R.i.p Mac Daddy

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of the ’90s rap duo Kriss Kross has died, The Associated Press reports.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital.

There has been no word on cause of death.

Kriss Kross became popular with their 1992 smash hit “Jump” and for wearing their clothing backwards.

Kelly, along with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith were reportedly planning to reunite this year.

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THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Fantastic Friday Results

imagesFantastic Friday has come and gone and even though many don’t agree (I amongst them), the judges made their choice. My commentary is at the bottom.

Results are in! For the International Groovy Soca Monarch 2013: 4th: Ravi B 3rd: Blaxx 2nd: Iwer George 1st: Machel Montano

For the International Power Soca Monarch 2013: 1. Machel Montano and Superblue (tie) 3. Benjai 4. Destra

Machel Power Performance (video)

As I sat watching this from the comfort of my house, I appreciated the fact he is used music from the upcoming Man Of Steel trailer. Last year, he used music from “Tron Legacy”, and even wore the costume from the movie. I dont know if he is into comic books, but if I ever get to interview him, I’ll be sure to ask. Simply put, this performance consisted of A LOT of gimmicks, which is something he can do being that he is the reigning champ. The crowd response was good and when he started to “Float” like Superman, (p.s, Superman doesn’t float) is when I knew, he may have just beaten Super Blue/Supa Blue, regardless of what Supa did (however this did came to me after hearing the news of the tie *RT @CoolyoNgeLEW “This is how Machel, could get robbed literally. He goes to jail and pays back 90% of his winnings to TNT”*).

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Superblue Power Performance (video)

The King of Fantastic Friday made his return to the grand stage and, as you can see, he destroyed all expectations. One of the commentators said it best, and I’m paraphrasing, something along the lines of “he could have been like MJ and just stood there and the crowd could have gone crazy and performed for him until he was ready to start the show”. I don’t know the theme he had going in to this performance, if any, but being who he is, he didn’t need one. Yes, he is old, but his legacy is very clear as to what he brought to the genre of Soca. His absence has been clearly felt for some time and with this we can only hope he continues whenever possible to bring back the fond memories of the proverbial “Good Old Days” that so many know of. How the prize money is divided up, is beyond me. Personally, I think Super Blue won because his performance was more of culture vs Machel’s gimmicky performance that you would typically see in “North America” which Machel has done a lot of work to bring Soca to a new level in.

Destra Power Performance (video)
Another tweet I made was “You know, for an event as “prestigious” as #Socamonarch you’d think there would be less mistakes…” I have watched countless videos of past Soca Monarch’s and every year it’s the same thing. The Director of the programme is HORRIBLE. For those who are about to/currently saying “Well why don’ t you go do it then if its so easy”, I WOULD LOVE TO. The highlight of Destra’s performance  was her scaffolding wine which is great, BUT THEN THE CAMERA PULLS AWAY TO A LONG SHOT OF THE CROWD?!?! For the viewer at home, or elsewhere watching the video… it’s pretty annoying. Let’s be honest for a second. Destra IS a sex symbol for many in the caribbean/West Indian community. WHY THE HELL WOULD WE WANT TO SEE THE CROWD AT THAT MOMENT? Now aside from that, I think above all she was misplaced (even more so than Blaxx, but he too got robbed) and Benjai was apparently very drunk. His performance bombed, in my opinion. I was lacklustre to say the least. Nice costumes, but just horrible. Destra should have easily come third. Why she didn’t, I do not know.

I didn’t see the entire event. I tuned in from Blaxx’s performance for Groovy onward, and again, his performance was more culture and legacy. He brought his daughter on stage who was beating pan (How more Trini could you get?). Everyone thought he was going to win on my twitter timeline and, to be honest, that would have made the most sense. Machel’s performance was, again, very gimmicky. I’m sure from an audience stand point, I would have been more entertained actually being there than I have been while sitting at home watching these things. Which, in a way, is the fault of the show’s director. What s/he should have done was work with each artist to figure out a camera movement plan so as to deliver the best possible viewing experience for those watching from home. Its the same thing when watching a sporting event. 75% of the time it’s better to watch it at home or at a bar because you can get all the recaps and replays you miss by seeing it live due to phone calls, hot girls or what have you. Lastly, I think for 2014, there needs to be a CLEAR CUT judging scheme, so the artist can bring out more for their performance and the audience can “judge” for themselves. Destra said she wanted to bring more to the stage but the fire marshall denied her, for whatever reason, so her opening was bad during her power performance.

