Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor as been under attack from dancehall fans and young artists since his recent release of an instrumental riddim.
Di Genius voice over two of his recent instrumental riddims ‘Street Swag’ and ‘Winnings’ instructing artists not to use his riddim without his consent. A gesture that has not gone down well with several dancehall fans who took to the internet to voice their opinions.
“Genius a fight young artiste. Mi naa lie da idea yah mad fi have yuh signature all ova yuh riddim but wah happen to di youth dem weh nuh have money fi pay and voice a tune and jus’ a try inna di streets,” someone commented on YouTube.
In an interview with the Jamaican Star Di Genius downplay the allegations.
“In everything that I do I get backlash. Nuff people seh is me fighting young artiste but it is nothing like that.”
Genius said its a practice that has been going on for some time.
“Dem haffi know that it’s something that’s been going on from before my time. A lot of people always take the instrumentals and voice songs on it. People send out the songs saying it’s produced by Stephen and it go out there with my name on it. People even put out CD with my logo, contact number and email address. It’s bad for business.”
The top dancehall producer also added that not all cases are bad.
“Not all of them are bad, you have some people that do good. But I can lose my credibility because my name is on there and it looks official.” (Di Genius)
Do you think Di Genius is fighting younger artists or just protecting his image?