April 14, 2014
War Professa demands credit from Wickerman
Curtis Campbell, STAR Writer
Overseas-based dancehall artiste War Professa is demanding credit from veteran Wickerman, who he says stole the concept of his song called Box along with its accompanying music video.
War Professa says while he will make the piracy of his song slide, he is upset that his video concept was also copied.
"To me, it's a trend being followed, but the video though was different because I created something different from what the people were saying. Instead of the box inna face, I came with the brown box as comedy to derail the negative feedback," he said.
The artiste is asking dancehall fans to recognise him as the true creator of the Box slang, music video concept and the song.
"I would tell the Jamaica fans to do their research. I came out with that video January 16, and release the song three days after. Wickeman's song came a week after and that would prove who all the credit goes to," said War Professa.
"I would ask Wickerman if he really didn't hear mine and saw my video before he did his own," War Professa said.
The deejay has also launched a clothing line called Box, which he says has been doing well.
"The Box Clothing is doing very well. I have sold shirts in England, Kenya, Belgium and many parts in the United States. It's growing, everyday a shirt is ordered. I created the clothing line because everybody was hitting me up saying Box Box, Box. I figured since so many people saying it, maybe I can turn it into a brand and I went ahead and tried it. People saw it as the hottest thing and started to support the movement," he said.
Items from Box clothing line can be purchased at www.damagecontrolfamily.com or contact War Professa on facebook.com.
The deejay also had some advice for recording artistes.
"You can't always take somebody else work and not acknowledge them, that will somehow cause big problems in certain situations. Create your own and pay homage if you have to use someone else's creativity," he said.
Wickerman has been relatively quiet on the local scene since the passing of his close friend and co-worker Captain Barkey. Attempts to get a comment from the veteran proved futile; however, some lines from his version of Box were quite similar to that of War Professa's.
"Yu diss up the wrong don a place? Box!," - War Professa
"Yu come bout ya bout yu don't fear nuh man and a diss up di don? Box!," - Wickerman