It took four Guinness bottle snappers to allow patrons to reach for greatness at the National Arena on the 23rd of October, 2010. This was undoubtedly one of the greatest Reggae/Dancehall show for the new decade. The venue, our National Stadium, was exceptionally huge with the capacity to accommodate twenty thousand spectators. The promoters’ ensured maximum security was in place should such a large crowd become restless.
The L2PJA team arrived at the event roughly 9:45pm; just in time to see Freddie McGregor introduce his son, Chino McGregor, to the Stage while he exited. Chino was already singing his hit song “Nuh put no woman pon Yuh head” before he ran on stage and thrilled the crowd with the rest of his lyrics. He performed his hit songs “Rough it up” “From morning” and a few other which included “Protect” featuring his brother, Steven McGregor, who joined him performing the chorus.
Steven, the genius producer of hit beats showed off his ability to perform as he did a few verses of his brother’s song, hence showing the crowd that he had performance skills too. He then gave us a few of his hit singles such as “Careful where you walk” “Caan friend again” in which he pronounced his ongoing disdain for Vybz Kartel and “Can’t take we life”. During their performance the bros paused for a moment and posed swaggerifictly for the cameras. They both gave us an acceptable performance before they made their way off the stage.
Shortly after, we were informed that the next artist to the high stage was the international superstar, Wyclef Jean. Anticipating his appearance on center stage, we were fooled because he was started performing behind us on a high altitude steel stage. He raised the intensity of the crowd when he emphasized that if he had one wish it would be to free Buju Banton. After free styling for almost twenty minutes from French to Spanish; he gave the crowd a welcome introduction to who he is. Wyclef who was also a MC for the event did his part of keeping us entertained as he raised the roof over and over unleashing dub plates from even the late great Michael Jackson and hit singles from Jamaican artist such as Khago; he then introduced the next International Act, Busta Rhymes.
As the curtains moved we saw his right hand partner, Splif Star, first walking onto the stage as he instructed the dj to “spin the record”. The dj immediately started playing the instrumental for the hit single “Win” the Dj Khalid remix. The crowd started to roar vigorously as they saw Busta stepping out on stage. Everyone threw their hands up to his words even though we had no clue of what the hell he was saying regardless he had the packed stadium going crazy. Mr. Rhymes and Spiff Star gave us a highly energetic performance filled with creativity and humor as they performed hits such as “Put your hands where my eyes could see” “Fire it up” “We make it clap” and tons more. As they wrapped things up and made their exit, Busta Rhymes, a Jamaican by birth, made the solemn promise that Jamaica would definitely see him perform again.
Now the infamous Base Odyssey Sound System started juggling some songs for the people; occupying the time for the stage set up and band change for the next performer. Base Odyssey, a seasoned veteran known for their numerous appearances in sound clash, knew just how to get the crowd moving. They selected a variety of oldies but goodies from artiste such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown etc. They then masterfully changed the pace to current hits from Vibes Kartel, I-octane and Mavado. As soon as they wrapped up their session it was back to the live performance and it was none other than, Mr. Bombastic himself, Shaggy.
The diamond selling recording artiste had ladies screaming and rushing the stage as he thrilled them with his hits. His performance was definitely geared towards the ladies, he also had featuring artiste Ragon “You’re my Angel” and Rick Rock “It Wasn’t Me”. He also performed with Alaine who graced the stage in an ultra short mini that had the attention of all men as she sauntered across the stage. Her song said it all “For your eyes only”.
So after Shaggy sorted out the ladies and Alain sorted out di man dem; they exited as our MC, Wyclef Jean, was ready to introduce the next artiste. He did another freestyle which took ten minutes then he gave The Gangsta for Life -Mavado- a warm introduction.
The Gully God had the crowd roaring with hands in the air awaiting his presence as his gangster intro beckoned him to the stage but as he came on he switched the pace and gave the ladies the sweet symphony of David Brooks as he performed the song “Me every gal a mad over”. Then “Gal over gun” was the next gal tune before he got into some of his gangster lyrics. He also elaborated on Buju’s situation as he sang “Touch the road”, he sent out his respect to the Ground God (Bounty Killer), Busta Rhymes and Vybz Kartel. During his session, he seized the opportunity to introduce a few guest artistes to the stage namely, Chase Cross and Flexx. They both came on one after the other and did their performance well. Mavado then did a performance with Wyclef sending condolence to Haiti; he wrapped up his set singing some positive melody for the crowd before he left.
Now for the most anticipated part of the event, The Doctor-Beenie Man and The War Lord-Bounti Killa was about to hit the stage together. They both elevated, simultaneously, from under the stage. Bounty Killer dressed in his signature all black attire and The Doctor rocked an all white trench coat tuxedo suit with a trendy red hat over is lengthy locks. The War Lord started off the session with one of his hardcore’s hit from back in the days “Bwoy ago dead nuh badda gi mi nuh argument” then the Doctor immediately counteracted it with “Mi kill anybody”. Giving us a reincarnation of the Sting 1993 battle in a friendly manner, they both rip the stage together tune for tune pound for pound. From a series of hardcore lyrics to girl’s lyrics they gave us a positive historical performance yet again. After thirty minutes of performance The Killa then exited the stage saying “Beenie mi gone yah man” assuming that the crowd had enough, however the Doctor wasn’t pleased as he felt it was him who should have left the stage first so he could return to close the show (guess these two will always compete for the last word). The saga continued has The Doctor carried on with his way of keeping the crowd alive; being creative he even did a little tap dancing. He later shared the stage with guest artistes, Mr. G and Khago who both came out to do their big hit songs for the year “Swaggerific” and “Nah sell out mi friend dem”, respectively. As the Doctor was handed back the mike, he performed his summer hit duo “Rum & Red Bull”, we then saw his collaborator, Future Fambo, looking Swaggerific walking on the stage with his pimp cup filled with liquor. He had the crowd railing as they wondered what was in his cup. While performing his verse of the song, he then spilled his liquor, threw away his pimp cup, took his medallion of his chest and threw that away too! He even threw away his shaded glasses. Flippa Mafia had nothing on him, even though we could tell that he was intoxicated. He then thrilled the crowd with his swagger dance moves when the Doctor animatedly pulled him by his shirt collar off the stage ensuring he didn’t hurt himself leaving. The Drunken Master looked quite pleased with himself certain that he gave us a spectacular performance as he left the stage. The Doctor then wrapped up his performance as he made way for the War Lord to come on stage once more.
As Bounty Killa made his way to the stage, he performed a series of hits; he said he had no time for joking as he too had a few guest artistes that he called on stage. First he called out one of his “son’s” in music, Angel Doulas, and performed the latest single they had done together “Not scared enough”. Unfortunately, that’s when the battery in my camera went low.
However, later on in the show The Energy God, Elephant Man, came on stage and shared with the crowd some of his energy. He and Killa performed their summer hit “This is how we do it” (Party cup). We then got a surprise visit from the famous artiste, Baby Cham, as he came on stage to do a few old songs with longtime friend-enemy, Bounti Killa. They performed their new single together “Stronger”. These two artist had been feuding since 2001; but, they have been saying friendship since early 2010, claiming that they both got over their youthful exuberant. The Killer wrapped up his performance, as Baby Cham closed the show with one of his hit single.
That was it for the night, thanks for reading this article, as that was my experience. Live2partyja.com was able to capture a few footage of what went down so feel free to browse through our Entertainment section for video clips. One love until the next event, your boy Williemaze.