Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas took to Facebook to share his views on Jamaica’s current Dancehall community, giving credit to longtime entertainer Beenie Man and imprisoned deejay Vybz Kartel.
In a video clip, Mr. Vegas, whose real name is Clifford Smith, stated that Beenie Man uplifted Dancehall in a way like no other artists following Shabba Ranks’ period.
The “Head High” singjay also stated that Beenie Man has taught him a great deal and has done tremendously well with his music career in the past Dancehall era.
However, he believes that the “King of the Dancehall” deejay presently has nothing to offer to Jamaica and suggested that he do a new album featuring Barrington Levy with touring the world in the pipeline.
Mr. Vegas admitted that Vybz Kartel is currently dominating the 21st century era of Dancehall, despite being local or incarcerated for murder conviction. He said that Dancehall would have crumbled without the presence of Kartel’s music since the “Worl Boss” deejay’s life sentence.
He also gave props to Bounty Killer, Mavado and Gaza Slim, however, disdained fast-rising deejay Alkaline.
Mr. Vegas received multiple awards at the 32nd IRAWMA celebration on 4 May 2013 when “Sweet Jamaica” was selected for Song of the Year, and “Bruk it Down” for Video of the Year.
His latest album, “Reggae Euphoria,” was released in September 2014.
He featured on a remixed version of Beyoncé’s “Standing on the Sun”, which was included on the 2014 ‘Platinum Edition’ of her self-titled album.