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Marvin Sparks: "I gut thuh innanet gowin nutz"

Well, it's a Paul Wall bar really (remember him? I actually interviewed him in about '08 for an album that never dropped lol).

But this has nothing to do with him. Remember this post where I spoke to Kartel for a straight fan to artist conversation discussing other artists he has problems with? Well, it exploded yesterday. As I had a feeling it would. Hold tight @missjaylouise, told her about the amount I juice I got on the day. She knows. Also 'ang tight my social-net-less bredrins too (Yeah, can you believe they exist in 2011? Who'd have thought it? I remember talking about us flying cars by 2010 from back in 1997. Didn't quite happen, but yeah, people not on social-networks is weird).

First off I'm gonna address the Kartel bleaching argument.

Listen to Dancehall Hero (This tune is sick!)

If you don't get why he bleaches, you don't understand who Kartel is. Listen to what he is saying in this tune. Kartel just wants people to discuss him. That's all it is. No deeper psychological analysis required. He doesn't care what people think so long as they talk about him he's winning. Listen to the interview below; he says "I make money off controversy". Look at him over the past few years, Gully-Gaza, talking about getting blow jobs, leaking pics of getting a bj, kicking members out of Portmore Empire, reported beatings upon their departure, getting tattoo's, talking about freemasonary, the suspect pics of his tongue pierced, even down to putting on braces... All these things were taboo before Kartel. So long as people talk he wins. He has seen the debate about Michael Jackson's skin lightening and Kartel thinks he can replicate that. Throw a product in their to sell and blam! That's all it is. Selling daggering condoms on the back of all his songs with sexually explicit content (mainly Ramping Shop), plus the pics of him and Spice, and the other with Gaza Kym (maybe?) is another one. Whether it is a controversial moment too far, that's down for the people to decide, but not loving himself and all that is nothing to Kartel. It's all about the money.

Why people weren't listening when Mavado said "Well bleach out and full of tattoo like drag" I'll never know. Actually, you were probably too busy shouting Gaza whilst dismissing Mavado at the time. Why this wasn't brought up circa Straight Jeans and Fitted time, I don't know. I noticed it. And the backlash from artists and media in Jamaica has been a lot so don't even bring no "Yardie" argument round ya. Oh!

But anyway, moving on, see me, yeah, people assume I'm industry or call me a journalist or a blogger... I do all of those things but really I'm just a fan that expresses myself/shares my interest in those ways (realised this after a convo with @MichelleShanti and used it for my SoulCulture bio). When doing interviews, I'm a fan asking artists things I wanna know, and more time, other fans appreciate them and for that I am thankful.

I see people that come into the industry to be *Suge Knight voice* "All up in the videos", at every industry party, doing the "networking" (which is usually beggin' friend in disguise for ulterior motives like invites to parties and free concerts). Me, I don't bother with that. I do what I like, how I like as a fan for fans.

Wondering my point or what sparked this? During my Google search on what's poppin' for my name I came across this site that quoted my Kartel interview. They wrote:

"This is a pretty cool interview, Kartel talks about all the things that we wonder about, all the things we want insight on, like his feelings towards some of the most prominent artists in the industry like Busy Signal, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, and Bounty Killer, his business ventures, why CONTROVERSY is his middle name and why he believes he earned the self proclaimed title of "DANCEHALL HERO".


I don't like how Kartel ah diss up mi man AIDONIA!! Not one bit!

But all in all, it was a good interview so BIG UP to MARVIN SPARKS.. he asked all the right questions!!"


If you type "marvin sparks vybz kartel" into Google (yes, I did it. I wanted to see where it went) you'll see about page 7/8 pages of results. This isn't even showing off, I'm sharing my excitement/surprise/proud moment. I'm accepted by my dancehalll peers :oD

As I tweeted a week ago

(copied from Kartel's twitter) @iamthekartel: "#AWOAH RT @MarvinSparks @iamthekartel bless up king. People talking about your interview already. Wait til the rest drops. Oh!" [source]

If you haven't heard it:

@MarvinSparks: Vybz Kartel on wars and business ventures by MiNameMarvinSparks

Part 1 and Part few and my breakdown of my year 'til then

Hold tight everyone that has downloaded it from soundcloud for their youtube channels and blogged it. I know it's Kartel they're doing it for, but I asked the right questions so I'm claiming my part dognyammit (Yard version uzeet)! Producer and songwriter split is 50/50 on royalties, so mi nuh muss get my share? I've officially gone where no other UK journalist has been since the digital age. I'm on a mission to bring my music to where it needs to be uzeet?

p.s. this isn't the only time it has happened. Most of dancehall interviews get ripped. So if you want me to help your site tap into the dancehall community holla at mehh Don't get it twisted like I'm a one-trick pony though Asher Roth, Raekwon, Kevin J (UK comedian), Keri Hilson and J. Cole are a few I've sighted on other sites. (Thanks to Google). Thanks for thinking they're good enough for your site. Oh yeah, my reviews do well too. Yeah, I'm plugging away hard round here. VAT went up to 20% yesterday. Check my interviews and MeView's. Lastly, a 2010 dancehall mix CD for your listening pleasure. Think I'm all plugged out now. Thanks. Actually, last thing, I can honestly say I have never used a question anyone asked me to ask because I don't say "I'm interviewing X tomorrow, send me your questions", because I don't wanna jinx it. It's 100% me. So I don't require much notice prior to interviews *angelic smile* (no homo) Oh yeah and don't shoot the messenger.


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