While it is next to impossible to find an artiste from dancehall’s latest crop of deejays that is completely void of any controversy, none has fueled backlash and praise quite like Kittitian artiste Byron Messia. Byron has debuted his latest single, Dear Dancehall, and has addressed a number of the criticisms and accusations against him, including stealing from other deejays and calling himself a rapper.
The single, produced by Tru-believas Entertainment, begins with Byron explaining in an interview that his sound is what differentiates him from a dancehall artiste and makes him a rapper. The interview transitions to the track’s hook, with the Talibans deejay directly addressing dancehall and expressing that it was never his intent to hurt anyone.
Byron then questions how someone can say that he does not respect anyone when he has worked with Jamaican artistes such as Govana and Valiant. Sharing that he has long desired to be a rapper, the artiste dismissed any notion that he has copied other deejays and suggested that if he had, in fact, copied anyone, it would have been American rapper Rod Wave.
Byron was seemingly addressing accusations made by dancehall fans that he stole Jamaican artiste Jeff Fullyauto’s flow, namely from his single Big Guns.
Before playing a clip from his interview explaining once again why he is a rapper, Byron dubbed himself a dancehall artiste in the track’s second verse.
“Mi a dancehall artiste, yes, but mi a live a rapper lifestyle. If yuh ask how far mi a trad from, mi tell yuh more dan 9 miles. Watch di cars mi a damn drive, and mi have di matick pan standby.”
Listen the song below.