Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis, recently has accused Alkaline of selling out Jamaica.
The “Nuff Gal” deejay was performing at the Galiday Bounce festival staged in Ewarton, St. Catherine on December 30th.
Beenie Man, while interacting with fans during his performance, questioned them:
“Why aren’t other artistes present for stage shows in Jamaica?”
“Every artiste deh Jamaica because once I’m here, their all here. So a lie them a tell,” he added.
He then reportedly went on to claim that Alkaline was selling out his homeland.
“Alkaline said he’s done with dutty Jamaica”
“Mi just want you to know a dat him say outta him mouth, and unuh same one a say ‘whoi’. Mi just want unuh know. People, mi a one of the dutty Jamaican who like come a Jamaica fi perform fi the dutty people dem,” Beenie Man said to screaming fans.
Alkaline has been vocal about his absence on Jamaican stages stating that he doesn’t see it fit to perform while doing business with some promoters, no matter what the quantity of money may be.
The “Champion Boy” deejay reacted to Beenie Man’s remarks by taking to Instagram to post a picture with a scathing caption on Wednesday, January 4th.
“Big pussy Beenie me know yuh? How you so lie? Tag him.”
Since then, fans of Alkaline have launched a vicious social media attack on Beenie Man. While some users called out Beenie Man for being ‘badmind’, others directed threats at him, warning the artiste to avoid any further confrontation.
Seemingly unbothered by the comments, Beenie Man took to Instagram to respond to Alkaline.
“Mi glad how di artiste hear me. A two years now di fans a support him music and cyaa see him. I only hope him do some show now fi spite me and please him fans. Since a deh so di ting reach. Mi please my fans and fi dem pickney fi decades now. Pay my dues and show my respect to the music, musicians, deejays, promoters, patrons, and sound system,” Beenie Man said.
“Music is a service to the fans, not a hype ting. Many artiste come and go, and me still deh yah. Unnu tek music fi game? #InstagramBadman ting a nuh my style. Him a tek up Matterhorn style fi war pon Instagram?”
Beenie Man then went on to state that he has done a number of local shows in December, including Stone Love Anniversary, GT Taylor Extravaganza, Chug It, Fireworks on the Waterfront, and Trailer Load Wednesdays.
“Me tired and RE-tired! Tell di man seh me deh pon vacation yah man. Mi a tek a break so me can come back come work fi mi fans dem. Tag him,” Beenie Man added.
Arguably one of the most popular artistes in Jamaica today, it has been a common view among several industry insiders in recent times that Alkaline has been deliberately avoiding performing at local events by charging exorbitant appearance fees.
When asked to address the latter, the artiste’s manager, Kereena Beckford, said the entertainer has already addressed those issues, stating that all those claims were untrue.
With songs like “City,” “Extra Lesson,” “Formula,” “My Side of the Story,” “Company” and “Afterall,” Alkaline dominated dancehall in 2016.
His album, New Level Unlocked, produced by DJ Frass, was arguably the most critically-acclaimed dancehall album for the year.