July 9, 2012
Too much filthy music, says I-Wayne - Urges artistes to clean up their act
Hasani Walters, STAR Writer
Reggae entertainer I-Wayne is pleased with his most recent album release, Life Teachings, but that's about it. There are several things that he is not quite pleased about.
The big picture, he said, is the "filthy system" that members of the entertainment industry have been endorsing.
"The system just promoting pure negativity. Memba di music is life because a that it reflect, and wah them a promote now nah help wah gwaan inna di society. Once di meditation nuh right ,di people nah go right. As soon as dis filthy system end, all this crap will stop," I-Wayne told The STAR.
The system's greatest problem I-Wayne hinted at was the 'pay to play' culture which he said several entertainment personalities have undertaken.
"Di ones dem just decide seh a freak dem a promote! Mi realise seh dem jus a fight what is good and a promote pure filth. Probably me nuh have enough money as the filthy one dem, that's why mi a get the fight," he continued.
I-Wayne also questioned, "How so much artiste just a lose dem talent suh?"
This apparent talent loss, he said, removes several high-quality entertainers from the public's eyes.
But according to I-Wayne, "only time will tell."
"That a one a di main reason why dem nuh see I-Wayne. Dem just promoting filth an a try stifle di goodness. Yuh have some hungry-belly people inna Jamaica who will tek yuh things, but overseas people who have dem money will run dem weh and seh 'Yuh caan buy mi out. But mi deh yah same way. Mi nuh run out, mi nuh gone nuh weh," he said.
The Can't Satisfy Her singer told The STARthat he had been on recent tours with Chuck Fenda and Fantan Mojah.
"Mi still on di road an mi still a do mi ting," he said.
I-Wayne also said that he had been and would continue to "run out" on stage shows, delivering his work to the masses, as this is the only apparent way he can truly reach fans.
"Mi still a give out CDs when mi guh stage shows. Before di media know mi, a dat mi use to do, but now di man dem just decide seh a filth dem a give the nation," he said.
He told The STAR that at present, he has numerous recordings as he records at least one song a day.
I-Wayne also leaves a stern challenge as it relates to persons in the music industry: "If dem fair ... tell dem fi play di righteous, good music as much as dem a play di filth and see if di good nuh overthrow wah dem a play now. Dem up to dem neck in filth and it soon reach dem mouth. Every day dem get up an a sing 'bout car rims and tyre," he said.