St Mary-born singjay Teflon whose real name is Sha-neil Watson says too much “lying” and “tricks” going on in the music industry.
Teflon mad the comments during a recent interview with Splash.
“They don’t see that no record labels looking our way, and this wasn’t so in the past,” he said.
“I am going to be that voice of truth within dancehall… because is crazy facade, lying and tricks going on in the industry now,” he said.
“The music need some more talented forerunners where it’s substance over hype. Hype don’t work outside of Jamaica, you just check out the event scene if any of these so-called acts that the industry highlighting as the ‘man’ headlining any of the major dancehall/reggae festivals. The Almighty had to preserve someone like I to return to remind the people that listen why this music is loved worldwide, because it was always about substance over hype…So it wasn’t about bleaching, tattoos, climbing tower, wearing contact lens, etc. I never do music for the hype…so I am not going to sit by and watch this music head into a wall because of some young drivers who don’t have any care in the world,” continued.
He was of the view that the lack of stages shows created a negative impact on the economy.
“This has impacted the business aspect of the music… So what is happening is that the vendors, sound companies, lighting companies, tent companies, production companies, etc…that employ a lot of ghetto youths not benefiting from stage shows anymore. When a stage show keep, do you know how much poor people get employment and benefit from it? A lot! And, the fans are left cheated,” he explained.
A number of shows were cancelled last year. These included annual Boxing Day one-night festival Sting and Jamaica Jazz and Blues.