Dancehall artiste Busy Signal has come under fire from producer Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, who claims the artiste is … playing hypocrite for his song titled Artiste, in which Busy Signal argues that the music industry is plagued with impersonators. Roach also believes that a section of the song was directed at him as a producer who sometimes deejays.
The section in Busy’s song to which Roach refers says, “From wah day lizard wah tun artiste, roach wah tun artiste, ants wah tun artiste wah diss? The flag man all di man wey a wash the van wah tun artiste”.
“Mi nuh know wey Busy a deal wid, mi feel a mi Busy a talk, but Busy used to select sound and be a conductor suh a turn him turn artiste wi nuh know bout no ants nor lizard wey duh music, but everybody know Roach, suh a me him a talk and a try distract the people by speaking of lizard and ants,” Roach said.
The Jamaican music industry currently has several recording artistes who are professionals in other fields. Including media personality Amelia ‘Milk’ Sewell who released a song called Girl Boss, television host Pepita who has a song called Luv Luv Me, disc jockey ZJ Liquid who has recorded songs for several producers and even MC Miss Kitty, among others. According to Roach, everybody with talent deserves a chance.
“If a man feel sey him have a song wey can tek dancehall to another level he must have the chance. Nobody don’t know where the next big star is coming from. DJ Liquid was a deejay first, but food haffi eat so he became a selector. Some a di youth dem just decide to go both ways so that they can survive because music don’t have a 9-5 system for them to live off until they get the big break,” Roach explained.