Police pull plug on Drake
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Members of the police force escorted international rap star DJ Drake from the well-attended Brit Jam stage show in Montego Bay early Monday morning. This after the Canadian act spewed profanities while he shared the stage with local dancehall stars Mavado and Aidonia.
The abrupt end to the rapper’s set, also cut short the much-anticipated performance of the two Alliance members who were connecting nicely with the audience who seemed eager to receive them. Drake, who was summoned on stage by the top flight artiste Mavado, uttered obscenities as he greeted the patrons.
Prior to the rapper’s removal from the stage, emcees Crazy Neil and DJ Skinny implored the performers to resist using obscene language during their performance at the behest of the cops in attendance.
In the meantime, the show which was the penultimate event of the Brit Jam events — which kicked off with a glamourous all white party at Blue Beat in Montego Bay on Tuesday, March 8 — was highlighted by sensational performances from I-Octane, Beenie Man, Food Kartel, Pamputae and Munga Honourebel.
The high-riding singjay I-Octane quickly gathered momentum soon after hitting the stage belting songs My Life and Puff It. Buoyed by the strong support from the patrons, some the dreadlocked entertainer ripped through his many hits including Lose a Friend, Study You Friend, Mama You Alone and many others much to the delight of the excited audience.
After I-Octane’s departure the emcees also warned the patrons of the police’s command to desist from lighting torches, just before Beenie Man made his way on stage. The patrons obeyed.
Beenie Man who explained that he was only 75 per cent recovered from a recent knee surgery, however did not show any sign of unease.The consummate entertainer had no problem in connecting with his many fans, with whom he consistently interacted during his high-energy performance in which he delivered current and old hits including I’m Okay, Rum and Red Bull, Woman A call Me, and Old Dog.
Earlier Food Kartel had the patrons eating out of his hands with his cuisine associated lyrics. He whetted the appetite of the patrons with servings of Cook It Inna, Hot Rice, You Done Cook, Food For Life and others, and was the sole performer to earn any encore. He was recalled to the stage twice.
A confident Munga Honourebel delivered a strong set with selections such as Me No Know, Man Gangsta, Bad From Me Born, while female deejay Pamputae who recommended that the ladies exchange cash for ‘gold’ was also warmly received.
A workman-like performance from the veteran deejay Bounty Killa, brought the curtains down on a great show. (Jamaica Observer)