Kesho ile video, aiish Dude. So mimi si kurespond , I didn’t say anything, Nilijiambia tu kwa akili yangu I don’t need this kind of pressure right now niko na enough issues, nafikiria venye nitapumbia maziwa mtoto wangu, hata kuketi ilikuwa shida, alafu mtu bado anataka niende nifanye make-up nikafanye video. So when I said I did not feel like doing it, it was true, I was not in that space, so beef ikaanza hapo. So the next thing naskia kwa radio akisema Avril and Victoria Kimani refused to be in the video. Hiyo ni story ya 2018. So January 8th, naamka nimetagiwa kwa post ya Naiboi, I’m looking for a female artiste na tafadhali msinitajie Avril? Are we still on this? So mi sijui bado nimekasirikiwa, aiii! A kwende. Makasiriko ya 2018 tusilete 2020” said Avril
- Diana King and Vybz Kartel
Reggae legend Diana King came out to question the Jamaican justice system for allowing dancehall star Vybz Kartel to record music in prison.
Diana King is lashing out against the Jamaican prison system, permitting inmates to record music while serving their sentences.
Through a social media post, Diana King revealed that she continues to be irked by the special treatment Dancehal and Reggae artistes receive while serving their sentences.
“I’ll never be able to ignore the fact that a convicted artist/prisoner serving time, be it for murder/rape, can still record and release music from prison in Jamaica. How do you all do it? Is it because it wasn’t you who was raped or your luved one killed???” she said
Diana is said to have also been targeting Jamaican singer Jah Cure through her tweet.
Cure was convicted of rape in 1999 and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Cure’s mega hit single “Reflections” was recorded and released from prison
- Vybz Kartel
Valerie Neita-Robertson, one of the senior attorneys on Vybz Kartel’s case revealed that the verdict on his appeal may be given soon.
According to the attorney Vybz’s case is looking very good and the dancehall king and deejay may just be a free man soon.
In December 2019, the Court of Appeal indicated in a letter to Kartel’s lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson that the process had reached an advanced stage and a verdict would be announced soon.
Robertson in a recent interview revealed that Vybz’s appeal case looks very good but maintained that there is still no guarantee that he will be acquitted.
“Of course, we are always hopeful. There are no guarantees that our client will be acquitted, but to my mind, it is a very good appeal,” she said.
She also maintained that the process has taken too long but the verdict is expected to be delivered any Friday from now.
- Rihanna and Shaggy
Earlier this week, Shaggy revealed that he rejected an offer to be part of Rihanna’s upcoming album because he saw it fit to leave it to younger generations. His sentiments also insinuated that he had been asked to audition to be part of the album.
“They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah. There’s a lot of great people involved, but for me, I didn’t need to audition to be on the record, I’ll leave that to younger guys. But from what I hear it should be good.” He said
Rihanna’s producer then responded saying that Shaggy was lying and that no one had asked him to audition for the project.
“I’ve worked with Rihanna and I’ve never seen her asked another artiste to audition to work with her and she has worked with many. She never asked any one of us to request any artiste to ‘audition’ and we didn’t ask anyone to do that. I know Shaggy and I have the utmost respect for him as someone who contributes so much to our culture, so no I wouldn’t asked him to do something like that nor would I stand for anyone on our side to ask him to do that. The bottom line is this isn’t a fair criticism and these bad press surrounding this fiasco don’t reflect on the type of person she is.” he said
Shaggy’s team also released a statement saying that the singer’s words were taken out of context.
“Rihanna’s team had been in talks with Shaggy’s team to participate on the album, it’s no secret .They’ve been in touch with many other reggae artistes to be involved and they wanted Shaggy to submit some songs rather than go in studio together. Both artistes’ schedules are very tight and when he said he would rather not audition by submitting songs and that he’d rather leave that to younger artistes, Shaggy’s word was taken out of context.” said Shaggy’s spokesperson Sharon Burke