Shenseea recently claimed her spot among the female Dancehall royalty when she dubbed herself the “Princess of Dancehall’ on social media.
The “Love I Got For U” singer took to Instagram last week sharing that she was deserving of the title princess, since Spice is the new Queen of the genre.
“Spice a di Queen, so me a wah? Nuh must Princess! Who next?” she wrote in a lengthy post.
However, several Dancehall insiders are now saying the Romeich Entertainment artiste “must do more work before claiming such a prestigious title.”
Shenseea is too young in the business to be making such a hefty claim, according to a few players in the genre.
Many users were reportedly not pleased at Shenseea’s comments, pointing out that although she may be commanding attention on the local and international music scene, she has not done nearly enough work.
“Yes she [Shenseea] is doing a lot of work, performing across the world events and clocking millions of views on YouTube but we cannot be too quick to overlook other female entertainers that have been working for years,” one insider said.
In addition to being fresh in the business, social media users accused Shenseea and her team of ‘buying’ social media followers and YouTube views to help propel her to the top.
“When we comment on Shenseea’s lack of ability, she says she is fairly new and we can’t judge her so hard. Years later, with no hit after Loodi, no stage presence, nothing special to make her a princess, she is already dubbing herself princess. Where are the hits without bought million views?” the user questioned.
Another user said Shenseea had to work hard to try to surpass her Vybz Kartel-assisted single, Loodi.
“As Jamaicans, we have a ‘reach’ mentality that prevents us from working harder. Imagine you have one hit and crown u self princess instead a u work hard inna the lab n try churn out a next hit,” the user wrote.
Dancehall selector Foota Hype, however, told reporters that he “does not see any harm in Shenseea laying claim to the dancehall throne.”
“You can’t knock a person fi have self-confidence and self belief, enuh so if she believe say she a di princess a dancehall right now based on the amount a gigs weh she a get or the amount a money weh she a make, me can’t blame her fi say dat,” he said.”
“Let’s just look at all the other females in dancehall. Right now she and Spice a get the most bookings and is not one part of the world, so supmn a gwaan right, and if she feel like she a di next thing in line to Spice, me can’t knock her to feel da way deh,” he added.
MC Nuffy agreed with Foota’s evaluation.
“Me nuh have no problem with her saying that but me believe she have more work to do. She nuh ready fi di title yet. If any female artiste fi get dat title, a D’Angel because D’Angel been a work over the years and she build herself from the ground up. She pay her dues and try give you a performance every time she book for a show,” he said.
Shenseea, whose real name is Chinsea Lee, has been already signed brand ambassadorships deals with the Jamaican branches of Pepsi, Campari, and the telecommunications giant Flow, following her break-out single with Kartel last year.
The 21-year-old singer is preparing to release a Reggae EP called “Real and True” in mid-autumn, which will be stacked with tracks she’s written herself over the years.