VIDEO: DANCEHALL LEGEND SHABBA RANKS TELLS US WHY HE DECLINED BET AWARDS PERFORMANCE

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Lord have mercy Shabba Ranks has given me LIFE on this wet and gloomy Thursday morning.

In the interview below Shabba talks about the recent BET Awards Reggae/Dancehall tribute performance featuring, Beanie Man, Elephant Man, Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus and Pliers, and why he declined their offer to appear also.

[Thanks Keysha]

Hahahahahaha.

TELL DEM SHABBA!!!

Over to you BET. *Looks over at Stephen Hill and Debra Lee – sips tea*

10 replies »

  1. LOOL, this video gave me life too. It’s good to see Shabba is just as outspoken as he has always been. I must admit I loved the BET Dancehall tribute and must’ve watched it at least five times when it first aired. I saw it as a celebration of Jamaican/Caribbean culture and it was nice to see artists like Beenie and Elephant Man get the recognition they deserve. But now having watched Mr Ranks rant I’m reconsidering my position as he raised some very valid points. Why is dancehall (and any other non-American musical genres tbf) always relegated to the margins? I’d like to see the reggae, dancehall, grime, Afrobeats award-winning artists shown on TV collecting their awards, not read about them as footnotes. I reckon Shabba’s the one to lead the revolution for inclusion. I wanna see Shabba walking the red carpet wearing him pretty boot alongside Mariah Careeey!

  2. I don’t think he particularly wants inclusion. He is saying if you make a choice to include me because you want to acknowledge me as part of the black entertainment, then treat me like everybody else. If I am good enough to be here, I am good enough for the special treatment like everybody else who has been called here and nominated. The mighty dollar is a mighty dollar regardless of who is holding it. It can just about buy anything you have. So pay your respects equally.

  3. How can you not have man like Shabba Ranks walk the red carpet with him pretty shirt next to Mariah Carey!!! Travesty!!! Tell dem again Shabba!

  4. Gwan Shabba Ah so it go. Tell them. If more artists stood up the way you did and speak the way you have, they would have to show more respect for the music.

  5. MsQuiche :
    “But now having watched Mr Ranks rant I’m reconsidering my position as he raised some very valid points. Why is dancehall (and any other non-American musical genres tbf) always relegated to the margins? I’d like to see the reggae, dancehall, grime, Afrobeats award-winning artists shown on TV collecting their awards, not read about them as footnotes.”

    ++++

    BET doesn’t focus on any music that isn’t being played on American Top R&B/Rap radio. They don’t focus on other Black based music in America so don’t take it as if they just don’t care about non-American music alone. They don’t care about Jazz, Blues, or Rock music made by black people in America. You’ll never seem them focus on GoGo or New Orleans Bounce Music; both are American art forms bute they aren’t played on the radio nationally.

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