Mr Vegas defends Sting - Says other artistes are wrong for dissing the event
Reggae/dancehall artiste Mr Vegas has lashed out against fellow recording artistes who have been rejoicing about at Sting's poor turnout.
According to the established artiste, Sting is valuable to dancehall's culture and the very artistes who celebrate the show's demise, are the same ones who placed the show in its current predicament with their bad behaviour.
Mr Vegas' comment comes days after recording artiste Popcaan released a song titled Homade in which the artiste boasted that Sting was a flop. Notably Popcaan instigated a fight at Sting 2012, after he pushed fellow recording artiste Blak Ryno from the stage. further depleting Sting's relationship with corporate Jamaica.
According to Mr Vegas, Sting's failure to secure sponsorship is nothing for dancehall artistes to celebrate.
"I see some people like dem rejoicing and some people feel like it's a good thing that Sting did not do well and some people a throw word at Sting. Some people a seh yeah Sting done now, Sting fi pack up, Sting fi guh weh. Mek mi tell yuh something, Sting is an important festival that we need right here in Jamaica," he said.
"We have two major dancehall shows left in Jamaica - Sumfest and Sting. Most of the dancehall icons got their big breaks at Sting. Yuh see if you are a artiste weh a run the place and yuh think yuh nuh need Sting, yuh nuh love music, yuh nuh love dancehall and yuh nuh love reggae music."
According to the singer, some Jamaican artistes are pursuing a career in music for the glory, but are not concerned about the development and sustainability of the Jamaican music industry.
"A lot of you want the same money that you charge overseas and sometimes the sponsors are not supporting these shows, especially the hardcore dancehall shows like Sting.
They are not getting sponsorship because a lot of you same artistes whom are burning out Sting signed a contract with Laing that you are not gonna curse and you are not gonna sing hate music and yet you go over there and you still do it. Then when the man (Mr. Laing) don't get sponsors you want him to pay you a truck load of money to do 15 minutes.
Sting is a part of the culture that we need. So don't rejoice when a festival is not keeping anymore," he said.
Mr Vegas also stated that several dancehall acts cannot travel outside of the Caribbean, therefore they should be grateful for the few festivals that are still hosted locally.
"Fix up unno self artiste because unno know seh when unno guh Trinidad unno nah cuss badword because dem will lock unno up. Unno need fi preserve Sting and keep doing Sting. A we mash up di shows mek sponsors nah support dem," he said.
While not directly addressing Mr Vegas' comments, Heavy D, director of Supreme Promotions that hosts Sting, told THE STAR that Popcaan's decision to celebrate the Sting's demise is an irony.
"Ryno and Popcaan had an altercation on stage. The situation showed no brotherhood in music and was frowned upon by our sponsors. He was one of the artistes whose behaviour marred the event from the corporate world."
Despite the organisers' efforts to keep the December 26-show clean, recording artistes like Ninja Kid, General B and Gigsy King still performed hate music and were swiftly cautioned by MC Nuffy.