by Teino Evans, Staff Reporter
MC Miss Kitty gets down during her MC duties at Fully Loaded, James Bond Beach, St. Mary, on Sunday, July 29. -
It was by far not one of your regular 'Fully Loaded' events as two main highlights, the sound clashes and a Bounty Killer performance went missing.
The sound systems came and they played, but not many were able to win the approval of the audience, as patrons at one point started to hurl stones and bottles on the stage, forcing the 'man from Mars' to take centre stage in an effort to restore the order.
"Calm down mi people, mi sey calm down. Mi nuh waan dem mash up mi fun," Matterhorn announced over the microphone at around 2:40 a.m., shortly after Black Chiney had exited the stage following their 'dissing spree' of promoter Sharon Burke.
Patrons may have enjoyed Black Chiney up until the end when they had a go at Burke saying, "Yow Sharon Burke fi foff." This in no way set a bed of roses for the next sound that followed, which annoyed patrons to the point where they started to hurl stones and bottles onto the stage.
Even Matterhorn narrowly missed a direct connection with one of the missiles hurled onstage, but he managed to restore the peace as he played a Mavado tune from his catalogue and talked to his fans.
Following the hostile reaction of the patrons, artistes were even more cautious in their performance onstage, as it was a touch and go if there was no forward forthcoming.
Acts like Bugle came and demanded that everybody should Exercise Everyday, Nezbeth lamented over his Board House and Etana told of her Wrong Address.
Things were not so easy for Don Mafia though, as his attempt at addressing Beenie Man, who was standing in the audience towards the front of the stage, earned him an overwhelming round of 'boos', forcing him to leave without even uttering one song.
Build the vibes
After this artiste segment, a few selectors were called on to build back the vibes. First up was Foota Hype who was quick to point out that "Black Chiney overdo di ting."
However, Foota immediately went into his musical selections and had patrons jumping, especially when he paused to acknowledge 'the doctor' in the house.
"If Beenie Man can deh yah, pass di gate, di security an deh yah, den everybody can live good. But Fully Loaded, mi can play a song wey mi know Beenie Man like?" To the resounding response of 'yes' from the audience, Foota proceeded to draw for a Killer song, Lodge.
Other selectors like Scratchy B of Cash Money and Renaissance's Jazzy T also made good on the turntables, setting the pace for American rapper Fabolous who took the stage to screams and cheers from his mostly female fans.
He delivered a mix of old and new material, some of which patrons were familiar with like Superwoman, Holla Back and Need A Girl In My Life.
Voicemail followed immediately after, getting everyone in a Dancing Fever, as they came Ready To Party and Get Crazy.
Macka Diamond represented for the ladies as she explained "why mi sey money O and love money so much". She also touched a few of her hot tunes including Done Already, Bun Him and Hulla Hoop.
A small fire was blazed by Teflon and Turbulence before the 'Gangsta for Life' was introduced on stage, as Mavado came prepared to Touch Di Road and Squeeze Bst but made sure to warn Top Shotta Nuh Miss. He handed over to the 'Gangsta Ras', Munga Honourable who declared Gangstas Don't Play Around before singing Bad From Mi Born.
Busy Signal, Einstein, Wayne Marshall, Predator, Bling Dawg, Flex, K-Queens and others also got in on the action before the massive entourage exited the stage.
Up until that time, there was no sign of the Killer, nor was there any explanation offered as to why he never performed, only speculations that he was upset at the fact that Beenie Man was there.
Many people, however, made their way to the exit after they realised that there would be no Killer, but for those who stayed behind, Code Red and Fire Links went tune for tune as the sun was now fully out.