Back in 2016, Sean Paul first criticised Drake for the blatant appropriation of Dancehall, a music genre popular amongst Jamaican culture founded in the ’70s.“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it.”
Now, the Canadian rapper is being called out once again by reggae icon, Mavado with his latest track, ‘Enemy Line’. Taking to Instagram overnight, the Jamaican singer shared a post with a caption that read, “Remember this. Dancehall a mi play ground. You are not from Dancehall. You have no Power in Dancehall n everybody know who introduce you to Dancehall so don’t feel like you can come disrespect Gully take that out you brain n don’t dweet again.”
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Suh yuh wa be like wi, and try style the thing. Remember this Dancehall a mi play ground, Dancehall is my job. I’ve been a superstar over 15yrs and created countless hit songs in my genre while developing my unique singjay style of which The new generation is all about today solidifying the craft 👊🏽🔥. You are not from Dancehall You have no Power in Dancehall n everybody know who introduce you to Dancehall so don’t feel like you can come disrespect Gully take that out you brain n don’t dweet again. 🇯🇲
Last week, Drake went after Mavado on his “Only You Freestyle” with Headie One. He referenced his nemesis Popcaan and his home town Cassava Piece, “With Pop Skull in Gaza, but not that Gaza, but still it’s a mazza/N***as want peace like Cassava.”
The world of appropriation is a blurry one with many people arguing on what the line is between homage and exploitation, particularly of African cultures. Is ‘Only You Freestyle’ appropriating Dancehall sounds? Listen bellow and judge for yourself.