I-Wayne’s history includes a knack for controversial statements and/or behavior. His most recent statement refers to the current state of the local Jamaican music industry as having a preference for “nastiness.” I-Wayne also laments that due to this fact, the majority of his earnings come from overseas performances!
He recently told the Jamaica Star:
“Right now I have been working with a lot of young artistes doing collaborations, suh a nuh like sey Rasta naah buss artiste. But because there is a preference for nastiness, positive artistes are not easy to get their fair attention, but never the less mi still a help the youth.”
I-Wayne further complains that he is putting out music with real substance that simply is not getting played.
“I’m here, still working but the media houses a push madness, I have a new mix tape out with credible collaborations, a just the system naah promote wi thing,” and he further adds, “It’s not like mi can’t find mi meditation anymore, but a dem a hol’ wi back because a dem control which music gets played.”
But never fear I-Wayne has a back plan if all else fails,
“Sometimes, I just go to the hills and assist with the farming. I have to be prepared so that if the system fails I will have my natural provision to fall back on. When I say to till the soil I live by it, whatever I sing I live it.”
In the meantime, I-Wayne’s is working on his third album titled Life Teachings which includes a collaboration with Etana called “Life Joy”.
#FUNFACT: In 2005, I-Wayne is the same artist that angered many by making statements to VIBE magazine referring to Soca music as devil music. His controversial remarks lead a vexed Bunji Garlin to release some fiyah directed at I-Wayne in “Yuh Mad Or Wah!”
Ever since that “devil music” outburst, I-Wayne can’t seem to find his way. Poor ting! Do you think it’s because he dissed soca music! Leave a comment.