Jan 4, 2009


Raphael was at Sting here is his view:

My question is who really won the clash, was it Mavado or is it Vybz Kartel? I was at Sting and watched two of Jamaica’s best deejays battled. However, at the end of the day no one seems to can identify who’s the victor. Some people saying it’s Vybz Kartel and by the time I reached the exit another bunch of people saying Mavado kill the deejay. I am not a fan of Vybz Kartel or Mavado so I should be able to give my honest opinion about what took place at Sting.

Before I even go any further, hats off to Mavado and Vybz Kartel for making the battlefield crowdy and to also demonstrate to the world that we can once again have lyrical face-offs without physical action. Mavado is to be further commended for taking up the task of a Dj in battling Vybz kartel- a man known to know no lyrical boundaries, a man who feels that ‘all is fair in love and war’!

Now lets talk about who won the clash, Mavado or Kartel, yeah man it’s Kartel, nooo man it’s Mavado, okay it’s a tie. I know Vybz Kartel’s fans or Mavado’s fans might not agree but as you read on you will understand what I am suggesting. Fans need to put aside their personal likes for each artiste and admit the fact that both artistes did exceptionally well to have their fans going home confused wondering who won the clash.

One Man's Victory Merciless’ victory against Bounty Killer and Ninja Man at Sting 2000 is what you called a 100% win. Everyone left the venue complimenting Merciless for dismantling Bounty Killer and Ninja Man.

The first half of the clash definitely went to Vybz Kartel AKA Adi Di Techa, it’s also evident that Mavado became a bit nervous. Even though he was, being lyrically punished by Vybz Kartel the Gully Gad stood his ground and managed to propel his self-back into the clash.

The first artiste to get boo was Mavado but after holding his own for several minutes the boos started going both ways. By then Mavado was already back in the clash getting as much forward as Vybz Kartel.

When Vybz Kartel told Mavado that he f**ked his mother, you could tell that Mavado was really hurt by those lines and decided to do his last song, “Mi aggo kill him and cut.” It was also downfall for Vybz Kartel as the audience booed him for disrespecting Mavado’s mother in the clash.

The clash could have been a better one only if the audience weren’t booing so much this is when it becomes confusing, not knowing which of the artistes the boos were really targeting.

Battlefield Was Not Level

The audience was also a bit bias in the first half and the fact that the clash took place in Vybz Kartel's back yard (Portmore) this is something one should also take into consideration. In other words, if the clash had happened in Cassava Piece then you would definitely have a repeat of a bias audience.

Interesting to note was that the backing Band was Mavado's, which gave him an incredible advantage in a subtle way. Mavado also had the advantage of being the underdog and no matter what - every body loves to see an underdog win, who wouldn’t want to see the man that everybody doubted- winning?

One of the most interesting things that I noticed about this clash when compared to all the others that I have witnessed in the past was the rapid pace in which the songs were delivered. In Clashes of the past, the audience listened keenly for the toasting artists’ lyrical content and then rewarded them with a ‘forward’ or boos. The clash last night showed that the pace of dancehall songs has changed significantly over the years with dancehall rhythms becoming faster and more intricate, the artist has to be able to keep up so in the clash situation neither Mavado nor Kartel could squeeze more then four lines of their songs before the crowd responded.

So this is what I am suggesting lets go for part two.


1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 18, 2009

    if yuh ask me, movado win di clash
    vybz kartel arite, but movado a com tru and kill it
    movado run off di stage but itta nuttin, him still dominate kartel