Here’s a list of all the (past) winners:

Trinidad/International Soca Monarch
1993 – Superblue – Bacchaanal Time
1994 – SuperBlue – Flag Party
1995 – Ronnie McIntosh – On The Road
1996 – Superblue – Bounce
1997 – Ronnie McIntosh – Ent + Superblue – Barbara (Tie)
1998 – Super Blue – Ato Party
1999 – Kurt Allen – Dus Dem
2000 – Super Blue – Pump Up
2001 – Mighty Shadow – Stranger
2002 – Bunji Garlin – We From de Ghetto + Iwer George – Gimme Ah Bligh (Tie)
2003 – Iwer George – Ah Home
2004 – Bunji Garlin – Warrior Cry
2005 – Bunji Garlin – Blaze de Fire
2006 – Shurwayne Winchester – Ah Can’t Wait
2007 – Iwer George – Fete After Fete
2008 – Bunji Garlin – Fiery
2009 – Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez – Meet Superblue (First female winner)
2010 – JW & Blaze – Palance [2]
2011 – Machel Montano – Advantage
2012 – Machel Montano – Pump Yuh Flag
2013 – Machel Montano – Float + Superblue – Fantastic Friday (Tie)

International Groovy Soca Monarch
2004 – Michelle Sylvester – Hone
2005 – Michelle Sylvester – Sleeping In Your Bed
2006 – Shurwayne Winchester – Don’t Stop
2007 – Biggie Irie – Nah Goin’ Home
2008 – Shurwayne Winchester – Carnival Please Stay
2009 – Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez – Heavy T Bumper
2010 – Shurwayne Winchester – Murdah
2011 – Kes The Band – Wotless
2012 – Machel Montano – Mr.Fete
2013 – Machel Montano – The Fog

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

International Soca Monarch Finalist

PLAY WHE INTERNATIONAL POWER SOCA MONARCH & DIGICEL INTERNATIONAL GROOVY SOCA MONARCH COMPETITIONS 2013
Finalists

Soca 21….The People’s Event!!!
The excitement is on for the final stage of the Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch and
Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions, which is being held in the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday 8th February, 2013. Come out in your numbers and enjoy the performance of the artistes battling for the 2013 crowns.

The list for each artist per category is listed here:                         ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓

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WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?

Bunji, Fay Ann Drop From Soca Monarch Two Days From Semi’s

Bunji, Fay Ann Pull Out

Soca Monarch shocker

Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez have both bowed out of the International Groovy and Power Soca Monarch competitions, respectively.

UPDATE: 

POSTED VIA THEIR FACEBOOK FANPAGE

As it with any contract that we are positioned to get into be it endorsement, real estate or the likes we sat with management and legal team for proper advice about the Soca Monarch contract simply because it is our right and responsibility as human beings and artistes to do so. To enter into Soca monarch one has to agree and therefore sign the contract and we are not in agreement with some of the contracts clauses and we are in no way asking nor demanding that they make changes to suit us because it would not be fair to the other artistes therefore we choose to respectfully withdraw from the competition. This is not expected to be a noisy situation or a back and forth public battle, the Foundation reserves it’s right to do what it thinks is needed to protect it’s entity just as we reserve the right to agree , disagree and protect ourselves where and when is required.

The couple announced this last night, saying they decided to withdraw because they believe that fundamental clauses in the competitors’ contracts were objectionable and demanded too much of the winners.

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They were therefore advised by their management and legal representatives that it was best they pull out of the competition before the semi-final round on Sunday at the Arima Velodrome. Bunji had pulled position number 15 and Lyons-Alvarez number 20.

Among the elements in the contract with which Bunji and Lyons-Alvarez took exception to was the rule that winners must give back to the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) five per cent of the winnings.

Also, the winners must defend the respective titles the following year, or they will have to pay back 90 per cent of the prize money.

Another clause the artistes are objecting to in the contract is that the winners must attend the prize distribution ceremony wherever it may be, here at home or abroad.

Chairman of CPF William Munro, said last night he was saddened and very hurt over Lyons-Alvarez and Bunji pulling out only two days before the semi-finals, and he was hoping they would reconsider.

“There was never any discussion. They could have even sent a letter, and I would have sat down with them to see how we could work things out. Last year, I had two meetings with many of the artistes at my home, and we presented the rules and they were agreed on.”

“Fay Ann topped the Power in the preliminaries and Bunji topped in the Groovy. I am wondering how the public is going to take this news because everybody was so happy when they returned.

“I hope they will reconsider or at least meet with me. I have no malice and still love them. I will bend over backwards for them, but I can’t change the rules to please only two people,” Munro said.

Lyons-Alvarez and Bunji did not compete in the Soca Monarch competition last year and at that time announced they were considering not returning because they wanted to focus on taking their music directly to an international audience.

When Bunji ended up with a major hit with the release of the song “Differentology” in November last year, people began to call for his return to the competition. This was the same with Lyons-Alvarez when she released, among other songs, “D Stage Open”.

After several weeks of saying they will consider returning to the Soca Monarch if that was what the people wanted, the couple’s management registered them to compete, with Bunji in the Groovy and Lyons-Alvarez in the Power Soca Monarch.

Adding to the excitement of their return was the fact that Lyons’ father, five-time Soca Monarch champion SuperBlue, had also made a comeback after an over-decade-long hiatus.

All soca music fans and the public at large were anticipating a grand showdown at the Hasely Crawford National Stadium on Carnival Friday between Lyons-Alvarez, SuperBlue, Iwer George and defending Power Soca champion Machel Montano, as well as the clash between Bunji and Montano in the Groovy category.

Source: Trinidad Express

Problem Child Talks!

TSM caught up with Problem Child to discuss his origins and why he didn’t compete in this years VINCY Soca Monarch (among other things). Interviewed by @MrStarkMaDD. Filmed and edited by myself & Essenex Co-founder @MR_STiXX

NOTE: the picture quality was due to using a new camera… the next one will be better. this will be the first of many.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW