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Gully vs. Gaza AGAIN!? Music mi seh!

So if you haven't been following, Kartel and Mavado (scroll to the bottom of the Killer vs. Kartel war report) have been sending songs after each other AGAIN. LAME we don't want to hear you two warring again. Just as we were getting somewhat near a peace treaty (AGAIN), you both decide to draw for war tunes. Why? We don't want to see a rematch this year at Sting, cos to be quite frank, the last wasn't that good.

Both have managed to move on with their careers, Kartel's flourishing both locally and for the first time in a while internationally (since VISA was revoked?), whilst Mavado continues to make headway collaborating/in the studio with the likes of DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef and Young Jeezy to Alicia Keys. Last year, it was at the forefront of everyone's mind and captured our imagination. Now it's at the point where it is more likely to result in a lose-lose. We've had to endure Bounty Killer vs. Beenie Man on-and-off for over a decade, please don't drag this one out for that long, thanks.

My 2 pence on this whole Gully-Gaza thing is, if that's what they want to do, cool. Why people take it upon themselves to war personally like either of the artists are doing anything for them but satisfying their thirst for music, I guess is a much deeper than simply stan behaviour - I'm not about to do a social/economical post. As much as the Jamaican media protest against it, in my opinion, they are the ones who have kept the war alive, because neither artist has really said much to each other on wax this year, yet Gully-Gaza news stories still dominate the papers.

Personal grievances don't bother me greatly, the main problem for me is when it starts to affect us - the fans. What seems to have happened is each artist has their respective camp thus meaning both record riddims with their own camps and associates exclusively. This results in compromising what we hear or should I say what we don't hear. I would love to hear Mavado on the England Town riddim produced by Gaza's in-house producer NotNice or Kartel on Gully's DJ Frass riddim Survivor.

Russian and Brixton from Head Concussion seem to be servicing both sides; Go-go Club (hottest riddim right now) seems to be a Gaza ting whilst DJ Frass' Survivor and Clearance were both built by said camp. Why don't they have a riddim with both artists on there?

Last riddim I remember both on (legitimately) was Stephen McGregor's Trippple Bounce. Was apparant there was a possible rift between Di Genius and Kartl from the no-show by Kartel on Outbreak riddim, even more obvious with Kartel's blatant diss where he tells Mavado to "F*ck Stephen" then in the same breath declares NotNice as the baddest producer. Now if what I've heard is true about why they have fallen out (dispute over an unreleased song), then Kartel went too far.

Why are they taking from us - the fans? Hopefully they still make peace at Usain Bolt's party December 8th (?)

Taken from my interview with famed reggae/dancehall producer and Busy Signal's manager Shane Brown earlier this year:

Marvin Sparks: Have you spoken to both artists and is the war over now?

Shane Brown:
What a lot of people need to understand is this war thing is very seasonal. After summer coming up to December everyone is preparing for Sting. Therefore, that is the season for it. But after Sting, there is no way you can start the year off on that note. Both parties are saying they have finished with that.

Marvin Sparks: So is it all engineered then?

Shane Brown:
No, it isn’t engineered, it’s just a part of it.

Marvin Sparks: So we can’t expect either one to record a new track on one of your rhythms?

Shane Brown:
Nah, that’s not really my vibe right now. I’m more into the girls songs and some party songs. But who knows? If these two artists can keep it musical and not physical its all good and fun.


Anyway, MUSIC MI SEH! This has been getting some serious rotation on Windows Media Player. Feel the Jah Vinci on the riddim, but this is my fave. Along with Don't Blame Life on Mood Swing riddim (albeit overshadowed by G Whizz's powerful Life), and Anything Goes on Trippple Bounce, Bugle is doin' a lot right now!

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