Mr Vegas defends reggae song - Insists he will not give up secular music because of Christianity
A new track released by reggae artiste Mr Vegas where he talks about his experiences with the catastrophic Hurricane Irma has sent tongues wagging.
Many listeners, after hearing the track, are now questioning the artiste's faith, pointing out that the lyrics of the song are not in line with the type of song that a Christian should be putting out.
While some listeners likened the humour in the song to that of Lovindeer's song about Hurricane Gilbert, the majority of listeners have been lashing out at Mr Vegas, labelling him as confused for dabbling in gospel music one minute, and then switching to reggae and dancehall the next.
"Vegas try off a Christianity fi see if him woulda buss big in it like Lady Saw, but it nuh work out so him a try screechy back inna di devil world," one user commented on Instagram.
"Isn't this the same Vegas that turn Christian wah day," another said.
In an interview with THE STAR, Mr Vegas said the backlash he is currently getting took him by surprise as the song about Irma was done to bring a little humour and fun to a stressful situation. The artiste says he believes the backlash coming from the Christian community is the highest level of hypocrisy, and labels the outcry as a form of envy.
"I think it's some form of envy from a certain part of the Christian community because it almost feels like you're a celebrity joining an organisation, and in order for them to accept you, they have to tear you down," he explained.
"I did done tell the people dem from day one, enuh, that I am going to be using my career to take care of my family. Maybe that's why they (Christians) don't support me because they don't think that I'm a Christian and I am righteous."
Mr Vegas went on to explain that he believes it is possible for a Christian to do clean reggae and dancehall music, and stressed that he will continue to do music (reggae, gospel or dancehall) as long as it keeps providing for him and his family.
"I see a lot of people leave the dancehall community and speak bad of the dancehall community. When they try to return, you hear testimonies of how the gospel fraternity treated them. So, you have to be careful that you are not running away leave your blessing," he said.
"How are you going to take care of your family if you don't have a job. The same Bible that they are quoting tells you that any man who doesn't take care of his family is worse than a man that don't believe in God. I don't want to do gospel and then I'm begging people when I go to the supermarket to pay for my goods."
The entertainer lamented that the support he has gotten over the years and continues to get from the dancehall fraternity is not the same when it comes to the gospel industry.
"I put out a whole gospel album and I did a few gospel concerts, and I don't get the support that I get from the dancehall or the reggae community," he said.
"People are telling you that when you become a Christian, you have to leave reggae music or leave the dancehall to praise God. I don't do gospel music for praise from mankind; I just do gospel music because I want to have a spiritual connection with God. I nuh feel no way when I see people bashing or having a problem with music that I put out. As long as I feel good within myself and I know that when I out put my music it brings people joy, I'm good."